Energy and Climate Change

Energy policy and climate action are cornerstones for building a sustainable future for Europe. The challenges in both fields remain however huge and are interlinked. The availability of a sustainable and affordable low carbon fuel mix is crucial for the European Union to enable its economy to meet the climate targets without putting at stake the competitiveness of its industries. Growth, competitiveness and climate policy can be mutually reinforcing.

Energy policy, which includes a continued emphasis on energy efficiency, contributes to building a low-carbon society and its objectives are multifold. A resilient EU energy policy enables Member States to better cope with external supply shocks in both the long and short term; while coordinated and eventually fully integrated national energy markets bring advantages in terms of cost reductions due to economies of scale and the optimisation of the fuel mix. On the global level, all governments should be encouraged to develop national, regional and sector based green house gas emission reduction plans including CO2 pricing mechanisms. ERT continues to support the development of carbon markets as the approach that can deliver CO2 reductions at the lowest cost.

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Benchmarking Report 2016

A glance at the competitiveness of Europe and its industries

The 2016 edition of the ERT Benchmarking Report presents a comprehensive grading of Europe in the global context in terms of competitiveness, trade and investment, innovation, digital economy, energy and climate, employment and skills. It also provides some encouraging examples of “best practices”...
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Benchmarking Report 2015

Europe at a Glance

The 2015 edition of the Benchmarking Report takes stock of the economic reality and tracks progress towards a competitive industry in areas identified as key for Europe: competitiveness, energy/climate, the digital economy, employment/skills and trade/investment.
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