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The irony of a UK exit that Brexiters are missing

The irony of a UK exit that Brexiters are missing
Emma Donnachie

Emma Donnachie

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
I am a renewable energy policy enthusiast with an LLB in European Law and an MSc in Environment and Development. My interests particularly lie in the potential of off-grid renewable energy in the transition to a low-carbon economy, as well as the role of energy policy and law in assisting leapfrogging in international development. I am currently working as a programme co-ordinator in an international charity which raises funds primarily for humanitarian and environmental causes, and carries out projects throughout Africa and Asia.
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With the UK gearing up for the impending referendum on the 23rd of June to decide on its future within the EU, concerns over climate and energy policy have been somewhat pushed aside amongst more sensationalised concerns over issues such as immigration and benefits. While it is clear that climate and energy policy isn’t likely […]

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How to solve the EU gas problem? Build the Energy Union on true solidarity

How to solve the EU gas problem? Build the Energy Union on true solidarity
Jonathan Volt

Jonathan Volt

Jonathan has studied Political Science and Economics at Lund University, where he recently graduated in the top of his class with a two-year Master’s degree in Political Science. He has practical experience from the Earth System Governance Project, where he conducted research on the Sustainable Development Goals and the Post-2015 Development Agenda. Among other things, he wrote a well-liked opinion piece on Public-Private Partnerships and the SDGs.He was also responsible for the project’s different social media channels and the website linked to the SDGs. Furthermore, Jonathan has gathered experience from the UNFCCC secretariat in Bonn where he worked as an intern for six months in the Mitigation, Data & Analysis (MDA) Programme. During his time in Bonn he supported the MDA programme in preparing for the first Multilateral Assessment process, which was finalized at the SBI41 session in Lima 2014. Jonathan prepared and presented a praised presentation to the secretariat containing his analysis of the Multilateral Assessment process. Jonathan also supported the work on the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) process and its related multilateral negotiations held in Bonn October 2014. Before that, he was working as an assisting project manager for a national health care project, initiated by Region Skåne, aiming to improve different processes within the Swedish health care system. The project was the first of its kind and enhanced the interregional collaboration within this sector.
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Author: Jonathan Volt The European Commission’s energy security package outlines different measures to advance the ”resilience to gas supply disruptions”. In short, the EU will achieve energy security through a permanent influx of gas. Proposals also include a solidarity principle, better gas infrastructure and a Commission led ex-ante assessment of major gas deals (with the aim to […]

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The dilemma of oil and biodiversity on Azerbaijan’s Absheron Peninsula

The dilemma of oil and biodiversity on Azerbaijan’s Absheron Peninsula
Ahmad Shariq

Ahmad Shariq

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Ahmad Shariq holds a Bachelor in Business Management from Bangalore University, India and is currently in his second year of the Public Policy Masters program at ADA University, Azerbaijan. He is interested in environmental policies, green solutions to different environmental issues and sustainable development of natural resources.
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Author: Ahmad Shariq The Caspian Sea holds a unique biological diversity. The conservation and protection of these resources should be of high significance to the nations bordering the Sea, and in particular to Azerbaijan. In accordance with regional and international agreements and conventions, the government of Azerbaijan should take more environmentally protective measures: impose strict […]

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Carbon Capture & Storage: Friend or Foe for solving Global Warming?

Carbon Capture & Storage: Friend or Foe for solving Global Warming?
Jaap Rozema

Jaap Rozema

Jaap Rozema obtained his PhD in environmental politics from the University of East Anglia, UK. He focuses on the governance, geography and science of environmental issues, while increasingly applying these to climate change. Currently Jaap works in policy decision support for a political party in the Netherlands.
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Author: Jaap Rozema The Paris talks on climate change will most likely prove a watershed in making policy to control global warming to an acceptable level, which is now defined as a maximum increase of 2 °C above pre-industrial temperatures. Hopefully the new momentum in climate policy opens doors to a whole new string of […]

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Are all biofuels evil?

Are all biofuels evil?
Ays Sirakaya

Ays Sirakaya

Editor at Politheor: European Policy Network
Ays is currently working towards her PhD at Ghent University, Faculty of Law, Department of European Public and International Law. Her PhD topic concerns the legal protection of urban biodiversity. Ays also works as a consultant on biosafety regulations and WTO at the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations.
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Author: Ays Sirakaya The biofuel critics’ main reasoning is that the food crop based biofuels would result in the increase of food prices, environmental damage and, most importantly, indirect land use change (ILUC). ILUC is criticised for turning forests into agricultural lands in order to grow crops for biofuels production, resulting in increased carbon dioxide […]

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Waiting in Vain: What we can learn from Europe’s inept diesel policies

Waiting in Vain: What we can learn from Europe’s inept diesel policies
Jonathan Volt

Jonathan Volt

Jonathan has studied Political Science and Economics at Lund University, where he recently graduated in the top of his class with a two-year Master’s degree in Political Science. He has practical experience from the Earth System Governance Project, where he conducted research on the Sustainable Development Goals and the Post-2015 Development Agenda. Among other things, he wrote a well-liked opinion piece on Public-Private Partnerships and the SDGs.He was also responsible for the project’s different social media channels and the website linked to the SDGs. Furthermore, Jonathan has gathered experience from the UNFCCC secretariat in Bonn where he worked as an intern for six months in the Mitigation, Data & Analysis (MDA) Programme. During his time in Bonn he supported the MDA programme in preparing for the first Multilateral Assessment process, which was finalized at the SBI41 session in Lima 2014. Jonathan prepared and presented a praised presentation to the secretariat containing his analysis of the Multilateral Assessment process. Jonathan also supported the work on the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) process and its related multilateral negotiations held in Bonn October 2014. Before that, he was working as an assisting project manager for a national health care project, initiated by Region Skåne, aiming to improve different processes within the Swedish health care system. The project was the first of its kind and enhanced the interregional collaboration within this sector.
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Since the mid-1990s, the EU has endorsed diesel fuel and promoted it as the green alternative to petrol. A policy not only harmful for the environment but which also steered the industry into a blind alley: The farfetched dream of “clean diesel” has turned out to be a dirty nightmare. Author: Jonathan Volt While some […]

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Circular Economy: a window of opportunity for a cleaner globe

Circular Economy: a window of opportunity for a cleaner globe
Yago Bastin

Yago Bastin

Yago graduated as a political scientist with specialization in European politics. He obtained a second Master’s degree in General Economics. During his studies he was offered a spot on the board of JEF Ghent, and also had the opportunity to intern at the European Parliament, at the cabinet of MEP Guy Verhofstadt, president of the ALDE Group. Currently he is doing an internship at the Policy and Advocacy department of the European Youth Forum. He is in charge of monitoring the work of the European institutions with a focus on youth issues.
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Author: Yago Bastin A historical moment we can talk about in the next months is the recent deal among 196 nations during the COP21 in Paris to cap global warming. And yes, I am optimistic about it. While recognizing the possibility of countries flouting this agreement, a normality when you don’t sanction offenders, we should […]

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Transition from MDGs to SDGs: a guiding star to the better future for all

Transition from MDGs to SDGs: a guiding star to the better future for all
Rustam Issakhojayev

Rustam Issakhojayev

Issakhojayev Rustam graduated from the University of Southern California (USC) in 2010 with bachelor’s degree in Political Science. During his studies at the USC, he was engaged in directed reading with Dr. Anthony Kammas on the topic “Power Struggle in the Religion, within the context of politics, religion and violence”. In 2015 he defended his thesis “Management of Cash Flow System in the Enterprise” for his Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the Turar Ryskulov New Economic University. He is currently studying at the Central European University at the Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy, with the focus on transboundary water management in Central Asia. He worked as full time staff for the UNESCAP (United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific) and was engaged with projects focused on Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR).
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Author: Rustam Issakhojayev Adopted at the turn of the millennium, the MDGs have determined development policies of the past 15 years. Their main goal was the eradication of poverty and hunger in the world. While some parts of the world have had relative success in achieving most of the 8 goals and 21 targets set […]

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The future we want?

The future we want?
Jaap Rozema

Jaap Rozema

Jaap Rozema obtained his PhD in environmental politics from the University of East Anglia, UK. He focuses on the governance, geography and science of environmental issues, while increasingly applying these to climate change. Currently Jaap works in policy decision support for a political party in the Netherlands.
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Author: Jaap Rozema  The Future We Want (TFWW) resulted from the Rio+20 conference in 2012, which followed up earlier conferences on sustainable development held in Rio de Janeiro (1992) and Johannesburg (2002). Probably the most significant contribution TFWW has made is advocating the need for a new set of goals to realize sustainable development. And […]

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Politheor’s Special Report on the UN SDGs

Politheor's Special Report on the UN SDGs
Politheor

Politheor

Politheor is a European policy platform that brings together policy analysts in their mutual endeavour to enhance the quality of discussion on relevant policy issues in Europe. Its Advisory and Editorial Board are comprised of experts affiliated with the top education and policy institutions worldwide. The Politheor center also organizes trainings in policy analysis and promotes new generations of policy experts.
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Editor: Mathis Hampel Authors: Ahmad Shariq (Azerbaijan), Ays Sirakaya (Belgium), Beatrice Mumbi (Kenya), Jaap Rozema (The Netherlands), Jonathan Volt (Denmark), Justine Chauvin (Switzerland), Lea Duplan (Germany), Rustam Issakhojayev (Hungary) Download Link: http://www.politheor.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Politheor-Special-Report-on-the-UN-SDGs.pdf

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