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Carbon taxation: a flawed response to flawed market mechanisms

Carbon taxation has not figured highly in deliberations over carbon reduction initiatives. Nevertheless, academics - the source of so many governmental policy initiatives - have kept this debate alive. Furthermore, obvious flaws in the current, market-based systems will embolden critics' calls for a tax-based policy.

Published By Datamonitor
10 May 2007
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CommentWire

Turkish gas: Iranian deal driven by pragmatism

In a bid to bolster its goal of becoming a major European gas hub, Turkey has entered into a deal worth around GBP1.75 billion with Iran, through which it will help to develop the region's massive South Pars gas field. Despite opposition to the deal on political grounds, the agreement will help to secure European energy supplies as alliances with Russia become increasingly risky.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Jul 2007
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CommentWire

Algerian gas: a small step toward gas market liberalization

In its quest to further gas liberalization in Europe, the EU has recently reached an agreement with Algeria on the thorny issues of profit sharing mechanisms and gas resale destination clauses. Given that Algeria supplies around 15% of Europe's natural gas consumption, this represents a small but crucial step towards gas market liberalization.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Aug 2007
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CommentWire

Sonatrach: EDP alliance could finally allow European energy market penetration

Sonatrach has signed a deal with EDP that will see it supply 1.6 billion cubic meters of gas annually from 2008. The joint venture will permit Sonatrach to access the European gas market beyond the purely supply role that it currently plays, through allowing it to participate in gas-fired power generation. The agreement will also enhance EDP's position in the growing Iberian Peninsula gas market.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Nov 2007
Expert View
Expert View

2008 - the year of green IT

The United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bali, which runs from December 3 to 14 this year, looks set to send a clear and unambiguous message to the developed world: reduce your carbon footprint now before it is too late.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Dec 2007
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CommentWire

Wind power: rising costs are unlikely to derail new build plans

The global wind energy industry is facing challenges including rising raw materials costs, supply chain problems and skills shortages, due mainly to booming demand. With renewable valuations at an all time high, Datamonitor predicts strong growth will continue on the back of record sustainable energy investments driven by technology maturity, policy incentives and heightened investor appetite.

Published By Datamonitor
31 Mar 2008
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Expert View

Gazprom unlikely to meet aim of 25% of global LNG market by 2030

Gazprom has revealed its aim to hold 25% of the global LNG market by 2030 following the development of a number of key sites. However, unless the state-run company provides greater strategic focus on developing domestic reserves, while also allowing for greater foreign investment and technical expertise, such a target is likely to remain elusive.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Apr 2008
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ExxonMobil claims that global LNG demand is set to triple by 2030

ExxonMobil has claimed that there will be major growth in LNG demand over the next 20 years. Furthermore, it is expected that the Atlantic Basin will become the major consumer of LNG at the expense of the Pacific Basin. However, in order for LNG to reach the dizzy heights expected by Exxon, high costs, technological challenges and geopolitical concerns will all need to be addressed.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Apr 2008
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Volatility in global commodities markets drives spend in risk management IT

Analysts expect that increased volatility in commodities markets globally will drive spend in risk management IT. However, commodities present their own unique characteristics that must be observed, making it fundamental for IT vendors looking to capitalize on the opportunity to have a full understanding and appreciation of the underlying physical market and of their potential client's business.

Published By Datamonitor
01 May 2008
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Coal use set to increase in the global energy mix

A combination of strong demand, record oil and gas prices, concerns over energy security and a reluctance to recommit to nuclear energy, has seen a renaissance of coal in the European energy mix. This is a trend closely mirrored in the US and Asia. However, while coal might help to fill growing energy security gaps, it raises some profound environmental questions.

Published By Datamonitor
01 May 2008

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