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 The Energy Charter Treaty is on life support with little chance of revival

Yamina SAHEB

After reaching an “agreement in principle” on the modernisation of the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT), the European Commission’s plans received a setback with the withdrawal of seven EU member states.

The death knell for this archaic treaty was sounded back in 2009 when Russia announced its departure from the ECT. In the past months Poland, the Netherlands, Spain, France, Germany, Slovenia, and Luxembourg have all announced their decision to withdraw prior to the ministerial meeting at which the “agreement in principle” should have been adopted.

 Modernisation of the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) - Understanding what is at stake and what’s next

Following 15 negotiation rounds that took place from July 2020 until June 2022, the failure of the modernisation of the Energy Charter Tretay became a fact. Several EU countries announced their withdrawal. The next step is to withdraw the EU/EURATOM and to develop an intra-EU agreement to cancel the sunset clause that extends the protection of foreign investment in the energy sector by 20 years after the withdrawal becomes effective. 

 

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 Modernisation of the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) - Understanding what is at stake and what’s next

Following 15 negotiation rounds that took place from July 2020 until June 2022, the failure of the modernisation of the Energy Charter Tretay became a fact. Several EU countries announced their withdrawal. The next step is to withdraw the EU/EURATOM and to develop an intra-EU agreement to cancel the sunset clause that extends the protection of foreign investment in the energy sector by 20 years after the withdrawal becomes effective. 

 

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 Beyond Efficiency and Renewable: Sufficiency Matters to Limit Global Warming by the End of the Century to 1.5°C

Yamina SAHEB

This blogpost is a slightly altered version of the sufficiency section included in the report entitled published by Hot or Cool Institute. 

Global warming is today’s reality in every region of the planet

 Sobriété: Pourquoi nos démocraties ne pourront pas s’en passer?

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 La sobriété dans les scénarios compatibles avec l'accord de Paris

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 La sobriété dans les scénarios compatibles avec l'accord de Paris

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 Beyond efficiency, sufficiency matters

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 Investing in deep renovation for Recovery : A How-to guide for Member States

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 An energy investment treaty has been holding Nord Stream 2 hostage

Yamina SAHEB

The German government has been worried about being sued by the fossil fuel companies behind the Russian gas pipeline under the Energy Charter Treaty.

After Russian tanks rolled into Ukraine on Tuesday, German chancellor Olaf Scholz decided to halt the certification of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline linking Germany and Russia.

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