2021

Clean Hydrogen in Romania – elements of a strategy

Decarbonising the EU economy will most of all require direct electrification of over 60% of end-uses, based on energy efficiency considerations. However, this will not always be technically possible or cost-efficient. Decarbonised molecules, such as hydrogen, will also contribute to eliminating ‘stubborn emissions’ in hard-to-abate sectors such as high-temperature heat and feedstock in industry, aviation and long-haul shipping, and possibly large-scale district heating and long-term electricity storage, thus increasing the flexibility and resilience of the energy system.

Romania’s Post COVID-19 Recovery – Enabling a Green Transformation of the Economy

The COVID-19 pandemic and the restrictions imposed by governments throughout the world caused one of the greatest economic crises ever experienced given its magnitude and new nature. To assist countries to recover from the crisis and set their economies on a path towards resilient economic recovery, the EU agreed on a comprehensive financial package of €672.5 billion to be made available in the form of low interest loans and grants through the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF). To access these funds, member states must elaborate National Recovery and Resilience Plans (NRRPs), with investments and reforms in line with the broader EU objectives, including the green and digital transitions. The NRRPs must allocate at least 37% of expenditure to climate action and progress towards other environmental objectives of the European Green Deal.

COP26: hope and disappointment in the “new normal”

“New normal” has become the buzzword of a world still reeling from the Covid-19 outbreak. But as it sought to break through the new normal of lockdowns and restrictions, the 25,000-strong COP26 gathering in Glasgow may have become the latest addition to the “new normal” of climate change negotiations: bold commitments that inspire hope, while their implementation plans ring hollow and seed doubt.

Carbon capture and storage – the Gordian knot of decarbonization in Central and Eastern Europe

Carbon capture and storage (CCS) refers to a chain of technologies deployed to capture, transport and store CO2 away from the atmosphere, mitigating its warming effect on the climate. For each step in the CCS process, a range of technologies has been developed and tested for different industries and operating conditions, making CCS a complex value chain rather than a single, “off-the-shelf” technology as it is sometimes portrayed

Dobrogea – developing the first clean hydrogen valley in Central and Eastern Europe

In the European Union’s pathway to climate neutrality, decarbonised molecules such as hydrogen will contribute to eliminating ‘stubborn emissions’ in hard-to-abate sectors – e.g., high-temperature heat and feedstock in industry, aviation and long-haul shipping, and potentially large-scale district heating and long-term electricity storage.

COP26: hope and disappointment in the “new normal”

“New normal” has become the buzzword of a world still reeling from the Covid-19 outbreak. But as it sought to break through the new normal of lockdowns and restrictions, the 25,000-strong COP26 gathering in Glasgow may have become the latest addition to the “new normal” of climate change negotiations: bold commitments that inspire hope, while their implementation plans ring hollow and seed doubt.

Cum evităm viitoarele crize energetice prin deblocarea investițiilor în capacități regenerabile?

Creșterile fără precedent ale prețurilor energiei din ultimele luni au generat discuții aprinse despre cauze, designul pieței de energie electrică, prețul carbonului și dependența de importurile de gaze naturale. Răspunsul formulat până acum de legiuitori pentru rezolvarea acestor probleme (în principal, plafonări de prețuri și subvenții) nu oferă decât soluții de avarie, de termen scurt, care nu rezolvă disfuncționalitățile structurale ce pot duce la repetarea unor astfel de situații.

Code of Good Practice for Renewable Energy in Romania

The present paper comes at a crucial time in the country’s energy transition, to applaud past successes, highlight sector specific challenges and opportunities, and bring together public and private stakeholders united by one simple mission – creating a framework that is both climate friendly and economically viable, for the generations to come.

Building momentum for the long-term CCS deployment in the CEE region – CCS4CEE

Captarea, stocarea și utilizarea dioxidului de carbon (CCUS) pot avea o contribuție importantă la decarbonarea economiei europene. Pe lângă prezența la nivel național a unor actori industriali pentru care tehnologia CCS poate reprezenta o opțiune de decarbonare, România dispune de un potențial geologic notabil pentru stocarea de CO2.

Building momentum for the long-term CCS deployment in the CEE region – CCS4CEE

Pentru a evalua dimensiunea potențială a pieței de captare și stocare a carbonului (CCS) și a celei de captare și utilizare a carbonului (CCU) din România, această secțiune oferă o vedere de ansamblu a evoluției emisiilor interne de CO2 și a surselor acestora, precum și un indiciu privind dimensiunea economică a principalelor sectoare în care CCS (și, într-o oarecare măsură, CCU) ar putea oferi soluții viabile de decarbonizare.

Building momentum for the long-term CCS deployment in the CEE region – CCS4CEE

Pentru a evalua dimensiunea potențială a pieței de captare și stocare a carbonului (CCS) și a celei de captare și utilizare a carbonului (CCU) din România, această secțiune oferă o vedere de ansamblu a evoluției emisiilor interne de CO2 și a surselor acestora, precum și un indiciu privind dimensiunea economică a principalelor sectoare în care CCS (și, într-o oarecare măsură, CCU) ar putea oferi soluții viabile de decarbonizare.
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