Agriculture must not get “a free pass” in climate change debate, argues renowned US economist Jeremy Rifkin May 5, 2015 – Food & Agriculture

Agriculture must not get “a free pass” in climate change debate, argues renowned US economist Jeremy Rifkin

May 5, 2015 – Food & Agriculture

Jeremy Rifkin, Founder & President of the Foundation on Economic Trends, talks with journalist Rose O’Donovan (AGRA FACTS) about the shift towards the ‘Third Industrial Revolution’ and theneed to develop a more sustainable and ecologically-based agricultural production system.

Climate change is the elephant in the room and is the most important crisis we have to face” Rifkin states, underlining that “agriculture is responsible for one-third of all global warming emissions”. He floats the concept of the ‘Third Industrial Revolution’ – whereby farmers better use technology to balance agricultural production output with their environmental footprint.

Rifkin slams the use of chemicals in farming and advocates financial incentives to encourage farmers to move into organic and ecological agriculture. Farmers must also be encouraged to produce energy on their farms for bio-converters, solar panels and wind turbines. To conclude, the best-selling author warns that our diets should be completely overhauled as “almost half of our food production is destined for animal feed” – one of the fundamental tenets in the food versus fuel debate.

Matteo Renzi – TAP è uno dei risultati più rilevanti del mio governo Published on May 4, 2015

Matteo Renzi – TAP è uno dei risultati più rilevanti del mio governo

Published on May 4, 2015


“Considero l’aver portato il gasdotto TAP come uno dei risultati più rilevanti del mio governo. Il gasdotto che parte dall’Azerbaijan e che arriverà in Puglia sta per avere l’ultimo passaggio formale. Con l’ultima decisione del consiglio dei ministri abbiamo risolto quella che era una barzelletta a livello europeo, perché il tubo arrivava ma non si sapeva dover portarlo.” (Matteo Renzi, presidente del consiglio)

I vantaggi immediati e futuri di TAP secondo Giovanni Caprara (Corriere della Sera) Published on Apr 28, 2015

I vantaggi immediati e futuri di TAP secondo Giovanni Caprara (Corriere della Sera)

Published on Apr 28, 2015

Posti di lavoro sul territorio, più gas da utilizzare nel nostro Paese, riduzione del costo in bolletta, aumento della diversificazione delle fonti: questi sono i vantaggi nel breve e nel lungo periodo legati a TAP, secondo Giovanni Caprara, editorialista scientifico del Corriere della Sera.

Brussels Briefing on Energy – All you need to know for April & May 2015 April 23, 2015

Brussels Briefing on Energy – All you need to know for
April & May 2015

April 23, 2015


In this Brussels Briefing on Energy, leading journalist Hughes Belin provides an overview of the latest EU energy policy developments.

  • Gazprom targeted by Commission: the Russian gas giant could face a fine of up to €9 billion as it got an official complaint from Antitrust Commissioner Vestager for the allegedabuse of its dominant position in eight Central & Eastern European countries.

Numerous developments in the energy field recently took place in South-East Europe:

  • Greece and Russia announced that they are poised to sign a cooperation agreementthat could lead to the construction of a new pipeline for the Turkstream project.
  • Representatives from Hungary, Serbia, Macedonia, Greece and Turkey met in Budapest on 7 April to create a working group dedicated to facilitating cooperation on gas infrastructure in the region.
  • EU and Turkish electricity grids are now synchronised since mid-April, extending the electricity balancing zone of continental Europe.

Outcome of the Informal Energy Council (15-16 April, Riga):

  • Energy Ministers discussed regional cooperation, security of supply and the forthcomingheating & cooling strategy.

Featuring statements from Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager and EU Climate and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete.

Brussels Briefing on Energy – All you need to know for March & April 2015 March 25, 2015

Brussels Briefing on Energy – All you need to know for March & April 2015
March 25, 2015

In this Brussels Briefing on Energy, leading journalist Hughes Belin provides an overview of the latest EU energy policy developments.

Energy topped the agenda of the last European Council meeting on 19-20 March. EU leaders adopted conclusions on:

  • The Energy Union strategy, signalling that they want to ensure energy supply security rather than achieve an energy transition.
  • In a blow to the Commission, EU leaders watered down Vice-President Sefcovic’s proposal formore transparency on international energy agreements.
  • Sanctions against Russia will be extended to the end of 2015, and linked to the full implementation of the Minsk II agreement.

Other important developments related to:

  • Trilateral talks between EU, Ukraine and Russia took place on 20 March in Brussels to negotiate new conditions for Russian gas exports to Ukraine.
  • On 16 March, EU and Turkey launched a High Level Energy Dialogue to reinforce energy cooperation.
  • The next Informal Energy Council will take place in Riga on 14-15 April.