Oltre la tempesta perfetta, diversi fattori strutturali affliggono i mercati energetici UE. La posta in gioco e quello che Bruxelles ha in cantiere per una svolta.
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Scarcely two years after protesters redefined the political landscape in Kyrgyzstan, the country’s giant northern neighbour – Kazakhstan – has witnessed a series of uprisings that started in the Western city of Zhanaozen and soon spread to other Southern cities and, most importantly, the former capital of Almaty.
Per raggiungere gli obiettivi di neutralità climatica il nucleare è indispensabile. E la fusione aprirebbe nuove prospettive.
Il reshoring è un fenomeno sempre più discusso per le ricadute sul futuro della globalizzazione. Fino a che punto è davvero rilevante?
La forbice sociale si allargherà sia all’interno dei Paesi, sia a livello internazionale. Colmare i gap è una sfida per la ripresa economica globale.
The severe power outages that plagued China since September 2021 have highlighted the clash between efforts to limit environmental degradation and short-term economic realities. Lower supplies of coal—due to tighter environmental and safety inspections—combined with soaring power demand on the back of an infrastructure-heavy economic recovery, led to severe power cuts in over 20 Chinese provinces. The power rationing has weighed on the country’s economic growth and impacted global supply chains.
Europe is at the centre of an economic and geopolitical storm. Since last September, the prices of electricity and natural gas have steadily increased. EU natural gas prices soared to a new record high of €180 per megawatt-hour on the 21st of December, underpinned by a double-whammy of cold weather forecasts in late December and fears of supply disruptions. If compared to an average of €20 per megawatt-hour in mid-June, the December figures represent a 900% increase.
Humans are incredibly adept at learning new skills and adapting to different situations as circumstances change. However, we are also prone to adhering to deeply held beliefs long after the evidence has suggested we should have changed our world view.
The increase of the world’s electricity need is approaching a quick surge due to the spread of mobility electrification, the increase in the global population, and the growing use of air conditioning and electronic systems.
Contemporary energy dynamics suggest we are heading towards years of likely price volatility, with a strong necessity for governmental support schemes to channel the investments required to achieve the green transition. The final destination of this journey, as well as the travelling speed, will ultimately depend on available resources, technology, and consensus. This consensus, in turn, relies on the capability to distribute in a non-regressive way the costs of the transition.