Port of Antwerp proudly announced last May that the Saudi company Energy Recovery Systems (ERS) will invest 3.7 billion euros (roughly U.S. $4 billion) in a green project at one of its docks. While the project is lauded as 40 percent more energy-efficient than a classical waste incinerator, doubts about how green the project actually is have quickly developed.
On Oct. 30, Russia, Ukraine and the EU finally agreed on the conditions under which Russian natural gas will be delivered to Europe and Ukraine this winter. The EU promised Ukraine financial aid, but it specified that Brussels won’t take on Ukraine’s financial responsibilities in case it can’t make payments.
Europe’s shale gas reserves are almost as big as America’s, but many countries have either banned fracking completely or are experiencing difficulties due to citizens’ opposition and technical challenges. Despite the Ukrainian crisis and its dependence on Russian imports, Europe is still indecisive about pushing forward with shale gas fracking.
You will join a team of writers (both US and Ukraine based) to report on the economic consequences of the Ukraine revolution and how it is affecting import of Russian natural gas to Europe. Your job will be to choose a sub topic and write three in-depth articles on the issue, and travel to a topic-related event. The main questions addressed by the project are:
Export of Russian natural gas to Europe – how dependent EU is on Russian supplies. Possible alternatives replacing Russian gas including import from the US. What’s next for Ukraine – will it remain the key transit country?
“What do you mean with ‘green’?” Emin asks while driving me to Atatürk Airport in Istanbul. This young Turkish taxi driver tells me (with his limited English, and even more limited body language, given he’s driving) he does not know what environmental taxes are, while pointing out the dozens of cars stacked in traffic on the right side, traffic he managed to avoid by maneuvering.
Mini-Series: Impact Istanbul features conference highlights, round-ups, interviews, Q&A’s, and speaker profiles. It is part of our International Business Forum 2013 live coverage. This time, Apolline Nassour asks: What is typical workshop on inclusive business at IBF2013 like? Definitely inclusive, but also quite fun, as learnt first hand. What makes a productive, engaging workshop at conference like the 2013 International Business Forum (IBF)?
Biofuels are nowadays very controversial, even if they promise a lot. That is why Adam Wong – who helped me for the preparation of the interview and who filmed it – and I took the chance to talk to a very up-to-date researcher in the fields. At the World Resources Forum 2012 in Beijing, we interviewed Philippa Usher from the University of Leeds. The brilliant Ph.D student from the Energy Research Institute is specialized in low carbon technology and more specifically, in microalgae biofuels. Her research, as she explains in the interview, focuses on Brazil where biofuels are already produced on a large scale.