Author Archives: Isabel Skrine

About Isabel Skrine

Isabel started as a Programme Assistant on Sustainable Energy Security for the Quaker Council for European Affairs in October 2011.

Cyprus: rising tensions as gas bids gain a further international dimension

Along with the newly incumbent Cypriot presidency of the Council of the European Union, Cyprus is also coping with the impacts of a second round of licensing (February – April 2012) for the gas discovered in its Exclusive Economic Zone

Cyprus: rising tensions as gas bids gain a further international dimension

Along with the newly incumbent Cypriot presidency of the Council of the European Union, Cyprus is also coping with the impacts of a second round of licensing (February – April 2012) for the gas discovered in its Exclusive Economic Zone

Cyprus: Small but ambitious

Cyprus might be small but it has big plans for its six-month presidency. Alongside the ongoing sovereign debt crisis, and expected developments in a number of key European policy areas in the next six months, Cyprus also has problems closer

Cyprus: Small but ambitious

Cyprus might be small but it has big plans for its six-month presidency. Alongside the ongoing sovereign debt crisis, and expected developments in a number of key European policy areas in the next six months, Cyprus also has problems closer

Every Drop Counts: Snapshots from Green Week 2012

‘Without water, there is no environment; Without water, there is no economy; Without water, there is no life.’ Janez Potočnik, European Environment Commissioner The focus of this year’s Green Week (May 22-25) was water. Highly topical, as Europe is experiencing

Every Drop Counts: Snapshots from Green Week 2012

‘Without water, there is no environment; Without water, there is no economy; Without water, there is no life.’ Janez Potočnik, European Environment Commissioner The focus of this year’s Green Week (May 22-25) was water. Highly topical, as Europe is experiencing

World Water Day 2012: does water count as a human right?

Access to safe water and sanitation was declared a human right by the UN’s General Assembly in July 2010. A surprising eighteen EU Member States abstained from voting. The main problem faced by governments is that a large proportion of

World Water Day 2012: does water count as a human right?

Access to safe water and sanitation was declared a human right by the UN’s General Assembly in July 2010. A surprising eighteen EU Member States abstained from voting. The main problem faced by governments is that a large proportion of

Water Policy within resource efficiency: To be or not to be like the Danes?

The Danish Presidency of the European Union has begun. With it, it brings fresh ideas and approaches to push forward a green growth economy for Europe. Denmark itself already has a head start on the majority of EU countries, as it

Water Policy within resource efficiency: To be or not to be like the Danes?

The Danish Presidency of the European Union has begun. With it, it brings fresh ideas and approaches to push forward a green growth economy for Europe. Denmark itself already has a head start on the majority of EU countries, as it

Is your water sustainable?

Over Christmas, I felt guilty while topping up a car with diesel. Why? Because I tend to feel bad when I’m using more carbon than I have to. I always intended to feel the same about water, but it’s difficult

Is your water sustainable?

Over Christmas, I felt guilty while topping up a car with diesel. Why? Because I tend to feel bad when I’m using more carbon than I have to. I always intended to feel the same about water, but it’s difficult

Will Durban deliver? There is much indecision

The Durban Conference of Parties is over. There may be a signed document to show for the conference, however this document, laying the way for the Durban Platform, merely saved the negotiations. Potentially irreversible and catastrophic climate change is still

Will Durban deliver? There is much indecision

The Durban Conference of Parties is over. There may be a signed document to show for the conference, however this document, laying the way for the Durban Platform, merely saved the negotiations. Potentially irreversible and catastrophic climate change is still

Poll: European Union releases the 2050 Energy Roadmap

The EU has released the 2050 Energy Roadmap. This suggests five decarbonisation scenarios. Please tell us which of these you would like to see happening. You may select two answers.

Poll: European Union releases the 2050 Energy Roadmap

The EU has released the 2050 Energy Roadmap. This suggests five decarbonisation scenarios. Please tell us which of these you would like to see happening. You may select two answers.

Durban: Is unanimity necessary?

The annual COP17 climate change conference in Durban has begun. Between 28 November and 9 December, representatives from governments across the world, international organisations and civil society will gather together in Durban to debate and advance the Kyoto Protocol, the

Durban: Is unanimity necessary?

The annual COP17 climate change conference in Durban has begun. Between 28 November and 9 December, representatives from governments across the world, international organisations and civil society will gather together in Durban to debate and advance the Kyoto Protocol, the

Cyprus: struggling along, or about to hit the gas?

Cyprus has had a difficult history over the last century, a legacy it has carried into this one. However, its recent natural gas find in the Levant basin throws potential good fortune into a much suffering economy. Unfortunately for Cyprus,

Cyprus: struggling along, or about to hit the gas?

Cyprus has had a difficult history over the last century, a legacy it has carried into this one. However, its recent natural gas find in the Levant basin throws potential good fortune into a much suffering economy. Unfortunately for Cyprus,