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    EU energy policy

    A long and winding road

    There are increasing conflicts about the strategic direction the EU should take to safeguard its energy supply. While some countries are placing their faith in renewables, others are focusing on coal and nuclear energy. A roadmap at the EU level will only succeed if binding expansion targets for 2030 are set.
    6 Jan 14, Lothar Lochmaier 0
  • Politics
    Renewable Energy Sources Act

    A contentious agreement

    The German grand coalition agreement was a long time in coming – and when it was finally published, the news was not encouraging for the renewables sector.
    16 Dec 13, Jörg-Rainer Zimmermann and Isaac Bah 0
  • Politics
    Global Carbon Project

    CO2 emissions reach all-time high

    Global carbon emissions from fossil-fuel combustion reached unprecedented heights in 2012 according to the annual report by the Global Carbon Project (GCP). In its analysis, GCP scientists report that a staggering 35 billion tonnes of CO2 were produced in 2012. The preliminary analysis for 2013 shows an even gloomier outlook: 36 billion tonnes of CO2 will be emitted globally by the end of the year – a 61-percent increase compared to 1990 levels of CO2 emissions, the base level of the Kyoto Protocol.
    20 Nov 13, Isaac Bah 0
  • Politics
    Subsidy programme

    Russia kick-starts renewables funding

    Russia, the largest oil-producing country in the world, is increasing the share of renewables in its energy mix. By 2020, the country plans to meet 2.5 percent of its energy needs with renewable energy sources compared with the mere 0.8 percent they cover today.
    18 Nov 13, Isaac Bah 0
  • Politics
    Reactions: World Energy Outlook 2013

    “Renewables will win through in the end”

    The World Energy Outlook (WEO), published annually by the International Energy Agency, provides the most comprehensive overview of global developments in the energy sector. We asked energy experts from environmental organisations and political groups about what they expect from the 2013 edition of the WEO, and about the issues currently dominating the global energy debate.
    18 Nov 13, Isaac Bah 0
  • Politics
    2030 targets

    Green Paper Blues

    In March 2013, the European Commission published a green paper aimed at stirring up the debate on the development of European energy and climate policies until 2030. In the past, such papers always preceded adoption of binding measures that turned out to be milestones for the development of renewable energy in the EU. But judging by the reactions to the Commission’s green paper from various member states and non-governmental actors, this time might be different.
    12 Nov 13, Andrzej Ancygier 0
  • Politics
    World Energy Outlook 2013

    IEA forecasts 3.6C rise in temperatures

    Fracking, soaring energy prices, climate change: the World Energy Outlook 2013, published by the International Energy Agency (IEA), paints a grim picture of the situation in the energy sector. The report expects global demand for energy to have risen by around a third by 2035. In spite of the continued expansion of renewables, fossil fuels will still account for over 75 percent of the energy mix and be responsible for some two thirds of global greenhouse gas emissions. Limiting global warming to 2C over the coming decades will therefore drift further and further out of reach.
    12 Nov 13, Isaac Bah 0
  • Politics
    Bioenergy

    EU caps biofuels

    The amount of first-generation biofuels – those made from plant or animal feedstocks – that can be counted towards the EU’s biofuel targets will be lowered in the future. That was the recent decision by the European Parliament on legislation proposed by the European Commission.
    6 Nov 13, Jürgen Heup 0
  • Politics
    2013 elections

    What now for Germany?

    The German election campaign badly damaged the image of efforts to switch to renewables. Yet current studies show that renewables create huge amounts of value added – and are popular with the public. Will the new German government act more wisely now that the FDP is no longer involved?
    17 Oct 13, Jörg-Rainer Zimmermann 0
  • Politics
    Poland

    From swot to slow coach

    Germany’s transition to renewable energy is being watched closely abroad, not least by neighbouring Poland.
    16 Oct 13, Andrzej Ancygier 0

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Bursting the bubble - Germany’s disappointing climate package

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