Climate & Energy

Key insights and policy recommendations for decisionmakers on local, national and European level from a study tour to the North Sea region.

President Obama speaks to the Airman of Nellis Air Force Base Nev. during a visit to Las Vegas. The president spoke about issues concerning world energy and the importance of solar power. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Senior Airman Brian Ybarbo, released)
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President Barack Obama discusses the long-term potential of renewable energies and sees the global energy transition as irreversible. Now more than ever, the world needs to embrace the opportunity of clean energy and cooperate on its climate goals.

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The chosen method - retention of two thirds of nuclear energy - is only at first sight incompatible with the idea of the German energy transition. The objective is strikingly similar.

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Compared to COP21 where the EU had a decisive bridge-building role between developed and developing countries in leading a strong climate coalition, in Marrakesh Europe appeared silent and divided.

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European Energy Transition

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The European Commission’s winter package aims to reform the EU's energy system. Despite positive developments, EU Member States are still far from finding common ground

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Regional cooperation can play a key role in meeting the EU'S climate and energy targets for the year 2020. By organising a North Sea study tour with various regional stakeholders we put theory into practice.

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In addition to the usual, global overview of status and trends in reactor building and operating, as well as the traditional comparison between deployment trend in the nuclear power and renewable energy sectors, the 2016 edition of the World Nuclear Industry Status Report (WNISR) provides an assessment of the trends of the economic health of some of the major players in the industry.

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Climate & Sustainable Development

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In cooperation with the Representation of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia to the EU and Stiftung Asienhaus, the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung EU Office has the pleasure to invite you to a conference on regional and local best practices in tackling climate mitigation and adaptation challenges.

Demonstration in Garzweiler - August 2015
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Finding an answer to the question of how to deal with global climate change is no easy feat and the issue has been setting challenges for international politics for decades. In Germany a scientific advisory body was established with the aim to support the German government in the field of climate politics, the so-called WBGU.

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Paris has been declared by many as a historic moment and breakthrough in international climate negotiations. By putting an end to the Kyoto governance and signalling the decline of the fossil fuel area, this new agreement is a huge step forward in the history of international climate diplomacy.

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Latest Publications

Countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) are blessed with huge and diversified renewable energy potential. Given the ever-increasing role of renewables in the energy mix of the EU, renewable energy cooperation has been a major pillar of the EU-MENA partnership.

Regions and cities could play a vital role in reaching the Paris objectives.This paper explores challenges and opportunities that lay ahead and gives best practice examples.

Climate change and environmental degradation have accelerated global migration flows and are continuously impacting the livelihood and mobility patterns of vulnerable populations across the world.

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Our main focus

Europe’s climate leadership is the key for leveraging political traction with others and securing outcomes at the international climate negotiations. However, Europe has become more divided on climate and energy policy, which undermines its credibility as a global climate frontrunner. The EU should boost its climate diplomacy to strengthen alliances with a wider range of countries and communities. At the same time, it is crucial to build support within the EU and its Member States for a European energy transition. An energy transition based on renewable energy and energy efficiency can not only drastically reduce emissions and other environmental and social burdens; it also reduces energy import dependency and hence increases energy security, strengthens local economies, and creates jobs. The Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung European Union aims to contribute to the development of sustainable and ambitious European climate and energy policies by means of publications, capacity buildings, expert meetings, and lunch debates.

For more information please contact:

Kathrin GLASTRA
Director European Energy Transition Progamme
Tel. +32-2-743 41 04
Email: kathrin.glastra@eu.boell.org

Dr. Radostina PRIMOVA
Director Climate and Sustainable Development Programme  
Tel. +32-2-743 41 06
Email: radostina.primova@eu.boell.org

Silvia BRUGGER
Director Climate and Sustainable Development Programme
On sabbatical leave until June 2017

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The liberal democracy crisis and the future of the EU
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A Training Summit for European Immigrant & Minority Leaders
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How did forests become ‚natural capital‘? Our web dossier illustrates what the concept of the „New Economy of Nature“ stands for and explains nature’s role in the Green Economy.

The European Commission, the European Council and the European Parliament have all repeatedly called for regional cooperation in the context of the 2030 framework on climate and energy and the Energy Union.

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Flying is a central component of the globally networked world. At the same time, the environmental impact can no longer be ignored. Our dossier provides facts and infographics on the current state of technological developments and the political debate surrounding the sustainable future of air travel.

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