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The idea of regional cooperation can fill the ambition gap between national energy strategies and a standardized EU-wide approach.

Infographic from the Ocean Atlas – Pollution Trash in the Surf, Poison in the Sea

The mounds of garbage on some coasts pose clearly visible problems. Other types of pollution are less visible – but every bit as serious.

Infographic from the Ocean Atlas – The International Community Is Losing Ground—As Individual Countries Gain It

For thousands of years people have taken to the sea to fish and trade. Wars have been fought as rival rulers claimed the rights to the sea and its exploitation. Those conflicts have continued to this day.

Infographic from the Ocean Atlas – 300 Years – Technological Development and Metal Consumption

Unseen treasures with mysterious names beckon from the depths of the ocean: manganese nodules, cobalt crusts, black smokers. Hidden within them are rich concentrations of valuable metals.

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European Energy Transition

Infographic from the Ocean Atlas – The Blue Mussel and Its Neighbors in the Continually Submerged Area of the Wadden Sea

Gourmets visiting Sylt, Germany’s idyllic North Sea vacation destination, can choose between fresh Pacific oysters and native blue mussels. But what seems like fine dining is actually a cautionary tale as the foreign oysters threaten to overrun the native mussels.

Infographic from the Ocean Atlas – pH Scale: What is Acidic, What is Alkaline?

Our oceans are becoming more and more acidic. Though barely detectable to humans, for many of the animals that live there, the change is already proving fatal.

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Climate & Sustainable Development

Infographic from the Ocean Atlas – Megacities: Dangerous Developments, Floods, Tsunamis

Flooding, erosion, sinking: our coasts are under ever-increasing pressure. People who live in coastal regions are especially endangered – and there are an ever-increasing number of them.

Infographic from the Ocean Atlas – Subventions and Catches – What's Left Over?

Fish is a cornerstone of global food security. This global dependence on fish is actually the greatest threat to our fish populations. Many are overfished, and the number is rising.

Infographic from the Ocean Atlas – Heavy Fuel Oil – More Emission Control Areas Are Needed

Coffee, bananas, smartphones, automobiles: cargo ships transport goods around the world. 90 percent of global trade is seaborne. Who does what – and who pays for it all?

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Latest Publications

Cover of the Ocean Atlas published by the Heinrich Boell Foundation

Without the ocean there would be no life on our planet. But the future of this unique ecosystem faces a grave threat today. The Ocean Atlas 2017 delivers with its 18 contributions and 50 graphics the relevant facts and figures about the ocean.

Linking human rights and a gender-responsive approach to climate actions, can avoid harmful unintended consequences and maximize social benefits of programmes and projects. This interim report provides a general assessment of how to effectively integrate human rights and gender equality as well as the broader SDG agenda into EU climate actions.

In 2003, the Belgian government decided on a phase-out of its nuclear power fleet by 2025. The policy brief investigates the current Belgian electricity landscape in preparation of this phase-out. In how far is Belgium prepared and ready to fill the gap with renewable energy sources?

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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:

Dr. Radostina PRIMOVA
Director Climate & Energy Programme  
Tel. +32-2-743 41 04
Email: radostina.primova@eu.boell.org

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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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