Europe is making progress towards its energy transition at a rate few imagined ten years ago. There is still a long way to go, but the continent is now in a position to become the global leader in green energy.
The level of political commitment in the build up to Paris means a deal is very likely. A successful climate agreement will establish an enduring framework within which governments can work together to keep the rise in global temperatures below 2°C.
The transformation of economic growth towards a lower dependency on fossil fuels and related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is essential for the feasibility of a successful global climate strategy. A study by DIW Econ.
In the first week of June, the Czech government adopted an action plan that is supposed to lead to the construction of four new reactors in the country. The government’s decision, however, is not the product of a rational political debate; it is the result of the long-term erosion of responsible governing.
The German energy transition - or Energiewende - cannot be regarded as a solely German phenomenon and is increasingly impacting energy systems far beyond its borders. If the Energiewende is to turn into a true success story it must become more European.
In the spring of 2014, power company ČEZ cancelled its tender for the construction of two new blocks at the Temelín Nuclear Power Station. The decision came immediately after the government adopted a resolution in which it rejected “involvement in any type of state guarantee” for new nuclear projects.