Where does the French-German tandem go when it comes to renewables cooperation? Where do we stand with regard to energy transition ambition on both sides of the Rhine? These and similar questions have been adressed at a Böll Lunch Debate in the summer, please find here the event report.
The focus on the Energiewende has increasingly shifted to the role of coal in Germany. Arne Jungjohann and Craig Morris take a critical and historical look at the German coal situation and find that coal is in fact not making a comeback in Germany.
This paper demonstrates that an expansion of renewable energy sources is the only path to a secure, affordable and climate-friendly energy system until 2030 and beyond. Renewables not only drastically reduce emissions and other environmental and social burdens; they also reduce energy import dependency and hence increase energy security, strengthen local economies, and create jobs.
Three years after the disastrous earthquake in Japan that triggered a tsunami and eventually the nuclear catastrophe in Fukushima we cannot claim to manage the risks of nuclear power with a clear conscience. The nuclear power industry has struggled to make a comeback. To address the myths of nuclear power, the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung has commissioned renowned international nuclear experts to deliver reports that provide the public with an overview of current, fact-rich, and nuclear-critical know-how.
Climate change is one of the biggest challenges that humankind has ever faced, and we are running out of time. The decarbonisation of the energy sector lies at the centerpiece of the fight against climate change. The European Union (EU) is currently debating its climate and energy framework until 2030. An ambitious 2030 package could help to build the much needed momentum toward a global climate agreement in 2015.
The Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung commissioned a working group of experts from politics, industry, applied science and civil society who have considered these challenges. As a result of a series of expert meetings, the report ‘A European Union for Renewable Energy’ provides a collection of policy ideas for two key areas that will define the future of renewable energy development in Europe: grids, and support and remuneration schemes for renewables.