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

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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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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.

All graphics of the publication Aloft - An Inflight Review are under the Creative Commons license CC-BY-NC-ND. This means: You can copy and redistribute the work in compliance with these conditions.

Confirmed emissions of 2014 of the aviation sector
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The EU wanted to exert international pressure to speed up the reduction of carbon emissions in air traffic. However, it failed because its climate policy met with existing conflicts of interest.

Graphic: Car, bus, train and plane in comparison
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Experts in Germany and the EU are ascertaining the environmental ranking of different transport modes.

Hybrid Airplane
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In the coming decades, new aircraft engines and production methods could make flying more sustainable. “Hybrid flying” using electrical energy has already begun and 3D printing promises higher efficiency and a cleaner production process.

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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. Air traffic needs to become more environmentally friendly. This is where the cooperation of Airbus Group and the Heinrich Böll Foundation begins, because a climate-friendly flying is a common interest of all.

Researcher in the laboratory with pools for algae cultivation
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Kerosene made from algae oil to make jet fuel sustainable.

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Aviation is a good example of how emissions reduction targets can be met without cutting emissions.

The book “Aloft – An Inflight Review” is a joint publication of the Heinrich Böll Foundation and the Airbus Group. In the following interview Ralf Fücks explains how such a co-operation project came about and what steps need to be taken to make air travel more environmentally friendly.

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Contrary to the objective to quit nuclear energy, a recent paper of the European Commission’s DG Research maps out possible nuclear research priorities. An analysis to put the latest developments into perspective.

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An essay from Annalena Baerbock, Oliver Krischer, Dr. Anton Hofreiter, Marieluise Beck, Bärbel Höhn, Dieter Janecek, Omid Nouripour, Manuel Sarrazin und Dr. Julia Verlinden

Coal mine in Poland "Turów"
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The first months after the Polish elections show that the new government will postpone important decisions about mining in Poland. Renewable energy may pay the price for this delay.

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The stakeholder workshop will gather regional experts from across Europe to discuss practical, legal and political challenges and chancesfor regional renewable energy cooperation.

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