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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?

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

Air traffic must become climate neutral and more environmentally friendly. With the publication Aloft – An Inflight Review the Heinrich Böll Foundation and the Airbus Group want to provide important insights into the current state of technological developments and the political debate surrounding the sustainable future of flying.

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.

La lutte contre le changement climatique influence de plus en plus les politiques énergétiques. En effet, réduire la consommation d’énergies fossiles, et la production de dioxyde de carbone associée, est le principal levier de réduction des émissions de gaz à effet de serre.

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.

Driving Regional Cooperation Forward in the 2030 Renewable Energy Framework

How can regional cooperation be strengthened within the 2030 governance and how can it help to reach and even exceed the binding EU target of at least 27% renewable energy by 2030?

The G7 summit has set the stage to change global financial structures and align them with climate goals. This Policy Brief discusses how the EU can shape 2015 outcomes and lead on climate finance.

How can the transatlantic exchange help to make energy infrastructure compatible with a transition to a low-carbon energy system? What new opportunities arise from investments in smart energy infrastructure? Which governance options can provide for effective, coherent and democratic energy infrastructure planning and what role can regional cooperation play in this regard?

The Future of Utilities: Extinction or Re-Invention?

Energy transitions in Germany and the United States are forcing utilities to increasingly reinvent themselves. Energy expert Susanne Fratzscher takes a look at a number of transformative trends that will push this process and outlines how utilities have begun to adapt to new power market realities on both sides of Atlantic.

Fukushima: Four Years Later

This report presents the main arguments that haven been discussed at the Böll Lunch Debateconference 'Fukushima: Four Years Later' (Brussels, March 4 2015).

From Fukushima to Hinkley

This report presents the main arguments that haven been discussed at the conference 'From Fukushima to Hinkley: Dismantling the nuclear argument for a sustainable energy future' (London, March 5 2015).

red energy

How can the 2030 climate and energy framework set the necessary conditions to further enhance the growth of renewables across the European Union?

Community owned wind turbin in Saerbeck, Germany

At the top of a spoil heap in Loos-en-Gohelle, participants from the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung’s Green Jobs Tour 2014 reflected on their 7-day journey through Poland, Germany and France.

Pacific Ocean From Space

The third Policy Brief discusses how Europe can best form strategic alliances for an ambitious and fair global climate deal in Paris.

Wind Turbin

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.

La Transition Energétique en Allemagne

La transition énergétique allemande a fait l’objet de nombreux commentaires en France. Entre dénonciation et application sans recul du modèle allemand dans l’Hexagone... Mieux vaut savoir distinguer les mythes de la réalité avant de prendre position !

What can Europe learn from the U.S. to get consumers involved in the electricity market? What should the EU do to unlock the potential of demand side flexibility and deal with concerns about adequate data protection? How should funds, regulations, incentives and measures be designed and implemented to ensure success in promoting energy efficiency? How can market and non-market barriers be identified and overcome to foster energy savings? In what way could 2030 energy efficiency targets help the EU to reduce its emissions in a cost effective way and to increase its energy security and how would this compare to an emissions-only approach? How can transatlantic cooperation help to unlock mitigation opportunities in energy efficiency in the pre-2020 period?

The World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2014

Three years after Fukushima, global nuclear power generation continues to decline. This year's report states that the nuclear share in the world's power generation declined steadily from a historic peak of 17.6 percent in 1996 to 10.8 percent in 2013. If it weren’t for the World Nuclear Industry Status Report, we probably wouldn’t know. This is because the nuclear industry is working hard to have us believe quite the opposite: that the world is seeing a nuclear renaissance.

The German Coal Conundrum

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.

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