Rhein on Energy and Climate

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In the last 20 years international climate conferences have produced no more than lengthy unintelligible papers without targeted actions addressed to participants. As a result, we have been through 20 such conferences without any positive impact on global climate. The Paris Conference is meant to be more productive. So far its only potential improvement is… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

After one year of intensive consultations with stakeholders the US Environmental Protection Agency has presented a 645 page (!) proposal containing the rules for C02 emissions that existing power plants will have to respect in the future. When adopted they will lead to a 30% fall of emissions from electricity generation until 2030, compared to… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

Urban mobility is bound to become one the most pressing global issues in the coming decades. By 2050, three quarters of Humanity are expected to live in urban regions, with detrimental consequences for mobility, pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Europe scores substantially better than most other regions on earth; but even in Europe mobility and… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

Coal-fired power plants are the worst emitters of greenhouse gases. This goes for US, China, India, Australia, Poland and many other countries. It is therefore urgent to curb their emissions. This can be done by: fixing strict C02 emission standards; inviting banks to make loans for power plants subject to strict emission standards. The USA… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

This year’s Frankfurt Automobile Show has been marked by an impressive presentation of electric cars. New manufacturers like BMW and Volkswagen have entered the fray, with considerable delay, to contest the dominant position of incumbents like Nissan/Renault, Daimler and GM. No major manufacturer can any longer afford not to offer a range of electric cars.… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

The landslide victory of the Australian Conservatives in September 6th parliamentary elections risks having negative ramifications for Australian and global climate policy. One of the priorities of the new government will be the repeal of the unpopular carbon tax, which has been introduced in July 2012 by the outgoing Labour government and is credited with… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

After years of controversial political debate, China has its carbon tax! It has taken the courage of Julia Gillard, the socialist prime minister since 2010, to get there. As of July 1. 2012, 294 companies and municipal councils will be subject to a A$ 23 tax per ton of C02. That is more than twice… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

2010 marks a new record in global C02 emissions. They totalled 30.6 Gigatons, 6 percent more than in 2009, when global economic activity suffered from the financial cataclysm in USA and Europe. According to IEA estimates, C02 emissions must absolutely peak at a level of 32 Gigatons by 2020. If they fail to do so… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

The new US approach on climate policy has led American oil and energy companies to redefine their positions. Realising that it is no longer possible to block any action aiming at reducing C02 emissions they now accept working with the Administration with the objective of obtaining the most business-friendly solutions. Their main concern is, of… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein