Rhein on Energy and Climate

Archives for Energy and Climate Policy

After 30 years of banning new nuclear power and decommissioning four reactors, the Swedish government has reversed its anti-nuclear course. The 10 reactors operating presently can continue until the end of their economic life time, maximum 60 years, and be replaced by new, even bigger ones on the present sites. But they will not receive… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

Just two days after the European Council has adopted the EU climate policy package, the Australian government has followed suit, presenting its “carbon pollution reduction scheme”. That is good news because it shows that the rich countries are finally getting serious for the Copenhagen Climate Conference in December 2009. For Australia action on the climate… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

After its agreement on December 12, the EU might wish to sit back and say: mission accomplished. That would be a fatal error. The real mission only starts now. The EU has to motivate the rest of the world to also engage in the battle against climate change. The preparatory meetings for the decisive international… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

Traditionally, one Commissioner has been responsible for all environmental issues, and another one for energy issues. This division of portfolios was perfectly adequate before climate change became the all-encompassing policy issue for both energy and environmental policies. In the recent past, the division of competences has not been propitious, leading to in-house fights between “climate… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein