Rhein on Energy and Climate

Archives for Energy Efficiency

Over the coming 30 years the volume of intra- European passenger and goods traffic is expected to rise substantially, due to more intensive economic activity and leisure time. Most of the extra traffic will turn to the roads, thereby causing more saturation, traffic jams, C02 emissions and other environmental nuisances. The top priority for European… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

Once again the State of California takes the world by surprise. Only a few weeks after President Obama had to concede defeat in his efforts to pass national legislation on reducing green house gas emissions the biggest US State by population and GDP acts on its own. The new legislation, due to enter into force… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

Iran with a population of only 60 million ranks tenth in the world among C02 emitter countries. Its per capita C02 emissions amount to almost 8 tons, equal to Italy, and extremely high for a country with a relatively low level of economic development. Two major reasons account for this situation. First Iran is the… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

When the European Council will conclude its deliberations December 16th, Brussels will make a sigh of relief. This has been arguably one of the most difficult years the EU ever had to master. But despite the accidents on the road, the EU deserves good notes. It has achieved much more in than expected at its… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

Until the end of 2009 Lithuania had depended for most of its electricity on two reactors of the unsafe Chernobyl type, which the country had to close down as a pre-condition for EU membership. In order not to depend excessively on Russian gas and electricity supply the government decided to replace its two former nuclear… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

For the last 10 ten years European wind and solar industries have scored nothing but victories. The demand for renewable energy was steadily rising, helped be generous feed-in tariffs, allowing them to widen production capacities, improve technology, pioneer off-shore technologies and enter markets beyond the EU, in particular USA. Thus the annual installed wind capacity… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

For the last 40 years Europe has been struggling for a single patent comparable to patents issued by the US Patent Office. The patents granted by the European Patent Office in Munich are only valid in the 37 signatory countries of the 1973 European Patent Convention, after due translation into the respective national languages. This… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

Quietly and without being noted by the wider public, EU institutions have started to address the consequences climate change may have in Europe. European climate policy will therefore in future follow a dual track: mitigation, which has so far been in the limelight, and adaptation. This approach signals the rising awareness of policy makers that… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

With one month to go before the opening of the 16th ministerial climate conference in Cancun, the EU Environment Council, meeting on October 24th, has defined its expectations and “negotiation directives”. The “Council Conclusions” adopted to that end contain a lot of exaggerated hopes, couched in an excessive technical jargon. Who would not agree that… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein