Rhein on Energy and Climate

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During the last 50 years global energy demand has risen at an unprecedented pace and is expected to continue rising further in the wake of growing world population and prosperity. These trends are not sustainable. The energy resources (coal, oil, gas, uranium) are finite and burning them is bound to accelerate climate change to a… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

With the presentation on June 18th of a comprehensive energy transition programme the French energy minister has started to fulfil promises made during the 2012 Presidential election campaign. The programme is a valuable contribution to the ongoing discussion on European energy and climate policy beyond 2020 and the preparation for the decisive international climate conference… » 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

China has a long reputation of a country severely plagued by air pollution. In 2013 China registered its worst record on air pollution; Beijing is considered the second most polluted city in the world. The air pollution has been the consequence of two decades of super-rapid economic growth without the government addressing its negative by-effects… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

When talking about climate change we usually think of electricity, passenger cars, airplanes, but hardly ever of heavy-duty trucks. That is a mistake, for heavy-duty trucks account for a substantial share of C02 emissions from the transport sector, which is second among the key emitters after electricity. So far only Japan has introduced heavy-duty truck… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

While the Government is busy rewriting legislation on the promotion of renewable energies a High-level Group of Scientists appointed by the German Parliament has come out with a radical proposal to abolish the legislation altogether. In recent years, the German legislation has increasingly come under attack because of its high cost for business and normal… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

The new coalition in Berlin has defined detailed, though rather vague and ambiguous guidelines for its energy and climate policy. These are bound to have a bearing on EU policy which will be reviewed in 2014-15 during the preparations of the decisive Paris Climate Conference in 2015 (COP 21). The coalition had little choice but… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein