Rhein on Energy and Climate

Archives for EU climate policy

Doing business as usual will be a recipe for failure at the decisive climate meeting in Paris next December. 20 previous world climate conferences have shown this; and the two-week Bonn preparatory meeting of environment ministers in in May has offered very little hope for an outcome that will prevent an unsustainable temperature rise in… » 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

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

I. Humanity is towards a global cataclysm. It will be impossible to contain the rise of global temperature within the EU target two centigrade, unless the major emission countries take draconian and urgent action, without further delay. During 2002-06, global C02 emissions have been rising at an average annual rate of 3.6 percent, a bit… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

This is the message that nine internationally renowned climate scientists address to the world after a thorough analysis of palaeo-climate data. The C02 content in the atmosphere has increased from 280 ppm in pre-industrial times to 385 ppm today. A quarter of the C02 emitted stays in the atmosphere for several centuries, cumulating with any… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

The EU is about to legislate ambitious targets for CO2 emissions from the power and automobile industries. The power sector will have to reduce CO2 emissions by 20 percent before 2020, and automobile manufacturers will have to streamline their car fleets so that the average car will not emit more than 120 g of CO2… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein