Rhein on Energy and Climate

Archives for EU climate targets

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

The USA is getting serious with tackling climate change. Just in time for the next International Climate Conference in November in Warsaw, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed strict emission standards for new power. To meet these standards, power plants will have to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by about 40% to roughly 500g… » 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

Wind power is the most successful renewable energy, leaving aside hydro power for which it is becoming increasingly difficult to find suitable sites in Europe and the USA. By the end of 2008 the globally installed capacity of wind power will exceed 100 GW, the equivalent of 50 nuclear power plants, if we take into… » 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