Today, news not related to the Greek referendum made it into the German headlines. News with outrageous content: The German government decided that profits of Germany’s dirtiest coal companies are more important than the people and more important than climate change risks. Chancellor Merkel and Minister for Economics and Energy, Sigmar Gabriel agreed to drop the plan for a coal levy that had been discussed for months. Instead, they agreed to compensate (!) coal companies like RWE for lignite power plants that will go off-grid. More precisely, potential loss of profits from old coal-fired plants with a capacity of up to 2.7 Gigawatts that will have to go offline will be compensated with tax payers money. [Read more →]
July 2, 2015 Comments Off on German government buckles under fossil fuel industry pressure
While delegates are negotiating until late hours in Lima, we already know that the past two weeks signal an important shift in fighting climate change: For the first time in 20 years of climate negotiations, governments at the UN climate summit in Lima, Peru seriously discussed the need to cut carbon emissions to zero by 2050. The phase out of fossil fuel emissions by mid-century was an idea that gained support from over 100 countries. [Read more →]
December 13, 2014 Comments Off on We are still waiting for 100% Renewable Energy
Poland is clearly far from being a leader on climate action – it still uses coal to generate nearly 90 per cent of its electricity. However, below the doom and gloom headlines there are glimmers of hope that reveal a burgeoning will to join the global transition towards a clean energy future. Indeed, a growing sector of the population is increasingly seeing community energy as a means to a more democratic future.
November 25, 2014 Comments Off on Local energy brings greater democracy in Poland