Developing countries are most vulnerable to the devastating impacts of climate change. It is therefore of utmost importance to empower these countries to cope with the loss and damage already happening as a consequence of climate change. However, next to these necessary adaptation measures it is also important to mention, that the Global South can accelerate the economic development along a green trajectory while reducing poverty through the development of renewable energies. This has to be taken into account when discussing the design of newly emerging international funding mechanisms such as the Green Climate Fund (GCF) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
November 12, 2013 No Comments
It is often overlooked—or conveniently forgotten—that the early industrial revolution was powered 100% by renewable energy. It wasn’t until the late 19th century that fossil fuels began to overtake renewable energy in industrial economies around the world.
Today there are communities around the world celebrating their recent transition to 100% renewable energy (RE) in electricity supply. A growing global movement among local and regional governments is proving that meeting 100% of our energy demand with renewable energy is viable. [Read more →]
October 10, 2013 No Comments
The current situation: The world is fossil!
In the rather emotional debate about the “Energiewende” (energy transition) and the “EEG” (renewable energy law) in Germany, many tend to forget the current energy situation in Germany, Austria and the world in general. All of these energy systems are still very much dominated by fossil fuels. Even though the percentage is ‘only’ 70% in Austria, in Germany — with a renewables share of 12.2% – non-renewable energy still make up a whopping 87.8% share of final energy consumption.
August 22, 2013 No Comments