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 No Comments
Germany’s largest utility company announced its break up yesterday: In order to focus wholly on renewable energy, E.ON is spinning off its fossil fuel power plants into a separate company. With the largest market share in the country, power supplier E.ON plans to create a new publicly listed company that would specialize in coal, gas and nuclear power generation, global energy trading, exploration and production. That leaves the company E.ON SE to concentrate on renewable generation, distribution network and providing customer solutions.
December 2, 2014 No Comments
The Feed-in Tariff (FiT) has proven to be the most successful policy for climate protection and sustainable development. As the cornerstone of overwhelming renewable energy development worldwide, it has resulted in significant greenhouse gas emission reductions, green jobs, revenues for governments and citizens and cost-competitive alternatives to harmful fossil fuels. Despite all that, the FiT is currently under attack. This is especially so in frontrunner country Germany, where the government has approved the phase out of the FiT through recent reform. But the Feed-in Tariff is a better policy than is commonly understood. [Read more →]
July 17, 2014 No Comments