Sunday, December 04, 2005

Climate protection and energy supply in Germany 1990-2020

A report by DPG reviews15 years of climate policy in Germany (1990-2005) and looks 15 years ahead (2005-2020). Germany's emissions are only 3-4% of global emissions, and hence Germany's climate policy only makes sense in a context of setting a leadership example on the international scene, while developing a next export sector for business.
Germany already has failed to meet its much publicised 2005 target of 25% reduction compared to 1990, and is set on a course to miss its 2020 target of 40% reduction. A key factor is the nuclear phaseout, which will lead to 112 million tonne additional emissions. The report pleads for keeping the nuclear park open, and for solar thermal power plats in South Germany.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Post-2012 Climate Policy - the Pew report

In a 47th vision on Kyoto Post-2012 (after the '45 visions' review by University of Amsterdam and the recent 3E report), the Pew Center on Global Climate Change argues for a flexible, multilateral framework that engages major actors. It calls for an aspirational long-term goal, with differentiated targets & trading to drive short-term action. The report also sees a role for technology cooperation.