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EU Climate Policy 'In Line' with 2050 Goal, but What Does that Mean?

European Union declarations on climate policy are usually full of carefully crafted paragraphs, suggesting political consensus where in fact significant differences prevail. Thus, it came as a surprise for many observers that the European Council -...

Posted April 3, 2014    

Technical vs. Political Feasibility: Between the Lines of the IEA Climate Report

After days of ongoing (social) media coverage on a major new climate policy study, it’s always interesting to see what you can find if you actually read the whole report. In this respect, the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) special report...

Posted June 26, 2013    

Maintaining the 2 Degrees Target by Shifting Assumptions

After two weeks of largely fruitless climate negotiations at the UNFCCC meeting in Bonn/Germany, the world is one step closer to miss the overarching target of international climate policy: limiting the mean temperature increase to 2 degrees Celsius...

Posted June 14, 2013    

EU Energy and Climate Change Policy After 2020

In 2007, the European Union invented the catchy-sounding “20-20-20 for 2020” energy policy strategy, which was mainly designed to promote climate protection, foster renewable energies, and increase energy efficiency. The European Commission is...

Posted May 31, 2013