Energy & Climate

Energy & Climate

The Heinrich Böll Foundation puts its main emphasis on the areas of global energy and climate policy, i.e. discussions about the opportunities for renewable energy. Our Warsaw office focuses on the presentation and promotion of sustainable, thus long-term, scenarios in the development of the energy sector in Europe, and in particular in Poland. We initiate debates on various energy models considering health, economic and political issues. As well as debates, we deliver knowledge in the form of handbooks and analysis.

Broadening the just transition debate

Report

At the end of June, in the Warsaw office of the Heinrich Böll Foundation, an incredible group of women met. A dozen female activists from two coal-mining regions – the Konin area and Silesia – came together to discuss how to make the voices of women better heard in the debate about ecological transformation. In order to find answers, they used a lot of their own wisdom and… Lego bricks.

By Piotr Trzaskowski

Programme Coordination

Events

Energy

Coal Commission Final Report – Assessment

Comment

Stefanie Groll takes a look at the long awaited report, which is considered the onset of the coal exit in Germany. What does the report propose for climate protection, structural change, workers, and industries?

By Stefanie Groll

Energy Union – What’s Best for Poland and Europe? - Expert Conference Summary Report

Energy security was the underlying idea behind the Energy Union which originally merely sought to reduce dependence on natural gas supplies from Russia. Over time, however, the Energy Union gradually evolved to become a way to boost European competitiveness, provide an impulse for innovation, contribute to climate policy, as well as ensure sustainable socio-economic modernisation. Energy was the foundation of the European Community – will Energy Union emerge as a driver of European cooperation in the spirit of solidarity, strengthening the European Union as a whole?

By Katarzyna Ugryn
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Coal Atlas: Facts and figures on a fossil fuel

Our Coal Atlas contains the latest facts and figures on the use of coal and its environmental and social consequences. With more than 60 detailed graphics, the atlas illustrates the coal industry’s impact on nature, health, labour, human rights and politics.

Climate Change

The IPCC Special Report on Land: We have to act now

Analysis

On August 8th 2019, the International Panel on Climate Change released its special report on climate change and land. Environmental expert Peg Putt provides an analysis of the report's findings.

By Peg Putt

A new Global Biodiversity Framework …for what and for whom?

Analysis

Nearly a decade after the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) set the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, evidence shows that the actions undertaken to implement them have not been sufficient. What should a new Global Biodiversity Framework look like?

By Gadir Lavadenz
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Energy Transition

Launch of the Energy Atlas 2018

Report

The democratisation of energy transition processes has already begun, putting the future in the hands of both cities and municipalities, as well as millions of Europe’s ordinary citizens.

By Katarzyna Ugryn, Lidia Dąbrowska

Coalitions as a key to a just transformation

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The second meeting of the French–German–Polish Forum on European Structural Change, which is devoted to European structural changes in the energy sector, took place in Katowice on the 3rd and 4th of December 2018. The aim of the meeting was to provide concrete examples of just transitions in different stages; to see best practices in Silesia and explore the differences between cities

By Katarzyna Ugryn, Silvia Weco
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Blog

Journalist Michał Olszewski comments developments in the Polish energy sector with a special emphasis on coal production.

Publications

Governing Ecologically

In voter surveys, the German Greens regularly come out as the party deemed to have by far the greatest competency in this area and in energy policy as well. This study by Arne Jungjohann tries to answer if this image is justified, as it looks at the subnational level of the federal states.

Changing Societies through Urban Commons Transitions

Why are urban commons so crucial for a social-ecological transition? A review on grassroots initiatives for urban commons transitions in the global north and south and the construction of an institutional framework.

Contracts for Sustainable Infrastructure

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Infrastructure is essential to the achievement of the sustainable development goals (SDGs) and to the success of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Our partner IISD presents why governments must invest in sustainable infrastructure and how they can integrate sustainability into infrastructure contracts.