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.

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

Programme Coordination

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

Climate change and human rights – Can the courts fix it?

Overview

Climate litigation is on the rise - in Germany, in Europe and worldwide. What role can courts play in the fight against climate change? This article shows the link between human rights and climate change, its implications, and introduces some of the cases.

By Anne Kling

Climate policy together or not at all

Transatlatic Media Fellowship

The dispute between the supporters of globalisation and the defenders of national sovereignty rages around the world. This also concerns climate policy. 

By Wojciech Jakóbik
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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

Report

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

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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Report

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.