Energy & Climate

What's at stake for COP 24?

Briefing

The Katowice UN Climate Change Conference will take place in Katowice from the 3rd till the 14th of December 2018. 

By Don Lehr

Energy

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

Power market integration and renewable energy sources should be at the heart of Energy Union

The Baltic Sea region can be the role model for the rest of Europe and provide an example of how to deliver a truly regional renewable energy onto the power market. This is what the was agreed among the participants of the policy breakfast organised in the European Parliament on the 1st December following the publication of the European Commission’s winter package.

“We’ll always have Paris”. Assessment and implications of COP 22

At the UN’s COP 22 climate conference in Marrakech, the international community closed ranks despite (or perhaps because of?) the election of Donald Trump as the next U.S. president. Thanks to its swift ratification by currently more than 110 countries, negotiations on the technical implementation of the Paris Agreement could begin. The pace must increase significantly, however, if the 1.5°C limit is still to be met.

By Lili Fuhr, Liane Schalatek, Simon Ilse
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Climate Change

Can we still make it? 1.5°C as a climate challenge.

Report

What kind of actions are indispensable to take on by cities, regions, countries, business, societies, namely the entire international community, in order to enhance the responsibility and efficiency towards the climatic threats? How can we all take an action towards the emissions while still having the possibility of sustainable development and ensuring the poverty decrease?

By Katarzyna Ugryn

The Geoengineering Fallacy

Geoengineering technologies are not yet deployable globally, but support for them is advancing fast, thanks to backing by powerful advocates eager to start experiments. But no silver bullet for climate change exists, and we must not abandon proven methods for the sake of a promise that one will be found.

By Barbara Unmüßig

Poland again. Will they be pushing coal this time, too?

In the wake of the conclusions of the recent UN climate summit in Bonn it is worth casting an eye across the next conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Poland will be leading the negotiations for a fourth time and hosting delegates for a third. After Poznań 2008 and Warsaw 2013, Katowice’s turn has come. At the twenty-third Conference of the Parties (COP23) it was frequently heard that the talks would be returning next year to Poland, which hardly ranks among the progressives in terms of climate policy ... and the summit may once again be met with a defence of coal. Many delegates remember the coal summit which ran alongside COP19. It’s hard to forget, especially since COP24 will be taking place in the middle of Silesia, a region best known for coal mining.

By Urszula Stefanowicz
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Energy Transition

Katowice: A European coal capital goes green

Nowhere in the EU is smog more suffocating than in southern Poland. This year, the polluted Polish mining city Katowice will host the COP24 climate conference. Ahead of that, change is in the air — and on the ground.

By Richard Fuchs

Can the Brooklyn Microgrid project revolutionise the energy market?

A New York based energy project built on blockchain is currently attempting to create peer-to-peer marketplaces for distributed energy. As the global energy market is still trapped in a previous era and needs an urgent and thorough redesign, the Brooklyn Microgrid could be a game changer.

By Urszula Papajak
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Publications

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.

Energy & Climate

At present 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.

Events

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Global challenges, local solutions in the vision of green Upper Silesia
International conference

Focus on sustainability