In cities such as New York, buildings account for three-fourths of greenhouse gas emissions. Energy efficiency in buildings must therefore be at the heart of any city's climate strategy. This brief policy paper examines lessons learned from the EU disclosure regime in creating a market for energy efficient buildings for cities, such as New York.
The growing clean energy transition and its emerging decentralized actors threaten the traditional business model of large utilities, contributing to a deadlock around laws, regulations, and political support. Solar advocates in Germany and the US can learn from each other’s successes and setbacks in building public support and help pave the way for a “green dream” to become a nonpartisan reality.
The transition to a low-carbon energy system can only succeed if we switch to renewable energy and energy efficiency while parting from fossil fuels. Already, the global share of renewable energy in electricity production has increased sharply. Nevertheless, many new coal power plants, anticipated to run for many decades, were connected to the grid in recent years. How do these divergent trends add up?
Germany is phasing out nuclear power and has come to rely more on coal for its electricity. Despite a steep rise in renewable energy, the use of coal is endangering Germany’s ambitious target to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.
What impacts could the Germany energy transition have on European energy security? Heinrich Böll Foundation trainee Lisa Schmid examines the benefits of transforming and diversifying European energy supplies and argues that a clean energy transition would be, above all, a security project.
Even the strongest proponents of the Energiewende agree that Germany needs to reform its energy system to accommodate the next influx of renewables while maintaining security of supply of conventional power at all times. The United States has extensive experience with capacity markets from which the German debate could benefit. As such, a German delegation consisting of national and state energy policy makers and experts will visit the United States from September 1 to 5, 2014.