Cheering the COP results?

So here is our final update on COP in Durban. A great success… not really. The end of all hope…. Well, apparently not. See if you are convinced.

Really, the Kyoto Protocol has been slayed after Canada, Japan, Russia and  the US declared no interest in continuing the treaty with mandatory emission targets (or even start with the process, in the case of the US).

But there is a lifeline for Kyoto, in shape of a European Union’ 27 states’  commitment which will be formally approved by national governments next year.

Launching the Green Climate Fund will open up new resources to support projects, programmes, policies and other activities in developing country Parties. But the biggest so-called success of COP 2011 was a roadmap which, if approved as scheduled in 2015, will be operational from 2020 (!) and become the prime weapon in our struggle against climate change. And until then? Well there is said European bridging mechanism. Continue reading “Cheering the COP results?”

Important suggestions-implement them now!

As a result of the December plenary on the medium term energy strategy session the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) tells the EU that it must thrive to implement more ambitious CO2 reduction targets while at the same time be cautious regarding energy competitiveness in the immediate future.

New models of energy use and its production are some of the most formidable challenges facing societies and governments in the 21st century, said Bernardo Hernández Bataller. The cornerstones of any energy security strategy are closely interrelated: Continue reading “Important suggestions-implement them now!”

Conservative America ignores climate change

The US has, so far, been reluctant to sign any binding document limiting CO2 emissions such as the Kyoto protocol. With a change of leadership and some new legislation in the US under President Obama, many were hopeful that a change in policy towards climate change was viable. Continue reading “Conservative America ignores climate change”

Bioenergy Potentials in Europe

Finally, a year-long project has come to end: I have established the bioenergy potentials for 32 European countries for implementation into the reegle map! I have calculated the technical and theoretical potentials for these countries in regard to solid biomass, liquid biofuel and biogas.

The study ‘Bioenergy Potentials in Europe’ is my diploma thesis marking the end of my time at TGM College for Renewable Energies and was made in cooperation with FH Technikum, University of Applied Science in Vienna.tree.gif Continue reading “Bioenergy Potentials in Europe”

China invests more in “new energy”

The State Information Center in China was cited that a “newly developing energy industries” plan involving $739 billion in investment through 2020 has been approved by the National Development and Reform Commission and will be submitted to the State Council for approval.

Officials announced that such energy industries include nuclear, wind, solar and biomass energy, as well as clean coal, smart grid, distributed energy and new energy sources for vehicles.  An agreement to close at least 10,000 megawatts of outdated coal-fuelled power capacity before October this year is already signed, a step towards reducing the current situation where coal still  accounts for 70% of China’s primary energy sources. A domestic market for trading carbon emissions is also likely to be set up by 2014.photovoltaic.gif Continue reading “China invests more in “new energy””