Coal Atlas: Facts and figures on a fossil fuel
Global demand for coal is still rising: EU member states have been reluctant to take action against coal projects and continue to subsidize coal related business with almost 10 billion euros per year. King Coal also generates 43 percent of Germany’s total energy.
The "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. Download it HERE.
Green New Deal for Greece - Renewables and energy efficiency instead of diesel generators lignite-fired power stations
The situation in Greece has brought the shortcomings of an unsustainable overall economic model for Europe sharply into focus: at its heart lies a dependency on fossil sources of energy, the vast majority of which need to be imported. Europe’s annual energy debt to the King of Saudi Arabia or Mr Putin runs into hundreds of billions of euros. If we were to include the costs of the consequential damage and the climate crisis, this bill would be considerably higher, most likely sailing past the billions mark. Read more HERE.
A Green Energy Union
The role of the EU in climate and energy politics is the key: we are the world’s third largest polluter and therefore have an obligation to be a strong force driving international climate policy forward and swift to renewables. All EU citizens need to have access to an affordable, secure and sustainable energy system that is independent of imported fuels and risky technologies such as nuclear power. The priority in climate and energy policy must be energy savings through higher efficiency and renewable energy. Therefore, it is now time for a 21st century vision of energy – a Green Energy Union. Please read more in the paper of the European Greens/ EFA Group HERE.
Twenty-eight percent of electricity generated in Germany now comes from solar, wind, biomass, hydro and geothermal energy. This is a huge success, made possible by the Renewable Energy Sources Act (Erneuerbare-Energien-Gesetz, or EEG). MORE
Germany has drawn international attention for its energy policies in past years. The term Energiewende – the country’s transition away from nuclear power to renewables with lower energy consumption – is now commonly used in English. The focus, however, has recently shifted to the role of coal in Germany. MORE
Natural gas from shale and coal beds is the great new hope of the natural gas industry. This so-called “unconventional” natural gas is extracted from deep strata of sedimentary rocks such as mudstone, sandstone, limestone, coal seams and geological formations such as aquifers and gas hydrate deposits. MORE
The Green roadmap for a switchover to a life-friendly energy supply and a fast nuclear power phase-out . MORE