This post is by Matthew Duhan, adviser at Global Counsel. It first appeared on Global Counsel’s blog.
On Monday 9 May 2016 at 23:10 something remarkable happened. For the first time since 1882 coal made no contribution to UK electricity generation. At the same moment, Germany, Europe’s leader in renewable energy and home to the Energiewende (‘energy transition’), was generating three quarters of its electricity from a mixture of hard coal and even more polluting lignite (see graph below). Read more
This post is by Matthew Lockwood, a senior research fellow in the Energy Policy Group at the University of Exeter.
Angela Merkel’s visit to London yesterday is being widely reported in the context of David Cameron’s efforts to secure EU reform. However, the presence of Europe’s electorally most successful leader is also a reminder of some contrasts between Germany and the UK in the area of energy policy. Read more
This is a guest post by Dr Caroline Jackson, a UK-based expert and consultant on EU environment policy, and a former Conservative MEP. It was written in advance of Green Alliance’s annual debate, which is being held tonight in association with the German embassy.
I am bound to view this question from a European perspective, having been an MEP and chairman of the European Parliament’s environment committee. National green policies are now subsumed within an EU framework, where we should all be doing much the same, subject to the degree of variation that directives allow.
Germany supplied the vital driving force behind EU environmental policies when these took off in the mid 1970s. They had the money and they could afford to comply with ambitious targets for controlling pollution and, more recently, for switching to new solutions to cope with and hopefully reverse climate change. By contrast, the British attitude has been to raise questions about the legitimacy, effectiveness and practicality of EU actions. Read more