Climate and Energy

Today, both Germany and the U.S. understand their shared responsibility for mitigating climate change and reducing global reliance on fossil fuels—thereby lowering greenhouse gas emissions. Both countries need an economically-feasible framework for the accelerated deployment of the “how” of climate change mitigation technologies and solutions. Viewed globally, this will require technology and solutions transfer and an equitable cost-sharing both from the developed to the developing world, as well as among already industrialized countries. Examining technological challenges and policy incentives in Germany and the U.S. allows policymakers to learn from past successes and failures and create internationally comparable policies.

The End of the Atomic Dream: One Year After Fukushima, the Shortfalls of Nuclear Energy Are Clearer Than Ever


The anniversary of the nuclear disaster in Fukushima prompts Non-Resident Fellow to look for an energy policy that is “economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable.”

The EU Emissions Trading System and the Upcoming Inclusion of the Aviation Sector


While the aviation sector had been exempt from the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS), in January 2012 the EU ETS will be expanded to fully include international flights arriving at or departing from an EU airport. This AICGS Spotlight provides background information on the issue, implications for Germany, the United States, and transatlantic relations as well as potential future development.

“Eine Stimme über Europa – und ihre innenpolitischen Konsequenzen”


In his essay “Eine Abstimmung über Europa – und ihre innenpolitischen Konsequenzen…,” current NRW/AICGS Fellow Jan Treibel examines the divisions within the ruling coalition in Germany over further financial assistance to the Euro and how this could spell disaster to the parties in power.

The Nuclear Power Endgame in Germany


As the era of nuclear energy approaches its end in Germany, the country can show how fast the shift to renewable energy can be achieved, writes R. Andreas Kraemer, Director & CEO of the Ecologic Institute in Berlin and co-author of AICGS Policy Report 31. In an essay that examines the history of the German anti-nuclear power movement and discusses the future of German alternative energy, Kraemer argues that Germany can realistically achieve 100 percent reliance on renewable energy and be the model going forward for other nations in a relatively short time frame. A version of this article originally appeared in The San Francisco Chronicle.

The German Nuclear Energy Phase Out: Neither Revolution Nor Going it Alone

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The nuclear energy phase out in Germany is no revolution, writes Marcel Viëtor, Program Officer for Energy and Climate at the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) and a Visiting Fellow at AICGS in June 2011. From the outside, it may appear as though the German government had come to some sort of radical decision following the nuclear catastrophe in Fukushima, Viëtor argues, but instead the withdrawal from nuclear energy in Germany is a process that has been in development for quite some time. A version of this essay originally appeared in Moskovskie Novosti.

Hungry for Climate Action? NATO and Energy Security

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NATO has a legitimate role to play in energy security, writes Michael Rühle, Head of the Energy Security Section in NATO’s Emerging Security Challenges Division and a regular contributor to the Advisor, but it is not yet clear what this role should be. In his essay, Rühle outlines the reasons for NATO’s interest in energy security and suggests what difference the Alliance could make in the energy security debate moving forward.

Climate and Energy Policy After the U.S. Midterm Elections

Conditions for U.S. climate and energy policy have changed considerably after comprehensive climate and energy legislation failed in the 111th Congress. In the newly elected 112th Congress, emphasis will likely shift away from climate change to more orthodox supply side energy strategies. Writing from a European perspective, Sascha Müller-Kraenner, Managing Director of The Nature Conservancy in Europe and a regular contributor to the Advisor, explores the consequences of these U.S. changes for the European Union’s climate and energy strategy as well as for a future international climate regime.