Climate Stasis: German Failure on the Road to a Renewable Future

Climate Stasis: German Failure on the Road to a Renewable Future

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 13, 2019

In 2011, German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced the country was turning away from nuclear energy in favor of a renewable future. Since then, however, progress has been limited. Berlin has wasted billions of euros and resistance is mounting. By Frank Dohmen, Alexander Jung, Stefan Schultz and Gerald Traufetter more... Comment ]

EU Commissioner: 'People Now Realize What Climate Change Means'

EU Commissioner: 'People Now Realize What Climate Change Means'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 26, 2013

The European system of carbon trading has practically collapsed as politicians prioritize the economy over the environment. EU Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard discusses renewed efforts and why the issue remains so critical. more... Comment ]


Failed Emissions Trading Reform: 'The End of a European Climate Policy'

Failed Emissions Trading Reform: 'The End of a European Climate Policy'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 17, 2013

Europe's once celebrated cap-and-trade system to limit carbon emissions has languished. The economic crisis has caused the price of emissions licenses to plummet, and a recent remedy to the problem has been rejected by EU lawmakers. Climate policy expert Felix Matthes tells SPIEGEL ONLINE that an opportunity has been squandered. more...

CO2 Emissions: Can Europe Save Its Cap-and-Trade System?

CO2 Emissions: Can Europe Save Its Cap-and-Trade System?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 03, 2013

Europe's cap-and-trade system for reducing the release of greenhouse gases is broken, but not everybody wants to fix it. Industry has profited immensely from the plummeting prices of CO2 emissions certificates, and from lax checks on questionable environmental projects undertaken overseas. By Nils Klawitter more... Comment ]


Airline Trade War? Global Opposition Grows against EU Emissions Law

Airline Trade War? Global Opposition Grows against EU Emissions Law

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 24, 2012

The rest of the world is furious at the EU's plan to impose emissions fees on airlines flying to Europe. This week, representatives of almost two dozen countries met in Moscow to sign a joint protest. Some say that a trade war may be imminent. By Aaron Wiener more...

Hot Air: The EU's Emissions Trading System Isn't Working

Hot Air: The EU's Emissions Trading System Isn't Working

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 15, 2012

Emissions trading, the European Union hoped, would limit the release of harmful greenhouse gases. But it isn't working. The price for emissions certificates has plunged, a development that is actually making coal more attractive than renewable energy. By Alexander Jung more...


Emissions Scheme Dispute: China Bans Airlines from Paying EU Carbon Tax

Emissions Scheme Dispute: China Bans Airlines from Paying EU Carbon Tax

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 06, 2012

China said on Monday it was forbidding its airlines from joining a European Union carbon emissions scheme to protect the climate. The companies now face fines or may even be barred from landing at EU airports. The dispute comes as the EU is looking to China to help tackle the euro debt crisis.  more...

The World From Berlin: The 'EU Must Remain Tough' on Emissions Trading 

The World From Berlin: The 'EU Must Remain Tough' on Emissions Trading 

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 22, 2011

Europe's highest court has backed an EU emissions trading scheme for the aviation industry, angering leaders and airlines abroad. Experts warn the ruling could spark a trade war. Despite the tensions, German commentators on Thursday encouraged EU officials to stand strong on climate protection. more...


Trade Dispute Looms: EU Court Forces US Airlines to Pay for Emissions

Trade Dispute Looms: EU Court Forces US Airlines to Pay for Emissions

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 21, 2011

US airlines have suffered a defeat in the EU's highest court, which upheld a law on Wednesday that will require airlines to pay for carbon emissions on flights to and from Europe. The new rule goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2012. US officials have warned that the move will have repercussions. more...

Emissions in the EU: US Vilifies Carbon-Trading Scheme for Airlines

Emissions in the EU: US Vilifies Carbon-Trading Scheme for Airlines

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 28, 2011

Starting in 2012, airlines with flights to the EU will have to pay for certificates to emit CO2. But the United States has balked at the expensive plan. Their resistance threatens to spark a majar trade dispute. more...