Energy Watch Group Newsletter – January 2020

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Dear Colleagues and Friends,

A new year is here and with 2020 begins a new decade as well. Undoubtedly, it will be a decade in which major transformations must occur… in society, economics and politics. We will need more activism, bolder environmental politics, technological improvements and responsible economic behavior. The beginnings of certain trends have already become visible in the first days of this year and we will take a closer look at some of them in our January Newsletter.

We will observe, for instance, 1) the growing threat of climate-related natural disasters, as we had to witness in Australia this month, 2) the continued decline of king coal, which cannot be brought back even with the support of backwards-looking politicians like Donald Trump, 3) the struggle of fossil fuel companies that try to portray themselves as green innovators, and 4) the trend of financial investors and creditors that wake up to the financial and climatic risk of fossil fuels and global warming.

While things keep changing in the world of energy, others remain the same. We, the EWG, are still here, fighting for the cause of 100% renewable energy until 2030. Nothing has changed about our message – or our conviction that we need to decarbonize the energy sector and produce negative emissions in the near future. We will continue to spread the word and have done so already this month. For instance, we visited the General Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in Abu Dhabi and engaged in promising dialogue with worldwide renewable energy leaders.

But one thing is new about the EWG as well: Our newsletter has gotten a fresh new design and now shines in glorious yellow. We hope you will enjoy this brand-new January Newsletter and wish you a great start to 2020!

Your EWG Team