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Dear Colleagues and Friends,

With the end of March, the year 2021 is entering springtime, at least in Europe. We hope that more daylight and more sunshine will lift you up in these tough times and finally bring this pandemic to an end. We are hopeful that better times lie ahead of us!

Sadly, the same thing cannot be said about climate change. States are still not setting targets ambitious enough to limit global warming to 1.5C° threatening the threshold of dangerous climate tipping points. Let us fill you in on how the Energy Watch Group has been working this month to accelerate political action towards renewable energy and climate protection:

This month has been marked by the 10-year anniversary of the tragic nuclear accident in Fukushima. We have dedicated two articles of our newsletter to the discussion around nuclear energy, focusing on why it cannot be considered a climate solution and what we should do instead. For those of you who are interested in Japan’s future energy supply, check out the article on how the island state can become climate neutral by 2050.

Besides that, we’re covering the following topics:

Lastly, we celebrated International Women’s Day on March 8th! It is important to keep in mind that also the climate and energy sector suffers from a severe underrepresentation of women. Let’s work together to change that. Shout-out to all of you out there, fighting for gender equality and climate action!

Enjoy the reading!

Your EWG Team

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Dear Colleagues and Friends,

The shortest month of the year also brings our shortest newsletter. Our special February edition solely focuses on the EWG’s achievements. Be assured, this won’t make this newsletter any less interesting, since the three featured articles will cover some the most of the most pressing issues of climate and energy politics:

With these topics we will leave you to it and hope that you will be able to enjoy the first sunny days of early spring wherever you might read this. We will see you back in one month with a regular newsletter.

Your EWG Team

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Dear Colleagues and Friends,

First of all, we’re sorry, this newsletter comes seven days late. But we’re still at the beginning o the year and this newsletter is still worth reading! Let‘ start: 2021 marks the beginning not only of a new year and new decade but hopefully also the beginning of humanity winning the fight against COVID-19. But even though there is still a pandemic going on, along with activists worldwide we cannot stop raising awareness for the other big emergency that is threatening our survival – climate change. We hope this year will be one of bold and ambitious climate action ending successfully with COP26 in Glasgow.

Sadly this first month has already provided an example of the opposite: Gazprom presented the company’s energy strategy to the Russian president and it’s full of fossil fuel expansion projects for gas. These are bad news, or as our President, Hans-Josef Fell put it: “From a climate protection perspective, one gets sick of it.” Nevertheless, we have to work on a better, and increasingly renewable future.

But now let’s get into the newsletter. This month it’s going to cover a broad bouquet of topics from climate adaptation, to gender inequality and role models from the far East and much more. Their connections to the energy transition might not always be obvious to you, but trust us, once you read through the articles, they will become clear.

Enjoy the reading!

Your EWG Team

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Dear Colleagues and Friends,

The year is finally coming to a close and everyone’s work schedules are calming down. For us, however, December was a very busy month full of projects and publications. In fact, we have so many of our own projects we want to share with you that this is not going to be a regular newsletter where we highlight developments in the field of renewable energy. Instead, it will only focus on how we’ve been active:

We wish you all happy holidays should you choose to celebrate them or at least a relaxing winter break and a happy and healthy new year. We will see you back in January with a regular newsletter.

Your EWG Team

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Dear Colleagues and Friends,

November is already over and we’re counting the days for this dreadful year to end. Still, before we’re there, you should definitely take a look at our newsletter to stay up to date on international energy policy, the EWG’s latest activities and our coverage of insightful new scientific findings.

This month, our attention was drawn to three different regions across the globe:

  • USA: President elect Joe Biden and his unclear stance on fracking
  • Europe: Why the EU’s climate targets are heading for insufficiency
  • From Australia to Asia: Renewable mega projects to export solar & wind energy

Our science section will provide you with new insights on the untapped but enormous potential of geothermal energy as well as on the importance of policy coordination for the deployment of renewables.

And last but not least, we’ll update you on the EWG’s latest activities. Our president, Hans-Josef Fell was interviewed by Germany’s major public television station ZDF for an investigative piece on the danger of electricity blackouts, where he highlighted the advantages of a local grid fueled by renewable energy. Also, we strongly encourage you to follow us on Twitter & LinkedIn, because we’ve still got some projects in our pipeline to be published before the year comes to an end. Until then, take care of yourself, look after one another & enjoy our newsletter.

Your EWG Team

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Dear Colleagues and Friends,

What a month it has been: While a second wave of the pandemic is starting to roll over the European continent, endangering our healthcare systems and economic stability once again, we must always keep in mind: We will get out of this health crisis, but let’s not forget about the other crisis that’s just around the corner!

And this leads us to the actual topic of this newsletter: Climate change. A topic we are not able to escape from and a crisis we will not get out of – at least for the next century to come. While we cannot prevent this crisis anymore, we can, fortunately, contain and limit its effects. That is what we are working for and that is why we urge you, dear readers, to stay informed about our fight for a brighter future.

This month, the EWG newsletter covers our take on…

We are happy to also have some good news to announce: Together with the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), the EWG will develop a 100% renewable electricity roadmap for Taiwan, read more about this new project right here. Also, our President was able to travel to Zurich (CH) and encouraged the country’s environmental community to push for a fast transition towards a fully renewable energy system.

And, if you’ve got time for a closer look, you should check out our compilation of the most recent scientific findings on the manifold benefits and promising developments of renewable energy.

Next month, we will most likely know who the future President of the United States will be, and whether or not this person will give the global community some hope again for multilateral action to combat the climate crisis. Until then, stay with us and enjoy the read.

Your EWG Team

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Dear Colleagues and Friends,

Fall is coming, at least in Berlin, where our office is located! The upcoming cold & rainy days will make us watch the leaves fall from the trees while we are inside continuing our efforts to fight the climate crisis. But we will not be fooled, our planet is still burning and drowning at the same time, with horrifying wildfires and rising tides flooding thousands of hectares. And the reason for all of this: The political failures of the past and present to act upon the climate crisis.

We must accelerate our efforts to cope with these global challenges, literally challenging the existence of our civilization. That’s no hoax, without serious policy shifts, we will be facing more than just an “unpleasant” future. But outrage and resistance continue to grow, further challenging the insufficient status quo of climate policy around the world. Back from its self-imposed exile into the digital dimension, Fridays For Future called for a global climate strike on September 25. Over 3,600 demonstrations worldwide have shown once again that, while the fight for more climate action is far from being won, protests won’t be silenced by nice words.

Speaking of lacking commitment, in this month’s newsletter you will find our take on the EU’s climate policy shortcomings. Moreover, we cover two new studies addressing the policy gaps in transportation and the how’s of a much-needed fossil phase-out.

And yes, despite its enormous relevance, energy isn’t everything when it comes to combatting the climate crisis. That is why the term “climate justice” is on the rise all throughout the climate movement. And for this idea to become reality – to reach real global justice – we need change at all levels. Together with more than 850 other organisations, we have called upon the UN Human Rights Council to recognize the right for all to a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment. And that is also why we ask you to stay informed, remain involved and raise your voice – our monthly newsletter will help you with all of that. Happy reading!

Your EWG Team

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Dear Colleagues and Friends,

Although the climate crisis does, unfortunately, not even take one day off, we did take a short summer break and decided to make an exception and bundle two months into one summer newsletter covering July and August alike.

While the coronavirus pandemic itself and the fear of an upcoming “second wave” still keeps hovering over us, the first signs of economic decline can be observed worldwide. From a climate perspective, the political measures meant to re-stimulate the economy have been a great and, in most cases, a lost opportunity to steer our economies towards more sustainability, climate protection and towards a 100% renewable energy system. From the US to Australia (read about it in this newsletter), from China to South Africa – in many countries across the globe, the traditional energy sector, fossil fuels, has won the fight over COVID-19 recovery packages.

Global politics still is in a state of climate crisis denial, as put by the climate activists Greta Thunberg, Luisa Neubauer, Anuna De Wever and Adélaïde Charlier in their recent opinion piece for the Guardian (check out our Quote of the Month). Already before the crisis and even more so during the pandemic, governments haven’t taken appropriate measures to tackle the climate crisis. But you’d think, at least the European Union has increasingly acted as a climate frontrunner and paved the way towards a sustainable and renewable energy system? Well, not really: As shown by Investigate Europe, a team of independent journalists, Europe is sabotaging its own climate goals by heavily subsidizing the fossil industry, by more than 137$ billion a year.

But, and there’s no other way to phrase it, we are not without hope and neither you should you. That is why we continue our work to support the cause for climate action and lay the scientific foundation for a future energy system based on 100% renewables and that is why you should seriously consider supporting our crowdfunding campaign (read our call below). Other than that, our newsletter sheds light on the following topics:

  • How President Trump endangers his relationship with the fossil industry by „clinging too much“
  • How Australia is torn back and forth between the economic advantages of renewable energy and a government, which does everything in its power to stick to fossil fuels
  • How nuclear energy is regaining momentum as a clean power source even though it will never be a viable alternative to renewable energy sources

That’s it for now and we leave you with our brand-new (bi-)monthly newsletter. Don’t forget: It is more important than ever to stay active, involved and informed – enjoy the reading!

Your EWG Team

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Dear Colleagues and Friends,

Before you continue reading, be aware: This newsletter might get you down, but we can reassure you that it will also give you the tools to get yourself back up and back to work.
Now let’s start…

Our world seems more fragile than ever before. It is like a perfect storm, a multidimensional crisis, in which mutually reinforcing dynamics can cause great damage. We aren’t only dealing with a health crisis and its far-reaching economic and social consequences, but we also receive new dramatic news every day about how the climate crisis is coming to a head. At the same time, many countries worldwide are also experiencing a political and social upheaval sparked by the killing of George Floyd, exposing the deep systemic inequalities based on structural racism in the US and beyond. The world seems to be suffering from a painful wake-up call to all those things it has been ignoring & suppressing for years. 2020 is a year that forces us to change for the better on so many levels.

Although we are currently hearing many pledges from governments, leaders and companies that have supposedly recognised all these problems, we find ourselves in a race against time. And to be able to keep up with this race, we won’t only need a global-zero emission economy based on 100% renewable energy but we also must understand the interlinkages between the climate crisis and many other problems we face, such as structural racism, sexism and economic interdependencies. Which is why in our May Newsletter you will find insights on…

  • … how racism and climate change are connected
  • … why a worldwide energy transition also has a gendered dimension
  • … the consequences of a possible fossil industry collapse for the world economy

That’s it for now and we leave you with our brand-new monthly newsletter. Never forget: It is more important than ever to stay active, involved and informed – enjoy the reading!

Your EWG Team

PS: While fighting for climate action continues to be a herculean task, we’re happy that this month our team was joined by another fierce climate warrior, Sophie Marquitan. From now on, she will be charge of the EWG’s fundraising undertaking, more about her in our “How We’ve Been Active” section.

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Dear Colleagues and Friends,

As some countries emerge from the first acute phase of the corona pandemic, many parallels have been drawn between the current health crisis and the climate crisis, which can be misleading sometimes. Public health has rightly become the number-one priority for governments over the past two months. However, addressing climate change will take even more time & effort, as the required solutions are even more complex and wide-reaching than finding a vaccine. The climate crisis is a challenge that is incomparably bigger since the livelihood of our planet and our civilization is at stake.

The current crisis has revealed a sobering truth about the hardship of fighting climate change: Even a global economic shutdown with huge social consequences barely impacts greenhouse gas emissions! Because even though emissions fell temporarily, we’re still emitting this year and. therefore atmospheric carbon will continue to increase. We would need annual reductions around 8% every year for the next decade (and beyond) to stand a good chance of limiting global warming. And indeed, 2020 is currently looking to become the hottest year ever recorded!

The climate crisis will not wait for a more convenient time for us to take action. Which is why we’re working just as hard as ever to make 100% renewable energy a reality and coming to you right now with our latest take on recent developments in the world of energy. In our May newsletter you’ll find our views on…

  • … how the oil price crash is affecting the rollout of renewable energy.
  • … whether the current crisis could actually be the aviation industry’s chance for a green reset.
  • … how an international treaty dating back to the 1990s can get in governments’ way to finally take climate action.

This month we were also quite busy preparing the publication of the English version of our policy paper “Key points of a legislative initiative for reliable and adequate renewable energy supply”, whose German edition was already covered in our April newsletter. Find out all about it under “What we’ve been up to” and don’t forget to check out our update on the latest climate and energy science in “If you’ve got time for a closer look”.

But enough introduction already, enjoy our May 2020 Newsletter & stay healthy!

Your EWG Team