TEXTS AND MEDIA

For a Solar Subsidiarity Standard in Renewable Action: European Unity, Climate Catastrophy and the Mission of Renewables

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Statement by Professor Peter Droege, President of EUROSOLAR 'There are two major threats, both man-made, to our collective survival: nuclear war and out-of-control climate chaos. Avoiding both requires determination, unity, collaboration and focus. Here it is important to overcome mistakes of divisiveness and hegemony of the past and allow enlightened and harmonious regional diversity to prosper - to build a mature, authentic and resilient Europe – one founded on Renewable Energy. The Treaty of Maastricht, freshly interpreted, offers guidance on how to rapidly implement a fully renewable, decarbonised Europe.

For a Solar Subsidiarity Standard in Renewable Action: European Unity, Climate Catastrophy and the Mission of Renewables

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Statement by Professor Peter Droege, President of EUROSOLAR 'There are two major threats, both man-made, to our collective survival: nuclear war and out-of-control climate chaos. Avoiding both requires determination, unity, collaboration and focus. Here it is important to overcome mistakes of divisiveness and hegemony of the past and allow enlightened and harmonious regional diversity to prosper - to build a mature, authentic and resilient Europe – one founded on Renewable Energy. The Treaty of Maastricht, freshly interpreted, offers guidance on how to rapidly implement a fully renewable, decarbonised Europe.

30 Years of IPCC, 24 years of UNFCCC – a lost generation in the fight to stop fossil fuels and ring in the renewable age

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The concluded Conference of the Parties (COP) in Katowice, and its background papers and declarations. confirmed that IPCC consensus driven science has been far too conservative in its projections, and that the UNFCCC COP process - while necessary in the absence of alternatives - has increasingly served to falsely assuage fears and placate the coal, oil, gas and nuclear lobbies. The aim cannot be to limit temperature increase to 'below 2 C degrees' - the target must be 0 degree warming. The catastropic Arctic meltdown and heatwaves were triggered already at 0.8 C degree warming over preindustrial levels. This means the aim must be below-zero emission reductions by reaching full renewable energy supply as soon as possible while regenerating biospheric capacities to absorb the mounting bubble of excess atmospheric greenhouse gases above 280 ppm CO2.

Prof. Peter Droege on the „Talking Cities“ podcast

Talking Cities is a popular podcast hosted by Matt Enstice, which investigates cutting-edge innovations for cities in America and beyond and accesses the leaders creating, shaping and improving the cities we call home. In this episode, EUROSOLAR president Peter Droege…

End the Gaza Power Siege to avoid another catastrophy: energy is a basic need and human right

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A solar car developed by two Gazan mechanical engineering students, Jamal Mikaty and Khaled Bardawil in response to the electricity crises. The European Union and Germany must lead in calling for an end to the new and cruel restriction on electricity  in Gaza. On the face of it it results from a power struggle between the Palestinian Authority and Hamas - in reality this is the logical outcome of the long occupation and decade-long blockade, supported by the US and, in part, the EU.

Statement by EUROSOLAR President Prof. Peter Droege on the Paris-exit by the U.S.

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Bonn, 6 June 2017. The most important political imperative in global politics: Europe and the world now must embrace the immediate and radical exit from coal, petroleum, natural gas and uranium The new EPA director and sworn enemy of the environment Scott Pruitt even denies that he is a climate change denier. He is ideologically and politically opposed to the comprehensive shift to renewable energy - and has seized power in all matters climate change policy.

Resolution: „The time for the rapid and full renewable energy transition is now“

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On the first Saturday in May, the EUROSOLAR Delegates’ Assembly met in the EUROSOLAR head office in Bonn and passed their determined resolution on the future of energy. More than 30 delegates from ten countries got together to discuss the obstacles and opportunities of the fast and full renewable energy transition. Resolution "The time for the rapid and full renewable energy transition is now" (pdf)

Campaign: „No Stop of the Energy Transition!“

EUROSOLAR Germany published the Campaign "Kein Stopp der Energiewende!" (No Stop of the Energy Transition) in March/April 2016. Thanks to the generous support of the members, the campaign was published in nationwide newspapers in the middle of April. Further information as well as the text in German can be found on the EUROSOLAR-website in German. The energy transition meets the desire of the majority of our society, secures the future of our innovative economy and creates hundreds of thousands of new jobs. By means of clever public communication on the so-called energy demand, the impression prevails; the renewables are expanded too quickly. In the shadow of this false perception, the Grand Coalition is planning a radical change in their energy policy. Although nearly 90% of the energy demand in Germany (electricity, heat, fuels) is covered by fossil-nuclear energy sources, the expansion of renewable energies, which has been drastically reduced in recent years, is to be frozen at a low level. Even with the deformation of the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) in 2014, the addition of solar and biogas plants has dramatically collapsed. If the planned EEG 2016 now also drastically reduces the amount of wind power on land, the energy turnaround is finally stalled.