30 Years of IPCC, 24 years of UNFCCC - a lost generation in the fight to stop fossil fuels and ring in the renewable age
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.
Bonn, 04.12.18. In his speech at the Economist's Southeast Germany Business Investment Summit on 3 December 2018 in Berlin EUROSOLAR President Professor Peter Droege challenged the banking and investment community to structure portfolios and assets boldly to renewable energy oriented investments: ‘The dramatic need for Greece, Germany and Europe is to rebuild energy infrastructures from the ground up, to capture the decentralised and innovation strengthening nature of a renewable Europe. This will cut financial and military risk, improve health and local and regional prosperity, detoxify investment strategies, and relief energy investors from their culpability in escalating climate shifts’, Droege said.
Bonn, 17.11.2018. Eight ground-breaking projects for the energy revolution: Today EUROSOLAR awarded the European Solar Prize 2018 to actors from six different nations at the Kunstmuseum Bonn. The prize winners from the fields of education, urban planning, architecture, social affairs and industry are making a contribution to the regenerative and decentralised energy supply in Europe with forward-looking projects. The prize was awarded, for example, for a production hall in Switzerland with a perfectly integrated photovoltaic system to meet the energy needs for the airplane production, a solar electric car ferry operating on the Mosel on the German-Luxembourgian border and for the Israeli-Palestinian NGO Comet-ME. It supplies around 4,000 people in Palestine who have no access to the supply grid with renewable energy and clean water.