Publications

COP21-Interview mit Dr. Peter Hefele

Wenn man erfolgreich die Ursachen des Klimawandels bekämpfen möchte, liege der Schlüssel in Asien. Dieser Rolle sei sich die Region durchaus bewusst, so Peter Hefele. „Die Menschen spüren wirklich schon die Folgen des Klimawandels und müssen sich darauf einstellen". Die Küsten- und Inselstaaten, die von den Klimafolgen besonders bedroht sind, würden deswegen sehr stark auf verbindliche Vereinbarungen drängen. Zweifel gäbe es an der Erreichbarkeit des 2-Grad-Ziels angesichts der bisher eingereichten Klimaschutzzusagen der verschiedenen Staaten.

Shocked by the blue sky

Current issues of the Chinese energy and climate policies

Since 2011, China is the world's largest emitter of CO2 - and it's going to produce more greenhouse gases per capita than the current "front runner" US. Can the East Asian country fulfill its responsibility in international climate politics? The following essay in German language provides insights into China's climate and energy policies.

Pollutants without borders

Energy Security and Climate Change - Perspectives from four Continents

The global energy policy map is changing rapidly: Industrialized states and developing countries are looking to see that their energy needs are met, while developing nations in particular are feeling the effects of climate change – resulting in the need for global political solutions. The reports from four continents provide a perspective on a variety of aspects of this issue.

Germany – A "Developing Country"

Towards a Sustainable Future with the "2030 Agenda"

The Agenda 2030 is another important step on the way to equal opportunities and better living conditions around the world - a path that began in 1992 with the UN Conference on Environment and Development in Rio. It is a unique global total project, which will pose a number of challenges to the international community in the future. In addition to the Memorandum of Understanding and the list of objectives of the Agenda 2030, its financing framework and the so-called monitoring procedure play a particularly important role.

Alternative Financing Sources for Sustainable Transport

Public-Private Partnerships and Institutional Investors

The role of the transport sector in achieving climate change and sustainable development action is indispensable. Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) can be an alternative financing source for sustainable transport. The study evaluates current models of PPP financing into transport systems to remove political, legal and economic obstacles for more effective investments.

Maritime Security in the Indian Ocean

For more German Commitment in the Ocean of the 21st Century

Analysis of Germany’s maritime engagement in the Indian Ocean

Climate Change Diplomacy

The Way Forward for Asia and Europe

Although the problematic consequences of climate change are undeniable, international negotiations are characterized by strategies which are still primarily driven by national interests. How can this attitude be changed? How can agreements and commitments be achieved in international negotiations? While much research has been done on the causes and impacts of climate change, there is a lack of discussion on the way that international climate change diplomacy has been carried out. This gap shall be addressed in our publication.

Energy Law and Security of Supply in Europe

Europe’s security in terms of energy supply is currently put to test by the ongoing gas dispute between Ukraine and Russia. Under these circumstances, gas politics have become a catalyst for the institutionalization of the EU’s energy policy. Developing a legal framework for a future-oriented energy provision will not only determine energy security, it is also a strategic task.

The Shale Revolution in the U.S. and its Impact on Energy Markets, Energy Security, and the U.S. Energy Transition

The growing energy demand in developing regions and the transformation of the U.S. from an energy importer to an exporter are changing the world of energy. This change is mainly caused by the development of resources through the unconventional extraction of gas and oil. The shale revolution in the U.S. has an impact on its economic prospects as well as on climate policy. Moreover, geopolitical implications arise.

The Perception of Germany's ''Energiewende'' in emerging countries

Part 2 - Results of qualitative Interviews with Experts in Russia and India

This study examining how Russia and India perceive Germany’s Energiewende(energy transition) is the culmination of a two-part research seriescommissioned by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS). Aiming to identifythe impact of Germany’s Energiewende on international developmentpolicy, KAS decided to analyse the group of emerging countries known asthe BRICS – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.