There is no perfect human being. We all have virtues and flaws. The same thing somehow applies to states, considering that there is no absolutely self-efficient, developed and environmentally conscious country. Countries cooperate with each other and build up “friendships” to cover their needs and maximize their various interests. A “friendship” of complementary interests is found between the EU and China with a view to end up their crises.
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We have entered the age of man. An age where future geologists will find remnants of our interference with nature in the sediments of Earth. We have managed to alter the (re)cycles that keep us alive including those for carbon, nitrogen and methane. We enter the anthropocene at a time when our material consumption is wildly unsustainable. To redeem ourselves, Janez Potočnik, the Commissioner for Environment, calls for a revolution in resource efficiency.
“You are only 200 000 years old, but you have changed the face of the world. Despite your vulnerability, you have taken possession of every habitat and conquered swathes of territory, like no other species before you”. These sentences are from the movie called “Home”. After watching it, I realized more accurately what is happening on the earth, how humans have been damaging their home planet for so many years and what can be done to restore the earth once more.
In the hunt for a secure energy supply and substitutes for dirty coal, Europe is peeking over the pond. The fossil fuel à-la-mode is called shale gas and exploitation in the US has virtually exploded. Secure domestic gas supply has become a game changer for the US and some are anxious to see if the EU can repeat the success. But others are less enthusiastic. Exploitation contaminates water and climate change claims made by proponents are under fire.
Energy efficiency is hot. Lots of attention during last week’s Sustainable Energy Week and the recently released Energy Efficiency Plan has fuelled the fire. The European Commission and NGOs are eager to promote large scale energy savings to reach the EU’s climate and energy goals. But what is actually energy efficiency and why is it so popular? It has proven very tricky to regulate and notoriously difficult to measure. Some even argue that energy efficiency measures actually increase our energy usage.
The outcome of COP15 was broadly considered a disappointment. With the current COP16 talks in Cancun, lessons must be learned from Copenhagen when discussing the EU´s ability to set the agenda and compete in alternative energy solutions. The EU is speaking with one voice in climate change talks and has made it a question of prestige to push for an international binding agreement. Hence, is the EU really performing as badly in climate change talks as it seems?