ON German Green Policy

As the global economic crisis destroys jobs and shatters public and private finances, growth seems to be the universally accepted solution. And this notwithstanding the fact that there is little doubt that economic growth cannot be sustained forever, at least not on a planet with limited resources. Another issue with growth is, that it has been clearly established that at high income levels, growth alias more wealth does not contribute to higher levels of well-being. Therefore, a growth oriented economic and societal model not only is unsustainable but also pretty useless. As it happens, Germans seem to be starting to understand that there are more important goals than consuming more and more goods. According to a recent poll, only 33% consider economic growth to be helpful for the well-being of a society, and 8 in 10 citizens think that Germany needs to fundamentally reform its economic system.

ON-green-policy! It is certainly very positive, that the general focus on economic growth as problem solver gives way to a more comprehensive and sustainable world view. Germany, already a frontrunner in the green economy, could also lead to way to a more balanced and sustainable mix between economic, social and environmental goals. It will be a long process, also in Germany, but this should not deter anybody from starting it, but on the contrary should motivate us to try harder.

By producing 22 gigawatts of solar power per hour, German rooftops supplied 50% of the country’s electricity needs on a sunny Saturday in Mai. ON-green-policy! Just for the record, Germany is no developing nation with a majority of the population off the grid, but one of the most developed cou[more]

The German newspaper “Die Zeit” helps to invalidate some of the more common misbeliefs of climate warming deniers:   1. Global warming has stopped since 1998: That’s only true if you look at the last 10-15 years because of an exceptionally warm 1998. But this period is just to[more]

In 2011 German house owner installed an amazing 7500 megawatts of solar power production capacity. Even considering that this is largely a theoretical figure, the number corresponds to the capacity of 7 nuclear power stations. Adjusted for population this would amount to a rather impressive 30 nucle[more]

Chinas is now the worldwide biggest emitter of greenhouse gases (GHG). However, if we take into account the end-consumers of Chinese goods, the ranking looks notably different. After all, Chinese industries export a very substantial part of their production to western states. As pointed out recently[more]