Germany led the world for the number of solar installations during 2012. This relatively small European nation added 7.60 GW of capacity to the grid. Then their numbers started going downward: 3.30 GW of new solar capacity in 2013; 1.56 GW in 2014; 1.4 GW in 2015. As of October 31, only 0.79 GW of new capacity has been added this year. Germany’s critics are once again hailing the imminent demise of this nation’s renewable revolution. What happened to Energiewende?
Tom Mulcair just announced his plan “to restore Canada’s environmental credibility at home and around the world by putting a price on carbon, making polluters pay and taking meaningful steps to reduce carbon emissions.” Mulcair is right, it is time Canada cleaned up its’ emissions.
While both Europe & China are making substantial progress on the emissions front, North America’s continue to rise. This is especially true in Canada, where the government has modest goals & no plans to get there.
By Roy L Hales
For the first time in forty years, the World’s C02 emissions have been held in check. One of the biggest stories recently came from China, whose emissions decreased for the first time in recorded history. An announcement this morning says the EU’s CO2 emissions decreased 5% in 2014.