Climate protection through energy revolution

Tuesday, January 28, 2020, 9:00am

20th KBU on the 28.01.2020 in Aachen

Climate protection is currently the central political issue. A special law is being drawn up for it: the Climate Protection Act. What is the status of the legislation? What content has already been defined? What consequences do they have for practice? Does each measure therefore require a climate protection impact assessment? Does this also apply to further coal mining and the construction or operation of power plants? Must their planning and further practical implementation be adapted? Does this create a basis for claims for damages - for example, for CO2 emissions from coal-fired power plants? Does this have any repercussions on the action brought before the Higher Regional Court of Hamm by the Peruvian farmer against a German energy company?


Climate protection is essentially being driven forward by the energy revolution. The most recent EU legislation in the form of the amended Renewable Energies Directive and the Governance Regulation have provided significant impetus here. Do these two legal acts catch up the gaps, which resulted from the fact that the German Ökostromförderung does not represent aid after the EuGH judgement of 28.03.2019? Or can it be used to provide unlimited support for renewable energy producers in Germany? Is such support necessary in order to achieve the expansion targets - or will it be exceeded in view of the sunny weather?


What repercussions will this have for the phasing out of coal? Does it have to be accelerated in order to achieve the climate protection targets and to give "renewables" enough room to generate electricity? What is the status of legislative work in this area?


All these questions will be examined again from both a legal and a technical perspective at the 20th KBU on 28 January 2020. The colloquium will show what developments and consequences can be expected in the short and long term.