Cover Osteuropa 4-5/2008

In Osteuropa 4-5/2008

Renewables on the eve of a Breakthrough?
The Energy Situation in East-Central and Southeastern Europe

Jens Boysen

Deutsche Fassung


Climate protection and energy supply security are the key requirements for a sustainable energy policy. The solution is the expansion of renewable forms of energy and an increase in energy efficiency. EU countries recognize this and have agreed to reduce greenhouse exhausts and to increase the share of renewables. The East European member states are to work on this as well. The Baltic and Southeast European states already have a high share of renewable forms of energy. In Poland, however, coal is still high in demand as is nuclear energy in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Potentials could be better realised only if countries change their priorities for subsidies.

(Osteuropa 4-5/2008, pp. 251–264)