Ecologic Newsletter No 92 – August 2010
- 15 Years for Ecologic Institute
- Ecologic Institute continues to support negotiators at UN climate negotiations
- Earth Summit 2012: How it can help with a global climate deal – Presentation
- From Copenhagen to Cancún - Roadmap for a European Climate-Realpolitik – Publication
- Bypassing Germany's "Reformstau": The Remarkable Rise of Renewable Energy – Publication
- Ecologic Institute at the Joint Statistical Meetings – Presentation
- The Importance and Impact of Wind Energy: Ethical Considerations – Presentation
- Financing Natura 2000 – Stakeholder Conference
1. 15 Years for Ecologic Institute
This year there is even more reason than usual to celebrate: 15 years of successful work at the Institute and the 50th consortium project within the research framework programmes of the European Commission. In addition to this, we are able to welcome our 100th colleague to the Ecologic team with the arrival of Prof. Dr. Christoph Stefes. Ecologic Institute will be celebrating all of this on Wednesday the 1 September 2010, starting at 6pm at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences (BBAW) at Gendarmenmarkt in the Berlin-Mitte district.
2. Ecologic Institute continues to support negotiators at UN climate negotiations
After the disappointing climate summit in Copenhagen in late 2009, parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and Kyoto Protocol are continuing their search for common ground in order to build a future climate change regime. Currently, they are preparing for the upcoming climate summit at the end of the year in Mexico, their first conference of the parties since Copenhagen. Dr. Camilla Bausch and Dr. Ralph Bodle of Ecologic Legal continue to support the German delegation and EU team in the negotiations. In this capacity, they participated in the negotiations in June and August 2010 in Bonn and will travel to China in October to continue this work.
3. Earth Summit 2012: how it can help with a global climate deal – Presentation
Civil society groups are spreading the word about the upcoming 2012 Earth Summit, a United Nations meeting on international environmental governance. Ecologic Institute's Emily McGlynn stressed the importance of youth participation at a recent UNFCCC side event in preparation for the Earth Summit.
4. From Copenhagen to Cancún - Roadmap for a European Climate-Realpolitik – Publication
At the end of this year in Cancún, Mexico, a Roadmap for a binding climate agreement should be in place. After finding themselves at the sidelines of what was a disappointing Copenhagen summit, it is even more important that Europeans now inject new life into the negotiations, postulates Sascha Müller-Kraenner, Senior Policy Advisor of Ecologic Institute.
5. Bypassing Germany's "Reformstau": The Remarkable Rise of Renewable Energy – Publication
The implementation of Germany's highly effective Feed-in-Tariff model (FITM) for the promotion of renewable energy (RE) is a remarkable achievement given the rigid structure of the German political system. The many veto points in the political system cause certain policy inertia - "Reformstau" - in Germany, making comprehensive policy changes a rare occurrence. In this article, Prof. Dr. Christoph Stefes, Senior Fellow at Ecologic Institute, addresses how Germany's FITM was nonetheless passed in the 1990s, leading to a boom for renewable energy in Germany.
6. Ecologic Institute at the Joint Statistical Meetings – Presentation
Tanja Srebotnjak represented Ecologic Institute at the largest gathering of statisticians and practitioners of statistics in North America, the Joint Statistical Meetings, which this year took place in the Olympic City of Vancouver, Canada. Dr. Srebotnjak presented a paper on small area estimation of local health effects and risk factors, illustrating her modeling and validation framework for the prevalent lack of health care insurance in the US.
7. The Importance and Impact of Wind Energy: Ethical Considerations – Presentation
The 7th Greifswald International Summer Academy "Energy and the Environment" was organized by the University of Greifswald. Dominic Marcellino, Fellow at Ecologic Institute in Washington, spoke to the participants, delivering remarks on some of the ethical implications of expanded renewable energy production, specifically wind.
8. Financing Natura 2000 – Stakeholder Conference
This conference represents a key milestone in the path towards a new financing communication, foreseen for the first half of 2011. The meeting assessed the current financing provisions and developed concrete ideas on the future financing of the Natura 2000 network. In this regard, it presented the outcomes of the recent project "The Economic and Social Benefits associated with the Natura 2000 Network". The conference was organized with support of the Ecologic Institute.