The second transnational conference of the WaterCost project as part of the Intereg North Sea Region focused on the issue of cost-effectiveness analysis and how it to apply it to groundwater and water supply issues. Benjamin Görlach gave a presentation on the role of cost- benefit considerations in the implementation process of the Water Framework Directive. He concluded that since there is only patchy data on costs and benefits, and elaborated on the role of the AquaMoney project in addressing this gap.Read more
Environmental protection and competitiveness are generally seen as antagonisms. In this debate, one key question is which compliance costs environmental regulation actually imposes on businesses, and what the driving factors for compliance costs are? This project will empirically assess compliance costs of environmental regulations for 4 sectors in 8 EU Member States by means of a survey of industrial installations. The aim is to assess both costs and benefits, in order to shed more light on the competitiveness effects of environmental regulation.
In recent years, the allegedRead more
The Low Carbon Accelerator (LCA) is a closed-ended investment company listed on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) of the London Stock Exchange. LCA invests in a diverse portfolio of unquoted private companies providing low carbon products and services, which deliver immediate reductions in carbon dioxide emissions. R. Andreas Kraemer of Ecologic advises the fund.
Over the last ten years a set of technologies and business solutions have been developed by strong management teams and technologists in UK, Europe and beyond, which address the need for sharp reductions in CO2Read more
While Germany has introduced a comprehensive ecological tax reform (ETR) in 1999, Poland has taken only first steps into this direction. In order to intensify the exchange between German and Polish experts from politics, research and NGOs, the Polish Ministry of the Environment together with the German Ministry of the Environment organised a workshop in Warsaw during which the design of the German ecological tax reform and its implications were discussed. Helen Lückge, Fellow at Ecologic, presented the economic implications of the German ETR.Read more
Climate protection is one of the most important challenges to today's environmental policy agenda. Among the different economic and social sectors which have to contribute to minimising emissions of greenhouse gases is the waste management. European and German waste policy has contributed to significantly reducing the emissions of greenhouse gases due to waste treatment. For example the land-filling of solid municipal waste has been sharply limited by law. However, there still remains a huge potential for improvement in the methods of waste treatment to reduce emissions. In order toRead more