Fifteen participants from different parts of Mexico who are spending a year in Germany with support from the "International Leadership Training (ILT)" programme in order to learn conceptual, holistic and anticipatory thought for sustainable business development, took part in the course, carried out at the International Education Center (IBZ) in Mannheim from 7 to 9 December 2012. Michael Mehling, President of the Ecologic Institute in Washington DC, delivered the course contents, drawing on training material developed previously for a project commissioned by the Academy ofRead more
Following the successful two-day internal kick-off meeting held in Berlin in November, CECILIA2050's approach was first presented to an interested audience at the UN climate conference in Doha on 3 December 2012. The three-year project involves drafting recommendations for a suitable mix of instruments to help the EU achieve the 2050 emission reduction targets set by Heads of State and...Read more
Nearly one hundred 16 year old Protestant students came together in Berlin for a workshop on the topic: "What to eat and the role of meat". The topic was chosen by the students to find out more about the impacts of their eating habits and to learn what a change in consumption patters could look like.
The event opened with a keynote speech from Stephanie Wunder from the Ecologic Institute. Within her presentation, she focused on the different impacts of eating habits and meat consumption, focusing in particular on environmental, animal welfareRead more
On 22 November 2012, Ecologic Institute organized a side-event entitled ‘European Innovation for Sustainable Water Management: Users meet Researchers’ at the IWRM Karlsruhe 2012. The event presented five European research projects and their innovative outputs, covering the topics of sustainable urban water management and the adaptation of freshwater ecosystem management to climate change. Ulf Stein and Johanna von Toggenburg organized...Read more
The Federal Academy for Public Administration (BAköV) hosted a high-level event as part of the "Brühler Expert Discussions." Professors Klaus Töpfer, Sabine Schlacke, Jürgen Schmid, and Ulrich Cubasch presented their knowledge and recommendations regarding changes in climate and the energy system. The event was moderated by Dr. Camilla Bausch.
The international climate negotiations in Doha, Qatar, had just been completed without any exceptional breakthroughs, so the timing was suitable for civil servants to ask and discuss questions about international climate protectionRead more
Mainstream economic indicators still dominate practical policy making. In this journal article, Lucas Porsch explains how the connection of sustainability measures and these mainstream indicators can be a tool for policy makers to understand and manage trade-offs between different sustainability categories.
The project Integrating Mainstream Economic Indicators with Sustainable Development Objectives (IN-STREAM) has analysed the similarities and differences of mainstream economic indicators...Read more
The UK and Germany share similar climate change goals, but pursue rather different energy policy strategies. These differences include the technological focus (such as nuclear vs renewable energy) and the choice of instruments, creating a space for mutual exchange and learning. From 27 to 30 November 2012, Ecologic Institute organized and implemented a program for a group of decision-makers from...Read more
Bilateral cooperation with the USA is key for achieving the long-term goal of a global carbon market. This projects aims to support a focused dialogue on aspects of climate change, in particular emissions trading, by providing background information and continuous reporting on current developments, as well as by supporting transatlantic communication and cooperation.
To expand bilateral cooperation with the USA in the area of emissions trading, it is necessary to closely follow political and legal developments and to start an exchange with relevant contacts. The USA not onlyRead more
In light of the growing importance of climate change adaptation, the project objectives are to assist the City of Hamburg in the preparation of their adaptation strategy to climate change. Adaptation to climate change must be decided and implemented mainly on the regional and local level. An economic evaluation of possible climate change adaptation measures is essential to their implementation. In times of limited public and private budget, only cost-effective measures can be implemented. In this project, the current knowledge on the economic evaluation of climate change costs and of theRead more
Since 2008, the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety has financed the National Climate Initiative ((NKI) in German), in order to achieve its national target of an 80% reduction in carbon emissions by the year 2050. In order to make optimal use of the funds, it is necessary to include technological innovation and societal processes in funding initiatives. This necessitates new approaches on many levels, involving many stakeholders and aspects of daily life. Researchers from Ecologic Institute, Arepo Consult, Oeko-Institut, and theRead more