Ecologic Institute led a study examining how regional and local authorities contribute to the objectives of the Europe 2020 strategy by transforming their energy systems. The report, which was commissioned by the Committee of Regions aims to propose a set of recommendations for future improvements of the program. The study is available for download.
On the basis of eight case studies the report investigates experiences and best practices of cities and regions, which committed themselves to ambitious mitigation targets and to developing a...Read more
In the course of the German “Energiewende”, Ecologic Institute supports the German Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMU) in the further development of existing instruments to promote renewable energies in both the electricity and heat sector (Renewable Energies Sources Act and Renewable Energies Heat Act), including the increasing system, grid and market integration of electricity from renewable sources, the production of biogas and its feeding into the natural gas grid, questions regarding the promotion of bioenergy and solar energy, legal questions regarding theRead more
A new Ecologic Institute led research project on EU climate policy, called "CECILIA2050" has taken off with an internal kick-off meeting, the website launch and a first public event at the climate summit in Doha, Qatar. The three-year project is to draft recommendations for a suitable mix of instruments to help the EU achieve the 2050 emission reduction targets set by Heads of State and Government in 2009.
Europe needs to transform itself to a low-carbon economy by mid-century. The existing instrument mix needs to be scaled up drastically to initiate the changes neededRead more
On 23 October 2012, the Heinrich Böll Foundation will present and host of a discussion of the study "A European Union for Renewable Energy - Policy Options for Better Grids and Support Schemes." Sascha Müller-Kraenner, Partner of Ecologic Institute, and Susanne Langsdorf, Researcher at Ecologic Institute, will present the policy options identified by an expert group. Participation is free of charge, and registration is not required.
The following panelists are expected:
The European Union needs a common vision for its energy future. A shift towards renewable energy sources will increase security of supply, improve the competitiveness of the European economy, and put Europe on a path towards sustainability. The Heinrich Böll Foundation commissioned a working group of experts from different backgrounds to provide a collection of policy ideas for two key areas that will define the future of renewable energy development in Europe: grids, and support and remuneration schemes for renewable energy technologies. The report 'A European Union for Renewable...Read more
At the beginning of September 2012, a new European Union research project on resource efficiency started at Ecologic Institute. DYNAMIX will propose policy mixes that can shift the EU onto a pathway where its resource use and the associated environmental impacts decline in absolute terms while the economy continues to thrive. This FP7 research project, led by Ecologic Institute, combines quantitative modeling and qualitative assessments to provide EU and national policy-makers with tangible support towards implementing resource efficiency policies. The project website is now onlineRead more
From 7-11 May 2012, Ecologic Institute organized and implemented a program for 20 international experts and journalists in order to present and discuss climate and energy efficiency policy in Europe and Germany, as well as its engagement in the pre Rio+20 process. Participants were able to speak with representatives from ministries, parliament, think tanks and NGOs.
On 12 September 2012, a Transatlantic Breakfast was held in the offices of Ecologic Institute, Berlin, on unconventional oils and their sources and the related impacts on climate change and supply security. The event, which was held in cooperation with the US Embassy in Berlin, featured Deborah Gordon, Nonresident Senior Associate in the Energy and Climate Program at Carnegie Endowment...Read more
On August 2, 2012, Dominic Marcellino, Fellow at Ecologic Institute DC, spoke at the "Net-Zero House Symposium", where he presented research results regarding the energy efficiency of buildings. The Net-Zero House Symposium in DC was a half-day discussion event on the building and promotion of net-zero and highly energy efficient buildings.
In total, three speakers presented the current research work of their respective organizations in building energy efficiency. Dominic Marcellino focusedRead more