On Wednesday, 22 May, Ecologic Institute – together with Fresh Thoughts Consulting and Milieu – will hold a workshop on the subject of "Supporting adaptation efforts in coastal and maritime areas through guidance and good practice examples". The event will take place at the Stakeholders' Day of the European Maritime Day, which will be celebrated in Malta this year and aims to facilitate stakeholder cooperation in the development of integrated maritime policies. Registration for the workshop is still open.
The Strategic Environmental Impact Assessment of development of the Arctic seeks to strengthen communication and outreach within the EU and between the EU and Arctic communities regarding the EU’s contribution to addressing environmental and other issues raised by the rapid development of the Arctic region as a result of economic and climate change. The Preparatory Action project aims to bring together scientific knowledge and stakeholder perspectives, increase awareness about the changing Arctic, enhance understanding of the impacts of EU policies, and test the effectiveness andRead more
Climate change will most likely impact the effectiveness and cost of measures to improve water quality. This must be taken into account in the future when selecting measures in accordance with the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD). Until now, the consequences of climate change have not been systematically incorporated into the economic analyses called for by the WFD. A new study in the RADOST focus topic "Water Management and Agriculture" evaluates analytical approaches used to date, thereby contributing to the necessary discussion on how existing and future programs could consider and...Read more
The European Commission has recently adopted an EU Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change. This strategy will be launched at a high-level conference taking place on 29 April 2013 in Brussels. Those who cannot attend the conference can follow the livestream of the event via the conference website.
The event will bring together policy makers and practitioners working on adaptation to...Read more
With a number of events scheduled in 2012 and early 2013 we have already exchanged powerful ideas and lessons learned from transition processes in communities throughout Europe. On 6 and 7 June 2013 the final conference of InContext, together with the Informed Cities Forum 2013, will bring a creative platform to do so again. Conference applications can be completed on...Read more
Electric vehicles have the potential for significant contributions towards achieving the EU’s climate protection goals in the transport sector. However, the environmental impacts of a large scale introduction of electric vehicles are still unknown. This project has developed scenarios for the increased dissemination of electric vehicles in the EU until 2050 and formulated policy recommendations from these findings. The full report of this project is available for download.
In order to reach the long-term EU climate goals, a severe reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in...Read more
This paper, presented during the Sixth Biennial International Conference of the European Community Studies Association in 1999, examines the implications of the planned EU enlargement for European environmental policy.
The inclusion of ten additional countries from Eastern Europe represents a challenge especially for environmental policy, as it is unclear if the accession countries will be able to meet the EU obligations in this policy field. The authors, Alexander Carius, Ingmar von Homeyer, and Stefani Bär (all Ecologic Institute), analyze what an...Read more
In his article in the "Zeitschrift für Umweltrecht," Nils Meyer-Ohlendorf (Ecologic Institute) analyzes what consequences the Treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe would have for environmental policy. This treaty was signed in 2004 but did not come into force as it was not ratified. The author focuses on the institutional architecture of the European Union, which would undergo some changes due to the treaty.
Specifically, he examines how the treaty strengthens or weakens the political positions of the European Council, the Council of Ministers, the Commission, and the...Read more
Environmental policy is one of the most important policy fields in Germany. However, little knowledge exists about the roots and development of environmental policy or the political consultancy in this field. In this project, these developments shall be traced by applying the "oral history" method. 21 interviews will be held with experts from the environmental field. The interviews will be documented on the project website.
The project aims to conduct oral history interviews on the emergence and development of scientific policy advice in the field of environmental policy, therebyRead more
As its first outreach activity, the research project CECILIA2050 staged a stakeholder workshop on future directions for EU climate policies on 20 February 2013. Sixty researchers, EU officials, and NGO and Member State representatives came to Brussels to discuss the path to an optimal 2050 EU climate policy mix. Initial results from country case studies (Germany, Spain, Italy, and the...Read more