Handbook chapter on the promotion of the waste management recycling of biowastes under the German Life-Cycle Resource Management Act as amended in 2012 and on the incentives regime for the energy recovery from biowastes particularly in the electricity sector under the German Renewable Energy Sources Act as amended in 2011.Read more
Fostering sustainable industries and industrial development requires the use of effective indicators. Though a multitude of indicators exist, their applicability to sustainable industries remains largely unaddressed to date. In the RISI project, Ecologic Institute reviewed the available scientific knowledge in order to evaluate existing indicators and propose recommendations concerning their usability and the potential need for further indicator development. Ecologic Institute has now published a shorter version of the project results as a Ecologic Brief with forewords by Heinz Leuenberger...Read more
Ecologic Institute in San Mateo, California, supports Conservation International in the development of a composite index measuring the degree of dependence of human populations on marine ecosystem resources. The index consists of a set of metrics that aim to capture nutritional and economic dependence as well as coastal protection needs.
Senior Fellow Tanja Srebotnjak provides services in the areas of data quality, transformations and robustness analysis to ensure that the index is built on solid statistical foundations.
A special characteristic of the composite index is itsRead more
Effectively monitoring EU resource efficiency requires knowledge on the progress and achievements in the 27 EU member states. The project will compile country profiles for all 27 member states and undertake a EU summary analysis. Investigations will integrate literature review and indicator trend analysis.
Increasing resource efficiency (RE) is a key element of EU strategies, which aim to shift the EU towards a resource-efficient, low-carbon economy. In order to reach this target, several environmental policy areas must be promoted, including:
1. Using market based instrumentsRead 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
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
The objective of the present study is to analyze the relationship between the performance of the waste management systems in the EU Member States (MS) and their use of economic instruments (EI). On the basis of this analysis, the opportunity to move towards a European common approach for the use of EIs in relation to waste management is explored. The results show that landfill charges and product responsibility schemes are implemented in most MS. Pay-as-
The objective of the present study is to analyze the relationship between the performance of the waste management systems in the EU Member States (MS) and their use of economic instruments (EI). On the basis of this analysis, the opportunity to move towards a European common approach for the use of EIs in relation to waste management is explored. The results show that landfill charges and product responsibility schemes are implemented in most MS. Pay-as-you-throw (PAYT) systems have only been introduced in half of the MS. Three main policy recommendations have been identified in the studyRead more
On 4 July 2012, a delegation of staff members from the GIZ, the German development cooperation service, visited Ecologic Institute. Dr. Martin Hirschnitz-Garbers and Christiane Gerstetter presented selected projects of Ecologic Institute as part of a GIZ-organized training on the "Green Economy".
The presentations focused on projects that are of particular relevance for developing countries and sustainable industrial development:
- Rio+20 – Financing International Environmental Governance: In this project, Ecologic Institute investigated Read more
In order to foster implementation of waste-related European Directives the state of national implementation among the EU-27 must be analysed and assessed. The project supports the European Commission by analysing the completeness of the national implementation reports for the End-of-life vehicles and the Mining waste Directives. Thus, it contributes to identifying outstanding requirements of the Directives and hence policy action.
As regards the End-of-life vehicles (ELV) Directive, the EU member states have already been obliged to submit two national implementation reports forRead more