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Ecologic Institute: Science and Policy for a Sustainable World

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Planning for Net-zero: Assessing the Draft National Energy and Climate Plans

A new report by the Ecologic Institute and Climact shows that the draft National Energy and Climate Plans presented by governments at the start of 2019 are in acute need of improvement. They suffer from inadequate targets and insufficient details on the policies and financing needed to move towards net-zero emission economies in Europe. Member States also need to do better in involving their national stakeholders in providing input to the plans, to benefit from their expertise and to get them on board for future policies. Good practice examples exist around the EU to serve as inspiration for the final plans due by the end of the year.Read more

How Can We Make the Energiewende Digital and Sustainable?

The Energiewende means a transition from the old, nuclear-and-coal based, to a sustainable and digitalized energy system. This is a complex endeavor: the number of actors involved increases and their functions overlap. While digital technologies bring automation and potential for relief, they are an ambivalent phenomenon: with no comprehensive laws on data protection, it is unclear what is going to happen to the tremendous amount of data collected by digital appliances. Besides, technologies like blockchain are often so energy-intensive that they eat up the amount of resources that they are trying to save. Therefore, political design must actively shape a digital and ecologically sustainable energy transition – it will not happen by itself.Read more
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EU Reform and Climate Policies – Pretty Much Best Friends

On 9 May 2019, the European Council meets in Sibiu (Romania). Not long ago, this meeting was expected to be an important milestone in the Process on the Future of the EU. Now, expectations are much lower. Avoiding controversy is the first order of business. But the core questions of the Process on the Future of the EU will not go away: how to maintain and develop a strong EU? This question will stick with us, and it will keep the new Parliament and the new Commission busy. This article by Nils Meyer-Ohlendorf (Ecologic Institute) and Sebastian Oberthür (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) is available online.Read more
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Wer von Fahrverboten spricht, verhindert Umweltschutz

Framing-Check: "Fahrverbot"
The use of the term "driving ban" can give the impression of a general and comprehensive ban on driving. In this sense, it means, rather, a ban on mobility. The term thus does not only suggest a banishment, but also an interference in the personal freedom of all drivers, not only of diesel drivers. "Traffic restrictions" is the more precise term with respect to the content. Dr. Nils Meyer-Ohlendorf, Head of International and European Governance, and Katharina Umpfenbach, Coordinator Energy of the Ecologic Institute, discuss this in the Süddeutsche Zeitung. The article is available online.Read more
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The Future of Energy Security

Energy security – the uninterrupted supply of energy at reasonable prices, as defined by IEA – has both external and internal dynamics. It can be ensured through local adequacy, that is, abundant and varied forms of indigenous energy resources, but the countries that face local shortages, as in Bangladesh, depend on imports. Shafiqul Alam explains in his online article in the Dhaka Tribune how internal measures could attenuate reliance on external sources.Read more
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32 Gründe, warum Europa eine verdammt gute Idee ist

The EU Member States have committed to be climate neutral by the second half of this century. Nils Meyer-Ohlendorf calls this a fundamental challenge that no EU member state can address alone and that makes the EU indispensable for effective climate protection. This is one of 32 reasons why Europe is a "damn good idea". The same-named book was published in the run-up of the 2019 European elections. It presents numerous achievements of the European Union in an understandable way, explains complex interrelationships and shows the positive effects of the EU for its citizens. Read more

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http://forum-fischschutz.de

Duration: January 2011 - April 2018

Funded by Umweltbundesamt (UBA)

eu-refresh.org

Duration: July 2015 - June 2019

Funded by European Commission, Research Executive Agency (REA)

climatepolicyinfohub.eu

Duration: May 2013 - April 2016

Funded by European Commission, Directorate–General Research (DG Research)

nachhaltigeswirtschaften-soef.de

Duration: October 2015 to March 2019

Funded by Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Germany and German Aerospace Center, DLR Bonn (DLR)

multee.eu

Duration: March 2015 to August 2017

Funded by European Commission, Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises

measuring-progress.eu

Duration: September 2013 - August 2016

Funded by European Commission, Directorate-General Research & Innovation (DG Research & Innovation)

aquacross.eu

Duration: June 2015 - November 2018

Funded by European Commission, Directorate-General Research & Innovation (DG Research & Innovation)

netgreen-project.eu

Duration: September 2013 - August 2016

Funded by the Funded by European Commission, Directorate-General Research & Innovation (DG Research & Innovation)

pocacito.eu

Duration: January 2014 to December 2016

Funded by European Commission, Directorate-General Research & Innovation (DG Research & Innovation)

 

geschichte-umweltpolitikberatung.org

Duration: Decemeber 2012 – June 2014

Funded by Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU)

eleep.eu

Duration: September 2011 – December 2017

Funded by the European Union and Robert Bosch Stiftung

klimzug-radost.de

Duration: July 2009 - June 2014

Funded by German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

dynamix-project.eu

Duration: September 2012 – December 2015

Funded by European Commission, Directorate-General Research & Innovation (DG Research & Innovation)

efface.eu

Duration: December 2012 – March 2016

Funded by European Commission, Directorate-General Research & Innovation (DG Research & Innovation)

reformrivers.eu

Duration: November 2011 – November 2015

Funded by European Commission, Directorate-General Research & Innovation (DG Research & Innovation)

demeau-fp7.eu

Duration: September 2012 – August 2015

Funded by European Commission, Directorate-General Research & Innovation (DG Research & Innovation)

clearingstelle-eeg.de

Duration: 2009 – 2017

Funded by Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU)

cecilia2050.eu

Duration: September 2012 – August 2015

Funded by European Commission, Directorate-General Research & Innovation (DG Research & Innovation)

base-adaptation.eu

Duration: October 2012 – September 2016

Funded by European Commission, Directorate-Generale Research & Innovation (DG Research & Innovation)

Ecologic Institute: Science and Policy for a Sustainable World

Ecologic Institute conducts inter- and transdisciplinary environmental research and has offices in Berlin, Brussels and Washington DC. In its role as a private, independent organization, Ecologic Institute is dedicated to the preparation of relevant sociopolitical aspects of sustainability research and contributing new knowledge to environmental policy. Innovative research methods, an orientation on practice and a transdisciplinary approach ensure scientific excellent and social relevance. The work done at Ecologic Institute covers the spectrum of environmental topics and includes the integration of environment-related issues into other political spheres.

Ecologic Institute was founded in 1995 and collaborates closely with other European and international bodies, including active participation as a member of the Ecological Research Network (Ecornet). Today, the more than 100 individuals at Ecologic Institute work in a variety of international and interdisciplinary project teams.
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