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Ecologic Newsletter No 25 - March 2005

Ecologic Newsletter No 25 - March 2005

  1. Green Ways to Growth - Dinner Dialogue with Jacqueline McGlade
  2. Kyoto Protocol Ratification - So what? 
  3. Reforming International Environmental Governance: An Institutionalist Critique of the Proposal for a World Environment Organisation - Publication
  4. Unbundling Rules in the Electricity Sector - Publication
  5. Solar and Wind Power: More Energy Security for the US? - Dinner Dialogue Jan McFarland and James H. Caldwell 
  6. European Liberalisation Tendencies - Implications for the German Water Sector - Lecture
  7. Dr. Sebastian Oberthür member of IDGEC's Scientific Steering Commitee

1. Green Ways to Growth - Dinner Dialogue with Jacqueline McGlade
Jacqueline McGlade, Executive Director of the European Environment Agency, presented and discussed her ideas on "Green Ways to Growth" at an Ecologic/IEEP Dinner Dialogue arranged in her honour on 28 February 2005. Considering the tensions related to emphasising synergies between the economy and the environment on the one hand and the plea for a strong independent environmental policy in its own right on the other, participant statements highlighted aspects of and debated solutions for a green path for growth.
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2. Kyoto Protocol Ratification - So what?
After years of political debate, the Kyoto Protocol came into force on 16 February 2005. Against this background, the fourth Climate Talk posed questions regarding what climate politics and economic effects the Kyoto Protocol in its present form will have and which steps for the path to a "Carbon Constrained Economy" are necessary. Presentations were given by Dr. Hermann Ott and by Dr. Hans-Joachim Ziesing.
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3. Reforming International Environmental Governance: An Institutionalist Critique of the Proposal for a World Environment Organisation - Publication
In this article Sebastian Oberthür and Thomas Gehring argue that a World Environment Organisation (WEO) does not promise to enhance international environmental governance. The authors claim that the establishment of an international organisation alone in a policy field currently populated by regimes cannot be expected to significantly improve environmental governance because there is no qualitative difference between these two forms of governance institutions. This article does not address in detail or extend upon recent proposals for giving more importance to the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) or for upgrading it to a special UN organisation.
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4. Unbundling Rules in the Electricity Sector - Publication
The federal bill addressing non discriminatory network access in the energy sector will significantly reform the existing legal framework for grid operators in Germany. A crucial aspect of the reform is the strengthening of rules for vertically integrated energy companies active in production and distribution as well as grid operation. In her publication, Dr. Camilla Bausch critically analyses and evaluates unbundling rules for the electricity sector against the background of lawmakers' objectives - including promoting competition, reducing conflict of interest cases and quelling market distorting activities.
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5. Solar and Wind Power: More Energy Security for the US? - Dinner Dialogue Jan McFarland and James H. Caldwell
The Ecologic Dinner Dialogue on 17 February 2005 focused on the role of renewable energies in the USA. It was held to honour Jan McFarland and James H. Caldwell. This "zero-emission-pair" has shown great commitment over the last decades for a change in energy supply leading to an increased use of renewable energies in the USA.
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6. European Liberalisation Tendencies - Implications for the German Water Sector - Lecture
The Technical University Berlin hosted the conference "Water - Economic Good, Weapon, Human Right" on 9 February 2005. Ecologic Associate Britta Pielen spoke on the recent trends towards liberalisation in European water policy and the implications for the German water sector.
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7. Dr. Sebastian Oberthür member of IDGEC's Scientific Steering Commitee
Since the beginning of 2005, Dr. Sebastian Oberthür, Senior Associate with Ecologic, has served as a member of the Scientific Steering Committee of the Institutional Dimensions of Global Environmental Change (IDGEC).
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