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Ecologic Newsletter No 28 – June 2005

Ecologic Newsletter No 28 – June 2005

  1. Call for stronger International Environmental Governance
  2. Serge Lepeltier: ''Long live Ecologic''
  3. The Case for Valuation Studies in the Water Framework Directive – Report online
  4. On the Road to Sustainable Production in the Enlarged EU: Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) – Conference announcement
  5. Future strategy of municipal waste management (goal 2020) – Study online
  6. The UK's Use of its G8 Presidency to Focus on Africa and the Millennium Development Goals - Dinner Dialogue with Camilla Toulmin
  7. Behavioural motives within European Climate policy and their implications for the fulfilment of the European Kyoto target – Publication
  8. Transatlantic Environmental Cooperation on the Subnational Level

1. Call for stronger International Environmental Governance
The conference “Towards a Stronger System of International Environmental Governance“ took place on 26 May in Berlin. It addressed the upgrading of UNEP into a full fledged UN agency, in particular its political, institutional, financial and legal implications. The participants of the conference agreed that the addressing of the shortcomings of international environmental governance does not require a total overhaul of all parts of the current system. Changes should build upon existing structures, including UNEP and the multilateral environmental agreements. Wide press coverage of the event documents the public interest in the issue. The summary of the event, presentations, and a list of participants are now available for download.
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2. Serge Lepeltier: ''Long live Ecologic''
The French Minister for Ecology and Sustainable Development, Serge Lepeltier, opened Ecologic’s 10th anniversary reception on 25 May 2005 in Berlin. The festivities took place on the eve of the conference "Towards a stronger system of International Environmental Governance". More than 200 guests came together to congratulate Ecologic, meet international colleagues and friends and enjoy one of the first warm evenings of the year overlooking the Federal Chancellery.
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3. The Case for Valuation Studies in the Water Framework Directive – Report online
Ecologic has been commissioned by the Scotland and Northern Ireland Forum for Environmental Research (SNIFFER) to develop practicable proposals for implementing the economic aspects of the Water Framework Directive in Scotland and Northern Ireland, with a particular focus on the possible role of economic valuation studies. The now available study deals mainly  with the assessment of disproportionate costs (linked to the Art. 4 exemptions), while also addressing the selection of measures (Art. 11). It recommends a staged and flexible approach, which takes account of the specific conditions in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
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4. On the Road to Sustainable Production in the Enlarged EU: Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) – Conference announcement
This event will be directed towards stakeholders in new and old Member States and will focus on the implementation of Directive 96/61/EC on integrated pollution prevention and control (IPPC). It will provide a forum for an exchange of experiences and views on the implementation of the Directive, the use of the reference documents on best available techniques (BREFs) and the future development of the Directive. It will include a one day workshop followed by a one and a half day plenary session. The event will take place on 20 - 22 September 2005 in Dresden, Germany.
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5. Future strategy of municipal waste management (goal 2020) – Study online
The disposal of residual household waste in landfills above ground level can be avoided. This is the outcome of seven scenarios that have been set up by Ecologic in the study entitled "A Future Strategy for Municipal Waste Management (Goal 2020)". Commissioned by the German Federal Environmental Agency, the study was supposed to yield a technical basis for a strategy establishing the entire and ecologically sound recycling of municipal waste. A German short version of the study is now available for download.
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6. The UK's Use of its G8 Presidency to Focus on Africa and the Millennium Development Goals - Dinner Dialogue with Camilla Toulmin
The United Kingdom put Africa and the Millennium Development Goals high on its agenda for its presidency of the G8 in 2005. In a discussion with Camilla Toulmin - Director of the Institute for International Environment and Development - the impacts of this initiative, its potential and possible implementation challenges were spelled out and debated. The Dinner Dialogue took place in Berlin on 6 June 2005.
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7. Behavioural motives within European Climate policy and their implications for the fulfilment of the European Kyoto target – Publication
As the first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol from 2008 to 2012 is drawing near, it is becoming evident that some countries will face major difficulties in fulfilling their commitments under the EU Burden Sharing Agreement, while other countries are already close to achieving their targets. What is the motivation of countries that carry out an effective climate policy, and how do countries that are far away from achieving their reduction targets justify their behaviour? In her essay on European climate policy, Helen Lückge looks at these questions from an economic point of view.
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8. Transatlantic Environmental Cooperation on the Subnational Level
A number of environmental partnerships have been evolving between Europe and the U.S. at the sub-national level. As state and local authorities on both continents work to respond to environmental challenges such as urban sprawl, brownfield redevelopment and energy efficiency, they are looking across the Atlantic for models of innovative policies and projects. Thanks to a scholarship from the John J. McCloy Foundation, Ecologic Fellow Markus Knigge investigated the creation, maintenance and impacts of transatlantic environmental cooperation at the subnational level in the US.
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