Ecologic Institute Newsletter No 237 – June 2022
- Ecologic Institute Newsletter
The 2022 overview brochure accompanies Eurostat's sixth regular report monitoring progress towards the SDGs in an EU context. Ecologic Institute's authors covered the chapters on SDG 2 (Zero Hunger), SDG 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation), SDG 7 (Affordable and Clean Energy), SDG 13 (Climate Action), SDG 14 (Life Below Water), SDG 15 (Life on Land) and SDG 17 (Partnerships for the Goals). The overview and monitoring report are available for download.
This report takes stock of emission trajectories, climate policies and complementary policies in G7 countries. It helps to identify gaps in the existing policy landscape of global decarbonization efforts and proposes potential improvements. Based on these insights, Ecologic Institute's Jonathan Gardiner and Dr. Michael Jakob conclude that G7 countries would be able to accelerate the global energy transition. The report is available for download.
This study analyzed if and how EU Member States used their auctioning revenues from the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) for climate action. For this purpose, the authors, among them Isabel Haase, Eike Karola Velten and Harrison Branner from Ecologic Institute, selected eight case study countries: Czechia, Germany, Greece, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland and Portugal. As part of these case studies, they examined the reporting, the legal provisions and the political narrative around auctioning revenues. The case studies, as well as associated policy recommendations, are presented in a technical report. The main findings are shown in a summary, targeted at stakeholders and the interested public. The summary is available for download.
Ecologic Institute developed a site selection guideline to help Member States meet their reporting requirements and improve their monitoring. The use of this guideline will help Member States develop a representative network of ecosystem monitoring sites across the EU, covering freshwater ecosystems, natural and semi-natural habitats as well as forests. The guideline on how sites are to be selected is meant to be applied by the Member States on a voluntary basis and in accordance with their own circumstances. Ecologic Institute also led the development of a new reporting template, which provides a structured and recommended way for Member States to report both mandatory and suggested reporting information. The documents are available for download.
This paper by Ecologic Institute examines the concept of an "extended" digital product passport from a socio-ecological perspective using the example of batteries for electric vehicles. It evaluates different approaches to data regulation and formulates policy recommendations for decision makers in Berlin. The paper is based on preliminary research from the project, which specifically developed three ideal types of data regulation and a methodology for their scenario-based assessment. Drawing on the scenario-based evaluation for the sectors circular economy, health, transport and buildings, overarching findings and recommendations for data governance and regulation for a sustainable Berlin were developed in a separate paper. The publications are available for download.
Together with our interview guests Arianna Nicoletti (Circular Textiles Lead at Circular Berlin) and Mandy Hinzmann (Fellow at Ecologic Institute), we explore the concepts of circular and sustainable fashion and discuss the potential impact of the recently published European Union Strategy for Sustainable and Circular Textiles. We also get philosophical and ask: are constant change and quick consumption inherent characteristics of fashion?
"How can the general public be engaged in the issue of food waste in private households?" More than 80 participants from civil society, initiatives, administration, and associations discussed this question at the online event of the dialogue forum "Private Haushalte", coordinated by the Ecologic Institute. The dialogue forum was accompanied by expert keynote speeches, group discussions, the presentation of the recently published mapping report and the Citizen Science Project "Deutschland rettet Lebensmittel", which was launched in May. The results of the mapping report of existing initiatives and measures to reduce food waste in Germany are available for download.
The Environment Committee of the European Parliament adopted its reform proposals for the EU Climate Action Regulation last Monday. They contain important improvements, but are disappointing overall, Dr. Nils Meyer-Ohlendorf argues in the Tagesspiegel. The article is available online.
Marine Protected Areas, Source-to-sea Concepts and Multi-use of Marine Space – 2022 United Nations Oceans Conference Side Event
On 30 June 2022, Ecologic Institute and partners are hosting an in-person side event at the 2022 United Nations Oceans Conference in Lisbon, Portugal. The event will focus on marine protected areas, source-to-sea concepts and marine multi-use in Europe's seas and transitional waters. In three separate sessions, a series of projects will paint an insightful picture of how to balance the increasing use of coastal-marine ecosystems with the preservation and restoration of their biological richness, by mitigating impacts and curbing pressures to achieve true sustainability. An expert panel discussion will examine the synergies of the approaches, look for holistic solutions and consider what is needed to make the vision of healthy European coasts and seas a reality for future generations. Registration for the event is available on the website.
On 12 and 13 May 2022, the INTERLACE project held the first Latin American Cities Talk Nature Engagement Event in San José (Costa Rica). The project is led by Ecologic Institute. Cities Talk Nature is a community of practice dedicated to restoring degraded ecosystems in municipalities in Latin America through Nature-based Solutions. During the event, the first 21 municipalities from Costa Rica, Colombia, Ecuador, Puerto Rico, Chile, Germany and Spain signed declarations of intent, in which they pledge to enhance Nature-based Solutions in their cities.
- Sustainable Development in the European Union – 2022 Overview
- G7 Climate Crossroads: State of Play – Report
- The Use of Auctioning Revenues from the EU ETS for Climate Action – Report
- Monitoring of Effects of Air Pollution on Ecosystems – Guidance Note on Site Selection
- Sustainable Data Regulation for the Circular Economy in Berlin – Report
- Sustainability in Style: Circular fashion in the European Green Deal – Podcast
- Reduction of Food Waste in Private Households – Mapping Report
- Fewer Soapbox Speeches at the EU Climate Action Regulation – Article
- Marine Protected Areas, Source-to-sea Concepts and Multi-use of Marine Space – 2022 United Nations Oceans Conference Side Event
- Cities Talk Nature – Engagement Event