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Ecologic Institute Newsletter No 240 – September 2022

Ecologic Institute Newsletter No 240 – September 2022

Ecologic Institute Newsletter


Water Resources Allocation and Agriculture – Book

In this open-access book, Ecologic Institute's Dr. Josselin Rouillard, along with co-editors, compiles an international review of water-allocation strategies that support the transition to sustainable water use in regions in which agriculture is the dominant water-using sector. The book brings together the experience and knowledge of more than 30 leading scholars and practitioners in water allocation systems across the world to present a comprehensive, novel and innovative account of water allocation in a range of international settings. It addresses five key crosscutting issues shaping the challenge of sustainable water-allocation policy, and presents 13 national, state and transboundary case studies. The book is available for download.

Circular Flow and Secondary Raw Materials – Report

The circular economy helps to improve raw material security and reduce the environmental impact of production and consumption. This study presents 17 inspiring examples of how companies and scientists are putting the circular economy into practice: from recycling construction materials and metals, to improving the sorting and recycling of plastics, to new business models that help turn waste into resources or keep materials in circulation longer through services. The study by Susanne Langsdorf, Mandy Hinzmann and Laurens Duin (Ecologic Institute) is available for download in German.

Energy Prosumers in Europe – Report

Energy prosumption through the deployment of residential renewable energy technologies reduces greenhouse gas emissions, speeds up the energy transition and provides important community benefits. In a new report, the European Environment Agency assesses energy prosumption models used throughout the EU and recommends policy tools that can allow even more EU citizens to benefit from energy prosumption. The publication builds on a study produced by CE Delft, Fraunhofer ISI and Ecologic Institute, and is available for download.

Carbon Dioxide Removals in EU Member States – Report

CO2 removal is becoming a central part of climate action, but policy frameworks of EU Member States lack basics. In this Ecologic Institute report, Dr. Nils Meyer-Ohlendorf and Deyana Spasova analyze EU member states' carbon dioxide removal frameworks. The report is available for download.

Removing CO2 – Are Member States ready? – Article

Member State policies for CO2 removal lack a sound basis, which presents a substantial problem for society. Dr. Nils Meyer-Ohlendorf discusses possible solutions in the Tagesspiegel. The article is available online.

Review of Social and Gender Dimensions in Climate Adaptation Interventions in Coastal Areas – Article

This article presents the results of a rapid review of the literature on gender and coastal climate adaptation conducted for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 6th Assessment Report (AR6). The findings highlight the lack of data on gender as a social dimension of adaptation and the gaps in current indicators for monitoring the Sustainable Development Goal for gender (SDG5). The article, to which Katriona McGlade of Ecologic Institute contributed, emphasizes the need for gender-disaggregated data on coastal adaptation efforts to fully capture both positive and negative gender dimensions of climate adaptation. It is available online.

Beating the Heat: Europe prepares for climate change impacts – Podcast

In Europe and beyond, the summer of 2022 has been hot. Very hot. On one of those days when the temperature hit 30 degrees, the "Green Deal – Big Deal?" podcast host Ewa Iwaszuk from Ecologic Institute in Berlin speaks with her guests about the climate change impacts in cities and especially about the EU's plans on how to adapt to and better deal with those impacts. The discussion focuses on the possibilities that nature offers to help us cope with challenges such as heat and flooding. The episode can be accessed directly on our website and popular podcast platforms.

Presentations and Events

Environmental Crime – How do they get away with it? – Interview

The environmental disaster on the Oder River has brought the issue of environmental crime back into the spotlight. In a video report by the TV station Deutsche Welle, experts, including Dr. Stephan Sina of Ecologic Institute, explain the reasons for the difficulties in prosecuting environmental crimes and possible approaches for improvement. The contribution "Environmental Crime – How do they get away with it?" can be viewed online.

Policy Strategies for Regionalization of Food Systems Promoting Sustainability – Workshop

On 4 July 2022, around 30 experts discussed political strategies for regionalizing the food system, while achieving as many positive sustainability effects as possible and avoiding negative impacts. The input paper, the documentation of results, as well as recordings of the event are available online.

Emissions Trading for Emerging Economies and Developing Countries – ICAP Summer School

After a three-year hiatus, the International Carbon Action Partnership (ICAP) resumed in-person trainings with the 2022 edition of its flagship training activity, the two-week ICAP Summer School on Emissions trading. The training took place in Florence (Italy) from 22 August to 2 September 2022. Participation in the summer school was open to applicants from emerging economies and developing countries. The course was aimed at public officials and stakeholders from the non-governmental, academic and private sectors who are - or will be - involved in making decisions on, designing and implementing carbon-pricing mechanisms.

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Microplastics in Soils – International Conference

This international conference provides an opportunity to learn and exchange knowledge on the topic of microplastics in soils, and is aimed at scientists and decision makers alike. The first day of the event focuses on the state of the science, the second day on identifying policy solutions and recommendations for action at the European and international level. This hybrid event will take place on 19 and 20 October 2022 in Berlin (Germany), allowing for both in-person and online participation. We are looking forward to your registration.

"Plastic Pirates" Remain on Mission in Autumn 2022 – Citizen Science Action

It's that time again: From 15 September to 15 November 2022, youths between the ages of 10 and 16 are being called upon to take part in the "Plastic Pirates – Go Europe!" campaign together with their teachers or group leaders. The aim is for participants to deal with the issue of plastic waste in the environment – especially in and around rivers. The accompanying teaching and working materials, along with the booklet, guide the participants through the campaign and can be ordered by teachers or group leaders on the campaign website free of charge.

Implementing Inclusive and Just Nature-based Solutions – Interactive Workshop

Nature-based Solutions (NBS) for EU cities and regions represent an integral part of the EU's transition to achieving climate neutrality. In this panel, moderated by Ecologic Institute's McKenna Davis on 11 October 2022, experts will discuss effective, just and inclusive strategies to design, implement and manage NBS, while engaging under-represented or marginalized stakeholders. Panelists will discuss successful, inclusive NBS co-creation processes and opportunities for upscaling through concrete public commitments under the European Climate Pact. The event is part of the European Week of Regions and Cities. We look forward to your registration.

We are Hiring!

Lawyer with Focus on Energy Law and/or Climate Law

Ecologic Legal links environmental analysis and policymaking to legal frameworks and the law-making process. Our aim is to enhance the design and implementation of environmental policy and governance with our research. We share our knowledge and experiences through capacity-building and education. Drawing on the expertise of a team of specialized lawyers, we advise decision-makers on all aspects of international, EU, and domestic environmental law and governance. In the advertised position, you will work as part of the legal team – and at the interface of the energy and climate team – on highly relevant issues concerning energy and environmental law, and can actively shape framework conditions for the energy transition. We look forward to hearing from you!

Student Assistant in the Field of Communications and European Environmental Policy

As a student assistant in the field of European environmental policy and communications, you will support our team in producing a podcast and webinar series on the European Green Deal. Your task will involve researching content related to European environmental policy, producing creative communications materials, and expanding our community of listeners and webinar attendees. We look forward to hearing from you!

Student Assistant in the Field of Biodiversity

As a student assistant in the field of biodiversity, you will support our team with content-related research and communication tasks within national and international projects, with a special focus on supporting the national peatland protection strategy. We look forward to hearing from you!