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Ecologic Newsletter No 46 - December 2006

Ecologic Newsletter No 46 - December 2006

  1. Capacity Building Seminar of the Climate Technology Initiative - Summary online
  2. Ecologic at the international climate summit in Nairobi, Kenya
  3. Windfall Profits and competition in the second period of the Emissions Trading System - Publication
  4. Public Acceptance of Renewable Energies: Ecologic carries out five Future Workshops
  5. Economic Implications of the German Ecological Tax Reform - Lecture
  6. Urban Sprawl in Europe - The Ignored Challenge - Publication
  7. Ecologic Employment

1. Capacity Building Seminar of the Climate Technology Initiative - Summary online
The 7. Capacity Building Seminar of the Climate Technology Initiative (CTI), which was organised by Ecologic, took place in Leipzig on 21-25 October 2006. The seminar's purpose was to build capacity and facilitate exchange of experience among experts from Central and Eastern Europe, as well as the former Soviet Union. This included debating future international climate policy  and  facilitating new cooperation on projects. The summary of the discussions is now available for download.
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2. Ecologic at the international climate summit in Nairobi, Kenya
The 12th International Climate Conference (COP 12) under the Climate Framework Convention (UNFCCC) took place in Nairobi, Kenya on 6-17 November 2006. The conference coincided with the second meeting of the parties to the Kyoto Protocol (COP/MOP 2). Dr. Sebastian Oberthür, Senior Associate at Ecologic, and Dr. Camilla Bausch, Senior Fellow, attended in support of the German delegation.
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3. Windfall Profits and competition in the second period of the Emissions Trading System - Publication
A critical discussion of the German National Allocation Plan and the draft allocation act: The European Emissions Trading System is a central pillar of German climate policy. After its introduction in 2005, some weak points, however, became obvious so that great hopes were pinned on the National Allocation Plan for the second trading period (NAP II). In their article for DowJones TradeNews Emissions, Helen Lückge and Camilla Bausch discuss if the German NAP II fulfils its economic objectives.
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4. Public Acceptance of Renewable Energies: Ecologic carries out five Future Workshops
Using the methodology Future Workshops in the context of the project "Public Acceptance of Renewable Energy", Ecologic organised five events from July to December 2006. Two of the workshops examined the usage of  wind energy, two focused on the usage of bioenergy and one discussed open space-photovoltaics. The project results will be presented at the conference "Den Ausbau erneuerbarer Energien gestalten", organised by the German Federal Ministry of Environment and the Centre for Technology and Society (CTS), which will be held on 19 April 2007 in Großräschen.
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5. Economic Implications of the German Ecological Tax Reform - Lecture
While Germany has introduced a comprehensive ecological tax reform (ETR) in 1999, Poland has taken only first steps into this direction. In order to intensify the exchange between German and Polish experts from politics, research and NGOs, the Polish Ministry of the Environment together with the German Ministry of the Environment organised a workshop in Warsaw during which the design of the German ecological tax reform and its implications were discussed. Helen Lückge, Fellow at Ecologic, presented the economic implications of the German ETR.
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6. Urban Sprawl in Europe - The Ignored Challenge - Publication
Between 1990 and 2000 alone more than 800,000 hectares were built on in Europe. This phenomenon is more due to changing lifestyles than increased population. The amount of space consumed per person has more than doubled over the past 50 years. Today, more than a quarter of the EU's territory has been directly affected by urban sprawl, according to a study by the European Environment Agency, which also suggests potential policies to combat the trend. R. Andreas Kraemer, Director Ecologic, was consulted as an external expert throughout the development of the report.
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7. Ecologic Employment
We are currently offering four positions at our Berlin office: a Conference Manager, an Accountant, a fully qualified Lawyer in the field of renewable energies and an Economist in the field of environment.
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