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Ecologic Institute Newsletter No 246 – March 2023

Ecologic Institute Newsletter No 246 – March 2023

Ecologic Institute Newsletter


Environment and Climate Assessment of Germany's Cap Strategic Plan – Report

This report by Ecologic Institute focuses on the area of environmental and climate protection and analyses Germany's CAP Strategic Plan with regard to the three specific objectives: Climate change mitigation and adaptation, natural resource protection and biodiversity.  To improve the potential impact of CAP spending, the report proposes two sets of recommendations – potential amendments to Germany's plan in the current period and recommendations for the next CAP and other related policies. The report is available for download.

Environment and Climate Assessment of Poland's CAP Strategic Plan – Report

This report identifies and assesses the likely contribution of Poland's CAP Strategic Plan to climate mitigation and adaptation, natural resources, and biodiversity protection. To improve the potential impact of CAP spending, the report's authors, among them May Hobeika and Antonia Riedel (Ecologic Institute) propose two sets of recommendations. The report is available for download.

Certification of Carbon Dioxide Removals – Report

On 30 November 2022, the Commission proposed an EU Carbon Removal Certification Framework (CRCF). The Commission's proposal is an important initiative for promoting the implementation of carbon removals within the EU. It aims to help generate additional funding for removal activities. However, the proposal remains vague on crucial regulatory aspects. The Ecologic Institute and Oeko-Institut assessed the Commission proposal. The report is available for download.

Can Current EU Climate Policy Reliably Achieve Climate Neutrality by 2050? – Discussion Paper

The EU has just updated its climate target for 2030 and most of the policy instruments in place to achieve it. Does this toolbox have all the items needed to achieve the shift to net-zero emissions by 2050? This discussion paper by Oeko-Institut and Ecologic Institute addresses and analyses the main pillars of the EU's climate policy, identifies crunch issues on the path towards climate neutrality and offers potential solutions. The paper is available for download.

Ways to a Socially Just Transport Transition – Book

The transport sector is one of the main emitters of greenhouse gases. To meet the demands of the Paris Climate Agreement, a radical transition in transport policy needs to be initiated. In this book, Dr. Michael Jakob (Ecologic Institute) discusses the opportunities and challenges involved in the transport transition from the perspective of ecological and social sustainability.

Presentations & Events

What's in for Climate and Environment? – Panel Discussion

On 21 March 2023, Aaron Scheid presented Ecologic Institute's analysis of the German CAP Strategic Plan at the NABUtalk on the next CAP reform. He joined State Secretary Silvia Bender and CAP experts Dr. Sebastian Lakner, Sönke Beckmann, and Dr. Norbert Röder to discuss the upcoming CAP reform. They further addressed the issue of phasing out flat-rate payments and creating income for farms by rewarding climate, biodiversity and environmental services. A look at the EU's neighboring countries and the United Kingdom and look at new (and innovative?) models completed the discussion. Aaron's presentation slides are available for download.

Nature-based Solutions for Improved Water Management and Biodiversity Conservation – Speech

McKenna Davis, Senior Fellow at Ecologic Institute, was one of 8 experts speaking on the topic of 'strategies for urban biodiversity' during the Digital Blue Green Event hosted by the Scandinavian Green Roof Institute on 14 March 2023. She began by outlining key challenges facing urban water management, including an increasing frequency and intensity of heavy rainfall events, urban surface sealing and combined sewer overflow events. McKenna then introduced the NICHES project and its aim to rethink the status quo by deploying nature-based solutions and approaching the urban water system as a holistic Social-Ecological-Technical-System (SETS).

What Do Nature-based Solutions Have to Do with Climate Adaptation? – Interview

Climate adaptation and climate protection are among the most important challenges of our time and have therefore become a major policy responsibility. The same applies to protecting biodiversity and ensuring the availability of water. Nature-based solutions (NBS) can play an essential role in addressing these challenges, as they are multifunctional and can generate high synergy effects. But what exactly are NBS, what do they have to do with climate adaptation, and can they be implemented? Sandra Naumann, Senior Fellow at Ecologic Institute, answered these questions in an interview with adelphi. The interview was published in the fifth issue of the Center for Climate Adaptation's Newsletter.

The EU's Carbon-neutral Future: Achieving net zero by 2050 – Webinar

On 6 March 2023, participants joined webinar hosts Ewa Iwaszuk and Aaron Best from Ecologic Institute and their expert guests Claire Dupont, Professor at the Department of Public Governance and Management, Ghent University, and Matthias Duwe, Head of the Climate Team at Ecologic Institute. Together, they discussed the central role climate policy plays in the European Green Deal and explored how policy can spur innovation and reduce net emissions to zero in the European Union. Video recordings of the presentations are available online.

Reusable Transport Packaging – Online Expert Dialogue

The Berlin Senate Department for the Environment, Urban Mobility, Consumer Protection and Climate Action (SenUMVK) and Stiftung Initiative Mehrweg organized an online expert dialogue on "Reusable Transport Packaging" on 27 February 2023 to discuss potentials, challenges and elements for the expansion of reusable transport packaging together with experts from trade, the logistics industry, civil society, and politics. The presentations, as well as a German-language summary, are available online.

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Power to the Peatlands – Symposium

This year's biggest European peatland symposium will examine the scientific, management and policy aspects of peatland restoration and conservation. Register now if you want to be part of the "Power to the Peatlands" conference in September 2023 (Belgium).


KOPOS Launches Research in Transformative Real-world Laboratories

Innovative and cooperative approaches to solutions for regional challenges are set to be trialed and tested for sustainability effects until fall 2024 on the basis of the model projects, each of which is endowed with 100,000 euros. Their approaches for a more sustainable food supply will be tested in practice and scientifically accompanied by the KOPOS team. While the Brandenburg model project Tiny Farms aims to enable people to start an entrepreneurial business in agriculture and in the cultivation of vegetables by combining a network of small and fragmented plots of land into a virtual large farm, the Freiburg team wants to pool and thus strengthen regional trade structures for small producers of regional (organic) products. To this end, the winning consortium from Freiburg is building up appropriate infrastructures. The model projects present themselves in their portraits on the KOPOS website – it's worth a read!

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