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Ecologic Newsletter No 50 - April 2007

Ecologic Newsletter No 50 - April 2007

  1. EU Commission launches debate on further use of market-based instruments to support environment and energy related policy purposes
  2. Climate change and water adaptation issues - Publication
  3. Size, structure and distribution of transport subsidies in Europe - Publication
  4. Financing of Investments in the Water Infrastructure - Dinner Dialogue with Jay Benforado
  5. European Union Policy on Bioenergy - Publication
  6. Assessing the cost-effectiveness of environmental policies in Europe - Publication
  7. Broad Initiative for the strengthening of social ecological research
  8. Senior specialist Biodiversity and Agriculture - Employment

1. EU Commission launches debate on further use of market-based instruments to support environment and energy related policy purposes
Following the successful Spring European Council 2007, which set very ambitious goals in the area of energy and climate change, the European Commission adopted a Green Paper on the use of market-based instruments for environment and energy related policy purposes. Since market-based instruments have proven to be cost-effective means of achieving policy goals, the paper aims to stimulate a broad public debate on how taxes, tradable emissions rights and other market-based instruments can be used more widely and effectively for environmental and energy policy purposes at Community and national levels. In the field of biodiversity conservation, the Green Paper builds on work carried out by Ecologic and others.
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2. Climate change and water adaptation issues - Publication
The impact of climate change on Europe's water resources is a critical issue for people's lives and the economy. Even if emissions of greenhouse gases were stabilised today, increases in temperature and the associated impacts, including water availability and flooding, will continue for many decades to come. This report, which was published by the European Environment Agency (EEA) in February 2007 and co-authored by Ecologic, shows that there is a need to adapt to climate change for water resource policy and regulation across Europe. The report assesses the strengths and weaknesses of current policies and regulations, and describes progress and activities in European countries.
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3. Size, structure and distribution of transport subsidies in Europe - Publication
The transport sector has significant environmental impacts and subsidies are a significant piece of the policy framework that influences public and private decisions about transport. This report, which was published by the European Environment Agency (EEA) and co-authored by Ecologic, provides a comprehensive picture of transport subsidies, classifying them by subsidy type and transport mode.
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4. Financing of Investments in the Water Infrastructure - Dinner Dialogue with Jay Benforado
On 17 April 2007, a transatlantic Ecologic Dinner Dialogue was held in Berlin in honour of Jay Benforado, Director of the National Center for Environmental Innovation at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In his talk, Jay Benforado discussed the financing of water infrastructure in the US, needed investments over the next 20 years and - as he put it himself - his search for an answer to the trillion dollar question: "How to finance 50% of the investments needed, which are currently not covered by revenues".
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5. European Union Policy on Bioenergy - Publication
The European Community has undertaken an ambitious program aimed at improving the sustainability of energy use across Europe. At the heart of this program are efforts by the European Union and its Member States to encourage the use of renewable sources of energy. Bioenergy has become a focal point in efforts to increase the use of renewable energy. This policy brief summarises the development and status quo of the EU bioenergy policy framework and links it to the current debate on sustainability of bioenergy.
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6. Assessing the cost-effectiveness of environmental policies in Europe - Publication
Economic analysis for policy appraisal is generally interested in answering two questions, "is a given policy objective worth achieving" and if so, "has the policy objective been achieved in the most cost-effective way?" While the first question is addressed in a cost-benfit analysis (CBA), the second question can be answered with the help of a cost-effective analysis (CEA). The authors of this book chapter focus on ex-post CEA and reveal problems, challenges and opportunities of CEA at the European level.
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7. Broad Initiative for the strengthening of social ecological research
More than 220 researchers signed a written statement arguing that social ecological research should be strengthened in Germany. In their statement, they highlighted the strengths of the transdisciplinary research approach for analysing complex sustainability problems and developing practice-oriented solutions. The statement is also supported by scientists from Ecologic.
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8. Senior specialist Biodiversity and Agriculture - Employment
We are currently looking  for a Senior specialist Biodiversity and Agriculture for our Berlin office.
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