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Ecologic Newsletter No 54 - August 2007

Ecologic Newsletter No 54 - August 2007

  1. What contribution can trade policy make towards combating climate change? - Project report published
  2. Evaluation of the German “Double-Presidency” through a climate protection policy lens - Climate Talk
  3. Public acceptance of renewable energy on the regional level - Project reports online
  4. Assessing policy maker demand for economic information: the case of exemptions in Art. 4 Water Framework Directive – Lecture
  5. The US Presidential Primary Process: Significance of Environmental Issues - Transatlantic Lunch Dialogue with Steven Clemons and Andrew Oros
  6. Yearbook Ecology 2008

1. What contribution can trade policy make towards combating climate change? - Project report published
The objective of this study was to provide Members of the European Parliament with an assessment of the relationships between international trade and climate change, and to identify possible means of using trade policy options to combat the problem. The study examined the economic, policy and legal aspects of the issue and included a quantitative evaluation of carbon dioxide emissions associated with specific traded and EU-produced goods.
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2. Evaluation of the German “Double-Presidency” through a climate protection policy lens - Climate Talk
On 30 June 2007, the German EU- presidency came to an end, thus concluding the so-called German “Double-Presidency”; however, Germany will remain at the helm of the G8 until the end of the year. During the Double-Presidency, climate protection enjoyed highest priority. The Climate Talk on 18 July 2007 delved into the question if the Double-Presidency could be assessed as a success or as a failure with respect to climate protection policy.
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3. Public acceptance of renewable energy on the regional level - Project reports online
Public acceptance of renewable energies is fundamental to further increasing their share in the overall energy supply. Ecologic organised a series of five future labs to investigate public acceptance at the regional level and to elaborate policy recommendations on how to generate further support for renewables. Reports are now available for download.
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4. Assessing policy maker demand for economic information: the case of exemptions in Art. 4 Water Framework Directive - Lecture
The concept of disproportionate cost is one of the key economic elements of the EC Water Framework Directive (WFD): if achieving the environmental objectives of the Directive should be disproportionately costly, Member States can deviate from the objectives. For the practical implementation of this concept, the Member States follow different approaches. In particular, the role of economic valuation methods in this process differs between Member States. In this lecture Benjamin Görlach provided an introduction to the concept and discussed the demand of policy makers for economic information in decisions related to exemptions. The presentation was based on interim results of the AquaMoney FP6 project.
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5. The US Presidential Primary Process: Significance of Environmental Issues - Transatlantic Lunch Dialogue with Steven Clemons and Andrew Oros
On 11 July 2007, an Ecologic Transatlantic Lunch Dialogue was held in Berlin in honour of Steven C. Clemons and Andrew Oros. Steve Clemons is the Director of the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation, as well as author and keeper of the influential Blog "The Washington Note". Andrew Oros is a Professor of Political Science and International Studies at the Washington College. Drawing on the Republican and Democratic presidential primary process, Steve Clemons and Andrew Oros agreed that environmental and climate change issues are not the centrepiece of discussion, but may play a role when linked to security aspects.
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6. Yearbook Ecology 2008
The Yearbook Ecology 2008 will be published in September 2007. Ecologic is one of the institutes supporting this yearbook. This year's focus is on the effects of climate change, learning from nature, culture and lifestyle as well as environmental assessment.
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