Ecologic Newsletter No 120 - November 2012
- Integrating Resource Efficiency, Greening of Industrial Production and Green Industries - Ecologic Brief
- Market-based Mechanisms in a Post-2012 Climate Change Regime - Publication
- Migration and Risk: Net Migration in Marginal Ecosystems and Hazardous Areas - Publication
- Dissolving the 'Westphalian system' - Publication
- Germany, Fukushima and Global Nuclear Governance - Publication
- EU Water Blueprint Conference - Livestream
- Oral History: The Beginning of Environmental Policy Consultancy in Germany - Video
- Sustainable Transportation and the Evolution of Mobility - ELEEP Study Tour
- Aviation and Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Identifying a Transatlantic and Global Solution - Presentation
- International Governance of Geoengineering - Event
- Development of Training Modules for Climate Protection and Adaption (Sino-German Climate Change Programme) - News
Integrating Resource Efficiency, Greening of Industrial Production and Green Industries - Ecologic Brief
Fostering sustainable industries and industrial development requires the use of effective indicators. Though a multitude of indicators exist, their applicability to sustainable industries remains largely unaddressed to date. In the RISI project, Ecologic Institute reviewed the available scientific knowledge in order to evaluate existing indicators and propose recommendations concerning their usability and the potential need for further indicator development. Ecologic Institute has now published a shorter version of the project results as a policy brief with forewords by Heinz Leuenberger, Director of UNIDO's Environmental Management Branch (EMB), and R. Andreas Kraemer, Director of Ecologic Institute. The brief is available for download.
Market-based Mechanisms in a Post-2012 Climate Change Regime - Publication
In the international negotiations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Parties are discussing new market mechanisms that expand the concept of crediting emission reduction efforts with tradable units beyond the existing Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) to include a broader group of mitigation opportunities that could involve entire economic sectors of advanced developing countries. This paper explores the potential transition to such a new market-based mechanism. It looks at diplomatic hurdles, design issues, implementation questions, and concerns about the ensuing market for emission reduction units. It also explores, via empirical analysis, which countries and sectors are best suited for new market-based mechanisms. Since such a transition takes time, the last section of the paper evaluates potential interim solutions under which a market-based approach is still available to Parties while a new mechanism is being developed and implemented. The paper is available for download.
Migration and Risk: Net Migration in Marginal Ecosystems and Hazardous Areas - Publication
The results of a research project undertaken by the Center for Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) at Columbia University to which Ecologic Institute Senior Fellow Tanja Srebotnjak contributed have been published in the scientific journal Environmental Research Letters. The study produced geospatially explicit estimates of human net migration across ecosystems between 1970 and 2010. In the publication, the authors examined the particular effects of human migration patterns on sensitive ecosystems and regions at risk of adverse effects of climate change. The study is available for download.
Dissolving the 'Westphalian system' - Publication
The "Westphalian system" of international relations, based on delineation, non-interference, and separation, hinders effective management of environmental resources, such as trans-boundary rivers. In this article, R. Andreas Kraemer of Ecologic Institute explains how cooperation and sharing responsibilities over watercourses between states provided the basis for the US Constitution and the institutional order of the EU, and now drive a new transnationalism that erodes the Westphalian system. The article is available for download.
Germany, Fukushima and Global Nuclear Governance - Publication
After the Fukushima incident, Germany was unique in being able to pass a law aiming to close all nuclear power plants by the end of 2022. Investments in the development, demonstration, and deployment of renewable energies over the past decades, along with the "feed-in tariff," which since 1991 has rewarded successful operators of renewable power plants, enabled Germany to do so. In his essay in Strategic Review, R. Andreas Kraemer of Ecologic Institute retells the history of nuclear technology and the clean energy industry in Germany and sketches the outlook for international institutions and agreements on nuclear energy and proliferation, including liability frameworks for damages from nuclear accidents. The article is available for download.
EU Water Blueprint Conference - Livestream
EU water policy has successfully contributed to water protection over the past three decades. However the EU still faces many challenges. Additional efforts are needed to preserve and improve our waters. On 26 and 27 November 2012, the EU Water Blueprint Conference will bring together 250 participants representing stakeholders, Member States, and the European Commission to present the "Blueprint to Safeguard Europe's Water Resources" published by the European Commission on 14 November. A livestream will be available.
Oral History: The Beginning of Environmental Policy Consultancy in Germany - Video
Prof. Dr. Martin Jänicke was one of Willy Brandt’s helpers in his 1969 election campaign, was co-founder of the German Green Party, has founded—together with Lutz Mez—the Environmental Policy Research Centre (FFU) at the Free University of Berlin, and has thus taken part in creating the scientific infrastructure of environmental policy consultancy. Moreover, Prof. Dr. Martin Jänicke is co-founder of the "Berlin School on Environmental Policy Sciences," which gained worldwide recognition and whose approach is also followed by Ecologic Institute. As a policy consultant, Prof. Dr. Martin Jänicke is a key figure in Germany, where he was part of the German Advisory Council on the Environment (SRU). Seventy-five years old, he is now travelling more than ever and is one of the most important consultants for the Chinese government. On 18 October 2012 Prof. Dr. Martin Jänicke was interviewed by R. Andreas Kraemer about the beginning of environmental policy consultancy in Germany. Portions of the conversation (in German) can be watched online.
Sustainable Transportation and the Evolution of Mobility - ELEEP Study Tour
A group of ten selected ELEEP (Emerging Leaders in Environmental and Energy Policy) Network members met in Stuttgart, Germany, and Paris, France, from 30 September through 5 October 2012 to explore how the two regions are implementing visions of sustainable transportation policy and to investigate the ways that businesses and civil society are contributing to the evolution of the concept of mobility. This was the fifth and final ELEEP Network study tour of 2012. The ELEEP Network and its activities were sponsored by the European Union and the Robert Bosch Stiftung, with additional contributions from other supporters.
Aviation and Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Identifying a Transatlantic and Global Solution - Presentation
Organized by the Heinrich Böll Foundation and the German Marshall Fund of the United States, the off-the-record event featured decision makers from the European Commission and the United States Mission to the European Union as well as various affected stakeholder. Presenting an early draft of a policy paper commissioned by the Heinrich Böll Foundation, Michael Mehling of Ecologic Institute in Washington DC kicked off a discussion focused on identifying ways to promote rapprochement across the Atlantic through stakeholders interested in constructive engagement and a cooperative outcome.
International Governance of Geoengineering - Event
International experts on geoengineering met at the workshop "International governance of geoengineering," organized by Ecologic Institute and the German Federal Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt) from 5 to 6 November 2012 in Berlin.
Development of Training Modules for Climate Protection and Adaption (Sino-German Climate Change Programme) - News
Participating in a series of three workshops on capacity building for climate change mitigation and adaptation organized in Beijing by the German Agency for International Co-operation (GIZ) jointly with the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of the People's Republic of China, Ecologic Institute contributed to the development of training modules on the design and implementation of emissions trading systems (ETS) in China. Serving as an international expert, Michael Mehling of Ecologic Institute in Washington DC joined two national experts, Prof. Chen Hongbo of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) and Ms. Wang Ying of the China Beijing Environment Exchange (CBEEX), in the Working Group on Emissions Trading.
Publisher: Ecologic Institute, Pfalzburger Str. 43/44, 10717 Berlin
Responsible party: R. Andreas Kraemer, Ecologic Institute, Pfalzburger Str. 43/44, 10717 Berlin
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