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The German CAP Strategic Plan

The ambition has yet to come

The German CAP Strategic Plan has the potential for an ambitious CAP 2023 to 2027. While the debate on the next CAP post-2027 is already starting, in this article Aaron Scheid and Sophie Ittner from Ecologic Institute argue that the German government needs to exploit all potential in the current CAP to increase the ambition towards more climate change mitigation and the protection and enhancement of natural resources and biodiversity. The coalition agreement gives them the mandate to do so.
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Wege zu einer sozial gerechten Verkehrswende

Wie wir Mobilität nachhaltig gestalten können

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.
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KOPOS Launches Research in Transformative Real-world Laboratories

Model projects selected

Berlin, Germany
Transformative research projects develop approaches to sustainability challenges and involve relevant stakeholders in the process. OftenSometimes there are insufficient resources to put the ideas developed into practice, to test them and to learn from the test run. The "KOPOS" project (New Cooperation for Sustainable Landuse and Food Supply in Urban-Rural Areas), funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, BMBF) tackles this challenge and breaks new ground.
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The Challenge of Reducing (Micro)Plastic Emissions

Possible contribution of consumers and recommendations for effective policy interventions

Paris, France
Drawing on results from several interdisciplinary research projects funded under the German research focus "Plastics in the Environment", Linda Mederake (Ecologic Institute) shared insights regarding the patterns of societal perception and behavior in dealing with (micro)plastics as well as the scope for action of different actors to reduce (micro)plastic emissions into the environment.
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Certification of Carbon Dioxide Removals

Evaluation of the Commission Proposal

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. But, the proposal remains vague on crucial regulatory aspects.
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Ecologic Institute: Science and Policy for a Sustainable World

Ecologic Institute conducts inter- and transdisciplinary environmental research and has offices in Berlin and Brussels. In its role as a private, independent organization, Ecologic Institute is dedicated to the preparation of relevant sociopolitical aspects of sustainability research and contributing new knowledge to environmental policy. Innovative research methods, an orientation on practice and a transdisciplinary approach ensure scientific excellent and social relevance. The work done at Ecologic Institute covers the spectrum of environmental topics and includes the integration of environment-related issues into other political spheres.

Ecologic Institute was founded in 1995 and collaborates closely with other European and international bodies, including active participation as a member of the Ecological Research Network (Ecornet). Today, the more than 100 individuals at Ecologic Institute work in a variety of international and interdisciplinary project teams.


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Ecologic Institute is a partner in Ecornet, the network of leading non-university, non-profit German research institutes focusing on environmental and sustainability research.

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