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Energy Efficiency of Buildings

2 August 2012
United States

On August 2, 2012, Dominic Marcellino, Fellow at Ecologic Institute DC, spoke at the "Net-Zero House Symposium", where he presented research results regarding the energy efficiency of buildings. The Net-Zero House Symposium in DC was a half-day discussion event on the building and promotion of net-zero and highly energy efficient buildings.

In total, three speakers presented the current research work of their respective organizations in building energy efficiency. Dominic Marcellino focusedRead more

NPR Interview

14 August 2012
Santa Monica, CA
United States

"To the Point", a daily radio program of KCRW in Santa Monica, CA, produced a segment called "The Consequences of Climate Change and the Cost of Denial" on 14 August 2012.

The host, Warran Olney, led a discussion with his guests about the current state of climate science, the political and cultural impediments to meeting the challenge in the United States, the need for action, and also the example that Germany’s climate change and renewable energy policies may hold for the United States.

Dominic Marcellino, Fellow at EcologicRead more


Policy Objectives and Challenges in the Development of Renewable Energy Expansion in the Power Sector

18 September 2012

In his presentation, Dr. Wolfgang Urban, picked out the future expansion of renewable energies. He presented, from the perspective of the German federal government, the challenges and prospects for biogas. After the placement of bioenergy in the "orchestra of renewable energies" he examined the contribution of biogas and biomethane in order to achieve the policy objectives. He ended his remarks with a presentation of the latest developments and the conveyor frame. The presentation slides are available for download.

Dr. Wolfgang Urban stated that the energy system must meet the newRead more

The Future of the Global Carbon Market Beyond 2012

15 December 2010

As one of its key features, the Kyoto Protocol introduced market mechanisms in order to achieve climate targets at lowest cost. Instruments like emission trading, the Clean Development Mechanism and Joint Implementation have established markets for emission reductions worldwide. These instruments owe their existence to the Kyoto Protocol. However, the current commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol expires in...Read more

Freshwater Impacts of Proposed Biofuel Policy in Germany

6 July 2012

On 6 July 2012, Andrew Ayres of Ecologic Institute presented a paper on water management and expanded biofuel use at the Fourth International Conference on Applied Energy in Suzhou, China. The paper, entitled "Germany’s Water Footprint of Transport Fuels," details how the water footprint indicator can be used to estimate the water resource use necessary to produce fuels in Germany under the requirements of the EU Biofuels Directive. The presentation is available for download.

At the conference, Andrew Ayres explained how previous estimates of the water footprint of Germany’sRead more


Grid Connection of Biogas Plants - an Overview

28 June 2012
Frankfurt am Main

During the 2nd VDI conference on biogas Dr. Wolfgang Urban from Ecologic Institute presented technical options for a grid-compatible biogas feed such as conditioning of liquefied natural gas, the formation of heating value districts, computational heating value tracking and additional gas supply. He classified the different options and discussed the economic aspects. The presentation slides are available for download.Read more

Impact of EU Bioenergy Policy on Developing Countries

25 January 2012

In order to meet its renewable energy targets by 2020, the EU is likely to increase its demand for biomass, not only for biofuel crops but also for woody biomass. A significant portion of this biomass will likely come from developing countries. In a briefing for the European Parliament Ecologic Institute analyzed some of the main impacts of the EU bioenergy policy on developing countries, focusing particularly on woody biomass. Stephanie Wunder, Senior Fellow and Coordinator Bioenergy and Agriculture at the Ecologic Institute presented the findings of the briefing in the Committee onRead more

Impact of EU Bioenergy Policy on Developing Countries

November 2011 to January 2012

In order to meet its renewable energy targets by 2020, the EU is likely to increase its demand for biomass, not only for biofuel crops but also for woody biomass. A significant portion of this biomass will likely come from developing countries, particularly those in West and Central Africa, as well as Latin American countries. This demand can have significant negative impacts in these developing regions, including environmental degradation and threats to food security. In this brief for the European Parliament, researchers at Ecologic Institute analyze some of those main impacts, focusingRead more

Renewable Energy Opportunities for Farmers

6 March 2012
Omaha, Nebraska
United States

At the largest annual event for family farmers, ranchers and rural communities in the United States, Michael Mehling, President of Ecologic Institute in Washington DC, described European experiences with renewable energy in agriculture.

Speaking on a panel titled "Developments in Renewable Energy and Climate Policy", Michael Mehling drew attention to renewable energy opportunities for farmers in the European Union, highlighting recent trends and policy developments. During the discussion, participants expressed particular interest in the amended legislative framework forRead more

EEG - Erneuerbare-Energien-Gesetz

Ecologic Institute's lawyers Dr. Volker Hoppenbrock (Fellow) and Anke Rostankowski (Associate) have contributed to the latest commentary on the German Renewable-Energy-Law (EEG). The new issue of this practice-oriented legal standard work deals with the EEG which is one of the most important cornerstones of German environmental energy law.

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