20 years after the adoption of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the international climate regime has evolved into a highly specialized area of legal expertise. This book explores the relation of climate and law, highlighting international climate law as an emerging discipline. Not only are cross-cutting and sectoral issues examined, but also comparative climate law plays an important role.Read more
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Technical and Regulatory Matters
The Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) recognized that there remain significant gaps in the understanding of the impacts of geoengineering on biodiversity, while also noting the relevance of other treaties and organizations for filling such gaps. A highly authorative group of experts, among them Dr. Ralph Bodle, Senior Fellow at Ecologic Institute, contributed to the publication's first part, entitled "Impacts of Climate-Related Geoengineering on Biological Diversity." A team of authors from Ecologic Institute, consisting of Dr. Ralph Bodle as leading author, Gesa Homan, Simone Schiele, and Elizabeth Tedsen wrote the publications second part entitled "The Regulatory Framework for Climate-Related Geoengineering Relevant to the Convention on Biological Diversity." The publication is available for download.Read more
Wende überall? Von Vorreitern, Nachzüglern und Sitzenbleibern
The Yearbook Ecology 2013 was published at the end of August. Ecologic Institute is one of the institutes supporting this yearbook and contributed a chapter in the 2012 edition. This issue's focus is on the German "Energiewende," the development towards environmentally friendly energy production, which is examined from economic, social, technical, and ecological points of view. Dr. Hans-Joachim Ziesing, Senior Policy Advisor at Ecologic Institute, contributed a chapter about energy saving and energy efficiency in Germany.
Theory, Practise and Quality Assurance
In times of financial crises and pressure to justify public spending, evaluation of projects, programs, and policies increases. Sustainability, which has become a socially and politically widely accepted concept throughout Europe, therefore ought to be included to a greater extent within evaluation practices to assess social and ecological impacts. Anneke von Raggamby of Ecologic Institute is one of the editors of this book.
Climate Change Adaptation Strategies in the Baltic Sea Region
This new handbook was developed as part of the project RADOST (Regional Adaptation Strategies for the German Baltic Sea Coast). It provides a concise overview of adaptation policies being planned and implemented at the national, regional, and European level, including the status of National Adaptation Strategies for all Baltic Sea EU Member States.
20 Years of Sustainable Development in Europe? A Guide for Citizens
In preparation for the Rio+20 conference, which took place in June 2012, the European Statistical Office (Eurostat) published a guide for citizens. The publication discusses trends and statistics concerning sustainable development from the viewpoint of Anne, a 17 year old student. Anne seeks answers to everyday questions and tries to find out if Europe has actually moved towards sustainable development over the past 20 years.Read more
Method for Justifying Exemptions Based on Disproportionate Costs
Ammermüller, Britta et. al. 2011: Cost-benefit assessment within the context of the EC Water Framework Directive. Method for justifying exemptions based on disproportionate costs. [Studies in Infrastructure and Resources Management, Bd. 3]. Berlin: Logos Verlag.Read more
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. Read more
2011 Monitoring Report of the EU Sustainable Development Strategy
The 2011 Eurostat monitoring report reviews the progress and implementation of the EU sustainable development strategy. The 2011 monitoring report was published on the Eurostat website. As partner in a consortium with the Vienna University of Economic and Business (RIMAS), INFRAS, and the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), the Ecologic Institute played a substantial role in drafting the monitoring report on behalf of Eurostat.Read more
Options and Challenges Post-2012
This collection of essays brings together more than twenty experts with diverse professional and geographic backgrounds for a discussion of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and its prospective role beyond 2012. Using conceptual analyses and a series of evidence-based case studies, the authors identify important challenges and opportunities on the path towards CDM reform. Michael Mehling, President of the Ecologic Institute in Washington DC, is one of the book's editors and contributed to several chapters.Read more