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Ecologic at the international climate negotiations in Bonn

International climate negotiations were held from 7-18 May 2007 in Bonn, Germany. The meeting was especially important due to the negotiations for a post-2012 climate regime. Ecologic supported the German Delegation with Dr. Camilla Bausch, Senior Fellow.

Future Climate Change Policy: Looking beyond 2012

11 April 2007 to 12 April 2007
Czech Republic
Scientific evidence that climate change is caused by human activity has boosted ongoing efforts to address the problem. Now the focus is primarily on what will happen after 2012 when the validity of the Kyoto Protocol, an international treaty designed to limit global greenhouse gas emissions, expires. From 11-12 April 2007, representatives of the EU, the World Bank and the new EU Member States met in Prague to discuss the challenges ahead. Read more

Climate Change and Water Adaptation Issues

EEA Technical report No 2/2007
The impact of climate change on Europe's water resources is a critical issue for people's lives and the economy. Even if emissions of greenhouse gases were stabilised today, increases in temperature and the associated impacts, including water availability and flooding, will continue for many decades to come. This report, which was published by the European Environment Agency (EEA) in February 2007 and co-authored by Ecologic, shows that there is a need to adapt to climate change for water resource policy and regulation across Europe. The report assesses the strengths and weaknesses of current policies and regulations, and describes progress and activities in European countries. Read more

Climate Protection Programme for Developing Countries (CaPP)

August 2006 to March 2007

The project aims to provide expert policy advice to the GTZ by analysing legal, institutional and policy aspects of the international climate policy with a particular focus on issues of Germany and the EU. One of the main focus is the area of flexibility mechanism and in particular the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM). Ecologic also supports the GTZ at conferences and the organisation and implementation of side events.

The climate protection program for developing countries (CaPP) is a supranational project with the main focus on the realisation of the United Nations FrameworkRead more

Implementation of the emissions trading

October 2006 to March 2008
In order to implement its obligation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, as required under the Kyoto Protocol, the European Community created a Directive establishing a community-wide greenhouse gas trading system. Initial experiences with this new marketbased mechanism have been gathered since the beginning of the first trading period (2005-2007). Ecologic has been commissioned to support the drafting of the respective legal framework for the second trading period (2008-2012) and for future trading periods in Germany. The goal of the project is to optimise the legal and economic aspects of emissions trading. Read more

Impacts of Climate Change on the Swiss Economy

May 2006 to July 2007
In response to new scientific results on global climate change and its impacts for human societies (Stern Review 2006, Fourth Assessment Report of IPCC), and as a contribution to the debate on international climate protection efforts after 2012, Switzerland has published a new strategy on its future climate policy in August 2007. Ecologic contributed to one of several studies that formed the basis for the development of this strategy. The study as well as related material is available for download. Read more

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) provides the basis for concerted international action to mitigate climate change and to adapt to its impacts. The Handbook aims at providing an overview of the institutional framework as well as the thematic work undertaken under the convention. It targets governments, researchers, non-governmental organisations and others interested in the international climate change negotiations. Read more

Economic Implications of the German Ecological Tax Reform

30 November 2006

While Germany has introduced a comprehensive ecological tax reform (ETR) in 1999, Poland has taken only first steps into this direction. In order to intensify the exchange between German and Polish experts from politics, research and NGOs, the Polish Ministry of the Environment together with the German Ministry of the Environment organised a workshop in Warsaw during which the design of the German ecological tax reform and its implications were discussed. Helen Lückge, Fellow at Ecologic, presented the economic implications of the German ETR.Read more

Energy taxes in Europe

July 2006 to July 2007

Several European countries have introduced specific energy taxes or comprehensive ecological tax reforms in order to set economic incentives for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. These taxes and tax reforms are based on various approaches and models and have thus different impacts on the environment, economy and employment. In a systematic review of existing evaluations of energy taxes, INFRAS and Ecologic examined international experiences to inform the design of similar measures for Switzerland, such as the CO2 tax introduced in the beginning of 2008.

Effects of existingRead more

Windfall Profits und Wettbewerb in der 2. Handelsperiode

The European Emissions Trading System is a central pillar of German climate policy. After its introduction in 2005, some weak points, however, became obvious so that great hopes were pinned on the National Allocation Plan for the second trading period (NAP II). In their article for DowJones TradeNews Emissions, Helen Lückge and Camilla Bausch discuss if the German NAP II fulfills its economic objectives.

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