At an Ecologic Transatlantic Luncheon on 5 November 2008, David Campbell spoke about trends in climate change and energy policy in the United States after the US elections. Campbell is Director of Trade Policy at the Representative of German Industry and Trade (RGIT), the liaison office of the Federation of German Industries (BDI)...Read more
Environmental tax reform is seen by many experts as a powerful instrument to achieve environmental objectives and at the same time create economic benefits. It may also contribute to a stable basis for public finance. A study commissioned by the European Environment Agency looked into the effects such a reform could have when implemented at a larger scale throughout Europe.
The basic idea of environmental tax reform is to increase taxes on environmental resources or energy while lowering the tax burden in other areas, such as labour. According to the principle of "Read more
In the framework of this project, Ecologic wrote a policy paper shedding light at the most important aspects of the relationship between trade and climate change policies. The policy paper investigates which trade-related policies should be adopted to combat climate change and reviews the compatibility of those measures with the law of the World Trade Organization (WTO). Particular attention is given to issues that are of relevance to developing countries.
On 14 October 2008, an Ecologic Dinner Dialogue was held in honour of Dr. Michael K. Orbach. Mike Orbach is Professor of the Practice of Marine Affairs and Policy and Director of the Duke University Marine Laboratory at the Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment (Beaufort, North...Read more
From 2 to 4 October 2008, a joint German-US conference convened 80 scientists from both sides of the Atlantic to address future land use strategies and identifying common research goals. A complementing post-conference program included field visits to the Leibniz-Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF) and the German Meteorological Service (DWD).
The joint conference focused on the conflict between future land...Read more
The Hertie School of Governance and Ecologic Institute cooperated on international energy and climate policies as agents of change. During the fall term of 2008, Sascha Müller-Kraenner, Partner of Ecologic, taught a course on "International energy and climate policy" at the Hertie School of Governance.Read more
During a further vocational training for management assistants in the energy sector Ms. Hanna Schumacher gave an introduction to the German Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) with a focus on the amendment which will come into force in 2009.Read more