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The EU‘s new Climate and Energy Package: A breakthrough in Europe's Renewable Energy Politics?

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26 February 2008
Denver

At a panel discussion, Stephanie Schlegel, Fellow at Ecologic, gave a presentation on the current achievements and crucial discussion points of renewable energy politics in Europe. The presentation focused on the developments in the context of the "Climate action and renewable energy package" - the recently published legislative proposal of the European Commission.

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Convergence with EU Air Protection Policies

Short Guide for ENP Partners and Russia
Air pollution damages human health and natural ecosystems. The enormous magnitude of long-range automotive transport as well as stationary sources such as combustion plants contribute to the depletion of biodiversity and natural resources. Willing to complement the EU’s efforts to halt this trend, the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) promotes air protection policy cooperation between the EU and its Eastern and Southern neighbours. To support the effort, the European Commission has issued a guide to air protection for its European neighbours and Russia.



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Climate Change-induced Water Stress and its Impacts on Natural and Managed Ecosystems

Impacts of climate change include increasing water scarcity and flood risk, along with decline in water quality. This study explores which ecosystems will be most impacted and analyses how the effects of climate change act as causes of additional emissions, thereby reinforcing global warming in a positive feedback loop. The paper was prepared for the European Parliament by Ecologic jointly with the Institute for European Environmental Policies (IEEP) and the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE). Read more

Legal Aspects of Climate Protection

January 2008 to January 2009

The project focuses on the further development of emissions trade as a central tool of climate protection. Ecologic gives legal and economic advice to support the legislative projects of the German Federal Ministry of the Environment. Other instruments such as the promotion of combined heat and power and the storage of captured carbon dioxide are also reviewed from a legal perspective.

The European Emissions Trade System is in its second trade period (2008-2012) and there is a European legislative procedure for further development thereafter. The system must be designed moreRead more

Transatlantic Policy Options for Supporting Adaptations in the Marine Arctic (Arctic TRANSFORM)

January 2008 to June 2009

The Arctic TRANSFORM project developed transatlantic policy options for supporting adaptation in the marine Arctic environment based on input from more than 50 experts on Arctic policy in the areas of environmental governance, indigenous peoples, hydrocarbons, shipping, and fisheries. Emphasis was placed on cross-sectoral synergies, stakeholder participation, and governance options in the Arctic.

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The Global Energy Crisis

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January until March 2008
1 January 2008
Denver
United States

From January to March 2008, Stephanie Schlegel, Fellow at Ecologic, teaches a course on energy policy at the University of Denver. The course "The Global Energy Crisis" explores the trends, dilemmas and solutions of the global energy crisis, thereby also analysing the future role of energy efficiency, renewable energies and the link to climate policy.

Energy has become a basic requirement for our everyday life and for the global economy. At the same time, two billion people lack access to modern energy services. However, if they are to achieve a decent standard of living byRead more

Trade Related Measures and Climate Change Policies

December 2007 to July 2008

This project analysed the key legal, economic and environmental issues related to using specific trade-related measures as a means of supporting the EU's climate change objectives and policies. Three trade measures are examined: 1) carbon equalisation mechanisms; 2) export credits and investment guarantees; and 3) conditions on access to the EU carbon market. The primary focus of analysis is on the first measure: carbon equalisation measures.Read more

Bridging the Transatlantic Divide

Legal Aspects of a Link between Regional Carbon Markets in Europe and the United States
An earlier article by Michael Mehling in American University’s Sustainable Development Law and Policy journal assessed the prospects and legal implications of a link between regional trading systems in the US and the EU emissions trading system, highlighting the relevance of the respective constitutional and legal frameworks for such a link.


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Auctioning Emissions Credits – Silver Bullet or Abyss? Requirements and Options for Auction Design

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26 November 2007
Berlin
Germany
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When designing emissions trading schemes, the decision on allocation methods is a crucial element. After a long and controversial debate, the German government has now decided to introduce the auctioning of credits. Approximately nine percent of all allowances will be given out against payment in the second trading period (2008–2012). In 2008, rules for the German auctioning system are expected to be specified by a regulation. Environmental economists tend to support auctioning for reasons of efficiency while many politicians and the public mostly expect the reduction of unwanted distributional effects (“wind-fall-profits”).Read more

Inclusion of Aviation in EU Emissions Trading

October 2007 to December 2008

The project develops the technical guidelines for the inclusion of aviation in the European emissions trading scheme. It identifies the relevant data and methodologies and assesses how the existing guidelines of the European Commission for the monitoring and reporting of greenhouse gas emissions can be applied to aviation. Against this background, the project drafts amendments to the existing guidelines that include the monitoring and reporting of aviation’s baseline data and annual emissions data.

Monitoring, reporting and verification of emissions data are crucial to theRead more

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