This workshop from 28-29 August 2008 in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) aimed towards a common understanding between representatives of Latin America, Asia, Europe and the US on future biofuel development. Timo Kaphengst outlined in his presentation the renewable energy policy of the European Union, more specifically the main controversies within decision-making bodies of the EU on biofuel targets and sustainability standards.Read more
Climate change will alter the basis of economic activity in Germany. It will therefore also affect public finances. On behalf of the Federal Ministry of Finance, the Ecologic Institute and Infras explored the extent to which the economic impacts of climate change might threaten the sustainability of public budgets in Germany. The results indicate that, in the event of unabated climate change, additional costs and revenue losses could amount to 0.6 to 2.5 percent of GDP. The Final Report is now available on our website.
German industry is reassessing climate policies and its impacts for sectors or individual businesses in the context of economic globalisation and in future internationally coordinated carbon markets. The top indusry associations in Bavaria and the "Business for Climate Protection Initiative" of the German Industries Association (BDI) invited R. Andreas Kraemer to speak on carbon markets and linking at their conference on "Climate Policy in Berlin and Brussels" in Munich on 3 July 2008.Read more