The conference "Equitable and resilient access to the benefits of green and blue infrastructure" marks the final phase of the research project ENABLE (Enabling Green and Blue Infrastructure Potential in Complex Social-Ecological Regions). It will bring together green space practitioners from the cities Oslo, Stockholm, and Łódź with policy-makers and leading researchers to explore how green and blue infrastructure can be planned and managed to deliver multiple benefits, and how to make sure these are fairly distributed to all urban dwellers. The event is free of charge, but seats are limited! To secure your spot register online by 27 September 2019.
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What are the most promising options for result-based carbon farming schemes and what mechanisms can we apply to scale up these schemes in Europe? More than 75 stakeholders explored these questions at a Roundtable on 9 October 2019 in Brussels. A video recording of the event is available.Read more
Indicators to Support the Europe 2020 Strategy
On 7 October 2019, Eurostat published its most recent flagship publication "Smarter, greener, more inclusive?". The report assesses the EU's progress in implementing the Europe 2020 strategy. Commissioned by Eurostat, Katharina Umpfenbach and Amely Gundlach of Ecologic Institute edited the chapter on climate change and energy. It discusses progress towards the so-called 20-20-20 targets which aim at cutting EU greenhouse gas emissions, increasing renewable energy supply, and improving energy efficiency. The publication is available for download.Read more
October 2019 to November 2022
Infrastructure systems are undergoing a process of profound transformation. They are under great pressure to change in order to contribute to changing social objectives. Expectations and challenges with regard to climate adaptation and climate protection, the circular economy, energy system transformation including the phasing out of nuclear power, coal, mobility, decarbonisation, as well as the long-term processes of urbanisation and demographic change are setting new goals, which also affect the development of infrastructures. The new technical possibilities of information and communication technologies in the wake of the digital transformation, including the increasing familiarity of the users in their application, together with the new objectives lead to a great dynamic of change towards more efficiency, comfort and partly completely new services.Read more
Climate change and artificial intelligence (AI) are two intensely debated topics, but mostly treated by separate communities. While climate change is one of the most urgent and pressing challenges the world is facing, AI is creating new opportunities for all sectors, including science. On the occasion of European Climate Diplomacy Week 2019, the German Federal Foreign Office, the British Embassy in Germany and the French Embassy in Germany would like to discuss the conceivable potentials and synergies. Ecologic Institute's Matthias Duwe moderates the discussion.Read more
A presentation by Sophie Ittner on key messages of the latest Special Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on the current state of land systems and future risks of climate change. Important recommendations for action for society and politics are summarized and discussed. Participation is free of charge.Read more
On 24 September leading voices from European Union and United States civil society converged on the Square in Brussels to share ideas and experiences to move the transatlantic energy transition forward in pursuit of a clean, climate-friendly energy future. Presentations, videos and photos are available on the conference website: https://www.energyfuturex.org/portfolio/bruconference/.Read more
While Greta Thunberg was delivering her impassioned speech at the UN Climate Action Summit and during a time in which Germany occupies a seat in the UN Security Council, the Study Group on Strategic Issues of the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) discussed the climate-security nexus. Dr. Camilla Bausch (Ecologic Institute) contributed her insights on the interface between climate and security, how it is addressed in the international climate context and highlighted some policy recommendations.Read more
On 20 September 2019, people around the world were demonstrating for a rapid policy change to protect the climate and for a future worth living. The Ecologic Institute was on the road together with the Ecornet Institutes and the Scientists for Future in Berlin, Munich and Frankfurt am Main.
6th episode of "Knowledge for Future – The Environment Podcast"
As Germany is debating the introduction of a national climate law, it can build on the experiences that already exist at many levels. Several fellow EU Member States have already adopted such framework laws, for example, to help them manage the achievement of their climate targets. But what do the existing climate protection framework laws actually look like at European level? This is the question addressed in the sixth episode of the environmental podcast "Knowledge for Future".Read more