In the second international conference of a series on the role of Think Tanks in China, R. Andreas Kraemer of Ecologic Institute gave a presentation on environment and development policy and the contribution of think tanks to harmonious and sustainable social development. Conveners of the conference were the Institute for Social Development (ISD) of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), the Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES), and the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) of the University of Pennsylvania.
How can we foster democratic development in Pakistan? What role could the European Union play? These questions were addressed in a joint workshop of the European Parliament's Committee on Foreign Affairs and Delegation for Relations with South Asia on 30 March 2011 in Brussels that was organized by Ecologic Institute. The European Parliament has recently published the thoroughly reviewed report of the workshop, in which EcologicRead more
The goal of this project was to examine the 27 National Reform Programmes prepared by the Member States as part of the implementation of the Europe 2020 Strategy and in preparation of the first European Semester. The Committee of the Regions was conducting this analysis together with Ecologic Institute and its partners WU/RIMAS, ICLEI and PSI to examine to what extent the NRPs reflect the roles, inputs, and needs of local and regional authorities. The project report "The Role of Local and Regional Authorities in the Europe 2020 National Reform Programmes" is available for download.Read more
Insights from Ecologic Institute, Berlin
In the University of Pennsylvania’s 2010 global ranking of policy institutions or "think tanks", Ecologic Institute ranked 6th in the category "environment". This is a huge success for the institute, which has enjoyed less notoriety when compared with other German institutes such as the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (ranked 5th) for instance.
Ecologic Institute writes a legal commentary on the German PRTR-Act. Under this law and an EU-Regulation, operators of certain installations in Germany have to report data on pollutants for publication in a German as well as to a European pollutant release and transfer register (PRTR). The legal commentary is mainly addressed at authorities and operators to facilitate the application of the rules without in-depth knowledge on their legal background.Read more
The three-year research project "InContext" identified framework conditions enabling societal transition towards an ecologically sound, economically successful and culturally diverse future. Action at local and individual levels is vital to bring the concept of sustainable development to life. However, policies aimed at initiating such local and individual transitions towards sustainability can often not achieve the desired change. Thus, the EU research project InContext has set out to investigate the conditions for creating sustainability transitions at the local and individualRead more
Berlin, Germany / Washington DC (25 January 2011): Ecologic Institute, based in Berlin, Germany, ranked 6th in the "Environmental Think Tanks" category in the 2010 Global "Go-To Think Tank Index" of the University of Pennsylvania. In the fourth such ranking, Prof. James McGann of the University's Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program tabulated the global ranking. The US-based World Resources Institute (WRI) ranked first among environmental think tanks, and Brookings Institution came in first overall in the ranking.
The One Planet Economy Network held its Workshop on Scenarios and Policy Analysis in Brussels (Belgium) on 8 and 9 September 2010. R. Andreas Kraemer moderated the workshop, which was part of the One Planet Economy Network: European Union (OPEN:EU) joint research project sponsored by the European Commission, DG Research, as part of the 7th Framework Programme for Research.Read more