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Missed Chances on Energy Security

The EU-U.S. Summit on 30 April 2007 passed a statement on energy security, efficiency, and climate change that is strong on rhetoric but weak on substance. Sascha Müller-Kraenner, Director of the Europe program at the Nature Conservancy and Senior Policy Advisor to Ecologic Institute, provides some critical commentary on the substance of the summit.





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Climate Change Policies at the U.S. Subnational Level – Evidence and Implications

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Since the Kyoto Protocol came into force, the U.S. has been effectively pushed onto the sidelines in the area of international climate change politics. In fact, U.S. initiatives so far have by and large been limited to bilateral and regional partnerships to combat climate change through technological innovation. Interestingly, activities at the regional, state, and local levels indicate considerable potential within the American political framework, to develop policies at the subnational level that respond to the challenge of climate change. Senior Researchers, Markus Knigge and Camilla Bausch, published a discussion paper which identifies subnational activities and analyses their impacts on greenhouse gas emissions and policy making at the federal level. The discussion paper is available for download.

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Geographical Aspects of International Environmental Governance

Illustrating Decentralisation
The rise in the number of environmental institutions at the international level can be seen as a source of inconsistency within the implementation, enforcement, and rule-making processes of the environmental governance system. In this discussion paper Ecologic provides background information and several detailed maps to illustrate the spatial dispersion of the various institutions. The publication is available for download.



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International Best Practices and Innovation

Strategically Harvesting Environmental Lessons from Abroad
As state and local governments in the U.S. respond to demanding and complex environmental challenges, environmental policies and best practices from overseas are serving as important models. The reasons are clear – countries such as Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark and Australia have addressed similar environmental challenges by developing and implementing creative and often highly successful solutions. The adaptation of international best practices and innovation in environmental policies represents an important and powerful paradigm shift – from one of exporting environmental expertise and dollars, to one of importing good ideas from around the globe. The paper is available for download.



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The Future Directive on Environmental Liability

A tool to implement the precautionary principle?

This paper analyses to what extent the new EC Directive on Environmental Liability sets an incentive for the potentially liable parties to invest in measures to minimise risk and through a system of strict liability triggers precautionary measures that go beyond the existing legal requirements. The paper is available for download.

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Nachhaltige Wasserwirtschaft in Deutschland vor dem Hintergrund europäischer Liberalisierungstendenzen

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The expert opinion outlines the current status of the modernisation efforts within the German water sector against the background of sustainable water management principles. Furthermore, it evaluates the current discussion on plans of the European Commission towards increasing competition in the field of "services of general economic interest" related to water service issues. It additionally highlights the risks and potentials of these developments for the German water sector.Read more

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