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Legal Status of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in Germany

September 2007 to December 2007
The unique structure of the World Conservation Union (IUCN) makes it difficult to grant it a legal status in Germany that matches its importance. The project renders a legal opinion analysing international, national and German rules and practice, and drafts a statutory instrument for endowing IUCN with a privileged status. Read more

The International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture within the Current Legal Regime Complex on Plant Genetic Resources

The International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) is the most recent piece in the current regime complex on plant genetic resources. In their article for the Journal of World Intellectual Property, Christiane Gerstetter, Benjamin Görlach, Kirsten Neumann and Dora Schaffrin investigate the legal relationship between the ITPGRFA, the Convention on Biological Diversity, the TRIPS Agreements of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the Acts of the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV).Read more

Europäische Klimapolitik – Erfolgsgeschichte oder Mogelpackung?

The article analyses current European climate policy at three different levels: efforts undertaken by European actors at the international level (G8 summit), the domestic climate protection targets agreed at European level (Council Conclusions), and the challenges their implementation is faced with. Read more

Judicial and Technical Consultation in Connection with Renewable Energies

July 2007 to May 2008
In the framework of the Integrated Energy and Climate Programme the German government is revising the law on renewable energies. Ecologic acts as a consultant to the the German Federal Ministry for the Environment focusing on legal questions relating to the Renewable-Energy-Sources-Act, the draft of a Renewable-Energy-Heat-Act, and technical and legal questions relating to biogas.Read more

Das zukünftige Klimaschutz-Regime der Vereinten Nationen

Ein Wegweiser durch die Verhandlungsarchitektur
In their recent article, Dr. Camilla Bausch and Michael Mehling, analyse the main negotiation and discussion tracks under the United Nations for the further evolution of the international climate regime beyond 2012. Read more

Allocation of Greenhouse Gas Allowances in the United States – A Northeastern Example

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) initiated the first regional greenhouse gas emissions trading system in the United States. This cap-and-trade program will begin on 1 January 2009 and will include sources from the electricity generating sector. The article by Camilla Bausch and Sandra Cavalieri analyses the implementation design of the RGGI trading scheme and its significance for the evolution of the international carbon market. Read more

Erneuerbare Energien im deutschen und europäischen Recht

Ein Überblick
The role of renewable energy is increasing globally. Renewable energy sources are supposed to meet half of Germany's energy demand by 2050. In this article, the authors provide an overview on current developments in the law for renewable energy. Read more

Design of International Climate Policy

April 2007 to December 2008

The project’s objective is to provide expert policy advice to the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety in the field of international climate policy. Ecologic will focus on institutional design and organisation of the international negotiation process in the context of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and its Kyoto Protocol. Special attention will be given to the various questions relating to the future development of the international climate change regime beyond the year 2012.

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Tracking down the Future Climate Regime – An Assessment of Current Negotiations under the U.N.

The heads of state of the eight major industrialised nations recently reinforced that the United Nations will remain “the appropriate forum for negotiating future global action on climate change.” Within the U.N., however, a number of concurrent “tracks” have emerged for negotiations and discussions, accompanied by a certain degree of overlap, and giving rise to questions on the mandate, scope and limitations of each track as a pathway to a future climate regime. Options for global climate governance beyond 2012 have been addressed in formal negotiations based on Article 3 (9) and 9 of the Kyoto Protocol, while parties to the UNFCCC have initiated an open and non-binding dialogue on future co-operative action under the Convention. In this article Dr. Camilla Bausch and Michael Mehling provide an overview of these developments. Read more

Windfall Profits und Wettbewerb in der 2. Handelsperiode

The European Emissions Trading System is a central pillar of German climate policy. After its introduction in 2005, some weak points, however, became obvious so that great hopes were pinned on the National Allocation Plan for the second trading period (NAP II). In their article for DowJones TradeNews Emissions, Helen Lückge and Camilla Bausch discuss if the German NAP II fulfills its economic objectives.


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