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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.

The project focuses on the institutionalRead more

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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CSD 15 and UNEP - Supporting the German EU Presidency

November 2006 to September 2007

Ecologic supports the German Ministry of Environment in pursuing the EU priorities at CSD 15 and the 24th Governing Council of UNEP. Additionally, Ecologic provides support to the German delegation during the international negotiations at CSD 15 and the 24th Governing Council of UNEP.  Before CSD 15, Ecologic organised an informal seminar with senior negotiators from different Member States in Potsdam.

CSD 15 and the 24th session of UNEP’s Governing Council convened during the German EU Presidency. CSD 15’s agenda focuses on energy for sustainable development,Read more

7th CTI Capacity Building Seminar: Climate Technology and Energy Efficiency - the Engine for Economic Growth and Innovation

TimeLoc
21 October 2006 to 25 October 2006
Leipzig
Germany
This CTI Capacity Building Semniar brought together about 75 key persons from politics, business, non-governmental organisations, research institutes and think tanks from Central and Eastern European Countries, the former Soviet Union and Mongolia as well as OECD countries. Participants were given the opportunity to discuss and develop concrete projects in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. They were encouraged to present first project ideas and were given the opportunity to meet experts from OECD countries to share their experiences and ideas concerning the economic potential and benefits of climate change policies. It was the 7th event of the series of CTI Capacity Building Seminars.Read more

CTI Capacity Building Seminar: Climate Technology and Energy Efficiency - the engine for economic growth and Innovation

TimeLoc
21 October 2006 to 25 October 2006
Leipzig
Germany
The mission of the Climate Technology Initiative (CTI) is to bring countries together to foster international co-operation in the accelerated development and diffusion of climate-friendly and environmentally sound technologies and practices. The promotion of technology transfer under the Kyoto Protocol as incorporated in the Marrakech Accords is at the core of CTI's work. Ecologic supports the organisation of a seminar that is part of CTI. It is the 7th event of a series sponsored by the German Federal Environment Agency. Read more

Global Environmental Governance and International Environmental Regimes

October 2006 to September 2009

During the last three decades, various environmental regimes have existed on the international level. With the continuously increasing institutionalisation of global environmental policy, the complexity of the various international environmental regimes is growing. This can be observed via intersections, interdependences and interactions, but also via conflicts between institutions and policy levels. While there is consensus both in the scientific as well as in policy circles that the architecture of global environmental policy was very successful in the past, there is also consensus thatRead more

Implementation of the emissions trading

October 2006 to March 2008
In order to implement its obligation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, as required under the Kyoto Protocol, the European Community created a Directive establishing a community-wide greenhouse gas trading system. Initial experiences with this new marketbased mechanism have been gathered since the beginning of the first trading period (2005-2007). Ecologic has been commissioned to support the drafting of the respective legal framework for the second trading period (2008-2012) and for future trading periods in Germany. The goal of the project is to optimise the legal and economic aspects of emissions trading. Read more

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