While renewable energy and its role for achieving an energy transformation, improving the environment, and supporting rural economies is a hotly discussed topic in both the US and Europe, approaches to increasing the share of renewables in the energy mix differ significantly on opposite sides of the Atlantic. As a result, exchanging Transatlantic experiences and lessons learned is of crucial...Read more
On the evening of 21 August 2011, the Ecologic Institute hosted a Dinner Dialogue at the Hackerhaus in Munich with MdL Christine Kamm of the German Green Party. Christine Kamm represents the city of Augsburg and is the speaker for the Party in the Region of Schwabia (Augsburg/Schwaben).
Emissions trading is one of the most important policy instruments for combating climate change. The basic idea is simple, yet the functioning of the various emissions trading schemes is very complex. During the summer youth academy 2011 organized by GIZ and EPIZ Katharina Umpfenbach, Fellow at Ecologic Institute, held a seminar on the topic.
After environmental protection had been enforced through prohibitions, thresholds and other regulations over several decades, the introduction of emissions trading marked a turning point. The basic idea is simple: not the legislator, but theRead more
In July 2011, the Fourth ICAP Summer School on Emissions Trading brought together experts from emerging economies and developing countries to introduce emissions trading as a tool for climate protection and to discuss the options of implementing such schemes in developing countries. The Summer School in Madrid was the fourth of its kind and continues the tradition of previous ICAP...Read more
For the third time, the ICAP Training Course on Emissions Trading brought together experts from emerging economies and developing countries to introduce emissions trading as a tool for climate protection and discuss possibilities for implementing such schemes in developing countries. The event took place in Beijing, China, from 23 May to 1 June 2011, and was the first of its...Read more
After initial skepticism renewable energies are now widely seen as the energy source of the future. Many studies recommend a transition to 100% renewable energies in the power sector by 2050 – to mitigate climate change and to ensure long term supply of energy. But how will this transition look like in practice? Katharina Umpfenbach, Fellow at Ecologic Institute, discussed these and other questions with students at the eco-social study days in Tübingen.
The issues raised at the seminar on 14 May 2011 included the following: What are the specific advantages and disadvantages ofRead more
On behalf of GIZ, Ecologic Institute designed, organised and implemented a study tour for directors and assistant directors of various Chinese environmental agencies and the Chinese Ministry of Environment from 27 March to 9 April 2011. The training conveyed important aspects of European and German environmental policy to the...Read more