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A Positive Result

After three years, the evaluation team for the National Climate Protection Initiative (Nationale Klimaschutzinitiative, NKI) has drawn a positive balance across all government-funded areas: economy, consumers and communities. All analysed criteria (impact of climate protection, relevance, broad effect, and economic impact) were rated positively overall. In its October issue, the journal "Umwelt" published an article about the final conference of the NKI-project with the title: "A positive result".

Development of Training Modules for Climate Protection and Adaption (Sino-German Climate Change Programme)

Participating in a series of three workshops on capacity building for climate change mitigation and adaptation organized in Beijing by the German Agency for International Co-operation (GIZ) jointly with the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of the People¹s Republic of China, Ecologic Instit

A European Union for Renewable Energy - Presentation and Discussion of the Study

On 23 October 2012, the Heinrich Böll Foundation will present and host of a discussion of the study "A European Union for Renewable Energy - Policy Options for Better Grids and Support Schemes." Sascha Müller-Kraenner, Partner of Ecologic Institute, and Susanne Langsdorf, Researcher at Ecologic Institute,

Green Economy in the Context of Sustainable Development and Poverty Eradication - Videos for Rio+20

Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, released four videos addressing the themes of the upcoming Rio+20 Conference. The videos tell stories in which the fictional journalist Marta Wisdom investigates the topics of green growth, green economy, and poverty in the EU. In her reportages and interviews she uses EU statistics. The videos explain what green growth could mean for the EU's sustainable development, how Europeans consume and produce electricity, whether poverty is only a question of income, how Europeans feel about poverty in different cities, and how evenly income is distributed in the EU. Ecologic Institute was involved in the development and production of the videos.

Outstanding Climate Adaptation

The "Regional Adaptation Strategies for the German Baltic Sea Coast" (RADOST) project, led by Ecologic Institute, was recently awarded a spot among the "365 Landmarks in the Land of Ideas," along with six other German regions that are instituting climate adaptation measures. The model regions of the research program "KLIMZUG – Managing Climate Change in the Regions for the Future" are among the "Selected Landmarks 2012" that are being recognized by the "Germany – Land of Ideas" initiative of the Federal Government and German business community. The jury has thus acknowledged the innovative approach of RADOST and the other KLIMZUG projects that attempts to involve regional stakeholders in all steps of research design and implementation, starting at the very beginning of the process.

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New York Times and International Herald Tribune: A New Urgency to the Problem of Storing Nuclear Waste

After the re-instatement of the nuclear power phase-out in Germany, the debate about the safe long-term storage of radioactive waste from the nuclear reactors is gaining renewed momentum.  In this article, Kate Galbraith focuses on Germany – and cites R. Andreas Kraemer of Ecologic Institute – but also gives an overview of the situation in other countries.  

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How Merkel Decided to End Nuclear Power

In this front page article in the International Herald Tribune (IHT) and in the New York Times (NYT), Judy Dempsey traces "How [Angela] Merkel Decided to End Nuclear Power" (NYT) and discusses "What lies ahead as Germany quits nuclear" (IHT).  R. Andreas Kraemer of Ecologic Institute was interviewed for and is cited in the arcticle.

Smart Grids and Smart Meters in Germany

On 9 May 2011, the Bureau of National Affairs (BNA) reported on Germany's plans to further invest and expand upon smart grid technology and infrastructure. This requires smart demand management, or the roll-out of smart meters. Economist and Fellow at Ecologic Institute Berlin, Max Grünig was interviewed on the issue of smart grids and smart meters in Germany and comments on the problems of privacy smart metering brings about and the related social resistance to the rollout of smart meters.
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New York Times And International Herald Tribune: Word Choice Matters for Energy Policy

In this article, Kate Galbraith analyzes the use of different terms for renewable energy in the US and the ideologies behind the language used. R. Andreas Kraemer of Ecologic Institute provides commentary from a German and European perspective.

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MIT Technology Review: A Worldwide Nuclear Slowdown Continues (全球核能继续放缓)

Aftershocks from Fukushima continue to shake political confidence in nuclear energy around the world - while also providing a boost for renewables in many countries.  R. Andreas Kraemer of Ecologic Institute is quoted on the energy transformation and nuclear phase-out in Germany in this arcticle by Peter Fairley in the MIT Technology Review.

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