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EU funding for environmental programs and projects in Belgium

December 2005 to June 2006

The project aims to advise SPF DG ENV on how to fund its environmental programmes in the light of the new financial perspectives (2007-2013). The project will examine the proposals for the individual funds in the new period and compare them with those of the current period (2000-2006). The effects on specific policy areas such as rural development, biodiversity protection and climate change will be assessed.

The success of European and national environmental policies depend to a large extent on money. If potential projects do not receive sufficient financing from the start then theyRead more

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Public Participation in Integrated Dniester River Basin Management

November 2005 to October 2006

In January 2006, Ilya Trombitsky and Tatiana Sinaeva of Eco-TIRAS, Moldova visited German representatives of administrations and environmental NGO’s active in water management. Public participation was the main focus of several visits to various German water management institutions, organised by Ecologic. Particular emphasis was placed on the networking of environmental organisations. Ecologic supports the Moldavian NGO Eco-Tiras in developing a strategy for public participation in the transboundary river basin management of the Dniester Basin. The Dniester is an international river basinRead more

Integrated Water Resources Management: Course for North Africa

October 2005 to December 2005
The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region belongs to the most water-scarce areas in the world. Population growth, urbanisation and industrialisation have led to an increase in water demands and resource pollution. As a result, there is a growing need for an integrated concept to manage the available water resources. Against this background, InWent – Capacity Building International, Germany, in co-operation with the World Bank Institute (WBI) and Office Nationale de L'Eau Potable (ONEP), organised the capacity-building workshop “Integrated Water Resources Management: Course for North Africa”. The workshop took place from 28 November to 3 December 2005 in Rabat, Morocco. Read more

Review of the Environmental Performance Index (EPI)

October 2005

The Environmental Performance Index (EPI) identifies targets for environmental performance and measures how close each country comes to these goals. Ecologic contributed to the review of data and methods for the EPI, and three experts participated in the international review meeting held on 27-28 October 2005 at the Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy (YCELP). The EPI 2006 has since been published.

Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy (YCELP) and theRead more

Implementation of Article 12 of the Habitats Directive

October 2005 to March 2006
The aim of this project is to develop concepts for the protection of species in Germany for the implementation of Article 12 of the habitats directive (92/43/EEC). It will focus on the protection of animal species within agricultural land and forestry. Approaches taken by other EU Member States for the implementation of the directive will be taken into consideration. The concept will eventually be tested using two animal species as case studies.Read more
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Effects of emissions trading on electricity prices

September 2005 to November 2005
The sharp rise of electricity prices across Germany in 2005, provoked dispute. The climb in prices was blamed, among other things, on the introduction of the European Union Greenhouse Gas Emission Trading Scheme (EU ETS). In Germany emissions allowances were allocated free of charge to all companies. However, the electricity producers decided to include the value of the allowances as opportunity costs when calculating their variable costs and when establishing prices for consumers. The survey deals with questions concerning the legal and economic legitimacy of this approach and how to avoid windfall profits for the electricity producers. Read more
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Subsidies, Taxes and Charges in European Transport

August 2005 to December 2005
The huge variety of subsidies, taxes and charges in the transport sector make it very difficult to assess whether all modes of transport are indeed priced according to the external effects they impose on others. In order to ensure fair competition and a level playing field for different modes of transport, transport prices need to reflect the true costs of transport. To better understand this issue, the EEA has commissioned Ecologic and the Chair for Transport Ecology at the TU Dresden to provide an overview of subsidies, taxes and charges in the European transport sector. Read more
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Nuclear Phase-out and Renewable Energy in Sweden

July 2005 to August 2005
In 1980, Sweden decided to phase out nuclear energy. In 2004, however, an IEA study showed that Sweden had the highest production of nuclear energy per citizen, whereas the use  of wind power potential, for instance, was only recently seriously furthered.  Ecologic brings critical light to the inconstant swedish energy policy, and their effects on nuclear and renewable power. Read more
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Responsible Investment Management of Endowments (PRIME)

July 2005 to September 2006
Most foundations have a charter aimed at improving the state of the world in which we live. The single most important resource to achieve this goal is through financial donations, or the income generated from endowments. The reputation risk of endowments being associated with speculative or unethical business practices, or investments that are in contrast with a foundation’s objective, has increasingly been an agenda item of foundation boards. In this project the PRIME Toolkit has been developed to help foundations manage their endowments in a socially responsible way. Read more

Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) - Legal questions

July 2005 to June 2007
Ecologic acts as a consultant to the German Federal Ministry for the Environment for the legal implementation of the tasks resulting from the amended Renewable Energy Sources Act (Erneuerbare-Energien-Gesetz, EEG). The project focuses on answering the judicial questions related to the creation of a register of installations. In addition, questions related to the Renewable Energy Sources Act shall be analysed in the context of the revision of the German energy laws. Furthermore a legal analysis and evaluation of the current "mix of instruments" in the field of climate protection and energy supply will be carried out - involving the developments at european and international level. The different renewable energy support schemes will be studied and compared with the Renewable Energy Sources Act. Read more
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Public Acceptance of Renewable Energy

July 2005 to June 2007
Public acceptance of renewable energies is fundamental to further increasing their share in the overall energy supply. Ecologic organised a series of five future labs to investigate public acceptance at the regional level and to elaborate policy recommendations on how to generate further support for renewables.Read more
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Peer-Review Handbook for National Sustainable Development Strategies

June 2005 to September 2005
The EU and Member States' sustainable development strategies were largely developed in isolation and at different times. They consequently vary considerably in terms of their content and their approach. The objective of this project is to develop a handbook of guidance for conducting reviews and peer reviews of national sustainable development strategies in the EU. This involves designing a template, method and core specifications for reviews, so that a similar approach can be taken towards different national sustainable development strategies. The handbook has been published and can be downloaded. Read more

Soil Protection and Renewable Resources

May 2005 to July 2005
The increased use of renewable resources has several positive environmental effects in comparison to the use of fossil fuel. Nevertheless, with an extended cultivation of energy crops and other renewable resources, there may also be negative consequences on soil quality. The evaluation of these effects is the focus of this project.Read more

The Use of Economic Instruments in Resource and Waste Management

May 2005 to December 2005
On behalf of the European Environment Agency (EEA), Ecologic and Stefan Speck jointly support two projects on the 'Analysis of national waste policies being implemented in the context of landfill and incineration directives' and on the 'use of economic instruments in policies addressing resource use'. Both of these projects build on precursor studies by the EEA which have assessed ex-post the effectiveness of waste water policies and the effectiveness of packaging waste management systems. Ecologic and Stefan Speck will contribute advice in the area of economic instruments and ex-post cost effectiveness methodologies. This project is conducted under the framework contract on European Environmental Economic Activities (3EA). Read more

Costs of Climate Change

May 2005 to December 2005
As the impacts of climate change are beginning to become visible, there is growing concern about the possible costs of inaction. However, before adequate assessments of the costs of climate change impacts can be made, there are various methodological questions to consider. As part of Ecologic’s framework contract with the EEA on environmental-economic activities, FEEM, IVM and Ecologic perform a review of studies on the costs of climate change impacts and give methodological recommendations for future evaluations. Read more

Institutional Design of International Climate Policy

May 2005 to March 2007
The project 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. The topic areas of Ecologic are the institutional design and organisation of the international negotiation process in the context of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and its Kyoto Protocol, as well as the further elaboration of the compliance system of the Kyoto Protocol. Furthermore the project analyse various questions relating to the future development of the international climate change regime beyond the year 2012. Read more
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The Costs of EU Environmental Policies to Business

May 2005 to December 2005
The compliance cost that environmental regulation imposes on businesses plays a central role in the debate on economic competitiveness and environmental sustainability. However, on closer inspection these costs often turn out to be lower than originally anticipated. As part of a a European consortium, Ecologic reviewed ex-post analyses of the costs imposed on business because of European environmental legislation, and compared these to ex-ante estimates. The project reports conclude that some ex-ante overestimation is inevitable, and that the new EU regulatory flexibility could make accurate predictions even more difficult. But it nevertheless proposes a series of ways in which accuracy could be improved. Read more

Analysing and Developing Environmental Policies - Best Practice in Europe

May 2005 to December 2005

Better regulation, lean governance and impact assessment are generally regarded as necessary for effective and cost-efficient administration and policy making. This applies in particular to environmental policies, which are often criticised as being overly bureaucratic, thereby hampering growth and endangering competitiveness. Against this background, the European Commission, DG Environment, has commissioned a project team lead by IVM and IEEP to organise a workshop for policy makers, academic experts and consultants, in order to examine how Member States conduct the transposition andRead more

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Cross Compliance: Costs, Benefits and Competition Effects

May 2005 to October 2007

One of the key elements of the latest 2003 reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is compulsory compliance with environmental, food safety, animal welfare, and animal and plant health standards. Additionally it is required that farmers maintain their farmland in good agricultural and environmental condition as a condition for receiving direct payments. The project will focus on the investigation of the value-added resulting from introducing cross-compliance as a tool to improve compliance with existing standards; and the investigation of the cost implications and competitionRead more

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