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Projects – Ecologic Institute EU

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EcoFuturum - A Sustainable Constitution for Europe

October 2002 to September 2003

The rapid changes in economic, social and security policy as well as the upcoming enlargement pose a challenge to the European Union and its institutions. Incisive reforms are necessary. This is the background for assigning the task to the Convention of preparing a draft for a forthcoming European constitution. With the Project "Europe's democratic challenge: Actively shaping European environmental policy" Ecologic follows this process from an environmental point of view.

Due to the upcoming enlargement the European Union is facing dramatic reforms. The current reform mechanism ofRead more

Economic Instruments for Water Management

September 2002 to February 2003

The report "Global Review of Economic Instruments for Water Management in Latin America" provides practical examples of experience with economic instruments in water management mainly in European and other OECD countries. It assists in identifying appropriate instruments for the Latin American context and demonstrates the constraints and impediments to their introduction.

The Inter-American Development Bank issued a publication of this report.

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Economic instruments have gained particular attention in recent years as anRead more

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Economics of Groundwater Protection

September 2002 to March 2003
The project discusses methods and estimates of the costs and benefits of groundwater protection. Ecologic contributed an extensive survey of the existing literature in the field, as well as EU Member States' experience with the use of economic methods and instruments in groundwater protection. The project supported the drafting process for the EC groundwater daughter directive.Read more

Climate Protection by Environmental Fiscal Reform in the Areas of Transport and Households - Expert Interviews at European Level

September 2002 to October 2003

Within a project by the Cologne Center for Public Finance (FiFo), Ecologic presented the state of the art of fiscal policy instruments for climate protection in the areas of transport and private households. The report is part of the project "Ökologische Finanzreform - Weiterentwicklung der Ökologischen Steuerreform unter Klima- und Energieaspekten" ("Environmental Fiscal Reform - further development of the Environmental Tax Reform from climate and energy points of view"; FKZ 202 14 195) in behalf of the German Federal Environmental Agency.

The necessity of climate protectionRead more

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Development of a national Emissions Trading Scheme

September 2002 to April 2003
In order to implement its obligations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, as required under the Kyoto Protocol, the European Community elaborated a directive establishing a community-wide greenhouse gas trading system. Ecologic has been commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for the Environmemnt to analyse the legal framework for implementing the directive in Germany and also to draft the implementing legislation. Read more
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Cost-effective Sets of Measures in the Water Framework Directive

July 2002 to November 2003

The Water Framework Directive requires the establishment of programs of measures for river basins until 2009 in order to reach the set quality targets for water bodies. In this selection process the consideration of cost-efficiency criteria is mandated. The German study/handbook prepared by Ecologic in collaboration with the Institute of Water Resources Research and Management at the University of Kassel establishes guidelines for this selection process. The handbook has been published in English and German. 

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Article 11 of the EU Water FrameworkRead more

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Devlopment of the German Guidance Document for the Economic Analysis According to the Water Framework Directive

June 2002 to February 2003

This project aimed at specifying the first draft of the German guidance document for the economic analysis according to the EU Water Framework Directive. The revision process was based on the analysis of the WATECO Guidance Document as well as on experience gained through the Mittelrhein and Lippe pilot projects. On 15 January 2003, the revised version of the German Guidance Document was discussed and presented to the interested public.

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In December 2000, the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) was passed by the European Parliament and the Council ofRead more

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Social Aspects of Water Pricing

May 2002 to March 2003

Ecologic experts on private sector participation and regulatory oversight in the water sector contribute to the OECD publications "Social Issues in the Provision and Pricing of Water Services" and "Improving Water Management: Recent OECD Experience". The final report and an excerpt of the publication are available for download.

Following estimations, 20% of the world population do not have access to high-quality water. An even greater share of the population lacks access to adequate sanitary facilities. Ecological systems, health issues and economic development do all compete for theRead more

Competition Rules in the Water Sector

May 2002 to December 2002

The Study "The Application of the Competition Rules to the Water Sector in the European Community", carried out jointly by Ecologic and the Water Research centre (WRc) for the DG Competition of the European Commission examined to what extent EC competition rules and policies could be applied to the water sector.

In the wake of the liberalisation of the telecommunications and energy markets, the influence of competition policies on monopolistic economic sectors has increased greatly over the last years. To some extent it created efficiency improvementsRead more

European Forum for Integrated Environmental Assessment (EFIEA)

April 2002 to March 2005

The EFIEA network aims to improve the practice of Integrated Environmental Assessment in Europe, and to build bridges between science and policy. It involves institutions, individual researchers and policymakers representing a variety of disciplines and countries. Ecologic staff have contributed to several EFIEA workshops; in addition, Ecologic supports the organisation of the EFIEA final conference in Berlin.

The idea of the European Forum on Integrated Environmental Assessment (EFIEA) developed through debates at workshops and meetings initiated and held in Brussels. The EFIEA wasRead more

Municipal Waste Management in Latvia and Lithuania

March 2002 to December 2004
For the preparations of the informal Council of Environmental Ministers under the Austrian EU presidency, Ecologic contributed to a discussion paper on the urban environment and environmental technologies. The paper discusses in particular the Thematic Strategy on the Urban Environment of the European Commmission and the potential for the use of environmental technologies in cities.Read more
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Capacity Building in Latvia and Lithuania

March 2002 to December 2004

The new Member States' thorough preparation for the accession to the European Union is a precondition for an effective enlargement of the EU. Therefore not only the national level but also the regional and local level should be placed in the centre of attention, in order to implement European legislation. The aim of the two projects "Capacity Building in Latvia and Lithuania" is to prepare regional and local environmental administration in Latvia and Lithuania for their EU-accession.

During the course of the project "Capacity Building in Latvia and Lithuania"Read more

UMTS: Health Risks of Mobile Telecommunication

February 2002 to August 2002

The debate over possible health effects caused by electromagnetic fields (EMF) like e.g. mobile phones has increased in the last years. Ecologic produced a study about the "analysis of the scientific discourse on possible health effects and ecological risks by mobile telecommunication and transmitters" for the Office of Technology Assessment at the German Bundestag.

The discussion regarding the issue "electrosmog" and the possible health effects caused by electromagnetic fields (EMF) has arisen in the last 10 years. However, since the auction of the UMTS licences and the launch ofRead more

The Mediterranean Action Plan and the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership: Identifying Goals and Capacities Improving Co-operation and Synergies

February 2002 to June 2002

With the project "The Mediterranean Action Plan and the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership: Identifying Goals and Capacities - Improving Co-operation and Synergies", Ecologic focuses on a series of institutional challenges and opportunities which the two major regional organisations in the Mediterranean basin are facing.

Since 1976 Mediterranean countries and the EU have been combatting environmental pollution and degradation in the Mediterranean region under the Mediterranean Action Plan (MAP). In response to the UNCED in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, the original pollutant-centred approachRead more

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Ecotaxes in Europe - Current Situation and Recommendations for Germany

February 2002 to April 2002

In the project report "Ecotax" Ecologic presents the state of the art and perspectives with regard to Environmental Tax Reform. The report reflects the scientific and political debate in Germany, as well as experiences in other European countries and the discussion on an EU-wide harmonisation of energy taxes.

For a quite a long time, the concept of Environmental Tax Reform (ETR) has been the topic of much controversial discussion. Following the lead of other European states, who introduced elements of an ETR in the early 90s, similar decisions were taken by theRead more

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International Comparison of Water Management

January 2002 to March 2003
On 15 October 2003, Wenke Hansen, Ecologic, one of the main authors of the comparative study on the international water sector presented some key messages of this study. On the occasion of the publication of the study in five volumes and the European Commission's Communication on the Internal Market Strategy the Austrian Federal Chamber of Labour (BAK) and the Austrian Association of Cities had invited to the event at the Permanent Representation of Austria to the European Union in Brussels "Liberalisation of water for Europe's citizens? - The Internal Market Strategy in the light of European experiences". Read more
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EU Environmental Governance

December 2001 to April 2002

Different reform initiatives and processes of general interest or of specifically an environmental nature, like the Lisbon process or the 6th Environmental Action Program, will have substantial influence on the future shaping of European environmental politics. The study "EU Environmental Governance" analyses and assesses these initiatives and lays down new options for their further development.

The study "EU Environmental Governance" forms part of the contribution given by the Belgian presidency on the discussion about environmental governance in the European Union. The slant ofRead more

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Eastern Enlargement: An Opportunity for Environmental Business!

December 2001 to July 2002

An important issue with regard to the Middle and Eastern European enlargement of the European Union is the development of environmental infrastructures. The EU promotes this process, e.g., with the financing programme ISPA. For German enterprises this provides new business opportunities. Therefore Ecologic organizes this seminar, informing the respective businesses about existing challenges and risks.

Engineering businesses and environment technology companies that wish to work in the Accession Countries tend to be small- and medium-sized enterprises. Their human and financialRead more

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