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Drivers for Successful Nature Directive Implementation

April 2017 to July 2018
The EU project "Drivers for successful Nature Directive implementation" responds to the gap revealed by the Nature Directives Fitness Check, by identifying measure driven improvements that lead to a better conservation status of species and habitats, and thus support the Commission's improved implementation strategy of the Nature Directives. The project is lead by the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP) and is supported by Ecologic Institute and four other consortium members.Read more

The UN Ocean Conference – June 2017, Guidance to the ENVI Committee of the European Parliament

March 2017 to April 2017

The objective of this project was to provide Members of ENVI Committee of the European Parliament an overview of key issues and stakeholders' positions in preparation to the UN Ocean Conference in June 2017. The brief provides a short overview of the UN 2030 Agenda and specifically, Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development (SDG 14). The brief identifies key issues for discussion at the upcoming Ocean Conference and the positions of the main stakeholders. The brief also provides an overview of the role of the EU and its current marine policies, actors and institutions. In a final section, several recommendations based on findings are suggested to guide the participation of ENVI Members at the Ocean Conference. The brief relies on discussions and position papers produced in preparation to the Ocean Conference until March 2017.

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Cooperative Water Protection and their Impact on Groundwater Quality

March 2017 to May 2020
About a quarter of German groundwater exceeds the nitrate limit of the European Union for drinking water. A substantial reduction of inputs can only be achieved through measures in agriculture. The study examines existing drinking water cooperations between farmers and drinking water suppliers in water conservation areas in North Rhine-Westphalia. In doing so, positive approaches should be harnessed for a purposeful policy.Read more

Climate Change Summer School for Journalists 2017

February 2017 to June 2017

Journalists, like the general public, often wrestle with the complex scientific foundations, politics and economics of climate change and its solutions. The Climate Change Summer School for Journalists addressed this very challenge with the primary aim of improving media coverage around the implementation of the Paris Agreement. Seventeen journalists from Africa, Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean participated in the ten-day training course. An overview of the articles and documentaries from journalists involved is available online.

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Enabling Green and Blue Infrastructure Potential in Complex Social-ecological Regions (ENABLE)

February 2017 to January 2020

Green and Blue infrastructure (GBI) in cities holds large potential to effectively address emerging global challenges, such as climate change impacts, increasing urbanisation and declining access to nature, as it can deliver multiple societal, ecological and economic benefits in parallel. This multifunctional potential of GBI has only recently begun to gain weight in research, policy and planning and has yet to be fully unlocked. The EU-funded BiodivERsA project 'ENABLE' responds to this gap by utilizing a transdisciplinary systems approach to examine the relationship between social-ecological dynamics and GBI's potential to meet multiple goals, including biodiversity conservation and climate change adaptation. The four-year research project, funded by the BiodivERsA network, is led by the Stockholm Resilience Centre and supported by Ecologic Institute and nine other research partners.Read more

A Taste of the Future of the Seas

February 2017 to October 2017
The Project "A Taste of the Future of the Seas" brings scientific insights about sustainable use and protection of oceans to the public with an interactive series of events held at the Museum for Natural History in Berlin. Three dialogue-oriented and action-packed formats offered the opportunity to learn about advances and challenges in sustainable marine science - and motivated participants through fun, sensory experiences to act and consume consciously.Read more

Dialogue Forum "Business Mitigates Climate Change"

January 2017 to December 2019
The Dialogue Forum "Business mitigates climate change" aims to increase networking within the German economy to improve climate protection. After the spring of 2017, up to 180 companies from all sectors of the economy will work closer together and exchange information for a planned period of three years.Read more
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Political and Legal Analysis on 2030 Climate and Energy Governance & Effort Sharing

January 2017 to December 2017

In 2017, Ecologic Institute is continuing to analyze key legislative proposals and political processes related to the 2030 energy and climate policy framework of the European Union (EU). This includes specifically the proposed regulations for the post-2020 Effort Sharing and for the Governance of the Energy Union. This work is being done in support of and as a contribution to an initiative by the European Climate Foundation (ECF), with the aim to advance the overall understanding of the options for future EU energy and climate governance in collaboration with many fellow research institutions.

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Accompanying Projects: Smart Energy Showcases – Digital Agenda for the Energy Transition (SINTEG)

December 2016 to November 2021

With the funding programme SINTEG, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) seeks to implement practical tests for the energy supply of the future and the digitalisation of the energy sector. In five showcase regions new and innovative solutions, such as for example smart grids, are tested and exemplary solutions for a secure, efficient and climate-friendly energy supply with high proportions of intermittent power generation on the basis of wind and solar energy are developed. Ecologic Institute is part of the accompanying projects funded by the BMWi and manages the work package on regulatory framework and legal questions.Read more

Decarbonisation and Energy Resilience in the EU

December 2016 to July 2017

To put our energy system back on track to achieve the long term EU greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction targets, scaled up efforts are required especially in the three major areas of energy consumption: transport, heating and cooling, as well as electricity generation for households and industry. As these sectors still rely largely on fossil fuels, radical technological changes are needed. Therefore, the main objective of this project is to obtain an overall picture of what technological options are available and how these options can be combined to drive decarbonisation efforts and ensure resilience of the EU energy system.

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Global Material Flows and Demand-supply Forecasting for Mineral Strategies (MinFuture)

December 2016 to November 2018
Global demand for minerals is growing rapidly, driven by rapid population growth, urbanisation and an increasingly diverse range of technical applications. Global material supply chains linking the extraction, transport and processing stages of raw materials have become increasingly complex and today involve multiple players and product components. An interactive platform that provides transparency about existing approaches and information gaps concerning global material flows is needed to understand these global supply chains; developing this capability is critical for maintaining competitiveness in the European economy.Read more

Framework Contract for the Implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive

November 2016 to November 2020

Ecologic Institute is a core partner in the Framework contract for services to move towards good environmental status of the European marine waters by implementing the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD). The objective of the framework contract is to support DG Environment, the Members States, and the Regional Sea Conventions with the implementation of the MSFD.Read more

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Framework Contract on Evaluation, Review and Development of EU Water Policy

November 2016 to November 2020
Ecologic Institute, as part of a pan-European consortium led by WRc, is supporting the European Commission in a framework contract on the evaluation, review and development of EU water policy. With activities to be supported under this framework contract, the Commission wishes to ensure that the Water Framework Directive (WFD) and associated water-related directives are implemented in a coherent and effective manner across the EU and that Member States comply with their obligations. One of the principal mechanisms for encouraging effective implementation has been the informal programme of co-operation focused on tackling the technical challenges arising from implementing the WFD known as the Common Implementation Strategy (CIS).Read more

Climate and Energy Policies in the Context of the European Semester and the Energy Union Governance

November 2016 to December 2018
The objective of this assignment is to provide country specific and up-to-date information and analysis on the main national policies and measures in the 28 Member States relevant for the climate and energy objectives set out in the Europe 2020 Strategy, as well as for the Energy Union targets.Read more

Jean Monnet Network on Atlantic Studies (2016-2019)

November 2016 to October 2019
The Jean Monnet Network on Atlantic Studies is an initiative across the four Atlantic continents by 10 leading think tanks and independent experts to collaborate in interdisciplinary exploration of three emerging pan-Atlantic themes of particular relevance to the European Union: (1) energy and transport in the context of climate change; (2) commercial interactions such as trade and investment; and (3) pan-Atlantic challenges to human security.Read more

Further Development of Cooperation with North America within the Transatlantic Climate Bridge

November 2016 to October 2019
Since 2008, the "Transatlantic Climate Bridge" (TACB), an initiative of the German government, has fostered strengthened cooperation on climate and energy policy issues between Germany (and Europe as a whole) on one side of the Atlantic and the US and Canada on the other. After nearly a decade of successful programmes under the TACB framework – including Ecologic-run study tours in Germany by North American policymakers and experts in the policy areas of energy, agriculture, and buildings – the TACB is being revamped to accommodate new North American climate policy circumstances.Read more

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