Projects – Ecologic Institute EU
Around 1.3 billion people worldwide still lack access to electricity. For many, kerosene (paraffin) is a common lighting fuel and kerosene lamp use is widespread in the developing world. Research has shown that these lamps emit significant amounts of black carbon, 20 times more than previously estimated. In this project, Ecologic Institute examines the current landscape of lighting efforts and initiatives, as well as market growth and development for modern, sustainable off-grid lighting alternatives.
Although kerosene lamps constitute a smaller overall source of black carbon thanRead more
The LIFE Regulation for 2014 - 2020 allows for the first time the use of financial instruments. Three options for a financial instrument part funded via the LIFE Climate Action sub-programme are discussed in the project. An in-depth assessment of the options is required. As options financing instruments for mitigation and climate adaptation are covered, including a flexible loans and guarantee facility for energy efficiency and a technical assistance facility.Read more
In this project, Ecologic Institute and BIO IS have been commissioned by the European Parliament to investigate the potential impacts of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) on the EU’s environmental and food safety policies and the EU’s right to regulate. TTIP is being negotiated between the US and the EU. The study provides recommendations regarding the role of the European Parliament in the negotiation of TTIP. The study is available for download.
In 2013, US and EU officials have begun negotiations on a free trade agreement dubbed theRead more
The Research Network in Climate, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials (RECREATE) will assess the impacts of research and innovation in Europe and beyond, as well as derive an outlook and recommendations for future research priorities in the fields of climate, resource efficiency and raw materials, in particular for the Horizon 2020 research programme.
In a five-year long process, the network will analyse the various impacts of research and innovation activities, monitor new developments, and recommend future research priorities in the three areas of climate, resource efficiency andRead more
Transitioning the existing economic system in Europe to a green economy in the long term requires making existing knowledge and best practice available to a wider community. The GreenEcoNet project will be initiating a web platform for SMEs to find relevant information, to identify potential partner networks and to receive potential solutions enabling them to proceed towards a green economy. Furthermore, the project aims to gather and generate knowledge support to policy making in order to facilitate enabling conditions for effectively fostering a green economy.
The unsustainableRead more
Ecologic Institute as part of a Framework Contract with the Committee of the Regions conducted a study on the role of local and regional authorities (LRA) in the Europe 2020 National Reform Programmes (NRP) of the EU member states. The project report is available for download.Read more
How can climate policies be designed, what impacts do they have and what other options are there? These are important questions to stakeholders and policy-makers. The project POLIMP aims at making answers to these issues more easily accessible and understandable. To this end, POLIMP examines knowledge gaps for different policy and decision making levels and covers these with the help of existing research results. The outcomes are communicated and discussed through a series of events, publications and an interactive online knowledge platform.
The research focus lies on the followingRead more
Rendering the use of raw materials more sustainable along their life cycle within Europe requires continuous and open debate between political, economic, societal and academic actors. The COBALT project will help foster such debate by organizing international conferences and specific sectoral dialogues. Furthermore, in order to improve existing skills towards enabling a more sustainable use of raw materials, exemplary teaching courses will be developed addressing businesses and geological surveys.Read more
A group of renowned experts from Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic regularly met in 2013 to address and discuss the opportunities and challenges arising from Germany’s energy transition for increased cross-border cooperation. Within the scope of the working meetings in Berlin, Prague and Warsaw, discussions with additional relevant actors from the scientific, business, civil society and political spheres were organised.
The project’s goals were
- to identify and communicate the challenges and opportunities of the German energy transition,
- to Read more
In difficult economic times, the impact of policy proposals on economic competitiveness need to be considered. Nevertheless it is crucial not to lose sight of the needed long-term transformation of the European economy when doing so. The EU commission has introduced a methodology for the competitiveness proofing of its policy. Ecologic has been asked to assess whether the methodology takes into account the desired transformation of the EU economy.
The assessment benchmarked the obligatory methodology for the competitiveness proofing with existing EU targets (EU 2020 targets andRead more
The last years have shown a boom of urban gardening initiatives in Berlin. Among the core motivations of many gardeners has been the wish to actively experience and contribute to sustainable agriculture. Within the European FP7 research project "SOLINSA – Support and Learning of Innovation for Sustainable Agriculture" the Ecologic Institute conducted a case study about urban gardening initiatives in Berlin, in particular the "Allmende Kontor" located at the former Tempelhof airport. The study analysed the role that sustainability plays among other motivations inRead more
This project involves the preparation and organisation of a the launch of the EU Adaptation strategy to climate change. The conference brings together policy makers and practitioners working on adaptation to the impacts of climate change and provides an opportunity to present and discuss the EU Strategy on adaptation to climate change, the framework it establishes, its main focus areas and suggested actions. The overall goal is to support coherent, multi-level, multi-sector integrated adaptation policies in the EU.Read more
In this project, BIO IS, the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP) and the Ecologic Institute investigated approaches for verifying that claims made by companies on the environmental properties of products or their own overall environmental performance are correct. The study was commissioned by the European Commission, DG Environment. The Ecologic Institute contributed an analysis on the law of the World Trade Organziation as far as relevant for related policy measures. The report is available for download.
European methodology for quantifying environmental impacts ofRead more
Many EU Directives are not sufficiently enforced in the member states and the EU commission considers the strengthening of its role in Environmental inspections. The project assesses the impacts of such a policy and analyses the different options to strengthen the role of the EU commission in environmental inspections.
The assessment focuses on three policy areas (water, nature conservation and trade with endangered species) and on five member states (Poland, Sweden, UK, Germany and Spain).Read more