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Regional Institutions in the Context of the New 2030 Energy Governance

October 2014 to January 2015

This project took a closer look at regional institutions in the European electricity sector and how they could potentially contribute to a future EU energy governance as proposed by the EU Commission in its 2030 climate and energy package. Ecologic Institute produced a policy paper on the challenges and opportunities of regional cooperation for reaching the EU 2030 climate and energy targets.

At the European Council summit in October 2014 the European heads of state agreed to new climate andRead more

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Composition of Institutions, Structures and Mechanisms Through Linking Emission Trading Schemes

September 2014 to October 2015
From an economic and climate policy perspective, linking emissions trading systems is an attractive option. For that reason, the linking of emissions trading systems has received an increasing amount of attention in the political debate as well as in the research in recent years. In that context, issues that have received less attention are the legal and institutional arrangements for linked ETS: On what legal basis can Emissions Trading Systems be linked, which potential difficulties should be covered in a linking agreement, how can decisions be agreed upon and differences be settled and how could the linking agreement be terminated?Read more

Preparatory Work for the Joint Water-Marine-Biodiversity-Nature Workshop

September 2014 to November 2014

At their December 2013 meeting, the Nature, Marine and Water Directors recognised the need to further strengthen the coordination and cooperation between the different policy areas: marine, water and nature/biodiversity. As a further step, the Directors agreed to organise a workshop with representation from the different policy areas to discuss common understanding of the issues at stake (2-3 December 2014, Brussels).

As background document to this joint Water-Marine-Biodiversity-Nature workshop, a report has been developed to provide an overview on how Member States haveRead more

"Sustainability in Berlin" Semester Abroad Program

September 2014
September 2015
June 2016 to December 2016
In September 2014, the Ecologic Institute and the College of Liberal Arts and Science at the University of Colorado Denver (CU Denver) launch a new cooperation, the study program "Sustainability in Berlin". The program is unique as it combines actual coursework with an internship at relevant environmental institutions where students can experience first-hand what they have been learning. The two courses also combine academic reflections about global environmental challenges with field trips to local projects in and around Berlin.Read more

Training for Lebanese Climate Negotiators 2014

August 2014 to October 2014

How can Lebanon engage more effectively in the international climate negotiations? How do the negotiations work in practice and what tips and tricks can Lebanese negotiators avail themselves to influence the outcome? These questions become especially relevant in the run up towards a new climate agreement, expected to be adopted in 2015 in Paris. In September 2014, Dr. Camilla Bausch and Lena Donat conducted a 2-days training to enhance the negotiation skills of Lebanese negotiators.

The September workshop is a follow-up on a workshop conducted in cooperation with the LebaneseRead more

ENVI Relevant Legislative Areas of the EU-US TTIP Negotiations

August 2014 to October 2014
Ecologic Institute, Bio IS and the Institute for European Environmental Policy were commissioned by the European Parliament's Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI Committee) to provide the members with the needed expertise to monitor the ongoing negotiations between the United States Administration and the European Commission for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreement.Read more

Mid-term Evaluation of the Renewable Energy Directive Driven by REFIT

August 2014 to February 2015

The Renewable Energy Directive established a framework for promoting renewable energy development in all sectors, binding national targets and a mandatory target of 10% for all Member States for renewable energy use in transport. By now, the transposition can be considered as largely complete in the majority of Member States. Driven by the Commission's programme on Regulatory Fitness and performance: results and next steps (REFIT), the study aims at assessing the efficiency of measures and actions laid down in the Directive in view of achieving its outcomes. A focus is on theRead more

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Regulatory Cooperation under TTIP – a Risk for Democracy and National Regulation?

May 2014 to July 2014

Ecologic Institute with support from the Heinrich Boell Foundation compiled a study to provide factual background to the debate on regulatory cooperation under TTIP. The study contains an overview of existing models for achieving regulatory harmonisation, with a focus on mechanisms already used between the US and EU, in trade agreements with third countries, at the multilateral level with US and EU involvement, and some particularly far-reaching examples of regulatory cooperation. The study also  features brief overview of regulatory processes within the US, the EU and Germany inRead more

Legal Instruments to Implement the Objective "Land Degradation Neutral World" in International Law

May 2014 to November 2014
The project Legal Instruments to implement the objective "Land Degradation Neutral World" in International Law was commissioned by the German Federal Environmental Agency. It aimed to explore the legal instruments in three different case study countries which could potentially be up-scaled to the international level to implement the land degradation neutrality target. The findings were translated into a breakdown of conceptual legal approaches to land degradation prevention, remediation/offsetting, and planning.Read more

Legal Support for Germany Before and During the Second Meeting of the Parties PRTR Protocol

April 2014 to August 2014

Ecologic Institute supports the Federal Environmental Agency and the German Federal Ministry of the Environment with the preparation of the second Meeting of the Parties (MOPP 2) of the Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (PRTR Protocol). The PRTR Protocol is an international agreement under the Aarhus Convention.

The Protocol has been ratified by most of the EU Member States, including Germany, and by the EU itself. Its parties are required to establish publicly and freely accessible pollutant release and transfer registers containing information on facility-Read more

EU Policies for Integrated Coastal Management and Maritime Spatial Planning

March 2014 to December 2015
The project supports the European Commission (EU) to coordinate and promote the implementation of European coastal and marine policies in the Member States. Issues with special focus are the analysis and development of integrated approaches and instruments for facilitating the implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD). In addition, the project assists the EU in organising sessions and workshops with competent expert groups and in improving the exchange of model examples via the database of OURCOAST.Read more

Income Tax Reform to Strengthen Climate Protection

January 2014 to March 2016
Ecologic Institute analyzes to what extent Germany's income and cooperate tax rules promote climate protection. In this context, Ecologic Institute presents proposals for reforming Germany's income tax law. The analysis and the proposal are available for download. This analysis is part of project carried out in cooperation with Oeko-Institut, BCC GmbH, Prof. Janine Wendt (TU Darmstadt) und Prof. Domenik Wendt (Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences). Next to tax rules, the project analyses whether financial market rules and cooperate laws incentives investment in climate protection. Read more

European Topic Centre on Inland, Coastal and Marine Waters 2014-2016

January 2014 to December 2016
The European Environment Agency's European Topic Centre on Inland, Coastal and Marine waters (ETC-ICM) aims to support the assessment, development, and implementation of EU policies through data analysis, data monitoring, and scientific knowledge sharing. European Topic Centres are important instruments of the European Environment Agency to monitor the environment in its member countries and analyse the current as well as the future state of the environment.Read more

Reducing Nutrient Loadings from Agricultural Soils to the Baltic Sea via Groundwater and Streams (Soils2Sea)

January 2014 to December 2017
Both the Baltic Sea Action Plan and the EU Water Framework Directive require substantial further reductions of nutrient loads (N and P) to the Baltic Sea during the coming years. Achievements of these goals will only be possible by the implementation of fundamental changes in agricultural practices and land use. To this end, a team of researchers from eight institutions across the EU and Russia, will investigate the introduction of additional new and innovative measures to reduce nutrient loads.Read more

Demonstrate Ecosystem Services Enabling Innovation in the Water Sector (DESSIN)

January 2014 to January 2018

Urban water use is a major pressure impacting the ecological status of European rivers. The DESSIN project promotes more sustainable, adaptive, and cost-effective urban water management through the testing and promotion of innovations. The project aims to demonstrate the benefits of innovative solutions to deal with water challenges with a focus on water quality and water scarcity. In addition, it develops a methodology for the valuation of ecosystem services which will help catalyse for innovation uptake.Read more

European Topic Center on Biological Diversity (ETC-BD)

January 2014 to December 2018
The goal of the European Environment Agency's European Topic Centre on Biological Diversity (ETC-BD) is to collect and monitor data on biodiversity as well as issues and ecological pressures related to biodiversity. This data is used to establish the state of Europe's ecosystems to support the assessment, development, and implementation of EU policies such as the Habitats Directive. Ecologic Institute is supporting the ETC-BD with data collection and assessment on ecosystem status and mapping, policy analysis, and monitoring. Ecologic Institute is also conducting multiple assessments to contribute to the European Environment Agency's assessment reports.Read more

Technical Assistance Facility for Danube Region Projects (TAF-DRP)

January 2014 to December 2016

The Technical Assistance Facility for Danube Region Projects (TAF-DRP) aims to provide jumpstart to projects under the EU Strategy for the Danube Region. As in the past, many project ideas often lack know-how, capacities and resources for the concrete implementation as project. Therefore, the TAF-DRP supports this implementation with advice by experts. The projects that are approved for the Technical Assistance Facility vary in topics and types. Some of the projects that have successfully submitted a request for assistance deal with nature protection (e.g. the conservation of the sturgeonRead more

Post-Carbon Cities in Europe: A Long-Term Outlook (POCACITO)

January 2014 to December 2016
In the transition to a post-carbon economy and sustainable societies, cities will be faced with unique challenges. POCACITO focused on uncovering how to improve the resilience of cities and regions in order to reduce existing and emerging conflicts over resources and their use in light of societal mega‐trends, environmental deterioration and climate change.Read more

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