Projects – Ecologic Institute EU
Fertile land areas to produce agricultural and forestry products are globally only available in a limited amount. The land footprint is a suitable indicator in order to assist the analysis of global land use related to consumption of a country or region and to monitor land use. Within this study a review of land flow studies and accounting methodologies is undertaken in order to elaborate recommendation for the methodology of future land footprint calculations. However, the land footprint is as an area-based indicator and unable to illustrate a large number of land-related environmentalRead more
Sustainable water management under climate change is an urgent challenge for the Euro-Mediterranean region. The BeWater FP7 project supports a transition to stakeholder-driven river basin water management planning in this region by working together with local partners and stakeholders. A highly participatory approach is utilized to develop river basin adaptation plans in four case study regions, which can then serve to guide the development of additional plans throughout the Mediterranean.Read more
Many indicators needed for the EU environmental pressure index are not available for the whole time period needed. The Ecologic institute developed with SERI a methodology to fill those data gaps and provid up to date data sources for all needed indicators.Read more
The North Sea Grid Project, an initiative led by the European Climate Foundation (ECF) and E3G together with partners in Denmark, the Netherlands, and the UK, aims to promote an integrated offshore grid. The long-term objective is to couple power markets, to enable installation of offshore and onshore renewables while strengthening the grid’s resilience and improving security of supply. In Germany, Ecologic Institute conducts a workshop series to identify stakeholder views with respect to an integrated offshore grid and related aspects of cross-border cooperation. The workshopsRead more
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