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EU Greenhouse Gas Emission Budget

Implications for EU Climate Policies
Estimates of the EU's greenhouse gas emission budgets for the rest of the century vary considerably but have one thing in common: The EU's emission budget is very small and shrinking rapidly. If the EU's emission budgets were based only on least-costs considerations, it would range between meager 50 Gt (in 1.5°scenarios) or 90 Gt (in 2°C scenarios) for the period 2020 and 2100. With current annual emissions of about 4 Gt, the EU would have used up its 1.5°C budget by about 2032. These new Ecologic Institute report is available for download.Read more
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Klimaschutz kommunal umsetzen – Implementing climate policies at the local level

How climate action can succeed in cities and municipalities
How can cities and municipalities contribute to climate mitigation? What are the municipal institutions, actors and processes that matter? Which areas of activity and which approaches show promising results? These are the questions addressed in this anthology of Ecornet. In the book, researchers describe and analyse in 14 articles how the implementation of the Paris Agreement can be advanced by activities at the local level. Read more

The Innovation Fund: How can it support low-carbon industry in Europe?

Design recommendations for the successor instrument to the NER 300 in Phase 4 of the EU ETS
The long-term transformation to a low-carbon economy requires innovation in technology and existing practices in all sectors of the economy. The Innovation Fund under the EU Emissions Trading System is meant to support such innovation projects in industry and energy. According to analysis by the Ecologic Institute, the IF should focus on break-through projects with a high additional emission reduction effect and provide adequate financing conditions that allow also for high risk projects to be supported.Read more

Plastics in the Environment - Sources • Sinks • Solutions

Overview of the Joint Research Projects
With its comprehensive research programme, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research is funding 18 research projects which have the overall aim to noticeably decrease the amount of plastics in the environment. This conference reader, published by Ecologic Institute, presents the aims of the overall research programme as well as the 18 research projects spanning a wide range of research areas such as Green Economy, Consumption, Recycling, Freshwater Systems as well as Seas and Oceans, and the accompanying research of PlastikNet. The PlastikNet conference reader is available for download.Read more

Land Degradation Neutrality

Handlungsempfehlungen zur Implementierung des SDG-Ziels 15.3 und Entwicklung eines bodenbezogenen Indikators
This report presents the key concepts, definitions, and implementation approaches for SDG 15.3 on "Land Degradation Neutrality" (LDN). It discusses options for implementing LDN in Germany and suggests a proxy indicator based on land use changes. For this purpose, the core ideas, definitions and implementation approaches of the LDN concept are presented at the international level and a seven-stage procedure for national implementation is developed. This report by Ecologic Institute is available for download.Read more

Ecosystem-based Solutions to Solve Sectoral Conflicts in the Azores

AQUACROSS Case Study 8
The objective of this case study is to apply the AQUACROSS Assessment Framework (D3.2) approach to study the Faial-Pico Channel MPA. By doing so, the overarching aim is to understand how applying the Assessment Framework and therefore the concept of Ecosystem Based Management (EBM) can lead to new and alternative management approaches for the improved protection and preservation of aquatic biodiversity.Read more

Experiences and Results from Interdisciplinary Collaboration

Utilizing Qualitative Information to Formulate Disaster Risk Reduction Measures for Coastal Regions
The article illustrates both the potential and challenges of interdisciplinary collaboration amongst researchers from the social sciences/humanities and the natural sciences/engineering in formulating disaster risk reduction measures for coastal regions. The authors, among them Ecologic Institute's Grit Martinez, share their experiences of working across different scientific and engineering disciplines in the EU project RISC-KIT to co-produce disaster risk reduction measures suitable for specific regional and local contexts, in this case two coastal study areas in Europe (Porto Garibaldi, Italy and Rio Formosa, Portugal). The article is available for download.Read more

Developing Landscape Scenarios and Identifying Local Management Options

Outcomes and Evaluation of a Participatory Approach in the Swabian Alb, Germany
Bieling C., Gerdes H., Ohnesorge B., Plieninger T., Schaich H., Schleyer C., Trommler K., Wolff F. 2018: Developing landscape scenarios and identifying local management options: outcomes and evaluation of a participatory approach in the Swabian Alb, Germany. In: Padmanabhan M. (ed.): Transdisciplinary Research and Sustainability - Collaboration, Innovation and Transformation. Routledge, London: 134-150.Read more

A Taste of the Future of the Seas – Eel

For the project "A Taste of the Future of the Seas", Ecologic Institute designed some fact sheets as well as a project flyer in small postcard format. The flyer promotes the series of project events Science Sips as well as the Theme Day event. The postcard contains various facts about the sustainability of eel and specific recommendations about sustainable consumption options. The postcard is styled according to the project style-guides and contains important event and contact information.Read more

A Taste of the Future of the Seas – Tuna

For the project "A Taste of the Future of the Seas", Ecologic Institute designed some fact sheets as well as a project flyer in small postcard format. The flyer promotes the series of project events Science Sips as well as the Theme Day event. The postcard contains various facts about the sustainability of tuna and specific recommendations about sustainable consumption options. The postcard is styled according to the project style-guides and contains important event and contact information.Read more

A Taste of the Future of the Seas – Salmon

For the project "A Taste of the Future of the Seas", Ecologic Institute designed some fact sheets as well as a project flyer in small postcard format. The flyer promotes the series of project events Science Sips as well as the Theme Day event. The postcard contains various facts about the sustainability of salmon and specific recommendations about sustainable consumption options. The postcard is styled according to the project style-guides and contains important event and contact information.Read more

A Taste of the Future of the Seas – Fish Fingers

For the project "A Taste of the Future of the Seas", Ecologic Institute designed some fact sheets as well as a project flyer in small postcard format. The flyer promotes the series of project events Science Sips as well as the Theme Day event. The postcards contain various facts about the sustainability of popular fish products and specific recommendations about sustainable consumption options. The postcards are styled according to the project style-guides and contain important event and contact information.Read more

A Taste of the Future of the Seas – Oyster

For the project "A Taste of the Future of the Seas", Ecologic Institute designed some fact sheets as well as a project flyer in small postcard format. The flyer promotes the series of project events Science Sips as well as the Theme Day event. The postcard contains various facts about the sustainability of oysters and specific recommendations about sustainable consumption options. The postcard is styled according to the project style-guides and contains important event and contact information.Read more

A Taste of the Future of the Seas – Postcards

For the project "A Taste of the Future of the Seas", Ecologic Institute designed some fact sheets as well as a project flyer in small postcard format. The flyer promotes the series of project events Science Sips as well as the Theme Day event. The postcards contain various facts about the sustainability of popular fish products and specific recommendations about sustainable consumption options. The postcards are styled according to the project style-guides and contain important event and contact information.Read more

The Business Benefits of Engaging with the Sustainable Development Goals

Aquacross Business Brief
This brief aims to highlight the benefits to business of engaging with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and how the EU Horizon 2020 project Knowledge, Assessment, and Management for Aquatic Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Across EU Policies (AQUACROSS) can assist with the SDGs focused on managing aquatic ecosystems. The business brief is available for download.Read more

The Enforcement of Consumer Rights in Trade Agreements

Cross-border trade and the rules governing it impact consumers. Trade has benefits for consumers, such as access to goods not available domestically. Yet it also has certain risks, such as exposure to traded goods that may be dangerous. Against this background, consumer organisations on both sides of the Atlantic have been discussing what a consumer-friendly trade policy could look like. Christiane Gerstetter and Lena Donat of Ecologic Institute's Legal Team have compiled a study examining what complaint mechanisms for consumer organisations concerning international trade agreements could look like. Read more

Protecting and Restoring Biodiversity Across the Freshwater, Coastal and Marine Realms

Is the existing EU policy framework fit for purpose?
This paper presents an integrated assessment of how EU policies influence aquatic biodiversity in order to determine how EU policies and laws contribute to achieving and/or hindering EU and international biodiversity targets. The authors from Ecologic Institute, IUCN, and ACTeon also discuss whether European policy has a synergistic or conflicting mix of instruments to address the main problems facing aquatic biodiversity, and whether there are any gaps in the existing policy framework. The article is available for download.Read more

Environmental Criminal Law in Germany

As an output of the research project "European Union Action to Fight Environmental Crime" (EFFACE), which was coordinated by Ecologic Institute, an edited volume entitled "Environmental Crime in Europe" was published by Hart Publishing. Dr. Stephan Sina, Senior Fellow at Ecologic Institute, contributed a chapter on environmental crime in Germany. In this chapter, he describes the legal framework on environmental crime in Germany and assesses its conformity with the EU's Environmental Crime Directive. Read more

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

minfuture.eu
The MinFuture website provides an overview of the project objectives, structure and partners as well as events and news related to relevant issues of the project. Furthermore, project outputs such as deliverables, policy briefs and publications are regularly promoted on the website. Ecologic Institute is responsible for the concept, design and programming.Read more

Tierarzneimittel in der Umwelt: Abbau, Verlagerung und Verbleib

www.umweltbundesamt.de/TAM-verbleib
This illustration visualizes the processes of degradation, runoff, accumulation, uptake and infiltration of veterinary drugs in the environment. Active substances from veterinary medicines behave very differently depending on the substance and location properties. While sulfonamides, for example, can be transferred to groundwater, tetracyclines tend to accumulate in the topsoil.Read more

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