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Reform of Global Sustainable Development Institutions

From 17th to 18th April 2012, the conference "Green Development and Governance Innovation: Prospects on the Rio+20" took place in Shanghai. Organisers are the Friedrich Ebert Foundation Shanghai and the Shanghai Institutes for International Studies (SIIS). On the 18th April, Sascha Müller-Kraenner gave a presentation on the reform of global sustainable development institutions. The paper is available for download.


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Economic Growth and Sustainability? Framing a New Model for Development

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3 April 2012
São Paulo
Brazil

Twenty years after the first Rio Summit, the global community faces continued challenges in reconciling economic prosperity and growth with environmental sustainability. At a civil society conference held in São Paulo, Brazil, Michael Mehling of Ecologic Institute in Washington DC framed the debate and laid out major challenges and opportunities on the agenda of the upcoming UN Conference on Sustainable Development ("Rio+20").

Individual economies both in the developed and developing world have successfully begun decoupling their growing economies from a simultaneous increaseRead more

Ecoscholars Event: Global Climate Policy After Durban

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16 February 2012
Berlin
Germany

On 16 February 2012, Ecoscholars held an evening discussion in conjunction with the Hertie School of Governance. The event focused on the state of global climate after the latest round of UN negotiations, held in Durban, South Africa in November - December 2011. Opening talks were given by two expert speakers examining differing aspects of the negotiations and future scenarios for climate policy. These opening talks were followed by a question and answer session from the Ecoscholars participants, as well as informal discussion over food and drinks.

Dr. Susanne Dröge, Head of theRead more

Renewable Energy Policy – The German Experience

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3 February 2012
San Diego
United States

On 3 February 2012, the University of California at San Diego (UC-San Diego) hosted "An International Conference on Renewable Energy in the U.S., China, and the EU: Technology Trade and Policy." Dominic Marcellino, Fellow at Ecologic Institute Washington DC, served on a panel entitled "Policies on Renewable Energy: US, China, and EU Experiences." The presentation is available for download.

He gave a presentation [pdf, 2.9 MB, English] on the German experience with renewable energyRead more

Second I-CITE Study Tour: The Sustainable Transformation of Industrial Cities

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8 January 2012 to 12 January 2012
Detroit, Pittsburgh
United States

As part of the I-CITE and ELEEP initiatives, Ecologic Institute and the Atlantic Council of the United States led a transatlantic contingent on a study tour of Detroit and Pittsburgh from 8 to 12 January 2012. The study tour is the second of three held as part of the I-CITE project funded by the European Union; its focus was the...Read more

Regulatory and Governance Options for Geoengineering

December 2011 to December 2012

In this research project for the Federal Environment Agency, Ecologic Institute develops specific proposals for governance of geoengineering at the international level. Based on a comprehensive analysis of regulatory framework and its gaps, the study identifies general options and specific recommended actions for the effective governance of geoengineering. A key consideration is that the recommendations can be implemented in practice.

Geoengineering is a generic term describing a range of concepts and techniques which are intended to reduce climate change or its compactsRead more

Ecologic Institute Project Handbook 2011

Two thousand and eleven has proven to be yet another exciting and intellectually enriching year for our institute. In our sixteenth year of researching and shaping European environmental policy, we not only continued to provide high quality and innovative expertise to the European community, but we also grew consistently – both in our diversified staff and our competencies. Our Project Handbook 2011 is available for download.Read more

Cambio Climático

The growing importance of international law for global climate cooperation is underscored in a new book chapter by Michael Mehling and Arturo Brandt, which recently appeared in the first manual on international environmental law for a Spanish-speaking audience. "Derecho Internacional del Medio Ambiente", a new collection of essays from Cameron May Publishing, covers the foundations of international environmental law, key environmental regimes, and topics of relevance for environmental protection at a global level.Read more

Perspective: The European Union

International Perspectives in the Run-Up to the UN Climate Change Conference 2011 in Durban
This article provides a stock-take of the state of the European Union's (EU) position heading into the climate change negotiations in Durban in late 2011. A long-time champion of an effective global system under the auspices of the UN, the EU finds itself in a difficult position as the future of the Kyoto Protocol is seen to being a stake at the summit in South Africa. With a number of other industrialised countries jumping ship and declaring their unwillingness to continue the Protocol in a Second Commitment Period, the EU is feeling ever more exposed and under pressure to declare for the continuation of Kyoto.Read more

Transatlantic Sister City and Media Dialogue: Local Initiatives in Climate Protection and Renewable Energies in Germany and the US

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29 November 2011 to 2 December 2011
Chattanooga
United States

Four German-American pairs of sister cities met in Chattanooga, TN (USA) from 29 November to 2 December 2011 in order to compare local efforts on climate protection and explore best practices in renewable energies. The Dialogue that also included German and American journalists was organized by the Ecologic Institute...Read more

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