As part of a series of European conferences on human dimensions research, the Berlin conference this year focused on governance of social-ecological change. Timo Kaphengst showed in his presentation, how the current debate on sustainable standards for biofuels could be used to create an international standard-setting scheme for the sustainable use of all natural resources.Read more
On 7 November 2007, an Ecologic Transatlantic Lunch Dialogue was held in Berlin in honour of Jason Johnston. Jason Johnston is the Robert G. Fuller, Jr. Professor and Director, of the Program on Law, Environment and Economy at the University of Pennsylvania Law School in Philadelphia, PA USA. The transatlantic...Read more
The Oikos-conference “Limits to growth – growing beyond limits“ took place from 18.-19. Oktober in St.Gallen (Switzerland). Different actors from research, economy and politics discussed the relationship between sustainable development and economic growth. During a workshop on limits to growth for renewable energies, Timo Kaphengst gave a presentation on the economic and political framework of bioenergy production as well as on the social and environmental impacts of the current bioenergy boom. His presentation is available for download.Read more
Ecologic supports the German Ministry of Environment in pursuing the EU priorities at CSD 15 and the 24th Governing Council of UNEP. Additionally, Ecologic provides support to the German delegation during the international negotiations at CSD 15 and the 24th Governing Council of UNEP. Before CSD 15, Ecologic organised an informal seminar with senior negotiators from different Member States in Potsdam.
CSD 15 and the 24th session of UNEP’s Governing Council convened during the German EU Presidency. CSD 15’s agenda focuses on energy for sustainable development,Read more
The USA and Germany are currently each engaged in a battle over the respective rights of the federal vs. state government in determining environmental standards and regulations. In the United States, California and a number of other states are introducing emissions regulations either on their own or in regional partnerships. In Germany, reform of federalism could lead to exceptions from country-wide environmental regulations. In both instances, this tug-of-war could lead to disparate environmental regulations and standards from region to region, an outcome that could pose significantRead more