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Plastic in the Environment – Status Conference

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9 April 2019 to 10 April 2019
Berlin
Germany
On 9 and 10 April 2019, at the status conference of the research focus "Plastic in the Environment – Sources • Sinks • Solutions" of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), first results from the joint research projects of the research programme will be presented. In the Kalkscheune in Berlin, representatives of the projects will present their findings and challenges as well as work on cross-cutting topics. Save the date for your participation! Read more

No More Plastics in the Ocean

Gaps in Global Plastic Governance and Options for a Legally Binding Agreement to Eliminate Marine Plastic Pollution
Marine plastic pollution is a fast growing problem and it is not yet possible to estimate how severe the impacts currently are. Between 4.8 and 12.7 Mt of plastics ends up in the ocean each year, adding to the uncontrolled plastic waste already floating around the world’s seas. Despite many good initiatives and action plans, the world is about to lose the overall battle. There is an urgent need to vibrantly address the plastic pollution crisis of the oceans on a global level. This report by adelphi and Ecologic Institute provides suggestions in this regard. The report is available for download.Read more

Ecologic Institute's Events at COP24

The annual climate change summit in 2018 takes place in the Polish city of Katowice. The task for negotiators is clear: agree a stringent rulebook for the Paris Agreement to ensure the global climate change treaty can work effectively. The summit, formally the 24th Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP24), will also see high-level events and provide a forum to discuss relevant developments in climate change policy from around the world. Ecologic Institute will attend the talks with a delegation of 12 colleagues, assisting with legal expertise on actual negotiation matters, but also presenting relevant research results to add to the global dialogue

The Governance of Plastics

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30 November 2018
Ecologic Institute, Berlin
Germany
On 30 November 2018, Linda Mederake, Junior Researcher at Ecologic Institute, presented the Institute's activities in the field of plastics governance to a group of students from the International Degree Program Political Management (B.A.) at Hochschule Bremen, City University of Applied Sciences. The presentation took place in the context of an excursion of the study programme, during which the students got to know the "political Berlin" and exchanged views on several selected topics with various actors from research, politics, business and civil society.Read more

Scenarios for Deep Decarbonisation of the EU Industry

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26 November 2018
online
The EU and its Member States aim to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and to use energy more efficiently. Decarbonisation of industry plays a key role in reaching this goal. This webinar presented strategies for reaching ambitious low emission levels in European industry. We looked at technological solutions, but also at strategies like reducing power demand and increasing recycling rates. Read more

Dem Plastik auf der Spur

Plastic in the environment is a global problem that is particularly visible in a growing volume of plastic waste in the sea. The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has set up a major research focus to investigate the extent of the problem in more detail and to develop approaches to reducing it. Until 2021, a total of 18 joint projects with more than 100 institutions from science, industry, and practice will be funded with 35 million euros in one of the world's largest research programmes on plastics to date. In addition to the main areas of work, the authors of the Ecologic Institute examines the research projects in more detail.Read more

Arctic Think Tank Panel at the Arctic Circle Assembly 2018

November 2018
"Strengthening Cooperation between Arctic and Non-Arctic Countries" was the theme of a meeting of Arctic Think Tanks at the Arctic Circle Assembly 2018 in Reykjavik, Iceland. The focus was on the role and functions of policy institutes – or think tanks – in addressing the specific challenges of the Circumpolar North and how its peoples and countries relate with the rest of the world. The meeting was convened by the Arctic Summer College. Read more

Bioeconomy: Sustainable and Circular

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7 November 2018
Vienna
Austria
On 7 November 2018, federal ministers Elisabeth Köstinger, Norbert Hofer and Heinz Faßmann kicked-off the process for the development of a national bioeconomy strategy in Austria. A conference entitled "Bioeconomy: Sustainable and Circular" was organised, which brought together relevant stakeholders as part of an intensified discourse about the future of the bioeconomy in Austria. Ecologic Institute's Holger Gerdes had been invited to take part in a panel discussion.Read more

District Heating in Decarbonising Economies

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29 October 2018
online
In the EU and in Denmark, the aim is to reduce dependence on fossil fuels and to use energy more efficiently. District heating and combined heat and power have significant potential with regard to achieving this aim. This webinar presented a number of key topics connected to a role that the district heating plays in achieving decarbonisation of economies and energy systems and will discuss a number of possible developments to achieve district heating's full potential in this regard. Led by Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI (Fraunhofer-ISI), the webinar uses Denmark as a case study. Read more

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