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Copenhagen Climate-Change Conference: What is the Deal? Global Perspectives on a Failed Global Climate Change Agreement

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12 December 2009
Boston
United States

International climate negotiations featured in a panel discussion on 2 December 2009 at the Center for German and European Studies of Brandeis University in Boston, where the Ecologic Institute was asked to provide expert insights on the likely outcome of the Copenhagen climate change summit later that month. Titled “Copenhagen Climate-Change Conference: What is the Deal? Global Perspectives on a Failed Global Climate Change Agreement”, this panel attracted a large number of participants to discuss the prospects for a legally binding climate change agreement.Read more

Sustainable Development in the European Union – 2009

2009 Monitoring Report of the EU Sustainable Development Strategy
What is the state of sustainable development in the European Union? The 2009 Eurostat monitoring report reviews the progress and implementation of the EU Sustainable Development Strategy. The 2009 monitoring report was published on the Eurostat website.


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After Lisbon: Sustainable Energy – 8 case studies

December 2009 to June 2010

The Lisbon Strategy for growth and jobs, launched by the European Council in 2000, has at its core the aim of creating a knowledgeable society and a European social model as well as innovative measures. It was relaunched by the 2005 Spring Council after only mixed results had been obtained up to that time. In 2007 and 2008, Member States were given specific recommendations on the actions to be taken concerning the objectives of the Lisbon Strategy. While these recommendations are directed primarily at the national governments of member states, regions and cities are also important actorsRead more

EU Water Policy in Developing Countries

December 2009 to March 2010

EU water policy under the 10th European Development Fund has shifted its focus away from Public Private Partnerships (PPP) in water management in ACP countries towards Public- Public (PuP) Partnerships. PUPs are new partnerships developed between public water operators, communities, trade unions and other key groups, without profit motive and on a basis of equality. The Overseas Development Institute and Ecologic Institute conducted a study for the European Parliament that provided an evaluation of the comparative advantage of different partnership approaches in water policy.

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Linking Emissions Trading Schemes

A traditionally jurisprudential perspective on linking emissions trading systems is provided in this book chapter by Michael Mehling. He provides a conceptual framework for the distinction of legal and political criteria for the feasibility of carbon market linkages. Legal considerations, he argues, arise during the process of establishing the link, which necessitates recourse to recognized sources of law and legal procedures; and, second, in the event of a conflict between the link as such with substantive legal norms and principles, whether these originate in international, regional or domestic law.Read more

At a Tipping Point?

How the Debate on Biofuel Standards Sparks Innovative Ideas for the General Future of Standardisation and Certification Schemes
The expanding use of biomass as an energy source has been accompanied by a growing range of certification and standard-setting schemes in an attempt to ensure the sustainability of biofuel production. The result has added to the confusion in an already crowded certification market, but an opportunity to develop a streamlined global standard-setting system arises from this complexity. In this article, Timo Kaphengst, Mandy Ma and Stephanie Schlegel of Ecologic Institute outline how some of the innovative ideas coming from the biofuel certification and standardisation discussions can be applied to create a global generic standard-setting scheme for natural resources.Read more

International regimes and environmental policy integration: introducing the special issue

This article, which is co-authored by Senior Fellow Ingmar von Homeyer of the Ecologic Institute, introduces a special issue of the journal International Environmental Agreements on environmental policy integration (EPI) at the international level. Referring to the integration of environmental concerns into other, non-environmental policies, the concept of EPI has been applied at national and EU-level but has rarely been analysed in relation to the global arena.Read more

Linking Impact Assessment Instruments to Sustainability Expertise (LIAISE)

November 2009 to April 2014

Ecologic Institute implemented an ongoing project evaluation of the LIAISE network of excellence to assess the outcomes and the impacts of the LIAISE Network of Excellence. The main purpose of this was to identify and exploit opportunities to bridge the existing gap between the research and the policy community in the field of Impact Assessment (IA) and to improve the use of IA tools in policy making.Read more

Post- Kyoto Strategies Compared: European and North American Pathways to Low Carbon Market Economies

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30 October 2009
Vancouver
Canada

At the Institute for European Studies of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Michael Mehling of the Ecologic Institute joined a panel on “Post- Kyoto Strategies Compared: European and North American Pathways to Low Carbon Market Economies” held on 30 and 31 October 2009. Participants analyzed the emergence of particular shapes and designs of Post-Kyoto strategies on both sides of the Atlantic, and the Ecologic Institute contributed a unique transatlantic perspective to the comparative discussion.Read more

Keeping Illegal Fish and Timber off the Market

A Comparison of EU Regulations
Illegal fishing and logging, and the international trade in illegally sourced fish and wood products cause enormous environmental and economic damage. Consumer countries contribute to the problem by importing fish and timber without ensuring legality – a problem the EU tries to address with two new regulations. In this briefing paper, Duncan Brack, Heike Baumüller and Katharina Umpfenbach compare the recently adopted EU regulations on illegal fish and timber products. The authors contrast the very different approaches and highlight areas that might need further strengthening.Read more

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