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Bypassing Germany’s Reformstau

The Remarkable Rise of Renewable Energy
The implementation of Germany’s highly effective Feed-in-Tariff model (FITM) for the promotion of renewable energy (RE) is a remarkable achievement given the rigid structure of the German political system. The many veto points in the political system cause certain policy inertia -Reformstau- in Germany, making comprehensive policy changes a rare occurrence. In this article, Prof. Dr. Christoph Stefes, Senior Fellow at Ecologic Institute, addresses how Germany’s FITM was nonetheless passed in the 1990s, leading to a boom for renewable energy in Germany.Read more

Nachhaltigkeit braucht Strategie

The German national Sustainable Development Strategy (SDS) has the potential to set the pace for Germany’s development towards a more sustainable society. Unfortunately, the strategy fails to define overarching strategic objectives. Isolated measures, indicators and time plans need to be bundled in an integrated strategy for the future. The authors of the policy brief "Sustainability needs Strategy" recommend that the German Government includes four new areas of action in its current SDS: sustainable wealth; sustainable labour policy; sustainable engagement policy and culture of sustainability. These areas are decisive to successfully embed sustainability in Germany’s government, economy and society and will determine whether Germany remains a leader in sustainability. Anneke von Raggamby, Senior Fellow and Head of European Integration at Ecologic Institute is Associate 2009/2010 at the stiftung neue verantwortung (snv) and was one of the authors of this policy brief. The policy brief "Sustainability needs Strategy" is available for download.Read more

Emerging Experimentalism in EU Environmental Governance

In this chapter, Ecologic Senior Fellow Ingmar von Homeyer argues that the institutional structures and processes underlying EU environmental governance have undergone a significant transformation in recent years. Important characteristics of this emerging "experimentalism" in EU environmental governance include the transition of many important decisions into the implementation stage, trans-nationally networked implementation, and the creation of indicators and reporting requirements for regular review and revision of policies.Read more

Technology Transfer in the International Climate Negotiations

The State of Play and Suggestions for the Way Forward
This article by Christiane Gerstetter, Dominic Marcellino, and Elena von Sperber explores the state of the climate technology transfer negotiations following the COP 15 meeting in Copenhagen in December 2009. The article appears in the Spring 2010 edition of the journal Carbon and Climate Law Review.Read more

Das Internationale Klimaschutzrecht nach Kopenhagen

Researchers and the international community today are essentially in agreement: global warming cannot surpass an increase of two degrees Celsius if dangerous, irreversible and uncontrollable consequences for the environment and society are to be avoided. Protection measures taken by the international community are also pursuing this goal, and yet they leave out adequate mandates for the minimisation of green house gas emission. Read more

EU Environmental Governance: from Addressing Acute Environmental Threats to Coping with Climate Change

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22 February 2010
Singapore

In this presentation Ecologic Senior Fellow Ingmar von Homeyer provided an overview of the development of EU environmental governance from the early 1970s up to the present. He argued that EU environmental governance can be described as an amalgam of four to five environmental governance regimes which have successively been layered on top of each other over the past 35 years.

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Geoengineering and the Freedom of Research

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16 February 2010
Berlin
Germany
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An Ecologic Dinner Dialogue featuring Lee Lane, Resident Fellow and Co-Director of the American Enterprise Institute’s Geoengineering Project, was held in Berlin on 16 February 2010. Following Lee Lane’s introductory speech, participants discussed the technical, political, sociological and legal aspects of geoengineering and the way in which future research...Read more

Legal and Institutional Aspects of the International post-2012 Climate Negotiations

February 2010 to July 2011

At the 2007 UN Climate Change conference in Bali, the contract parties of the Framework Convention on Climate Change resolved that a comprehensive climate protection agreement would be passed by the end of 2009 in order to replace the Kyoto Protocol, which expires in 2012. In this project, the lawyers of Ecologic Institute provide scientific assistance to the German Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety in representing German and EU positions in international climate change negotiations.

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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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