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Nach der Bundestagswahl: Worauf es für die deutsche Politik beim Energiepaket der EU ankommt

The EU is currently negotiating a comprehensive reorientation of energy and climate policy for the decade 2020-2030. In this strategy brief, Katharina Umpfenbach discusses how the next German federal government can shape the EU negotiations so as to create an EU electricity market regulation that is conducive to the German energy transition. Four central elements are identified: raising the ambition of energy targets and introducing long-term targets, developing effective oversight instruments to ensure compliance, adjusting the electricity market to the needs of wind and solar power, and initiating an exit strategy for coal firing. The strategy brief is available for download.Read more

Introduction to the RISC-KIT Web Based Management Guide for DRR in European Coastal Zones

This paper presents a new approach to guiding coastal stakeholders about making informed decisions about Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) measures and alternatives. As part of the RISC-KIT project and tool box, the paper presents a holistic DRR measure approach including the biophysical environment, governance aspects and practical examples from coastal areas in Europe and elsewhere. The guide is addressed to a wide variety of coastal stakeholders with a different level of knowledge about DRR measures with the aim to provide guidance and information. The paper gives an overview of the overall...Read more

Water and Innovation: Ecologic Institute at the SWITCH-ON Final Conference and EIP Water Conference

In the final week of September, Ecologic Institute and its partners in the FP7 Research Project SWITCH-ON were in Porto (Portugal) to celebrate the final General Assembly of the project and showcase its results at the EIP Water Conference of the European Commission.

After the Elections: What matters for German policymakers in the EU's energy package

September 2017
The EU is currently negotiating a comprehensive reorientation of energy and climate policy for the decade 2020-2030. Ecologic Institute drafted a strategy paper on how the next German federal government can shape the EU negotiations so as to create an EU electricity market regulation that is conducive to the German energy transition. Four central elements are identified: raising the ambition of energy targets and introducing long-term targets, developing effective oversight instruments to ensure compliance, adjusting the electricity market to the needs of wind and solar power, and initiating an exit strategy for coal firing. The paper is available for download.Read more

Merkels Umweltpolitik: außen hui, innen pfui? – Meinungsbeitrag

'Protecting the natural environment is part of our responsibility for future generations' – this is the environmental policy guiding principle of the coalition agreement of Merkel's third cabinet. Has the Federal Government made environmental protection its guiding principle in the last four years? The answer: there is light and shadow. More light in international environmental policy and more shade at home. There have been some important achievements, but in the last four years none of the negative environmental trends have been stopped or even reversed. All in all far too little – as Nils Meyer-Ohlendorf finds in this opinion paper.Read more

Scientific Coordination of Research Projects on "Plastic in the Environment – sources, sinks, solutions" (PlastikNet)

September 2017 to August 2021
In the framework of the scientific accompanying research (PlastikNet) of the funding programme "Plastic in the environment -- sources, sinks, solutions" (Plastik in der Umwelt -- Quellen, Senken, Lösungsansätze) Ecologic Institute coordinates 18 research projects, which deal with plastics in the environment funded by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, BMBF). Read more

Transatlantic Exchange with US Policymakers on the Current Climate and Energy Debate

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7 August 2017
11 August 2017
Berlin, Germany and Oslo
Norway
Despite President Trump's skepticism regarding the Paris Agreement and his focus on fossil fuels, the interest in the German Energiewende and the role of renewables remains high in transatlantic exchange. Dr. Camilla Bausch, Director of Ecologic Institute, was invited to speak at two high-level events with US policy makers.Read more

Transatlantic Exchange with US Policymakers on the Current Climate and Energy Debate

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7 August 2017
11 August 2017
Berlin, Germany and Oslo
Norway
Despite President Trump's skepticism regarding the Paris Agreement and his focus on fossil fuels, the interest in the German Energiewende and the role of renewables remains high in transatlantic exchange. Dr. Camilla Bausch, Director of Ecologic Institute, was invited to speak at two high-level events with US policy makers.Read more

Science Sips on Fisheries Policy in the Science Year 2016*17 – Seas and Oceans

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19 July 2017
Berlin
Germany

Ever tried bycatch curry, or discussed ocean sustainability while sipping seaweed cocktails? The fourth Science Sips event took place on 19 July 2017 at the Berlin Museum for Natural History and featured talks that explore fisheries policy.

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Arctic Summer College 2017 – Webinar Series

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13 July 2017 to 31 August 2017
Berlin, Germany and Washington DC
United States

Between July and September 2017 this nine-part webinar series brought together Arctic experts, professionals and students. The webinar series covered topics including shipping and marine governance, energy, environmental impact assessments, science, security, and indigenous communities in the Arctic.

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