The key to human survival and healthy fulfillment is strengthening economic, intellectual and social growth in ways that maintain healthy, resilient eco-systems. Since all these variables change, smart eco-cities can survive and thrive only by designing, measuring, connecting and managing built environments interactively - in ways that value the unique and charming qualities of their diverse natural environments, their communities and creative people.
As part of the I-CITE and ELEEP initiatives, Ecologic Institute and the Atlantic Council of the United States led a transatlantic contingent on a study tour of Detroit and Pittsburgh from 8 to 12 January 2012. The study tour is the second of three held as part of the I-CITE project funded by the European Union; its focus was the...Read more
Information Technology (IT) is necessary for building smart infrastructure and production systems, to reduce pollution and improve resource efficiency. As a key enabler of a Sustainable Industrial Policy, IT is of great interest to the economic development in China. R. Andreas Kraemer of Ecologic Institute spoke on IT and smart systems for environmental objectives to a delegation from Sichuan province.
The event was part of a study tour to Germany on "Information Technology and Sustainable Industrial Policy" promoted by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für InternationaleRead more
Small and medium enterprises are important economic actors and incidentally also an important source of environmental pollution. Given their limited size and manpower they often struggle to know all relevant environmental legislation applicable to them and are often not fully aware of their environmental impact. In order to fill these gaps, the programme ECAP (Environmental Compliance Assistance Programme) has been created that includes different actions (training, dissemination of good practice, promotion of tailor-made environmental management approaches). This project assessed theRead more
While renewable energy and its role for achieving an energy transformation, improving the environment, and supporting rural economies is a hotly discussed topic in both the US and Europe, approaches to increasing the share of renewables in the energy mix differ significantly on opposite sides of the Atlantic. As a result, exchanging Transatlantic experiences and lessons learned is of crucial...Read more
Economist and Fellow at Ecologic Institute Berlin, Max Grünig participated and chaired in the Ninth Transatlantic Energy Governance Dialogue on Shale Gas, on 12 and 13 May 2011 in Budapest (Hungary). The full report of the event is available for download.
Participants explored the question of whether Shale Gas is a "game changer" for European energy security, In particular, Max Grünig moderated the working group on "Assessing Prospects and Limits of Shale Gas in Europe". The event was organised by the Central European University, in partnership withRead more