The Arctic TRANSFORM project developed transatlantic policy options for supporting adaptation in the marine Arctic environment based on input from more than 50 experts on Arctic policy in the areas of environmental governance, indigenous peoples, hydrocarbons, shipping, and fisheries. Emphasis was placed on cross-sectoral synergies, stakeholder participation, and governance options in the Arctic.Read more
Projects – Ecologic Legal
This project analysed the key legal, economic and environmental issues related to using specific trade-related measures as a means of supporting the EU's climate change objectives and policies. Three trade measures are examined: 1) carbon equalisation mechanisms; 2) export credits and investment guarantees; and 3) conditions on access to the EU carbon market. The primary focus of analysis is on the first measure: carbon equalisation measures.Read more
In 2006, the European Community adopted a new regulation dealing with the geographical indications and designations of origin for agricultural products and foodstuffs. Ecologic, along with ADAS and London Economics, carried out an evaluation of the scheme focusing on the development and effectiveness of Protected Designations of Origin (PDO) and Protected Geographical Indications (PGI) systems.
The PDO/PGI protection scheme, adopted in 2006, was designed to protect both consumers and producers by providing a certification scheme for the origin and method of production of agriculturalRead more
The project develops the technical guidelines for the inclusion of aviation in the European emissions trading scheme. It identifies the relevant data and methodologies and assesses how the existing guidelines of the European Commission for the monitoring and reporting of greenhouse gas emissions can be applied to aviation. Against this background, the project drafts amendments to the existing guidelines that include the monitoring and reporting of aviation’s baseline data and annual emissions data.
Monitoring, reporting and verification of emissions data are crucial to theRead more
The project’s objective is to provide expert policy advice to the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety in the field of international climate policy. Ecologic will focus on institutional design and organisation of the international negotiation process in the context of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and its Kyoto Protocol. Special attention will be given to the various questions relating to the future development of the international climate change regime beyond the year 2012.
The project focuses on the institutionalRead more
Ecologic supports the German Ministry of Environment in pursuing the EU priorities at CSD 15 and the 24th Governing Council of UNEP. Additionally, Ecologic provides support to the German delegation during the international negotiations at CSD 15 and the 24th Governing Council of UNEP. Before CSD 15, Ecologic organised an informal seminar with senior negotiators from different Member States in Potsdam.
CSD 15 and the 24th session of UNEP’s Governing Council convened during the German EU Presidency. CSD 15’s agenda focuses on energy for sustainable development,Read more
During the last three decades, various environmental regimes have existed on the international level. With the continuously increasing institutionalisation of global environmental policy, the complexity of the various international environmental regimes is growing. This can be observed via intersections, interdependences and interactions, but also via conflicts between institutions and policy levels. While there is consensus both in the scientific as well as in policy circles that the architecture of global environmental policy was very successful in the past, there is also consensus thatRead more
Climate protection is one of the most important challenges to today's environmental policy agenda. Among the different economic and social sectors which have to contribute to minimising emissions of greenhouse gases is the waste management. European and German waste policy has contributed to significantly reducing the emissions of greenhouse gases due to waste treatment. For example the land-filling of solid municipal waste has been sharply limited by law. However, there still remains a huge potential for improvement in the methods of waste treatment to reduce emissions. In order toRead more