The international debate on biofuels is mostly dominated by environmental and economic aspects while the question of how biofuels can be produced in a socially acceptable way is not systematically tackled. The project "Biofuel as Social Fuel" examines for two regions in Germany and Brazil the social dimension of biofuel production. Timo Kaphengst gave a lecture at the project`s kick-off event stressing the role of certification systems in biofuel governance.Read more
In an effort to reduce CO2 emissions from new passenger cars, the EU has established measures to ensure that information on vehicle fuel economy is readily available for consumers. A study coordinated by Ecologic Institute for the European Parliament examined the implementation of the EU directive regarding the availability of fuel economy information to identify and assess potential amendments to the legislation. The final report can be downloaded online.
Directive 1999/94/EC outlines measures to provide consumers with information onRead more
This project highlights case studies of best practices in car and bike sharing programs in the US and the EU. It assesses the challenges and promises of these programs. Max Grünig and Dominic Marcellino, the authors of the report, conclude that well-designed car and bike sharing programs should be integrated with public transportation to move toward sustainable transportation systems.
In a consortium of five research institutes, Ecologic Institute evaluated the effects of the national climate initiative (NKI). With an annual volume of 280 million Euros, this initiative represents a cornerstone of Germany's efforts at climate protection. In the course of the evaluation, the consortium assessed in what way the supported projects have contributed to Germany's climate policy targets. Ecologic Institute covered a range of projects, including the fields of low-carbon transport, industrial transformation and biomass use.Read more
Have stimulus packages created synergies between economic recovery, greening the economy, and addressing social exclusion? Ecologic Institute supported the EU Commission to discuss this question with selected experts. The workshop "Emerging Stronger from the Recession to Tackle the Challenges of Social Cohesion and Sustainable Development" evaluated the performance of economic recovery programmes, which several EU states had launched to counter the effects of the economic crisis. It was staged by the Directorate General for Employment in September 2009. R. Andreas Kraemer, Director ofRead more