The development of the biofuels sector in Europe has raised concerns regarding the sustainability of production and its impacts on the environment.This project explores and analyses the different water needs and distribution of bioenergy crops grown or potentially grown in the next decades in the EU. The overall objective is to support the Commission regarding future work on water scarcity and on linking water and agricultural policies.
There is growing concern throughout the EU regarding drought events leading to water scarcity problems, and the number of Member States thatRead more
On behalf of the German Federal Environment Agency, Ecologic Institute completed a study on the interactions between environmental policies and social justice. Using selected programmes and measures, this study analysed to what extent environmental and social policy objectives have been adjusted in response to each other and how the interaction between the two can be improved. The Final Report contains an English summary and is available for download.
The German debate on the link between environmental and equity issues has usually centered on international aspectsRead more
The European Council approved the financial forecast 2007-2013 in December 2005. This approval does not only define the financial framework for this period, but also includes the decision to comprehensively review the EU budget in 2008 and 2009, for which the Commission launched a broad consultation process. Within this framework, Ecologic Institute analysed the multi-annual EU financial framework from an environmental and sustainability perspective. On this basis, Ecologic Institute formulated a position paper which was submitted to the consultation procedure of the Commission.Read 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 online Climate Policy Map offers interactive information on international climate policy that allows international cross-comparisons of key climate-related statistics and policies. Using the website’s Map Creator feature, visitors can create maps on climate policy by combining multifaceted information on climate policy with data on energy supplies and socio-economic factors for 14 countries and regions. In addition, the downloadable Country Fact Sheets and Issue Fact Sheets summarise information on climate policy for specific countries and issues. The Legal Basis portion of theRead more
At the EcoFest 2007, Aaron Best discussed the relationship between transportation and the environment, focusing in economic terms on the costs and benefits to the environment of various modes of transportation. He also discussed some of the ways governments offset some of those costs through taxes and charges.Read more