Dr. Camilla Bausch of Ecologic Institute was invited to the Cairo Climate Talks to present and discuss the results of the UN climate conference in Durban together with Mohamed Nasser of the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In addition, both speakers were given the opportunity to present their perspectives to around two dozen experts, many from the Egyptian administration, in an open discussion session.
The focus of both presentations was on the future of the UN climate regime, the international financing of climate mitigation and adaptation, market-based mechanisms, and theRead more
Senior fellow Tanja Srebotnjak moderated a discussion at the 11th annual conference of the German Academic International Network, GAIN, in San Francisco on 2 September 2011.
The discussion featured panelists from German politics, academia and research societies: Professor Dr. Ulrike Beisiegel is the president of the Georg-August University Göttingen, Professor Dr. Jürgen Mlynek is the president of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers and Mr. Uwe Schummer is Member of the German Parliament for the CDU/CSU fraction. The hour-long question-answer sessionRead more
Hannah Strauss, visiting scholar at Ecologic Institute, together with other experts on the Arctic and H.E. Danish Ambassador Per Poulsen-Hansen, discussed Europe’s impact on and interest in a "New North". The panel discussion was preceded by a presentation of Matthias Hannemann’s recent book, "Der Neue Norden. Die Arktis und der Traum vom Aufbruch", and focused on various aspects related to the political and economic development of the Arctic region.Read more
At an Ecoscholars event hosted by First Solar, GmbH, David Wortmann, the company's Vice President of Policy and Public Affairs provided an overview of the company and discussed the key role of policy in the continued promotion and expansion of the renewable energy industry and fostering the market for renewable energy technologies. The dialogue was initiated by Loni Gardner of Ecologic Institute, who coordinates Ecoscholars. Ecoscholars is a discussion and networking group for Berlin-based international scholars and experts who are involved in climate change, energy, sustainability, and other environmental topics.Read more
As the tragic nuclear catastrophe in Fukushima, Japan, was still unfolding, leading German political talk-show host Maybrit Illner convened a panel of leading politicians and business representatives to discuss possible consequences of the disaster for reactor safety and energy policy. For the live broadcast watched by 3 million viewers on 17 March 2011, R. Andreas Kraemer of Ecologic Institute, as an invited expert, conveyed messages on risk analysis, risk management and insurance, hidden costs of nuclear power, the shift to 100% renewable energy with a smart grid, and the stateRead more
At an event hosted by the Mexican Embassy, Dr. Camilla Bausch of Ecologic Institute and Secretary Miriam Medel of the Mexican Embassy in Berlin discussed the results of the latest international climate negotiations which were held in Cancún, Mexico, end of 2010. The event was opened by the Mexican Ambassador Francisco N. González Díaz. The dialogue was initiated by Ecologic Institute’s Ecoscholars.Read more
A mass of unstable states plagued by many conflicts – this is how Africa is frequently depicted. Climate change is expected to seriously affect many people in Africa, many of whom are poor. Climate change has been linked to both negative effects on human security – a state in which people live free from fear and free from want – and to the rise of violent conflicts. In order to find out to what extent this picture is adequate and to discuss potential policy responses, a public panel discussion titled "Climate change, human security, and conflict in Africa", was organised by EcologicRead more
Regardless of the outcome in Cancun, the Post-2012 landscape will look substantially different than originally envisioned, with the potential emergence, or re-emergence, of national and sub-national programs. Michael Mehling joined a panel discussion on what this landscape may look like, examining trading blocs, linking of regional programs, and how these initiatives might eventually feed into international initiatives.Read more
Culminating the celebration of two years in Washington DC, Ecologic Institute held a policy development workshop with Worldwatch Institute entitled "Sustaining Energy Efficiency Investments in Challenging Financial Environments." The workshop gathered energy efficiency policy experts from NGOs, research organizations, and federal and local government.Read more