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Statement on the First Monitoring Report by the German Government for 2011

Expert Commission on the "Energy of the Future" Monitoring Process
On 19 December 2012, the first monitoring report from the Federal Government and the joint statement from the expert commissions about the "Energy of the Future" monitoring process were presented. The independent expert commission, composed of Prof. Dr. Andreas Löschel, Prof. Dr. Georg Erdmann, Prof. Dr. Frithjof Staiß, and Dr. Hans-Joachim Ziesing, provided scientific support and delivered a joint statement on the monitoring process, which should show progress towards the German "Energiewende", and with it a highly efficient energy system based on renewable sources by the year 2050,. Ecologic Institute provided scientific support to this work with a focus on the key topics that Dr. Hans-Joachim Ziesing and the expert commission selected for their joint statement. The joint statement is available for download.Read more

Assessment of Climate Change Policies in the Context of the European Semester

December 2012 to December 2014

Climate and energy targets form a key part of the European 2020 growth strategy. Ecologic Institute assesses national climate and energy policies of EU Members States with respect to these targets and compares the progress of Member States in relevant policy areas to support DG Climate Action (European Commission) in the EU Semester process.

In its Europe 2020 strategy, the European Union outlines the objective to achieve smart, sustainable, and inclusive growth including the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and targets for the increase of renewable energy and energyRead more

From "The Blue Sky above the Ruhr" to the "Energiewende"

December 2012 to June 2014

Environmental policy is one of the most important policy fields in Germany. Despite the importance of environmental policy, little is known about the factors that have driven the development of scientific environmental policy advice. Was the German environmental policy initiated top-down or bottom-up? What role did the anti-nuclear movement play for the founding of individual environmental research institutes? What was the role of civil society? How has environmental consulting changed over time? And what can environmental consultants learn from these experiences? The project “From ‘TheRead more

Geschichte der Umweltpolitikberatung – Oral History

The project "From 'The Blue Sky above the Ruhr' to the Energiewende" aimed at shedding light to the factors that have driven the development of scientific environmental policy advice in Germany. The project team applied the "oral history method", holding a total of 20 interviews with contemporary witnesses. Ecologic Institute produced the project website which provides an overview of the goals, methods and partners of the project. The project's findings as well as videos of the interviews are available for viewing in the media library.Read more

Nachhaltigkeits- und Wirtschaftsindikatoren verknüpfen

Jetzt die richtigen Weichen stellen
Mainstream economic indicators still dominate practical policy making. In this journal article, Lucas Porsch explains how the connection of sustainability measures and these mainstream indicators can be a tool for policy makers to understand and manage trade-offs between different sustainability categories.Read more

Aviation and Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Identifying a Transatlantic and Global Solution

12 October 2012

Organized by the Heinrich Böll Foundation and the German Marshall Fund of the United States, the off-the-record event featured decision makers from the European Commission and the United States Mission to the European Union as well as various affected stakeholder. Presenting an early draft of a policy paper commissioned by the Heinrich Böll Foundation, Michael Mehling of Ecologic Institute in Washington DC kicked off a discussion focused on identifying ways to promote rapprochement across the Atlantic through stakeholders interested in constructive engagement and a cooperative outcome.Read more

Cost and Benefits for Germany of a European Soil Framework Directive

October 2012 to December 2016
There is still no specific soil protection law at EU level. In 2014 the European Commission withdrew its 2006 proposal for a soil protection directive, after two unofficial compromise proposals of 2010 and 2011 failed to secure an agreement. The project analyses and compares the three proposals, because they represent the course and state of play of the political debate and could play a role in the event of new political initiatives. A legal analysis shows commonalities and differences between the soil protection requirements of the proposals and German soil protection law. The study also examines the potential cost for the Federal and State level to gather the necessary data if there was an obligation to identify and determine risk areas according to certain criteria. The project also analyses to what extent EU laws and instruments regulate or have an impact on soil protection, and provides an assessment if and how soil protection standards could be incorporated or added.Read more

Monitoring Member States' Environmental Policy Progress

August 2012 to February 2013

Effectively monitoring EU resource efficiency requires knowledge on the progress and achievements in the 27 EU member states. The project will compile country profiles for all 27 member states and undertake a EU summary analysis. Investigations will integrate literature review and indicator trend analysis.Read more

Municipal Directive for Climate Protection

27 August 2012
On 27 August 2012, Dr. Hans-Joachim Ziesing, together with Doris Knoblauch of Ecologic Institute, presented the results of an evaluation of the German directive regarding the funding of climate mitigation projects in social, cultural, and public institutions within the framework of the National Climate Initiative ("Richtlinie zur Förderung von Klimaschutzprojekten in sozialen, kulturellen und öffentlichen Einrichtungen im Rahmen der Klimaschutzinitiative", short: Kommunalrichtlinie) on the occasion of the final conference of the project "Evaluation of the National Climate Protection Initiative" in Berlin. Both presentations are available for download.Read more

Evaluating Projects for Climate Protection

27 August 2012

On 27 August 2012, Max Grünig, Ecologic Institute, presented key success factors and obstacles seen in funded individual projects at the evaluation conference of the national climate initiative in Berlin. The presentation is available for download.Read more


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