As part of the Studium Oecologicum (ecological studies) initiated by the student initiative "Greening the University" Tanja Srebotnjak from Ecologic Institute gave a two-day seminar on measuring sustainability - conceptual foundations and indicators at the University of Tübingen. A total of 18 students representing a broad variety of disciplines and subject areas registered for the seminar and thereby earned not only coveted ECTS credits but also learned some useful facts about the sustainability debate, what it means to be sustainable and how it can be measured. PracticalRead more
Presentations – Ecologic Institute EU
On 1 November 2011, Ecoscholars held its fall 2011-2012 Kickoff Event. The event, hosted by Ecologic Institute, featured Director R. Andreas Kraemer discussing the history, current status and future implications of Germany's nuclear power phase-out, renewable energy legislation and climate policy. This was followed by a lively question and answer session and discussion between Ecoscholars participants.
R. Andreas Kraemer provided an overview of the historical and political context of Germany's nuclear history, describing the evolution of the unique German perspective on nuclear andRead more
As part of the symposium "Climate Change Adaptation, Water Management, and Human Security", Ecologic Institute's Rodrigo Vidaurre held an introductory presentation and chaired a round-table discussion on policy responses for adaptation to Climate Change in Ethiopia. Ethiopian policy experts coming from varied scientific and organisational backgrounds, as well as researchers from the CLICO project partners Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research and Addis Ababa University, participated in this roundtable. Its main aim was to identify possibilities for improving policy design andRead more
Elizabeth Tedsen, Transatlantic Fellow, attended the International Arctic Legal Forum: "Protection and Sustainable Development of the Arctic: Legal Aspects" in Salekhard (Russia) and presented Ecologic Institute’s EU Arctic Footprint and Policy Assessment projects. The Forum brought together Russian and international policymakers, attorneys, researchers, and diplomats to discuss changes in the Arctic and ideas for sustainable development in Yamal-Nenets Autonomous District and beyond.
On 21 October 2011, members of the Ecoscholars network visited the headquarters of the Clearingstelle EEG, the agency responsible for facilitating and settling disputes and issues of application that emerge under Germany’s Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG). Dr. iur. Martin Winkler, Member of the Panel of Clearingstelle EEG, gave an overview of both the EEG and the Clearingstelle EEG, and responded to questions from the attending Ecoscholars.
Participants from Ecoscholars used the opportunity to learn about Germany’s renewable framework. Dr Winkler’s presentation introduced the mainRead more
Information Technology (IT) is necessary for building smart infrastructure and production systems, to reduce pollution and improve resource efficiency. As a key enabler of a Sustainable Industrial Policy, IT is of great interest to the economic development in China. R. Andreas Kraemer of Ecologic Institute spoke on IT and smart systems for environmental objectives to a delegation from Sichuan province.
The event was part of a study tour to Germany on "Information Technology and Sustainable Industrial Policy" promoted by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für InternationaleRead more
In the second international conference of a series on the role of Think Tanks in China, R. Andreas Kraemer of Ecologic Institute gave a presentation on environment and development policy and the contribution of think tanks to harmonious and sustainable social development. Conveners of the conference were the Institute for Social Development (ISD) of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), the Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES), and the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) of the University of Pennsylvania.
On 30 September 2011, Stephan Sina, Senior Fellow at Ecologic Institute, held a statement at an expert meeting on possible subject matters of a climate change act for Baden-Württemberg. The event was organized by the Ministry for Environment, Climate and Energy Baden-Württemberg in Stuttgart.
Stephan Sina was invited to this workshop following his reports on a federal climate change act on behalf of WWF Germany as well as for the study "Ein Klimaschutzgesetz des Bundes – Analyse und Vorschläge zu seiner Fortentwicklung" onRead more
Sascha Müller-Kraenner, one of the founders and a Partner of Ecologic Institute, describes in a presentation held on invitation of the Shanghai Office of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation at Fudan University, how the road to the Durban climate conference and the Rio+20 summit next year should look like.
At Durban a balance has to be found between an extension of the Kyoto-Protocol and negotiations for a long term comprenesive global agreement that comprises all parties. Progress on international climate finance will play a key role to achieve such a deal. Both the EU and ChinaRead more
Sascha Müller-Kraenner, one of the founders and a Partner of Ecologic Institute, describes how the road to the Durban climate conference and the Rio+20 summit next year should look like in a presentation at the Shanghai Institutes for International Studies. The event was organized by the Shanghai Office of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation.
At Durban a balance has to be found between an extension of the Kyoto-Protocol and negotiations for a long term comprenesive global agreement that comprises all parties. Progress on international climate finance will play a key role to achieveRead more
The World Resources Forum 2011 held in Davos, Switzerland, focused on policy means for Shaping the Future of our Natural Resources and charted ways Towards a Green Economy. R. Andreas Kraemer of Ecologic Institute moderated the workshop on the Design and Implementation of Efficient Resource Policies covering good and best practice in industry and policy implementation.
The workshop discussed policy options and concrete policy approaches (includingRead more
This presentation, given by Eleftheria Kampa during the workshop "Water Management, Water Framework Directive and Hydropower", summarizes the results of the questionnaires on hydropower and WFD, which have been filled in by European States. It provides information on electricity production, the number of hydropower plants, as well as legal and technical requirements. The presentation slides are available for download.Read more
In September 2011, Benjamin Boteler of Ecologic Institute was invited to participate at the MEECE Summer School in Ankara, Turkey and provided a perspective on the latest developments in EU and international policy and their implications for marine ecosystem management.
The one-week Summer School brought together 25 graduate students and young scientists, as well as ten expert lecturers to discuss changes in marine ecosystems, developments in marineRead 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