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Micromorph Solar Technology in Berlin

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On 25 August 2011, at an Ecoscholars event hosted by Inventux Technologies AG, Dr. Tilman Eichstädt met with Ecoscholars members to discuss the Berlin-based company’s micromorph thin-film solar modules and the future of the solar technology industry.

Inventux Technologies AG specializes in manufacturing micromorph thin-film photovoltaic modules.  Inventux was founded in Berlin in 2007. The company is a leader in micromorph thin-film technology and was the first solar company in Europe to mass produce the modules. Micromorph solar modules contain absorbers made of twoRead more

Biomass in the Regulation Trap? The Complexity of a Sustainable Use of Bioenergy

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23 August 2011
Potsdam
Germany
From 22 to 26 August 2011 the Vereinigung für ökologische Wirtschaftsforschung (VÖW) organized a summerschool on "Sustainable Production Chains" together with the Humboldt University of Berlin. Part of the diverse programme for PhD and master students was a seminar held at the Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering Potsdam-Bornim (ATB) on renewable energies with a special focus on bioenergy and biomass from agro-forest systems. In his presentation Timo Kaphengst, Coordinator for Biodiversity and Forest at Ecologic Institute, highlighted different sustainability challenges within the biomass production chain and presented current policy responses on EU and German level. The presentation can be downloaded.Read more

Ecologic University Course on Think Tanks Policy Consulting (2011)

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Summer Term 2011
22 August 2011
Bremen
Germany
In the summer term of 2011, Christiane Gerstetter and Doris Knoblauch, Fellows at the Ecologic Institute, taught a seminar on policy consulting at the University of Applied Sciences in Bremen. Some 35  students, enrolled in  a bachelor’s programme, participated. The seminar consisted of a block of three units for a total duration of 32 hours  for a full course credit. Read more
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IN-STREAM Dissemination: New Ways of Measuring Human Prosperity – Beyond GDP

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Ecologic Institute hosted the fourth green salon of the American Voices Abroad on the 16th of August 2011. Three introductory presentations by Lucas Porsch, Tanja Srebotnjak and Rich Rosen on the need for and the challenges of Beyond GDP indicators triggered a lively discussion on the information needs of policy makers that aim at sustainability. To this end, important similarities and differences were examined in the attitudes to welfare measurement in Europe and the US. Read more

Emissions trading: Can it halt climate change?

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11 August 2011
Berlin
Germany

Emissions trading is one of the most important policy instruments for combating climate change. The basic idea is simple, yet the functioning of the various emissions trading schemes is very complex. During the summer youth academy 2011 organized by GIZ and EPIZ Katharina Umpfenbach, Fellow at Ecologic Institute, held a seminar on the topic.

After environmental protection had been enforced through prohibitions, thresholds and other regulations over several decades, the introduction of emissions trading marked a turning point. The basic idea is simple: not the legislator, but theRead more

Activities and Experiences in the Field of Adaptation to Climate Change

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A delegation from different Ukraine Institutions visited Ecologic Institute to talk about projects of the Institute concerning climate change adaptation measures. The visit was part of an informational trip organized by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES). The project RADOST - Regional Adaption Strategies for the German Baltic Sea Coast - was at the heart of the meeting.

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Transportation sector: possibilities for substitution and elasticity of demand in mineral oil consumption

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11 July 2011
Berlin
Germany

On 11 July 2011, Max Grünig, Fellow at the Ecologic Institute, delivered a presentation on the transportation sector: possibilities for substitution and elasticity of demand in mineral oil consumption at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP).

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Beyond GDP: IN-STREAM Workshop on Sustainability Indicators (focus on green growth and green innovation)

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7 July 2011
Berlin
Germany
This event was the third stakeholder workshop of the FP7 project IN-STREAM and was organised by the Ecologic Institute Berlin and the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP). The focus of this workshop was green growth and green innovation and it brought together experts, statisticians, policy makers and representatives of civil society organisations to discuss and share experiences on how to improve the use of indicators to assess the progresses on economic and sustainability goals. The presentations are available for download. Read more

Results from the project "Advancement of Resource Policy"

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27 June 2011
Berlin
Germany

The "Network Resource Efficiency" as part of the project "Advancement of Resource Policy" invited to the 7th network conference on Monday, 27 June 2011 in Berlin. New approaches in politics and businesses are highlighted under the guiding theme "2011 – agenda setting for the resource turnaround". Max Grünig presented first ideas describing which actors should be included in a societal debate on resource efficiency.

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Perspectives of Biogas Use in the Context of Instruments Promoting Renewable Energy

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7 June 2011
Braunschweig
Germany
During the VDI conference "Biogas 2011" Dominik Müller and Dr. Wolfgang Urban of the Ecologic Institute spoke on the experiences with the German law to promote renewable energies (EEG) and its imminent revision. They presented the premises of the German Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and the planned substantial changes in the EEG. They also reported on the monitoring results. The presentation slides and script are available for download.Read more

Recommendations for Transatlantic Cooperation on High Seas Governance

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7 June 2011
Lund
Sweden
At the 2011 Alumni Conference of Lund University’s Master’s Program of International Environmental Science (LUMES) in Lund (Sweden), Elena von Sperber presented and discussed the results of the CALAMAR project, a transatlantic dialogue on marine governance lead by Ecologic Institute, which was concluded in June 2011.Read more
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Biomethane – Political Guidelines and Conclusions for Advancement of Incentives From the Perspective of the German Government

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6 June 2011
Berlin
Germany
During the European Biomass Conference 2011, Dr. Wolfgang Urban (Ecologic Institut) delivered a presentation on biomethane. From the German government's perspective, he described political goals, especially the Energy Concept 2050. In addition he explained how biomethane could contribute to achieving these aims and to climate protection in general. The presentation slides are available for download.Read more

Ecuadorian Initiative to Protect Climate and Biodiversity

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26 May 2011
Berlin
Germany
Lead by Ecuador’s Ambassador to Germany, his Excellency Jorge Jurado, and Ivonne Baki, who is the country’s top negotiator for the Yasuni-ITT Initiative, a high-level delegation presented an Ecuadorian proposal for the protection of climate and biodiversity at the Ecologic Institute. Read more

Opportunities for EU/US Cooperation on Maritime Governance

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20 May 2011
Gdańsk
Poland

Andrew Reid, Transatlantic Fellow at Ecologic Institute, presented the results of the project Cooperation Across the Atlantic for Marine Governance Integration (CALAMAR) to decision-makers, scientists and other maritime stakeholders at the 2011 European Maritime Day in Gdansk (Poland). Examining opportunities for EU/US cooperation on maritime governance, the project was presented as part of a panel on strategies for strengthening maritime clusters in the Atlantic region.Read more

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The Legal Framework – Instruments for the Efficient Use of Biomethan

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17 May 2011
Berlin
Germany
As part of the workshop "Biogas Feed-In", organized by Fraunhofer UMSICHT, Ecologic Institute's Wolfgang Urban gave a speech about "The Legal Framework - Instruments for the Efficient Use of Biomethan". The presentation dealt with political aims regarding renewable energies, results of the monitoring of the Renewable Energies Act and marketing prospects of biomethan. The presentation slides are available for download.Read more
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100% Renewable Energies - potential, risks and challenges

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14 May 2011
Tübingen
Germany

After initial skepticism renewable energies are now widely seen as the energy source of the future. Many studies recommend a transition to 100% renewable energies in the power sector by 2050 – to mitigate climate change and to ensure long term supply of energy. But how will this transition look like in practice? Katharina Umpfenbach, Fellow at Ecologic Institute, discussed these and other questions with students at the eco-social study days in Tübingen.

The issues raised at the seminar on 14 May 2011 included the following: What are the specific advantages and disadvantages ofRead more

Assessing Prospects and Limits of Shale Gas in Europe

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12 May 2011
Budapest
Hungary

Economist and Fellow at Ecologic Institute Berlin, Max Grünig participated and chaired in the Ninth Transatlantic Energy Governance Dialogue on Shale Gas, on 12 and 13 May 2011 in Budapest (Hungary). The full report of the event is available for download.

Participants explored the question of whether Shale Gas is a "game changer" for European energy security, In particular, Max Grünig moderated the working group on "Assessing Prospects and Limits of Shale Gas in Europe". The event was organised by the Central European University, in partnership with the Brookings InstitutionRead more

The New North: How European is the Arctic?

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10 May 2011
Berlin
Germany

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

Water and Climate Change in the MENA-Region

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At the conference on "Water and Climate Change in the MENA-Region", organised by GIZ and BMZ, Rodrigo Vidaurre, Researcher at Ecologic Institute, held a presentation on policies that address the link between human security, water conflicts, and Climate Change. Jennifer Möller-Gulland, Researcher at Ecologic Institute, held a further presentation on innovative benefit assessment methodologies to assess quantitative and monetary benefits from improved water resources use.

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The Importance of Policy in Fostering the Market for Renewable Energy Technologies

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28 April 2011
Berlin
Germany

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.

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