Presentations – Ecologic Institute EU
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
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
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 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.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
Pollution and prevention of pollution from industrial sources is a central field of European and German environmental policy. This presentation of Alexander Neubauer, Coordinator European Research and Senior Fellow at Ecologic Institute, introduced the basic terms, concepts and instruments that European and German industry-related environmental policy employs.Read more
The protection of biodiversity remains an important issue in Europe. The establishment of the Natura 2000 network and the implementation of related policies in the Member States have made a major contribution to this aim. Despite this success, the target to stop the loss of biodiversity in the EU by 2010 was not reached. Sandra Naumann, a Fellow at Ecologic Institute, spoke to a GIZ delegation from China about the developments and perspectives of European biodiversity policy and its implementation in Germany.
The presentation provided a briefRead more
The Common Agricultural Policy has undergone fundamental reforms over time in order to respond to changing economic conditions as well as societal expectations and demands. Ruta Landgrebe, a Fellow at Ecologic Institute, spoke to a GIZ delegation from China about the developments and perspectives of agricultural and rural development policy in the EU and its implementation in Germany.
Today, the Common Agricultural Policy benefits society by encouraging the production of safe and high quality food, thereby supporting the maintenance ofRead more
Successive policy challenges and EU enlargement have added layers of policy, legislation, and institutions to create the current European system for addressing environment, climate, energy, and sustainable development. R. Andreas Kraemer of Ecologic Institute speak on policy international policy learning before a GIZ delegation from China in.Read more
Germans fear that climate change harms political stability in other countries and thus affect trade, induce migration, and ultimately causes conflict. Talking to a delegation from China, R. Andreas Kraemer of Ecologic Institute describes Germany's new energy solutions, effective domestic policies, and promotion of good climate policy abroad.Read more
The Green Group marked World Water Day on 22 March 2011, highlighting the importance of water and energy security in international relations. Samuel Zbogar, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Slovenia, initiated an expert discussion, the results of which were delivered to UN Ambassadors meeting in New York. R. Andreas Kraemer of Ecologic Institute moderated the event.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
With Arabia in turmoil and nuclear tragedy at Fukushima, Japan, the US rethinks energy dependence on unstable or hostile parts of the world, and looks anew at sustainable energy options. R. Andreas Kraemer of Ecologic Institute presented German and EU experience at the University of Pennsylvania's International Relations Program on 15 March 2011.Read more
Europe can shift to a low-carbon economy, enjoy secure energy supply, environmentally sustainable development, and rising employment. On 10 March 2011, the European Commission presented its "Roadmap 2050" in Berlin, Germany, exposing divisions within the German Federal Government. R. Andreas Kraemer of Ecologic Institute moderated the event.Read 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