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Sustainable Energy and Resource Efficiency – Key Issues for Sustainable Development

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9 May 2007
New York, NY
United States

Sustainable energy and resource efficiency to be achieved through efficiency in energy use, renewable energy supplies, and technological innovation was the subject of a panel discussion presented by the German Federal Ministry for Environment on the occasion of the 15th Session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) in New York, NY, on 9 May 2007.  R. Andreas Kraemer of Ecologic Institute moderated the event.

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Sustainable Energy and Resource Efficiency – Key Issues for Sustainable Development

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9 May 2007
New York, NY
United States
Sustainable energy and resource efficiency to be achieved through efficiency in energy use, renewable energy supplies, and technological innovation was the subject of a panel discussion presented by the German Federal Ministry for Environment on the occasion of the 15th Session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) in New York, NY, on 9 May 2007.  R. Andreas Kraemer of Ecologic Institute moderated the event. Read more
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RAPIDO – Rural Areas, People and Innovative Development

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9 May 2007
Leipzig
Germany

A large percentage of Europe’s territory consists of rural areas that contain more than half of its population. Many problems of European societies such as an ageing population, high unemployment rates, social disparities and the lack of adaptive potential to the global market are more pronounced in rural areas than elsewhere. To overcome these problems, it is essential to link public, private and inter-sectoral initiatives to foster innovation. Rainer Müssner presented the EU-funded project RAPIDO, that has been established to analyse current best practices concerning the development of innovation in agriculture, forestry, the food sector and the wider rural areas, as well as to analyse methods to transfer knowledge to different target groups.

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GEM-CON-BIO & EPIGOV – Two Approaches to Make 'Governance' Tangible

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9 May 2007
Leipzig
Germany

The question of "Governance" of natural resources, in other words how societies deal with the use of natural ressources, is central to each discussion about sustainability. Only "good governance" can guarantee the sustainable use of natural resources, protection of biodiversity, and indirectly help to implement the EU sustainability strategy. However it is quite difficult to measure and evaluate the level of good (bad) governance and to make the somewhat abstract concept more tangible. Rainer Müssner presented two EU funded projects dealing with the issue of "Governance of natural resources", in which Ecologic is involved as co-ordinator or partner.

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The International Discussion in the Framework of the UN Conventions on Climate Protection and Biological Diversity

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7 May 2007
Berlin
Germany

The United Nations has dedicated the annual International Day of Biological Diversity on 22 May 2007 to "Biological Diversity and Climate Change", highlighting both the interlinkages between the two issues and the interaction between the relevant international or multilateral conventions. On 7 May 2007, the joint CDU and CSU party in the German Federal Parliament (Bundestag) held an Expert Meeting to review the state of the debate and explore policy options and needs. Ecologic Institute contributed a presentation focussing on the international regimes on biological diversity and climate change.Read more

Smart Grids and Stable Stand-Alone Electricity Systems: Practice and Implications for Power Supply

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4 May 2007
United Nations Headquarter, New York, NY
United States

Combinations of electrical, information and communication technologies allow for "Smart Grids" to provide dynamic efficiency for power generation, transmission and distribution. Ecologic took the lead in preparing a Learning Centre on the state and promise of Smart Grids at the 15th Session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD 15).Read more

EU Energy and Climate Policy: the External Dimension

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3 May 2007
New York, NY
United States

The New York Political Salon, initiated and coordinated by Steven E. Sokol of the American Council on Germany and hosted by the Shelly and Donald Rubin Foundation, convenes regular meetings for younger professionals from different countries and divers professions (media, business, academia, and non-profit) to discuss current political issues of common concern.  R. Andreas Kraemer of the Ecologic Institute was invited to make a presentation and lead a discussion on the extraterritorial effects of energy and climate policies of the European Union.Read more

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Cost-effective groundwater protection: the Thülsfelde Water Protection Area

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26 April 2007
Oldenburg
Germany

Benjamin Görlach presented some preliminary results of the WaterCost Project, which has been set up to develop and test a practicable methodology for cost-effectiveness analysis of groundwater protection measues. WaterCost brings together partners from five European regions, including municipalities, water supply companies and environment agencies. Ecologic Institute supports the German partners in the WaterCost project in the application of a cost-effectiveness analysis in a Frisian groundwater protection area. In his presentation, Benjamin Görlach surveyed the costs and the effectiveness of 10 possible measures to reduce nitrate pollution from agricultural sources in the groundwater catchment area, and discussed potential combinations of these measures.Read more

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Renewable Energy in the European Union

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1 April 2007
Hamburg
Germany

Every year, the Congressional Study Group on Germany brings together Members of U.S. Congress and members of the German Bundestag for a series of discussions on issues of mutual interest. The topics for 2007 included renewable energy, relations with China, the war in Afghanistan, and developments in Africa.  R. Andreas Kraemer of Ecologic was invited by the United States Association of Former Members of Congress (USAFMC) to speak on renewable energy policies in the European Union.Read more

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Disproportionate Costs in the Water Framework Directive - The Concept and its Practical Implementation

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23 March 2007
London
United Kingdom

The concept of disproportionate cost is one of the key economic elements of the EC Water Framework Directive. The practical implementation of this concept by the Member States offers a range of possible interpretations that are more or less in line with environmental economic theory. In a contribution to the envecon 2007 Applied Environmental Economics conference in London, Benjamin Görlach and Britta Pielen provided an introduction to the concept, its role in the Water Framework Directive, and provided an overview of the current discussion in some EU Member States.

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Paying for Water and Sanitation: Utility Structures in Germany

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22 March 2007
Atlanta, Georgia
United States

Over the coming years, a trillion dollars worth of investment in water and sanitation infrastructure is needed in the United States of America.  It is not clear how such investment can be financed, and those responsible in the USA are looking for institutional and organisational solutions.  To this end, the US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) and other held a conference on "Paying for Sustainable Water Infrastructure" in Atlanta, Georgia, on 21-23 March 2007.  R. Andreas Kraemer presented the municipal structures for water supply and sewerage in Germany.Read more

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Sustainability Impact Assessments

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28 February 2007
Berlin
Germany

The concept of sustainable development has gained tremendous popularity since Rio but is still challenging to consider in everyday political practice. The Parliamentary Advisory Council on Sustainable Development, in its opinion on the 2004 progress report on the National Sustainability Strategy of the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany, thus asked for an instrument to assess legislation on its sustainability. On 28 February 2007 the Parliamentary Advisory Council on Sustainable Development held a public hearing on the Sustainability Impact Assessment instrument, which aimed at discussing existing concepts for Sustainability Impact Assessments as well as their integration in parliamentary procedures.

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Policy Trends in Germany and European Union

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24 February 2007
Tokyo
Japan

Japan finds herself at a cross-road concerning its position and role in international climate protection policy. Economically and strategically caught between China and the United States - competing as well as cooperating with both - a balance between climate change mitigation and adaptation needs to be found. R. Andreas Kraemer of Ecologic was invited to the International Symposium "Future International Framework on Climate Change (Post-Kyoto) and Clean Development Mechanism (CDM)" to speak about and explain "Policy Trends in Germany and the European Union".Read more

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Sustainability Criteria for Biomass - Experiences with FSC Forest Certification

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9 February 2007
Berlin
Germany

Sustainable energy and climate change policy with respect to biofuels has become more and more important. In addition to offering a noteworthy alternative to fossil fuels, they also offer carbon reduction potential. However, increasing use of biofuels has led to new challenges in the field of economy, nature protection and social acceptance. Due to these new challenges, one important step is to develop a certification system for biofuels based on criteria of sustainability. Stephanie Schlegel, a Fellow at Ecologic Insitute, presented experiences with the FSC Forest Certification at the workshop ”Sustainable biofuels – How to certify?“, organised by Econsense.

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Economic Implications of the German Ecological Tax Reform

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30 November 2006
Warsaw
Poland

While Germany has introduced a comprehensive ecological tax reform (ETR) in 1999, Poland has taken only first steps into this direction. In order to intensify the exchange between German and Polish experts from politics, research and NGOs, the Polish Ministry of the Environment together with the German Ministry of the Environment organised a workshop in Warsaw during which the design of the German ecological tax reform and its implications were discussed. Helen Lückge, Fellow at Ecologic, presented the economic implications of the German ETR.

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Municipal Water Services – How Can They Remain a Successful Model?

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29 November 2006
Berlin
Germany

In March 2006, the German government cabinet adopted the "Modernisation Report for the German Water Sector".  The report does not yet contain a specific modernisation strategy but formed the basis for discussions at the 7th Congress of Municipal Utilities of the German Association of Municipal Utilities on 29 November 2006. R. Andreas Kraemer of Ecologic moderated the debate about the question, how the traditional form of urban utility management can remain a successful model for the provision of good conditions for environmental, social and economic development in towns and cities.Read more

Costs and Benefit Assessments in the Water Framework Directive

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23 November 2006
Newcastle
United Kingdom

The second transnational conference of the WaterCost project as part of the Intereg North Sea Region focused on the issue of cost-effectiveness analysis and how it to apply it to groundwater and water supply issues. Benjamin Görlach gave a presentation on the role of cost- benefit considerations in the implementation process of the Water Framework Directive. He concluded that since there is only patchy data on costs and benefits, and elaborated on the role of the AquaMoney project in addressing this gap.

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Ex-Post Cost-Effectiveness Analyses of Environmental Policies

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7 November 2006
Copenhagen
Denmark

How can the effectiveness of environmental policies be assessed in retrospect? Have the stated targets of environmental policies been achieved, and if so, was it because of the policies or because of other factors? Have targets been achieved at proportionate costs, or could there have been cheaper options of reaching them? These and other questions on ex-post policy evaluation were discussed at an expert workshop convened by the European Environment Agency and the Environment Agencies of Denmark, the Netherlands and the UK. Benjamin Görlach gave an introduction to cost-effectiveness analysis as an evaluation tool, and presented experiences with ex-post cost-effectiveness analyses of environmental policies in Europe.

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The Future of European Energy Supply – Reflections on the 'Magic Triangle' of Security, Economy, and Climate Protection

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29 October 2006
Berlin
Germany

The seminar on "Energy and Climate Policy for the Future" served to identify the regulatory framework and conditions of energy supply and energy policy that  the industry requires, and to discuss the interaction between energy policy and climate protection.  R. Andreas Kraemer of Ecologic Institute was invited to set the tone for the seminar with an opening dinner lecture, and to add reflections on energy supply security and the security policy implications of energy policy in the European neighbour states.Read more

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The Environmental and Agricultural funding opportunities 2007-2013: their influence on landscape change and sustainable development

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6 October 2006
Stará Lesná
Slovakia

The environment is a cross-cutting theme in the European funding policies. Which are the environmental and agricultural funding opportunities for 2007-2013 and what are the consequences for landscape change and sustainable development? Rainer Müssner in collaboration with Katrina Marsden gave a presentation focusing on these issues at the 14th International Symposium on Problems of Landscape - Ecological Research.

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