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Advancement of Resource Policy

February 2011 to July 2011

The project "Advancement of Resource Policy" develops new communicative approaches for fostering a broad societal debate on resource efficiency. The final report is available for download.

A growing world population, continued economic growth and increases in consumption in developed and developing countries lead to a significant increase of global resource use. This entails massive economic, ecological, social and security implications. Hence, resource efficiency is an economic, ecological and social imperative.

The project "Advancement of Resource Policy" aims at developingRead more

Indicator-based Environmental Reporting

January 2011 to June 2011

Indicators are becoming ever more relevant for environmental reporting, both at the national and at the international level. This project developed recommendations for the focussed and concise communication of environmental information using key indicators and highly aggregated indices. A summary report is now available for download.

In Germany, both the environment barometer and theRead more

Evaluation of the WHO Approach to Estimate the Environmental Burden of Disease

January 2011 to February 2014

The Environmental Burden of Disease is part of the Global Burden of Disease methodology originally developed by the WHO and others. To use EBD estimates in Germany for environmental and health policy prioritisation, it is important to review them and to develop recommendations for adjustments that better reflect the German context. This project will conduct this review and aims to derive specific proposals for adjustments.

The EBD estimates the disease and mortality burden in a population that is attributable to a set of environmental risk factors. ToRead more

Evaluating Economic Policy Instruments for Sustainable Water Management in Europe (EPI-Water)

January 2011 to December 2013

The EPI-Water project aims to assess the effectiveness and the efficiency of Economic Policy Instruments in achieving water policy goals and to identify the preconditions under which they complement or perform better than alternative (e.g., regulatory or voluntary) policy instruments. First project results are available for download.
 

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EPIs have received widespread attention over the last three decades, and have increasingly been implemented to achieve environmental policy objectives. However, whereas EPIs haveRead more

Reindustrialisation of Europe – Cure or curse?

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6 December 2010
Brussels
Belgium

Demographic change will, in the long term, lead to shrinking and ageing populations in Europe. At the same time, younger economies are eying the international markets. Can a European reindustrialisation be successful under these circumstances? Max Grünig Fellow at Ecologic Institute Berlin was searched for an answer to this question at the Committee of the Regions. A full report based on the participant’s presentation can be downloaded.

In the next 50 years, populations will age and shrink in the large majority of European regions. This will have a considerableRead more

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ESDN Workshop on Measuring Welfare in the Context of Sustainable Development "Beyond GDP"

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2 December 2010
Berlin
Germany

The European Sustainable Development Network (ESDN) convened a workshop on "Reforms for Measuring Welfare and Wealth in the Context of Sustainable Development" in Berlin on 2 and 3 December 2010. R. Andreas Kraemer of Ecologic Institute moderated the event discussing "Beyond GDP", which was hosted by the German Federal Ministry of Environment (BMU) and the German Bank for Reconstruction (KfW).

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A Sustainable (individual-) Tourism Concept for Antarctica

December 2010 to May 2011

On behalf of the German Federal Environment Agency Ecologic Institute conducted a study on the impacts of individual tourism in Antarctica. The report "A Sustainable Tourism Concept for Antarctica" sheds light on possible approaches to tourism management and develops a set of recommendations for a sustainable tourism concept in Antarctica.

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Decoupling: Economic Growth – Transport – Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Road transport is the most important driver for increasing greenhouse gas emissions in the European Union and is therefore critical to achieving the EU’s 20% greenhouse gas reduction target in 2020. The objective is to decouple economic growth and the demand for transport with the aim of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. This video (8:36 Min.) visualizes European data on economic growth, transport and greenhouse gas emissions.

Additionally Benjamin Görlach, Senior Fellow at the Ecologic Institute in Berlin, explains in an interview which policy...Read more

The Future of Sustainable Products in the Financial Industry

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8 November 2010
Berlin
Germany

Deutsche Bank holds a series of Stakeholder Dialogues on "Sustainable Products at Deutsche Bank" designed to help Deutsche to understand expectations of external stakeholders and key challenges, and focus product development in response.  R. Andreas Kraemer of Ecologic Institute spoke on "The Future of Sustainable Products in the Financial Industry" at the event on 8 November 2010 in Berlin.Read more

Green Growth - Globalisation and Science

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28 October 2010
Munich
Germany

Leading German daily newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung and the Hypo Verein Bank convened their 9th Expert Forum Mittelstand in Munich (Germany) on 28 October 2010.  The Forum discussed green growth, innovation and competiveness, and the role of small and mid-sized businesses – the German "Mittelstand" – in the wider context.  R. Andreas Kraemer of Ecologic Institute and Klaus Töpfer of IASS Potsdam provided perspectives on science and globalisation.

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