"Ambitious Environmental Policy – The Basis for Sustainable Industrial Development" was the theme of a Side Event at the 14th Session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) in New York. It addressed the relations between business and policy-making, and the role of regulation and dynamics of change in China and Germany. German minister for the environment Sigmar Gabriel opened the event chaired by R. Andreas Kraemer.Read more
The European Commission developed a comprehensive approach to impact assessment, requiring that all likely economic, social and environmental impacts of major Commission proposals are given due consideration. However, not every impact assessment accorded equal treatment to all dimensions of sustainable development. The primary objective of the project is to assess the extent to which environmental impacts are taken into consideration when impact assessments are performed, and to suggest ways in which to improve consideration of environmental impacts within the assessment process.
The Environmental Performance Index (EPI) identifies targets for environmental performance and measures how close each country comes to these goals. Ecologic contributed to the review of data and methods for the EPI, and three experts participated in the international review meeting held on 27-28 October 2005 at the Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy (YCELP). The EPI 2006 has since been published.
In environmental matters, modern society is living at the cost to future generations. This was the main issue discussed at the Young Leaders Congress 2005 „Ecological Generational Justice into the Constitution”, which brought together more than 50 participants from all over Europe and beyond. At the event, Ecologic Fellow Markus Knigge chaired a panel discussion with Karsten Sach, Head of the Division for International Affairs in the German Ministry for the Environment, and Manfred Bergman, Head of the Unit for Evaluation of Transport, Environment and Energy in the European Commission, on where we are in achieving ecological generational justice in Europe.Read more
Since 1999, the European Commission has been undertaking a series of Sustainable Impact Assessments (SIAs) of multilateral and regional trade agreements. On invitation, Markus Knigge presented at the EASY-ECO conference, organised by the Impact Assessment Research Centre in the University of Manchester's School of Environment and Development, a paper on the role of civil society engagement in these assessments. The presentation focused on the objectives of stakeholder consultations, methodologies for participation, the interplay with the negotiation process and the impediments for effective participation of civil society.Read more