The dialogue will take place on 21 November 2023 in Warnemünde (Germany) about the topic of "Protecting estuaries and oceans in a changing climate: a challenge for stakeholders". The aim of the expert dialogue is to initiate a discussion and develop recommendations for action for climate adaptation measures and the protection of the seas, coasts and estuaries. A special focus will be placed on sources of pollution.
How can water bodies become more resilient in the face of increasing droughts and heavy rainfall events? Which adaptation measures can be combined well and which are in conflict with each other? What is the potential of selected measures and how likely is their implementation in specific future scenarios?
The workshop is part of a research project of Ecologic Institute and the German Institute of Development and Sustainability, funded by the German Environment Agency. They assess existing literature as well as about 80 globally representative Free Trade Agreements, combining the TREND database with a qualitative analysis of their provisions. The workshop will present and discuss their preliminary findings and open questions.
What models currently exist to promote photovoltaic systems on multi-unit buildings, and how can the regulatory framework be improved to further accelerate expansion? On 25 April 2023, three different models for the generation and use of PV electricity for multi-party buildings were presented in keynote speeches and then discussed with the expert audience.
On 21 March 2023, the STErn project team discussed the recommendations for action of the STErn project with around 40 experts from politics, administration, science and practice. The event was opened by Matthias Koller (Federal Environment Agency) and Dr. Margareta Büning-Fesel (Federal Agency for Nutrition). The recommendations for action of the STErn project were explained, discussed and supplemented in small groups.
From 13 to 15 December (1 – 4pm CET), the International Carbon Action Partnership (ICAP) convened a three-day workshop on monitoring, reporting, verification of emissions and the accreditation of verifiers (MRVA) in emissions trading systems (ETS). Participation in the online workshop was open to anyone with an interest in, or professional link to, climate policy and the implementation of MRVA systems for carbon pricing mechanisms. Over 100 participants attended the event from across the globe.
The online workshop on 28 November 2022 dealt with three political approaches to promote plant-based diets in Germany. Around 30 experts discussed the three approaches in the five-hour workshop: The institutionalisation through a federal programme and a foundation, urban and spatial planning, and vocational education and training.
Representatives from EU institutions and experts from 10 EU Member States discussed the Conference on the Future of Europe (CFE), and its impacts on EU climate and energy policies. Participants also discussed whether citizens' panels should become a standard feature of EU decision-making. The event concluded the project "The Future of the EU – Make Climate Action its Trademark", funded by the European Climate Initiative (EUKI).
Nature-based Solutions (NBS) for EU cities and regions represent an integral part of the EU's transition to achieving climate neutrality. In this panel, moderated by Ecologic Institute's McKenna Davis, experts discussed effective, just and inclusive strategies to design, implement and manage NBS, while engaging under-represented or marginalised stakeholders. The event was part of the European Week of Regions and Cities.
It's that time again: From 15 September to 15 November 2022, youths between the ages of 10 and 16 are being called upon to take part in the "Plastic Pirates – Go Europe!" campaign along with their teachers or group leaders. The aim is for participants to deal with the issue of plastic waste in the environment – especially in and around rivers. The accompanying teaching and working materials, as well as the booklet, guide the participants through the campaign and can be ordered free of charge by teachers or group leaders on the campaign website.
On 4 July 2022, around 30 experts discussed political strategies for a regionalization of the food system, achieving as many positive sustainability effects as possible and avoiding negative impacts. The discussion was based on an input paper by the project team, the core statements of which were presented in two short presentations by the main author, Gerolf Hanke (Oeko-Institut).
On the afternoons of 29 and 30 June 2022, a two-part online workshop was held as part of the project "Information and teaching materials for an environmentally conscious use of human pharmaceuticals". The workshop was titled "Embedding the topic 'Pharmaceuticals in the Environment' in pharmaceutical and medical university teaching as well as in continuing education and professional training", and discussed with stakeholders different approaches to foster the uptake of this topic in teaching curricula.
The two-day workshop, funded under the BMUV's Environmental Research Plan, took place on 30 and 31 May 2022 at the Federal Environment Agency in Dessau (Germany) and was dedicated to the topic of "Technical-Hydraulic Assessment of Fish Protection and Downstream Migration at Hydropower Plants".