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India's Draft Uniform EPR Framework Misses the Uniformity it Promised to Bring

Mon, 07/06/2020 - 16:42
DocumentInternational DevelopmentPlasticsResource Conservation + Circular EconomyThis commentary contributes to the discussion on the recently released Draft Guidelines on Uniform Framework for Extended Producers Responsibility (EPR) by India's Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change. The authors argue that the draft guidelines fall short of fulfilling its purpose for three reasons – a) modalities proposed are not in line with generally accepted principles on which successful EPR systems across the world are based, b) lacks the implementation-level detailing of some critical provisions, and c) failure to layout a vision on how the regulation can meet its objective of robust plastic waste management and circular economy in long run, beyond the mere compliance. Basing their recommendations on learnings from experiences of developed countries with mature EPR ecosystems and contextualizing the same for ground realities of India, authors provide a 6-point agenda to address the issues raised.Read more

Improving International Soil Governance

Mon, 07/06/2020 - 09:26
ReportEnvironmental LawGovernanceSoilEcologic LegalAnalysis and recommendationsThis research report by Ecologic Institute identifies ways in which Germany can improve international soil governance in the short, medium and long term. It begins with an inventory of existing international instruments and institutions relevant to soil governance at the international level. It assesses the actual and potential steering effects of international treaties such as the Convention to Combat Desertification, the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the climate regime as well as regional agreements. It also analyses the activities of FAO, UNEP, IPBES and the activities of the IPCC.Read more

Climate Protection and Resource Conservation

Thu, 07/02/2020 - 15:16
ReportClimateResource Conservation + Circular EconomyAnalysing the climate-resources nexus and interactions between international policy measuresAs part of the ICARE-project (Interactions between international measures for Climate Action and Resource Efficiency), the present study aimed to investigate key findings on the climate-resource-nexus from literature and identify international measures for climate protection and resource conservation. The study then analysed these measures as regards (i.) possible interactions (synergies and trade-offs) between them and (ii.) their potential relevance and fit for different world regions.Read more

More Quality of Life, Less Environmental Usage – Development of user-oriented sufficiency policy project drafts in the Environment Department

Thu, 07/02/2020 - 11:52
AdaptationConsumer PolicyCultural EcologyGovernanceMainstreamingResource Conservation + Circular EconomySustainability April 2020 to September 2020The conviction of an everlasting economic growth is increasingly pushing our planet to its ecological limits. Life within these limits would be possible if sustainable consumption patterns were to become firmly established in our society. The policy of sufficiency can make a beneficial contribution to this. It aims to reshape the political, economic and social framework conditions in such a way that consumers are induced to demand sustainable products and services and voluntarily resign from excessive consumption. Against this background, the Institut für zukunftsfähige Ökonomien (ZOE), the Institut für Partizipatives Gestalten (IPG), Ecologic Institute, and R. Andreas Kraemer develop sufficiency policy project drafts that are closely aligned with the needs and requirements of the respective specialist units at the Federal Environment Agency (UBA) and the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU). Read more

Joint Implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement

Mon, 06/29/2020 - 10:55
AdaptationClimateGovernanceIndicatorsInternational DevelopmentPolicy Assessment May 2020 to January 2022How to link the goals of the Agenda 2030, the Paris Convention, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Reduction and climate adaptation policies? The project examines synergies and challenges in the joint implementation of these processes. To this end, several papers, among others on "sustainable adaptation pathways", are prepared. These present factors for successful implementation, examples of good practice and short country studies. The results are discussed with the expert audience at a seminar and a side event of the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) at the United Nations in New York.Read more

Creating Green Cities – NATURVATION Podcast

Fri, 06/26/2020 - 11:07
AdaptationCitiesClimateIm Podcast Creating Green Cities geht es um naturbasierte Lösungen im städtischen Raum. Innovative Change Maker aus ganz Europa erklären uns, wie sie ihre Städte mit Leidenschaft und Kreativität ein bisschen grüner machen. Wir sprechen mit Gästen aus Barcelona, Budapest, Malmö und Utrecht, um herauszufinden, warum grüne Dächer so "cool" sind, welche besondere Bedeutung eigentlich den Bäumen in einer Stadt zukommt und warum das Betreiben eines Gemeinschaftsgartens viele Herausforderungen mit sich bringen kann.

Bringing Nature Back into Cities

Thu, 06/25/2020 - 15:12
AudioCreating Green CitiesAdaptationCitiesClimate1st Episode of the podcast "Creating Green Cities"Green roofs make buildings cool. Literally. As cities deal with the impacts of climate change, green roofs can offer solutions and help with rainwater management, insulation and cooling, amongst other benefits. No matter the weather, installing a green roof also benefits biodiversity and can transform inaccessible, unused areas into inspiring communal green spaces in the middle of densely built urban centres.Read more

Food and Climate Protection

Wed, 06/24/2020 - 13:51
SpeechAgricultureBiodiversityClimateFoodHealthLand UseSustainability

With more than 1500 participants in the live stream and via YouTube, the online webinar "Saving the climate with knife and fork? How our eating habits affect the environment" on 18 May 2020 was a complete success. Together, Tanja Dräger de Teran (WWF) and Stephanie Wunder (Ecologic Institute), highlighted the links between daily nutritional routines and their impact on climate, land use and health.

The event was organized in cooperation with the German Adult Education Association ("Volkshochschulen") and part of theRead more

18 May 2020Germany Stephanie Wunder

The Future of Meat: From Trend Analysis to Policy Action

Wed, 06/24/2020 - 13:31
SpeechConsumer PolicyFoodLand UseIn order to overcome the negative effects of conventional meat consumption, many alternatives are emerging that could offer solutions. But is that really the case? In the webinar "The future of meat: from trend analysis to policy action" Stephanie Wunder, Senior Fellow at the Ecologic Institute and Sylvia Veenhoff from the German Federal Environment Agency (UBA) presented and discussed the results of a trend study commissioned by the UBA describing three core trends: artificial meat, plant-based meat and insect food. Read more13 May 2020BerlinGermany Stephanie Wunder

Turning Points for the Ambition of European Climate Targets

Mon, 06/22/2020 - 16:31
ReportClimateGetting granular on the process and identifiying cornerstones for discussionA new paper by Öko-Institute and Ecologic Institute contributes to the upcoming discussion on the EU climate target for 2030 and the accompanying review of central policy instruments and governance structure. A successful implementation of a climate-neutrality trajectory in line with the Paris Agreement will be crucial for the development of reduction efforts and emission pathways in the EU and its Member States. The paper highlights interlinkages between relevant processes at the European level and those under the Paris Agreement. An overview diagram visualizes the current timeline of these processes and helps to identify critical moments and windows of opportunity in the next few years, for raising EU ambition. Another figure helps to understand the key levers of the target setting.Read more

The Failed Europeanisation of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS)

Tue, 06/16/2020 - 14:28
ThesisEnergyEUPolicy AssessmentA Comparative Analysis of the Impact of Domestic Factors on Six CCS Demonstration Projects

This paper aims to explain to the failure of six carbon capture and storage (CCS) demonstration projects installed at coal power plants within the European Union. The projects were funded across six different members with varying suitability to coal-based CCS, which raises the question of whether common domestic factors can be identified that explain the failure of all projects. The perspective of Europeanisation is adopted to examine this question.

While coal is decreasingly relevant in the European context, it continues to be used as a fuel source in the Global South. Analysing...Read more

Europe's Economic Recovery – Climate Neutral, Fair and Innovative

Tue, 06/02/2020 - 08:23
DocumentEconomicsFinanceThe Corona crisis offers three important lessons for climate policies and Europe's economic recovery. First, systemic shocks – like the Corona pandemic or climate change – affect the foundations of modern societies. Second, resiliency, preparedness and time are existential factors in addressing systemic crises. Third, the world’s economic recovery must help build efficient, innovative and climate neutral economies. In turn, calls to delay climate policies draw the wrong lessons from the current crisis and undermine Europe's economic recovery. All countries, including the EU, must accelerate their emission reductions drastically.Read more

Launch of the EU4Ocean Coalition on Ocean Literacy

Thu, 05/28/2020 - 16:27
WebinarCoastal + MarineEUOn 8 June 2020, the first Virtual Ocean Literacy Summit will be organised on the occasion of the World Oceans Day. There is no better chance to celebrate the creation of the "EU4Ocean" coalition and its dedication to ocean literacy, together with Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, Virginijus Sinkevičius, and IOC-UNESCO. Because of the circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will meet virtually to officially announce and celebrate this launch and share ideas and perspective for the protection of our blue planet. Read more8 June 2020online

The EU Farm to Fork Strategy: What needs to come next?

Wed, 05/27/2020 - 07:51
DocumentAgricultureFoodA first assessment of important steps for an ambitious implementation of the EU Farm to Fork StrategyOn 20 May 2020, the European Commission launched its Farm to Fork Strategy. The strategy is a first attempt to define long-term objectives for a healthy, just and sustainable EU food system that addresses both food production and consumption. The strategy is part of the EU Green Deal and was published against the background of the Corona crisis that has critically highlighted the dependence of the EU food system on global supply chains and the need to increase resilience against shocks. The Ecologic Institute's initial assessment highlights five important steps for an ambitious implementation of the EU Farm to Fork Strategy – on EU, national and regional level.Read more

Towards an Ambitious Environmental Policy in Germany and Europe – Dr. Camilla Bausch in Discussion with Prof. Dr. Christian Calliess at the Launch of the SRU Environmental Report

Tue, 05/26/2020 - 16:27
Panel discussionClimateEUGovernanceResource Conservation + Circular EconomySustainabilityThe current global pandemic presents both risks and opportunities for the transition to a more sustainable future in Europe. At the launch event for the newest report of the German Advisory Council on the Environment (SRU), Dr. Camilla Bausch discussed the importance of the European Green Deal at this moment of crisis with Prof. Dr. Christian Calliess.Read more14 May 2020BerlinGermanySvenja SchulzeProf. Christian CalliessProf. Claudia HornbergProf. Wolfgang LuchtProf. Vera Susanne RotterProf. Manfred NiekischProf. Claudia KemfertProf. Lamia Messari-BeckerDr. Camilla Bausch

Sustainable Plant Protection Transition: A global health approach (SPRINT)

Tue, 05/26/2020 - 15:36
H2020AgricultureHealth September 2020 to August 2025The Farm to Fork Strategy, launched on 20 May 2020, aims to improve the sustainability of EU food and farming systems, thus also increasing their resilience to crises such as Covid-19. A key element of the strategy are quantified EU pesticide reduction targets: to reduce the overall use and risk of chemical pesticides by 50% and the use of more hazardous pesticides by 50% by 2030. Moreover, goals are set for at least 25% of EU agricultural land to be under organic farming management by 2030, that no chemical pesticides be used in sensitive areas such as EU urban green areas, and the decline of pollinators be reversed. Read more

Europe’s Recovery Plans Must Pass Five Sustainability Tests

Tue, 05/26/2020 - 14:05
ArticleBioeconomyEconomicsEUPolicy AssessmentSustainability

Faced with the COVID-19 crisis, there is great temptation for recovery plans to prop up yesterday’s economy. Instead, recovery plans and any economic stimulus must “build back better” and contribute to a resilient and sustainable future. In an EURACTIV op-ed, the directors of five leading think tanks and founders of the new Think Sustainable Europe network argue that any stimulus must be informed by science, strengthen resilience as well as solidarity, support the transformation towards low-carbon, sustainable...Read more

Think Sustainable Europe: new think tank network launched

Tue, 05/26/2020 - 13:19
BioeconomyEconomicsEUInternational DevelopmentPolicy AssessmentResource Conservation + Circular EconomySustainabilityFacing fundamental challenges like climate change and biodiversity loss, Europe needs to accelerate the speed and ambition of action and policies. These policies and action need to be informed by science. To this end, leading sustainability think tanks joined together to form Think Sustainable Europe, a network dedicated to providing policymakers across the continent with sound analysis and recommendations.

Introducing our New Senior Policy Advisors

Tue, 05/26/2020 - 08:10
Ecologic Institute has the pleasure of introducing our three newest Senior Policy Advisors. These exemplary individuals bring with them a wealth of national and international expertise as well as a prominent and diverse portfolio of experience. We are delighted to have them onboard to strengthen our work and thinking with respect to research with impact and innovative education.

Ecologic Institute Response to the Corona Virus Pandemic 2019-2021

Mon, 05/25/2020 - 12:42
ArticleDemocracyHealthThe global community of think tank leaders is coming together for assistance and learning during the corona virus pandemic. R. Andreas Kraemer, Founder of Ecologic Institute, summarizes operational experience and focuses on the changing agenda for think tanks in these times of corona. The blog entry is part of a growing collection curated by the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) of the University of Pennsylvania. Read more