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Fostering Resource Security and Sustainable Development through improved monitoring of the Physical Economy

Mon, 08/19/2019 - 14:55
Policy BriefGlobal EnvironmentIndicatorsResource Conservation + Circular EconomyTradeMinFuture Policy Brief (D6.4.1)The MinFuture project developed a framework aimed at providing guidance on how to perform more systematic monitoring of the physical economy, as well as steps helping to implement such a system. The MinFuture Policy Brief is available for download.Read more

Increasing Security of Supply and Competitiveness Through Monitoring of the Physical Economy in Companies and Along Supply Chains

Mon, 08/19/2019 - 14:00
Policy BriefGlobal EnvironmentIndicatorsResource Conservation + Circular EconomyTradeMinFuture Business Brief (D6.4.2)The MinFuture project has developed a framework aimed at providing guidance on how to perform a more systematic physical accounting, as well as steps to help implement such a system. The MinFuture Business Brief is available for download.Read more

Let's Say It in Their Own Words

Mon, 08/19/2019 - 08:32
ArticleAdaptationClimateCultural EcologyIn this article, Dr. Grit Martinez ist concerned with the role of culture and history in relation to local knowledge and values, as these are displayed in the interpretations and actions of distinct groups regarding climate change. She argues that it makes sense to communicate the climate in a manner appropriate to the given cultural-historical context and imaginary and to the relevant semiotic and material views of the people in it. The article is available for download.Read more

Stärkung der Kreislaufführung von mineralischen Baustoffen mittels freiwilliger Selbstverpflichtung

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 16:25
ReportResource Conservation + Circular EconomyAkteursperspektiven auf Bedarfe und OptionenHow can the recycling of construction materials in Germany be further expanded and professionalised? What needs to be changed so that more high-quality recycled construction materials can be used, especially in high-rise construction? The stakeholder analysis by Ecologic's Mandy Hinzmann, Ariel Araujo Sosa and Martin Hirschnitz-Garbers focuses on these questions. Based on interviews with actors in the construction industry, concrete proposals for measures will be presented.Read more

Financing a Sustainable European Economy. Taxonomy

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 09:18
ReportAgricultureEUFinanceIndicatorsSustainabilityTechnical ReportIn this study Ecologic Institute and partners are supporting the EU Technical Expert Group on Sustainable Finance (TEG) sub-group on taxonomy in developing the agriculture subset of the Taxonomy in relation to climate mitigation objectives and extend its understanding in the area of agriculture. The study is available for download.Read more

Internet Platform Marine Litter

Mon, 08/12/2019 - 12:05
Coastal + MarineResource Conservation + Circular Economy April 2019 to December 2021Since 2017, the Federal Environment Agency (UBA) has been operating the Internet platform marine litter at The main objective of the platform is to provide organisational support for the German Roundtable on Marine Litter and its working groups, in particular by providing a password-protected member area. In addition, the public part of the platform serves public relations work and the bundling of information on marine litter. In this project the Ecologic Institute is responsible for the further development, relaunch, operation, technical maintenance and hosting of the internet platform. Ecologic Institute is creating and implementing a development guide on structural and functional changes for the internet platform.Read more

Hands-on the Future of Energy with the EFEX Study Tour 2019

Thu, 08/08/2019 - 14:18
Visitors ProgramEnergyMobilityFrom 22 to 28 September 2019, the Energy Future Exchange (EFEX) Program invites civil society leaders from the EU and US to join the EFEX Study Tour and experience the Future of Energy.Read more22 September 2019 to 28 September 2019Brussels, Antwerp, Rotterdam, Amsterdam | BelgiumNetherlands

Ein europäisches Klimaschutzgesetz

Thu, 08/08/2019 - 10:08
ArticleClimateEnvironmental LawEUGovernanceEcologic LegalThe new President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, has promised a European climate law. What it should look like describe Nils Meyer-Ohlendorf and Katharina Umpfenbach in the Tagesspiegel. The law should close five gaps.Read more

NaWiKo Change Agents

Wed, 08/07/2019 - 12:01
ArticleAgricultureSustainabilitySocietal transformations are often initiated by individuals. This also applies to the sustainable economy issue: There are particularly committed people behind many smaller and larger developments that have been set in motion in recent years. Some of these "change agents" who were involved in projects of the "Scientific coordination of research projects on a sustainable economy" (NaWiKo) have been presented as part of the project's dissemination work.Read more

Capacity Building in Emissions Trading to Support Bilateral Cooperation

Wed, 08/07/2019 - 10:35
ClimateEconomicsEducationEnergyEU January 2018 to December 2020The aim of this project is to promote the international dissemination of knowledge about emissions trading systems, to provide practical experience from Europe and Germany and to support countries in setting up a national emissions trading system. Hence, existing teaching materials on emissions trading will be updated and expanded, new teaching modules on other topics will be developed, and network meetings, workshops and information events (e.g. side events, trade fairs) with experts will be held. In addition, foreign governments and government-related institutions will be supported on special topics by practical assignments of experts at home and abroad. The experience gained in Germany and the EU, relevant knowledge and "good practice" can thus be passed on to interested countries.Read more

What is the Use of a Climate Change Act at Federal State's Level?

Tue, 08/06/2019 - 10:25
ClimateEnvironmental LawGovernanceEcologic LegalIn a broadcast on Bayerische Rundfunk on 30 July 2019, Dr. Stephan Sina, Senior Fellow at Ecologic Institute, expressed his views on the core elements and added value of climate change acts at federal state's level. The broadcast aired on the occasion of the meeting of the Bavarian Climate Cabinet on climate protection in Bavaria. Stephan Sina co-authored a study on climate change acts at federal state's level with Dr. Heidi Stockhaus for WWF Germany, which was mentioned in the broadcast.

Sustainable Urban Transport Systems: Innovations from Antwerp

Wed, 07/31/2019 - 08:40
WebinarMobilitySustainabilityIn this EFEX webinar Marijke de Roeck, lead project coordinator of the CIVITAS Portis initiative and Katia Kishchenko, local dissemination manager, will discuss sustainable mobility in the city of Antwerp, Belgium. Their presentation will touch on the importance of improving cooperation between relevant bodies – in the case of Antwerp, the port and municipal authorities – as well as the city’s growing experience with shared mobility services. They will also discuss major findings of the CIVITAS Portis project regarding transport choices and behavioral change. The webinar will be moderated by Matthias Duwe, Head Climate at Ecologic Institute.Read more8 August 2019onlineMarijke de RoeckKatia KishchenkoMatthias Duwe

Sustainable Development in the European Union – 2019 Overview

Mon, 07/29/2019 - 13:47
ReportClimateEnergyEUIndicatorsInternational DevelopmentSustainabilityWaterOverview of Progress Towards the SDGs in an EU ContextThis brochure is a 'light' version of Eurostat's publication 'Sustainable development in the European Union – 2019 monitoring report on progress towards the SDGs in an EU context', conveying its main messages in a visual and concise way. The brochure provides an updated snapshot of the current situation concerning 100 indicators related to the 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs). It thus provides a snapshot of the key trends related to sustainable development in the European Union. Ecologic Institute's authors covered the chapters on SDG 2 (Zero Hunger), SDG 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation), SDG 7 (Affordable and Clean Energy), SDG 13 (Climate Action), SDG 14 (Life Below Water), SDG 15 (Life on Land) SDG 17 (Partnerships for the Goals). The publication is available for download.Read more

Sustainable Development in the European Union – 2019

Mon, 07/29/2019 - 12:02
BookEUSustainabilityMonitoring report on progress towards the SDGs in an EU contextThis publication is the third of Eurostat's regular reports monitoring progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in an EU context. The monitoring report provides a statistical presentation of trends relating to the SDGs in the EU over the past five years ('short-term') and, when sufficient data is available, over the past 15 years ('long-term'). Ecologic Institute's authors covered the chapters on SDG2 (Zero Hunger), SDG 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation), SDG 7 (Affordable and Clean Energy), SDG 13 (Climate Action), SDG 14 (Life Below Water), SDG 15 (Life on Land) and SDG 17 (Partnerships for the Goals). The publication is available for download.Read more

Development of an Assessment Framework on Environmental Governance in the EU Member States

Mon, 07/29/2019 - 11:02
ReportEUGovernanceThis report arises from the European Commission's Environmental Implementation Review process, a biennial assessment of Member State performance on implementation of EU environmental law and policy. It addresses an issue identified in the 2017 review as a root cause of implementation weaknesses; poor environmental governance. The authors from IEEP, Ecologic Institute and the Central European University outline the development of, and the rationale for, a standard assessment template, the Environmental Governance Assessment (EGA). Read more

Optimal soil management to ensure yield capacity - 2. Workshop to gather perspectives on measures to upgrade the subsoil

Thu, 07/25/2019 - 13:23

In June 2019, the stakeholder workshop " Optimal soil management to ensure yield capacity & acceptance analysis of measures to upgrade the subsoil" of the BMBF-funded BonaRes project "Soil³ - Sustainable Subsoil Management" took place in Moltzow (Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania). This workshop is part of a series of workshops with the aim to discuss and gather the prevailing opinions on subsoil...Read more

18 June 2019MoltzowGermany

Floodplains and River Development as Future Tasks for Departmental Research – Future Workshop 2019

Wed, 07/24/2019 - 10:57
WorkshopBiodiversitySustainabilityWaterThe Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) introduced the instrument of future workshops in 2015 in order to determine and discuss medium- and long-term research needs in selected topic areas on an annual basis. The main target is the exchange between research institutions, operators and users of research results with the specialist departments of the BfN.Read more13 June 2019 to 14 June 2019BonnGermany

Co-Design of economic assessment of climate change impacts – Presentations at European Climate Change Adaptation Conference (ECCA) 2019

Mon, 07/22/2019 - 15:13

Ecologic Institute researchers presented interim results of the project: CO-designing the Assessment of Climate Change Costs (COACCH) at the European Climate Change Adaptation Conference (ECCA) 2019 in Lisbon, Portugal. The presentations covered first experiences from the COACCH Co-Design process, as well as a recently prepared synthesis of Economic costs of climate change and adaptation in Europe.

Katriona McGlade presented an overview of the ongoing COACCH innovative co-design process to deliver research, with the aim of generating more useable knowledge for decision makers. SinceRead more

27 May 2019 to 31 May 2019LisbonPortugal Katriona McGladeJenny Tröltzsch

61th Cairo Climate Talks: The role of social media in communicating climate change

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 15:37
SpeechClimateDemocracyDigitalizationEducationEnvironmental journalism has always been a cross-cutting topic. There are journalists in many countries who specialise in environmental topics. However, environmental topics mostly do not have their own department at media outlets. Hence, publishing such media pieces often highly depends on current political processes and above all on current, public discussions. Marius Hasenheit discussed the role of media, especially social media, in communicating environmental issues in Egypt, at the 61st Cairo Climate Talks. He is a researcher at Ecologic Institute, editor of a print magazine and freelance journalist.Read more25 June 2019CairoEgypt Marius Hasenheit