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Policy-relevant Findings from the IPCC Special Report on the Ocean and the Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC)

Tue, 10/15/2019 - 08:55
WebinarArcticBiodiversityClimateCoastal + MarineGlobal EnvironmentWaterOn 25 October 2019 the Ecologic Institute is supporting the Federal Environment Agency (UBA) in a webinar on the IPCC Special Report on "The ocean and the cryosphere in a changing climate" (SROCC). The Ecologic Institute, together with the project Partner Climate Analytics, supports the UBA in defining and formulating the core messages of the SROCC published in September 2019.Read more25 October 2019onlineGermany

Smarter, Greener, more Inclusive? – 2019

Mon, 10/14/2019 - 12:19
Book SectionClimateEnergyEUIndicators to Support the Europe 2020 StrategyOn 7 October 2019, Eurostat published its most recent flagship publication "Smarter, greener, more inclusive?". The report assesses the EU's progress in implementing the Europe 2020 strategy. Commissioned by Eurostat, Katharina Umpfenbach and Amely Gundlach of Ecologic Institute edited the chapter on climate change and energy. It discusses progress towards the so-called 20-20-20 targets which aim at cutting EU greenhouse gas emissions, increasing renewable energy supply, and improving energy efficiency. The publication is available for download.Read more

Re-Use Berlin – New Perspectives for Used Goods – Closing Workshop

Thu, 10/10/2019 - 16:32
WorkshopBioeconomyCitiesConsumer PolicyResource Conservation + Circular EconomySustainabilityOn 21 October 2019, the closing workshop of the project “Re-Use Berlin – neue Perspektiven für Gebrauchtwaren” (new perspectives for used goods) takes place from 6 to 9 PM in Berlin’s Urania. Ambassadors of reusing from Berlin present their “stories” and visions, while business, administration and civil society representatives discuss existing approaches and sustainable ideas.Read more21 October 2019BerlinGermany

How to Improve Financial Security in the Context of the Environmental Liability Directive (ELD)?

Thu, 10/10/2019 - 14:38
WorkshopEconomicsEUEvaluationPolicy AssessmentOn 15 October 2019 the experts' workshop within the context of the project "Improving Financial Security in the Context of the Environmental Liability Directive (ELD)" will take place in Brussels. The workshop will first offer an overview of the current situation of financial security for ELD liabilities in the Member States. The project team will then present options for financial security, which will be discussed in a World Café session in the afternoon, thus offering a chance for debate and exchange of ideas.Read more15 October 2019BrusselsBelgium

Dr. Camilla Bausch discusses security implications of climate change at the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP)

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 10:03
Panel discussionAdaptationClimateForeign PolicyPublic DiplomacySecurity PolicyWhile Greta Thunberg was delivering her impassioned speech at the UN Climate Action Summit and during a time in which Germany occupies a seat in the UN Security Council, the Study Group on Strategic Issues of the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) discussed the climate-security nexus. Dr. Camilla Bausch (Ecologic Institute) contributed her insights on the interface between climate and security, how it is addressed in the international climate context and highlighted some policy recommendations.Read more23 September 2019BerlinGermanyDr. Camilla Bausch

Webinar: Policy-relevant findings from the IPCC Special Report on Climate Change and Land (SRCCL)

Mon, 10/07/2019 - 14:15
WebinarAdaptationAgricultureBiodiversityClimateGovernanceLand UseThe IPCC published a special report on 'Climate Change and Land (SRCCL) in August 2019. The report shows that climate change is increasing pressure on land systems. At the same time, however, land systems also play an important role in climate protection, for example through the preservation of ecosystems, more sustainable agriculture and forestry, more climate-friendly diets and the avoidance of food wastage.Read more6 September 2019online Heino von Meyer

Meat of the Future?

Wed, 10/02/2019 - 16:00
WorkshopHealthSustainabilityConsumption levels of meat are high in Germany and increasingly become the subject of controversial public debates around environmental problems, health effects, animal welfare and the climate impact of food and diets. In this context, meat alternatives are discussed as an alternative. At the expert workshop "Meat of the Future" on 17 September in Berlin, it was discussed what role these trends and products (more specifically vegetable substitutes, insects and meat produced in-vitro) can play for sustainable diets which environmental policy options exist for shaping these trends.Read more17 September 2019BerlinGermany

Evaluation Outcome for Measures to Promote EV

Tue, 10/01/2019 - 16:55
InfographicCitiesClimateEnergyMobilityResource Conservation + Circular EconomySustainabilityThis infographic visualises the evaluation results of various measures to promote electric vehicles. It specifies the corresponding measures and illustrates the evaluation criteria. The infographic is licensed under a Creative Commons license CC BY-ND 4.0, i. e. it can be used without any changes, if the author is mentioned.Read more

Meat of the Future

Mon, 09/30/2019 - 09:50
HealthSustainability January 2018 to March 2021The project "Trend Analysis: Meat of the Future" analyses the development trends of meat substitutes, analyses which effects can be expected from a market expansion of meat substitute products and identifies approaches through policy and research to reduce negative environmental impacts. The scope of the trend analysis includes three kind of meat substitutes: plant based substitutes, insects and in-vitro meat.Read more

Bio-based economy – innovations in practice

Sat, 09/28/2019 - 09:45
Panel discussionBioeconomyGovernanceResource Conservation + Circular EconomySustainabilityIn September 2019, the European Commission organised the European Research & Innovation Days to shape the EU's future research and innovation policy. Holger Gerdes, Senior Fellow at Ecologic Institute, had been invited to take part in a panel discussion, which focussed on the challenges and potentials of bio-based products and innovations.Read more26 September 2019BrusselsBelgium Holger Gerdes

Microplastics in the Water Cycle (MiWA) – Final conference

Thu, 09/26/2019 - 15:32
ConferenceCoastal + MarineEconomicsSustainabilityWaterOn 10 September 2019, the final conference of the project "Mikroplastik im Wasserkreislauf" (Microplastics in the Water Cycle, MaWi for short) took place in Karlsruhe. The project results were presented and discussed at the event. A poster exhibition was also organized as part of the conference. Some of the posters are available on the event website.Read more9 September 2019 to 10 September 2019KarlsruheGermany

The Evolving Role of Cities as Non-state Actors in the International Climate Regime

Thu, 09/26/2019 - 12:28
Book SectionCitiesClimateGovernanceIn light of concerns about the inability of national governments to agree on and achieve sufficient emissions reductions, cities and transnational city networks are often seen as actors that could fill that gap. While hardly anyone would argue against the importance of cities and local governments in the implementation of climate policies, what remains contested is their role in the international climate regime. This analysis by Ecologic Institute's Linda Mederake, Ewa Iwaszuk, and Doris Knoblauch uncovers how the activities of cities and transnational city networks, which have been evolving over the years, have gradually broadened the international climate regime, even though cities are not subjects of international law. The analysis is available for download.Read more

Climate Protection and Artificial Intelligence – How can AI help us reach the Paris Agreement?

Wed, 09/25/2019 - 09:14
ChairingClimateDigitalizationClimate change and artificial intelligence (AI) are two intensely debated topics, but mostly treated by separate communities. While climate change is one of the most urgent and pressing challenges the world is facing, AI is creating new opportunities for all sectors, including science. On the occasion of European Climate Diplomacy Week 2019, the German Federal Foreign Office, the British Embassy in Germany and the French Embassy in Germany would like to discuss the conceivable potentials and synergies. Ecologic Institute's Matthias Duwe moderates the discussion.Read more25 September 2019BerlinGermanyMatthias Duwe

Climate Change, Soil and Agriculture: Where do we stand and what we can do

Tue, 09/24/2019 - 11:51
DiscussionAgricultureClimateSoilA presentation by Sophie Ittner on key messages of the latest Special Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on the current state of land systems and future risks of climate change. Important recommendations for action for society and politics are summarized and discussed. Participation is free of charge.Read more24 September 2019BerlinGermany Sophie Ittner

Plastic Regulation – Who is responsible?

Tue, 09/24/2019 - 10:01
WorkshopConsumer PolicyGovernanceResource Conservation + Circular EconomyWaterThere are numerous regulatory approaches for handling plastic products and plastic waste in various areas such as waste and recycling policy, marine protection or chemicals policy. During the workshop, Linda Mederake gave an insight into existing plastic regulations and initiatives at the international, European and national levels to reduce the amount of plastics entering the environment. She critically discussed what stages in the life cycle of plastics are targeted by political solutions and she also highlighted regulatory gaps.Read more7 September 2019BerlinGermany Linda Mederake


Fri, 09/20/2019 - 11:19
ClimateGlobal EnvironmentToday, 20 September 2019, people around the world are demonstrating for a rapid policy change to protect the climate and for a future worth living. The Ecologic Institute is on the road together with the Ecornet Institutes and the Scientists for Future in Berlin, Munich and Frankfurt am Main.

Von unkonventionellen Ideen und spannenden Menschen

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 18:44
AudioKnowledge for Future – The Environment PodcastClimateEconomicsResource Conservation + Circular EconomySustainability1st episode of "Knowledge for Future – Der Umweltpodcast"Sustainable management and climate protection policy – these are the topics of the new podcast series "Knowledge for future". We will present people and ideas that set an example in making the economy more sustainable. It will also focus on current developments in climate protection policy. The podcast series is a collaboration between Ecologic Institute and and is presented in this teaser.Read more

Potential of Other Legal Areas to Achieve the Objectives of the Water Framework Directive

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 11:50
AgricultureBiodiversityEnvironmental LawWaterEcologic Legal February 2019 to June 2020Ecologic Institute prepares a study for the German Environment Agency by the beginning of 2020, identifying legal norms beyond water law that can contribute more strongly to effective implementation of the Water Framework Directive (WFD). The study is funded under the Environmental Research Plan.Read more