Ecologic Newsletter No 156 – September 2015
- Sustainable Development in the European Union – 2015 Eurostat Monitoring Report
- Streamlining Planning and Reporting Requirements in the EU Energy Union Framework – Publication
- Overview of Costs and Benefits of Adaptation at the National and Regional Scale – Publication
- European Freshwater Ecosystem Assessment – Publication
- Submissions to UNCTAD on International Investment Regime – Publications
- Climate and Energy Matters in Trade Agreements: Options for TTIP – Discussion
- Environmental Research = Social Sciences + Humanities + Environmental Science – Presentation
- Accelerating the Transition to a Green Economy in Europe – Final NETGREEN Conference
- EU Project REFRESH Kicks-off of Take Action Against Food Waste – News
- We will be Celebrating Ecologic Institute's 20th Anniversary – News
The Eurostat monitoring report examines how well the EU and its member states adapt the Europe 2020 strategy. As part of a consortium with the Vienna University of Economics and Business, INFRAS and the Haymarket Media Group, Ecologic Institute played an integral role in compiling the 2015 Eurostat monitoring report. The report is available for download.
The EU is currently discussing two overlapping policy frameworks: The Climate and Energy Framework for 2020 to 2030 and the Energy Union strategy. As a key element of the reformed system, the EU intends to reduce administrative burden for member states by streamlining planning and reporting requirements. As a contribution to this debate, a new Ecologic Institute study assesses risks and opportunities of four concrete options. The study is available for download.
The published OECD-report "Climate Change Risks and Adaptation: Linking Policy and Economics" sets out how the latest economic evidence and tools can enable better policy making for adaptation. Scientists from Ecologic Institute contributed to the chapter on the costs and benefits of adaptation on the national and regional scale.
This report explores the possibility of linking Water Framework Directive (WFD) and Habitats Directive (HD) information by using WISE WFD information on types, ecological status, pressures and measures (EEA, 2012) and HD information on habitat types, conservation status and threats (EC, 2007). Among the authors are Ecologic Institute's Eleftheria Kampa and Ulf Stein. The report is available for download.
As a contribution to the ongoing discussion on the reform of the international investment regime, members of the Ecologic legal team submitted two briefs to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). UNCTAD is a UN organisation dealing with developing countries and their role in international trade and investment. Both briefs are available for download.
Several recent regional trade agreements (RTAs) include provisions on clean energy and on climate action. They may take the form of concrete commitments of reductions of tariffs or non-tariff barriers, or of commitments on institutional collaboration. Many RTAs also contain institutional provisions which are also of relevance to the implementation of existing environmental, including climate-related, commitments. As such, they constitute important opportunities for trade policy to contribute concretely and positively to a scale-up of clean energy and foster climate action. On 1 October 2015, Ecologic Institute's Christiane Gerstetter, will hold a panel on this topic as part of the annual Public Forum of the WTO. Please register via the event website.
Between 1 and 3 September 2015, experts from eleven countries in Europe, North and South America met at São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) in São Paulo (Brazil) to discuss how the interactions between social science and humanities (SSH) and environmental science (ES) researchers are opening new pathways to transformative research in the environment, providing innovative solutions to global problems. Dr. Grit Martinez participated in the event by invitation from the German Ministry of Research and Education (BMBF). The presentation slides are available for download.
On 15 October 2015, the final conference of the Network for Green Economy Indicators (NETGREEN) project, which is led by Ecologic Institute, will take place. There, national and regional green economy strategies, including best practices, will be discussed. Furthermore, the "measuring-progress.eu" web tool, the final output of the NETGREEN project which makes green economy indicators accessible, will be presented. Registration is open and the event is free of charge.
Around 100 million tonnes of food are wasted annually in the EU. The food resources being lost and wasted in Europe would be enough to feed all the hungry people in the world two times over. Ecologic Institute is among the 26 partners taking action against food waste as part of the EU Horizon 2020 funded project REFRESH (2015-2019). News from REFRESH will be presented through various online channels.
On 13 October 2015, Ecologic Institute in Berlin is celebrating 20 years of successful environmental research and policy consulting. On the occasion of our anniversary, many exciting contributions about science, politics and culture will be presented. We would be delighted if you would celebrate with us! You will find the programme and more information online.
Publisher: Ecologic Institute, Pfalzburger Str. 43/44, 10717 Berlin
Person in charge: Dr. Camilla Bausch, Ecologic Institut, Pfalzburger Str. 43/44, 10717 Berlin