Ecologic Newsletter No 176 – May 2017
- The UN Ocean Conference – June 2017 – Publication
- Sustainable Ocean Economy, Innovation and Growth – Publication
- Science Sips on Marine Biodiviersity – Event
- Coastal Risk Management Strategy for European Coasts – News
- Energy Transition as a European Project – Publication
- Fighting Environmental Crime in Europe and Beyond – Publication
- Creating Networks for the Transition to a Bio-based and Circular Economy – Webinar
- ICAP Training Course on Emissions Trading in Bangkok – Event
- Ecologic Institute at the Ontario Cap-and-trade Forum – Presentation
- Ecologic Institute is Looking to Hire – Job Opportunities
Ecologic Institute published a briefing for the ENVI Committee of the European Parliament to guide their participation in the upcoming UN Ocean Conference to be held June 2017 in New York City. The brief provides a short overview of the UN 2030 Agenda and specifically, Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development (SDG 14). The brief identifies key issues and the position of main stakeholders. In a final section, several recommendations to guide EU participation are provided. The briefing is available for download.
"The Ocean Economy is Unsustainable and Needs Much Better Governance," and the G20 must act. This T20 Policy Brief sends a loud exhortation to the leaders meeting in the G20 Summit in Hamburg in July 2017. T20 or "Think 20" is a network of think tanks in the G20 countries, and 23 experts in 13 think tanks in 8 countries contributed to this policy brief. Ecologic Institute founder R. Andreas Kraemer, Senior Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), led the drafting, and Benjamin Boteler, Ina Krüger, and Grit Martinez of Ecologic Institute contributed. The policy brief is available for download.
Ever tried by-catch curry, or discussed ocean sustainability while sipping seaweed cocktails? The third Science Sips event takes place on 21 June 2017 at the Berlin Museum for Natural History and features talks on marine biodiversity. Additionally, the winners of the recipe contest "Klug gefischt/Smart fishing" will be honored during this event. The recipe contest was conceived as part of the Science Year 2016*17 – Seas and Oceans, funded by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research, together with EDEKA and WWF, in an aim to sensitize sustainable fishing within the framework of marine science. Registration is still open.
In the FP-7 project RISC-KIT, completed in April 2017, Ecologic Institute and partners added historical and socio-cultural contextuality into political processes of risk management decisions in coastal regions. Lead by Ecologic Institute, more than 150 face-to-face interviews were conducted by RISC-KIT partners. The results of the investigation have been processed within the RISC-KIT toolkit, inter alias the web-based management guide as well as contributed to the RISC-KIT policy brief. The results are available online.
In challenging times, the EU is discussing how to reform its energy and climate policy for the period after 2020. The short study "Energiewende as a European project" looks at the negotiations on the Clean Energy package from a German perspective. Ecologic Institute's senior fellow Katharina Umpfenbach shows the enormous opportunities of the European internal market. A more developed cross-border electricity market in the EU will make it much cheaper to make the German Energiewende a reality. Yet, to go further and define a joint project for an EU-wide energy transition will require additional efforts to develop concrete objectives and implementation steps together with the other Member States. The study proposes initial steps. The study (in German only) is available for download.
The edited volume, Fighting Environmental Crime in Europe and Beyond: The Role of the EU and Its Member States, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in March 2017. The edited volume sums up the findings of EFFACE, a multi-disciplinary and international research project on environmental crime in Europe, funded by the European Union (EU). "European Union Action to Fight Environmental Crime" (EFFACE) was a 40-month research project that included eleven European research institutions and think tanks and was led by Ecologic Institute Berlin. The edited volume consists of six case studies conducted during the project on different types of environmental crime.
On 23 May 2017 a CommBeBiz webinar featured a discussion with Ecologic Institute's Holger Gerdes and Zoritza Kiresiewa, on the topic "Creating Networks for the Transition to a Bio-based and Circular Economy." They gave deeper insights into recommendations for effective engagement in the bio-based and circular economy. These recommendations were published in a BioSTEP policy paper, which is available online.
In May 2017, Ecologic Institute organised the 17th ICAP Training Course on Emissions Trading in Bangkok (Thailand). The course brought together experts from emerging economies and developing countries to learn about emissions trading as a tool for climate protection, and to discuss the options of implementing such systems in developing countries. The session continues a series of past ICAP events that Ecologic Institute organised across the world since 2009. Twenty-seven mid-career professionals from seven Asian countries as well as Benjamin Görlach and Pedro Barata led the course.
Ecologic Institute's Elizabeth Zelljadt provided an overview of the ways various emission trading systems (ETS) use revenues from the auctioning of allowances as part of a panel discussion on revenue recycling at the Ontario Cap-and-Trade Forum in Toronto. The event brought together government decision-makers as well as analysts and Canadian industries affected by the province's emissions trading system, which entered into force January 2017 and held its first allowance auction in March 2017.
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