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Competitiveness of Europe's Eco-Industries

November 2013 to December 2013

How competitive are Eco-Industries in Europe - and how well have they fared during the economic crisis? This is the central question of a short study that the Ecologic Institute produced for the Greens in the European Parliament. The key finding is that Eco-Industries have been a source of growth, particularly at times when other parts of the economy contracted. The study is available for download.

Output growth of Eco-Industries

The empirical analysis consisted of two components: first, an analysis of output growth in the segment of "low-carbon environmental goods andRead more

Decoupling Concepts

This infographic was developed within the project "DYNAmic policy MIXes for Absolute Decoupling of Environmental Impact of EU Resource Use from Economic Growth (DYNAMIX)". It proposes to reframe the decoupling concept and thus presents a key assumption developed in DYNAMIX. Different versions of the infographic were developed for use in online and print media, as well as a version with reduced text for PowerPoint presentations.Read more

Rational Cost-Benefit Analysis, Level of Information and Conclusion of the Survey

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29 January 2014
Berlin
Germany

During this speech Max Grünig, Senior Fellow at Ecologic Institute, presented further results of the summer 2013 survey of all German-operators with their acquisition strategies in the second and third trading period. The presentation slides are available for download.

His key messages included:

  • The fee settlement by the intermediaries occurred mainly
    • fixed costs per executed trade contract
    • with a fee per emission allowance
    • as a relative mark up to the purchase price
  • The fee per emission allowance was used most in the second trading
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Results of the Survey - Market Access, Costs and Trading Strategies

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29 January 2014
Berlin
Germany

In this presentation Max Grünig, Senior Fellow at Ecologic Institute, presented and analyzed the main results of the summer 2013 survey of all German-operators with their acquisition strategies in the second and third trading period. He also gave an overview of the plant operators who participated in the survey. The presentation slides are available for download.

Max Grünig's presentation contained the following key results:

  • The internal offsetting and the use of intermediaries were by far the most widely used acquisition channels for operators in the second trading
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Sustainable Raw Material Use and a Green Economy - Business Perspectives from Project Exchange

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4 December 2013
Berlin
Germany

Can a social network help European small and medium enterprises (SMEs) become greener? Terri Kafyeke presented the GreenEcoNet project at the Transnational Workshop on Institutional Support Schemes and Structures for Resource Efficiency in SMEs held at the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety in Berlin on 4 December 2013. She discussed common barriers faced by SMEs in the path towards sustainability and described how the GreenEcoNet platform, currently in development, could help get past them. The presentation slides are available for downloadRead more

Emissions Trading Market Access for Operators of Installations Subject to EU-ETS

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29 January 2014
Berlin
Germany

In the context of the event "Emissions Trading Market Access for Operators of Installations Subject to EU-ETS" on 29 January 2014, the results of a company survey undertaken in the summer of 2013 were discussed.

European emissions trading is now in its third trading period. Not only has the number of participating power plant operators increased, but the allocation mechanism has...Read more

European Union Action to Fight Environmental Crime - An EU Research Project

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12 November 2013
Tilburg
Netherlands

On 12 November 2013, Christiane Gerstetter of the Ecologic Institute presented the EU-funded project "European Union Action to Fight Environmental Crime" (EFFACE) during a seminar on environmental crime at Tilburg University in the Netherlands. Ecologic Institute is the coordinator of the EFFACE project. The presentation slides are available for download.

The seminar on "Environmental Crime and the World" was held at on 11/12 November 2013. The seminar brought together researchers, mainly criminologistsRead more

European Union Action to Fight Environmental Crime – Roll-ups

To support dissemination activities of the project "European Union Action to Fight Environmental Crime" (EFFACE), Ecologic Institute developed two roll-up banners to be used during project events. They are designed according to the project visual style and contain basic introductory information about the project, link to the website and illustratory photography. Text information on both banner is the same, and they differ in the used photography. On one banner a photography of famous artist Peter Beards was used, as a part of a cooperation between him and Ecologic Institute. Photos on the second banner illustrate a range of environmental crime, which is a main focus of the project.Read more

An EU Research Project on Environmental Crime

EFFACE Project Flyer
To support dissemination activities of the EFFACE project, Ecologic Institute developed a standard 2-fold flyer, containing relevant general information about the project - its theme, focus, aims, activities, list of partners and contact information. Flyer is styled according to the project visual style and it is distributed during project events and internal events of Ecologic Institute.Read more

Proofing the European Commission's Competitiveness Proofing

April 2013 to June 2013

In difficult economic times, the impact of policy proposals on economic competitiveness need to be considered. Nevertheless it is crucial not to lose sight of the needed long-term transformation of the European economy when doing so. The EU commission has introduced a methodology for the competitiveness proofing of its policy. Ecologic has been asked to assess whether the methodology takes into account the desired transformation of the EU economy.

The assessment benchmarked the obligatory methodology for the competitiveness proofing with existing EU targets (EU 2020 targets andRead more

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