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The EU in Turbulence – Implications for EU Climate and Energy Policy

July 2016 to December 2016
The Brexit, migration, the Euro crisis, continued economic malaise, and the rise of EU-sceptical parties and nationalist sentiment across Europe – the EU is clearly in turbulence. But how did it get there? What problems does the EU face, and do they amount to a crisis of the European Union? If the EU is in a crisis – what does it entail for EU climate and energy policy?Read more

Briefing for the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES)

June 2016 to September 2016
From the 26 until 30 September 2016, the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties of the "Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species" (CITES COP 17) took place in Johannesburg South Africa. Since CITES entered into force in 1975, such meetings are held every three years to review progress in the conservation of target species and consider adopting proposals to amend this list and improve Convention effectiveness. Given the recent accession of the European Union to CITES in April 2015 and the aims noted above, Ecologic Institute was commissioned by the European Parliament under an existing framework contract to prepare a briefing to the European Parliament’s Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI). The briefing is available for download.Read more

Communication Strategies for Reducing Agriculture-related Entry of Veterinary Pharmaceuticals into the Environment

June 2016 to August 2017
Residues of veterinary medicines (VETs) can increasingly be detected in soil and water and have gained attention in scientific and public debate. The aim of this project is the creation of information and teaching material for veterinarians and farmers in order to raise awareness about the prevention of the entry of VETs in the environment.Read more

Options Under Public International Law to Increase Resource Efficiency

June 2016 to April 2019

The research project’s objective is to provide a legal and political science perspective to the Federal Government’s efforts to anchor the protection of resources more strongly at the international level. The project analyses how public international law and other international governance mechanisms can contribute to making the utilisation of resources more efficient and reducing resource consumption.Read more

Further Development of International and Europan Emissions Trading II

June 2016 to May 2019
The project accompanies the further development of international and European emissions trading. At international level the focus is on the implementation and development of emissions trading systems, their role in international climate policy and the potential of linking between individual ETS or with other economic instruments (e.g. taxes, offset mechanisms). At the European level, and partly also at the national level, the main focus of the project is the future design of the European emissions trading scheme (EU ETS), the inclusion of the aviation sector in the ETS, issues concerning EU ETS market oversight, and the interdependencies with other climate and energy policy instruments . In this context, Ecologic Institute is providing the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) with economic and legal analyses concerning the development and implementation of new concepts and legislation.Read more

"Sustainability in Berlin" Semester Abroad Program

September 2014
September 2015
June 2016 to December 2016
In September 2014, the Ecologic Institute and the College of Liberal Arts and Science at the University of Colorado Denver (CU Denver) launch a new cooperation, the study program "Sustainability in Berlin". The program is unique as it combines actual coursework with an internship at relevant environmental institutions where students can experience first-hand what they have been learning. The two courses also combine academic reflections about global environmental challenges with field trips to local projects in and around Berlin.Read more

Offsets Quality Criteria Currently Used by Airlines

May 2016 to July 2016
Given that airlines will need to offset their greenhouse gas emissions via a market-based mechanism recently decided by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), this report evaluates the current carbon offsetting programs of major airlines. These are mainly voluntary, offered to airlines' customers. The structure of such programs, as well as the types of offsets offered, give an indication of airlines' existing involvement with offset projects and carbon markets ahead of that involvement becoming mandatory.Read more

Regions and Cities within the Global Climate Change Process – a Perspective for the Future

April 2016 to September 2016
In this project, Ecologic Institute together with ICLEI and Umweltbundesamt Wien, support the Committee of the Regions in analysing the role of cities and regions in the UNFCCC process after the adoption of the Paris Agreement. The project identifies positions of cities and regions, analyses the outcome of COP21 in this respect, and highlights future opportunities in the UNFCCC process to get remaining positions endorsed.Read more

Qualitative and Quantitative Assesment of EU Member State Low Carbon Development Strategies (MaxiMiseR)

March 2016 to June 2016
At the climate summit in Cancun (2010), industrialized parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) agreed to develop Low Carbon Development Strategies (LCDS) as a means of realizing the long-term emissions cuts required in the face of climate change. These committments were formally translated into EU law through the Monitoring Mechanism Regulation in 2013, and January 2015 saw the first round of LCDS reporting by all EU Member States. Member States must report on any updates on the LCDS on a biennial basis.Read more

Policies Supporting the German Resource Efficiency Programme ProgRess

January 2016 to May 2019
In order to advance resource policy nationally and internationally we need to analyse and foster the political and societal debate on sustainable resource use. Resource policy is a dynamic policy area with diverse and changing needs for action, constellations of actors and positions as well as a multitude of suggestions for policy targets and instruments. In this context, the project aims to support the implementation and further development of the German Resource Efficiency Programme ProgRess.Read more

Analysis and Legal Advice for 2030 Climate and Energy Governance

January 2016 to December 2016
As part of ECF’s Governance Cluster, Ecologic Institute analyses adequate planning and reporting approaches for the 2030 energy and climate framework and on options to assess national contributions, address the gap issue and ensure compliance. Ecologic Institute also provides ongoing legal advice in the context of the Effort Sharing Decision revision and strategic guidance within the ECF Governance Cluster.Read more

Updated Inventory and Assessment of Soil Protection Policy Instruments in EU Member States

December 2015 to October 2016
This project, led by Ecologic Institute, aims to take stock of existing soil policy instruments in the EU in order to identify gaps in protection and to support the decision-making process for further policy action. Collaborating closely with experts from 28 EU Member States, the project develops a Wiki-based inventory and an up-to-date assessment of soil policy instruments in the EU. The inventory consists of existing and upcoming policy instruments, including legislation, regulatory and non-binding instruments, measures and targets in the EU Member States and its regions. In an ex-ante and ex-post impact analyses, the effectiveness of soil policy instruments in addressing the soil threats and soil functions in the EU as well as the relevance and coherence of policies is assessed. Read more

Local and Regional State of Play and Policy Recommendations Concerning Sustainable Heating and Cooling: Focusing on EU Policy Level

December 2015 to March 2016
The overall aim of this project is to support the Committee of the Regions (CoR) by outlining the role cities and local and regional authorities (LRAs) can have in the planning, implementation and financing of more efficient district and renewable heating and cooling systems, usage of local heat, cold and fuel sources, insulation of buildings, the use of biomass in heating and cooling as well as Combined Heat and Power (CHP) generation.Read more
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Linking Biodiversity to National Economic and Social Priorities in the EU Member States

December 2015 to December 2017
There are many synergies between socio-economic priorities and biodiversity objectives, with varying degrees of evidence to support those connections. This project, led by IEEP, focuses on these synergies in the EU Member States and explores what the EU can do via its European Semester to raise awareness of the potential for biodiversity to help attain many national socio-economic priorities and therewith encourage due macro-economic policies. While previous analyses have provided rather general assessments of the economic and social benefits of biodiversity, this work will provide a more detailed and country specific analysis and identify synergies in each EU Member State as well as Member State specific data to feed into the European Semester process.Read more

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