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Regulatory Cooperation under TTIP – a Risk for Democracy and National Regulation?

May 2014 to July 2014

Ecologic Institute with support from the Heinrich Boell Foundation compiled a study to provide factual background to the debate on regulatory cooperation under TTIP. The study contains an overview of existing models for achieving regulatory harmonisation, with a focus on mechanisms already used between the US and EU, in trade agreements with third countries, at the multilateral level with US and EU involvement, and some particularly far-reaching examples of regulatory cooperation. The study also  features brief overview of regulatory processes within the US, the EU and Germany inRead more

Legal Instruments to Implement the Objective "Land Degradation Neutral World" in International Law

May 2014 to November 2014
The project Legal Instruments to implement the objective "Land Degradation Neutral World" in International Law was commissioned by the German Federal Environmental Agency. It aimed to explore the legal instruments in three different case study countries which could potentially be up-scaled to the international level to implement the land degradation neutrality target. The findings were translated into a breakdown of conceptual legal approaches to land degradation prevention, remediation/offsetting, and planning.Read more

Legal Support for Germany Before and During the Second Meeting of the Parties PRTR Protocol

April 2014 to August 2014

Ecologic Institute supports the Federal Environmental Agency and the German Federal Ministry of the Environment with the preparation of the second Meeting of the Parties (MOPP 2) of the Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (PRTR Protocol). The PRTR Protocol is an international agreement under the Aarhus Convention.

The Protocol has been ratified by most of the EU Member States, including Germany, and by the EU itself. Its parties are required to establish publicly and freely accessible pollutant release and transfer registers containing information on facility-Read more

EU Policies for Integrated Coastal Management and Maritime Spatial Planning

March 2014 to December 2015
The project supports the European Commission (EU) to coordinate and promote the implementation of European coastal and marine policies in the Member States. Issues with special focus are the analysis and development of integrated approaches and instruments for facilitating the implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD). In addition, the project assists the EU in organising sessions and workshops with competent expert groups and in improving the exchange of model examples via the database of OURCOAST.Read more

Income Tax Reform to Strengthen Climate Protection

January 2014 to March 2016
Ecologic Institute analyzes to what extent Germany's income and cooperate tax rules promote climate protection. In this context, Ecologic Institute presents proposals for reforming Germany's income tax law. The analysis and the proposal are available for download. This analysis is part of project carried out in cooperation with Oeko-Institut, BCC GmbH, Prof. Janine Wendt (TU Darmstadt) und Prof. Domenik Wendt (Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences). Next to tax rules, the project analyses whether financial market rules and cooperate laws incentives investment in climate protection. Read more

European Topic Centre on Inland, Coastal and Marine Waters 2014-2016

January 2014 to December 2016
The European Environment Agency's European Topic Centre on Inland, Coastal and Marine waters (ETC-ICM) aims to support the assessment, development, and implementation of EU policies through data analysis, data monitoring, and scientific knowledge sharing. European Topic Centres are important instruments of the European Environment Agency to monitor the environment in its member countries and analyse the current as well as the future state of the environment.Read more

Reducing Nutrient Loadings from Agricultural Soils to the Baltic Sea via Groundwater and Streams (Soils2Sea)

January 2014 to December 2017
Both the Baltic Sea Action Plan and the EU Water Framework Directive require substantial further reductions of nutrient loads (N and P) to the Baltic Sea during the coming years. Achievements of these goals will only be possible by the implementation of fundamental changes in agricultural practices and land use. To this end, a team of researchers from eight institutions across the EU and Russia, will investigate the introduction of additional new and innovative measures to reduce nutrient loads.Read more

Demonstrate Ecosystem Services Enabling Innovation in the Water Sector (DESSIN)

January 2014 to January 2018

Urban water use is a major pressure impacting the ecological status of European rivers. The DESSIN project promotes more sustainable, adaptive, and cost-effective urban water management through the testing and promotion of innovations. The project aims to demonstrate the benefits of innovative solutions to deal with water challenges with a focus on water quality and water scarcity. In addition, it develops a methodology for the valuation of ecosystem services which will help catalyse for innovation uptake.Read more

European Topic Center on Biological Diversity (ETC-BD)

January 2014 to December 2018
The goal of the European Environment Agency's European Topic Centre on Biological Diversity (ETC-BD) is to collect and monitor data on biodiversity as well as issues and ecological pressures related to biodiversity. This data is used to establish the state of Europe's ecosystems to support the assessment, development, and implementation of EU policies such as the Habitats Directive. Ecologic Institute is supporting the ETC-BD with data collection and assessment on ecosystem status and mapping, policy analysis, and monitoring. Ecologic Institute is also conducting multiple assessments to contribute to the European Environment Agency's assessment reports.Read more

Technical Assistance Facility for Danube Region Projects (TAF-DRP)

January 2014 to December 2016

The Technical Assistance Facility for Danube Region Projects (TAF-DRP) aims to provide jumpstart to projects under the EU Strategy for the Danube Region. As in the past, many project ideas often lack know-how, capacities and resources for the concrete implementation as project. Therefore, the TAF-DRP supports this implementation with advice by experts. The projects that are approved for the Technical Assistance Facility vary in topics and types. Some of the projects that have successfully submitted a request for assistance deal with nature protection (e.g. the conservation of the sturgeonRead more

Post-Carbon Cities in Europe: A Long-Term Outlook (POCACITO)

January 2014 to December 2016
In the transition to a post-carbon economy and sustainable societies, cities will be faced with unique challenges. POCACITO focuses on uncovering how to improve the resilience of cities and regions in order to reduce existing and emerging conflicts over resources and their use in light of societal mega‐trends, environmental deterioration and climate change.Read more
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Multilevel Governance of our Natural Capital

December 2013 to May 2014

The study "Multilevel governance of our natural capital: the contribution of regional and local authorities to the EU Biodiversity Strategy 2020 and the Aichi Biodiversity Targets" was carried out by Ecologic Institute and ICLEI for the EU's Committee of the Regions (CoR). It informed the CoR's contribution to the review of the EU Biodiversity Strategy and contributed to the monitoring of the implementation of CBD Decision X/22 within the Member States. The reports are available for download.

The main task of the study was the collection and analysis of informationRead more

Influences on Consumer Behaviour - Policy Implications Beyond Nudging

December 2013 to January 2014

Consumer demand is a critical driver of resource consumption in the EU. When striving for a resource-efficient EU economy, how can we use policies to effectively shape consumer choices towards sustainability? A new Report written by Katharina Umpfenbach and colleagues for DG Environment summarises the most relevant scientific insights and analyses the implications for policy making. It highlights novel policy ideas for triggering changes in consumer behaviour.
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Investor-state Dispute Resolution under TTIP

December 2013

Rule on investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) offer investors the possibility to sue their host states for alleged breaches of an investment agreement. Are such rules in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreement necessary? What risks are there for environmental regulation? Will states have to pay compensation for environmental protection measures? The Ecologic Institute analyzed the potential influence of ISDS rules in TTIP on environmental regulation. The resulting study is available online.Read more

The Role of Biodiversity in International Cooperation

December 2013 to December 2014
February 2015 to March 2015
What role does biodiversity play for human welfare and happiness? How do understandings of the connection between these issues differ between the global north and global south? In this project, commissioned by the GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit), these questions were investigated against the background of the controversial discussion about the "commodification of nature", in order to assess differences and commonalities between various models of development. The project examined how different paradigms are applied in the practice of development cooperation.Read more

Resource Efficiency in Practice - Closing Mineral Cycles

December 2013 to December 2014
Inefficient use of fertilisers leads to the accumulation of nutrients in areas of intense agricultural activities and can cause serious environmental problems in these areas and beyond. Those problems stem from the disturbance of natural mineral cycles, partly resulting from the extraction of elements in one location and being applied elsewhere. Furthermore, the production of fertilizers consumes natural resources, such as energy, water, and non-renewable mineral resources that contain necessary elements.Read more

Mainstreaming of Climate Change into Rural Development Policy post 2013

December 2013 to September 2014
Mainstreaming of climate change in different policy areas is a priority for the European Union (EU), reflected in the requirement that 20% of EU funds in the 2014 to 2020 programming period should be climate related. Different EU funds need to mainstream climate actions, including the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development can support climate change mitigation and adaptation in agriculture and land management through funding of targeted activities under Rural Development Programmes (RDPs).Read more

Study on Identifiying Key Emerging Sustainability Topics to Adapt the EU SDS

November 2013 to December 2013

In the EU, political attention is focussed on economic affairs and social issues of insecurity and inequality which have been emphasised by the economic crisis and government responses. Levels of dissatisfaction with incumbent governments are often high, prompting increased populist and short-term political positions. Within the European Commission, the calls of economic interests tend to over-ride environmental priorities.Read more

Further Development of Raw Material Input Indicators

November 2013 to September 2014

Indicators are essential for measuring the performance of resource policy and communication of goal achievement. The underlying purpose of the project "Further Development of Raw Material Input Indicators – Methodological Discussion and Approaches for Consistent Datasets" is to analyze the existing indicators with their underlying methodologies, as well as the need for their further development, and to develop proposals for their harmonization. The Ecologic Institute coordinates the project, conducts expert interviews and workshops and develops a concept for methodologicalRead more

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