While renewable energy and its role for achieving an energy transformation, improving the environment, and supporting rural economies is a hotly discussed topic in both the US and Europe, approaches to increasing the share of renewables in the energy mix differ significantly on opposite sides of the Atlantic. As a result, exchanging Transatlantic experiences and lessons learned is of crucial...Read more
Economist and Fellow at Ecologic Institute Berlin, Max Grünig participated and chaired in the Ninth Transatlantic Energy Governance Dialogue on Shale Gas, on 12 and 13 May 2011 in Budapest (Hungary). The full report of the event is available for download.
Participants explored the question of whether Shale Gas is a "game changer" for European energy security, In particular, Max Grünig moderated the working group on "Assessing Prospects and Limits of Shale Gas in Europe". The event was organised by the Central European University, in partnership withRead more
Ecologic Institute supported EUREAU in its contribution on financial sustainable solutions for the water sector within the context of the 2012 World Water Forum in Marseille. One key aspect of these solutions is the promotion of the "3Ts" approach developed by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The final report is available for download.
The 3Ts concept has been developed by the OECD Horizontal water programme in order to describe and categorise the three ultimate financialRead more
A symposium on "Industries of the Future: Economic Growth through Clean Energy and Clean Jobs" took place at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia on 9 May 2011 as a part of Georgia Tech's Europe Day Celebrations. The event was hosted by Ecologic Institute, the German Embassy,...Read more
On behalf of GIZ, Ecologic Institute designed, organised and implemented a study tour for directors and assistant directors of various Chinese environmental agencies and the Chinese Ministry of Environment from 27 March to 9 April 2011. The training conveyed important aspects of European and German environmental policy to the participants...Read more
Ecologic Institute writes a legal commentary on the German PRTR-Act. Under this law and an EU-Regulation, operators of certain installations in Germany have to report data on pollutants for publication in a German as well as to a European pollutant release and transfer register (PRTR). The legal commentary is mainly addressed at authorities and operators to facilitate the application of the rules without in-depth knowledge on their legal background.
Electronic pollutant release and transfer registers (PRTR) make available to the public information on theRead more
Fukushima has been a painful reminder that each energy source has its drawbacks, and none comes without side effects. To realise our ambitious climate objectives, we must above all stop wasting energy and use energy in a much smarter and more efficient way. This is not a new insight, but turning this insight into action has proven remarkably difficult. How the existing obstacles to energy efficiency can be overcome, and which initiatives have worked successfully for Germany and the UK so far, was the topic of a discussion event at the UK Embassy in Berlin, moderated by Benjamin GörlachRead more
Europe can shift to a low-carbon economy, enjoy secure energy supply, environmentally sustainable development, and rising employment. On 10 March 2011, the European Commission presented its "Roadmap 2050" in Berlin, Germany, exposing divisions within the German Federal Government. R. Andreas Kraemer of Ecologic Institute moderated the event.Read more