Europe is increasingly shifting toward renewable energy. Germany is transitioning away from nuclear power to renewable sources, and Denmark recently committed to achieving 35% green energy by 2020 and 100% renewable energy by 2050. To witness these changes take shape, a study tour was organized on the Transformation of the Energy Economy: Natural Gas, Renewable Energy, Smart Grids and Electric...Read more
On 26 March 2012, the Danish Embassy in Washington, DC hosted an event called "The Renewable Energy Island" as part of the DC Greening Embassies Forum. The Forum is a collaboration of the US State Department, the government of Washington, DC, and the foreign embassies in the city; the intention of the forum is for the embassies and the city to share best practices and to work together to make the city greener and more sustainable. This event highlighted the work of Søren Hermansen and the island of Samsø in Denmark.Read more
EU Member States are facing the most severe financial and economic crisis in recent decades. With soaring energy prices, out-dated energy infrastructure, and ever increasing global greenhouse gas emissions, Europe also faces other significant problems. These challenges are intertwined in many ways. Against this background, Ecologic Institute - in cooperation with the European Climate Foundation - organized a conference in Warsaw to discuss how Poland and Germany can address these challenges in a manner that is mutually reinforcing. Ilona Antoniszyn-Klik, State Secretary at the EconomicsRead more
On 8 and 9 March 2012, Ecologic Institute organized and implemented a visitors program for four vice ministers from Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan that focused on water management and technical cooperation with meetings in Berlin and Potsdam.
The visitors' program included dialogues with representatives and members of the ...Read more
As part of the I-CITE and ELEEP initiatives, Ecologic Institute and the Atlantic Council of the United States led a transatlantic contingent on a study tour of Detroit and Pittsburgh from 8 to 12 January 2012. The study tour is the second of three held as part of the I-CITE project funded by the European Union; its focus was the...Read more
Four German-American pairs of sister cities met in Chattanooga, TN (USA) from 29 November to 2 December 2011 in order to compare local efforts on climate protection and explore best practices in renewable energies. The Dialogue that also included German and American journalists was organized by the Ecologic Institute in...Read more
On 6 December 2011, the Ecologic Institute hosted a Riverside Chat on the implications of Germany’s energy policy shift for a group of high-level international visitors, including policy makers and journalists from EU Member States, Norway, Belarus, Switzerland and China. The program was co-organised by the Ecologic Institute on behalf of the Goethe Institute.
The following expert speakers presented their...Read more
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
On 26 August 2011 at the conclusion of the first I-CITE study tour, Renewables and Rural Energy Opportunities, the Ecologic Institute hosted a Dinner Dialogue at Augustiner am Dom in Munich with MdB Hans-Josef Fell of the German Green Party and Member of the German Parliament.
Hans-Josef Fell addressed the possibility...Read more
On the evening of 21 August 2011, the Ecologic Institute hosted a Dinner Dialogue at the Hackerhaus in Munich with MdL Christine Kamm of the German Green Party. Christine Kamm represents the city of Augsburg and is the speaker for the Party in the Region of Schwabia (Augsburg/Schwaben).