Technology transfer is one of the central issues in the international climate negotiations, reflecting a general consensus that effectively mitigating climate change and adapting to it will require the wide-spread use of climate-friendly technologies. Despite this consensus, many of the details – such as funding, institutional mechanisms and the role of intellectual property – remain controversial. Through this project, the Ecologic Institute examined national and international proposals made in the context of recent UNFCCC technology negotiations. Prospective rules andRead more
Some details of the climate bills discussed in the US may have undesired repercussions for the international climate negotiations, argues Stefan Theil in an article in the Newsweek Magazine issue of 4 May 2009. Benjamin Görlach of Ecologic Institute was interviewed for and is quoted in the article. The analysis points out that fears about the competitiveness impacts of climate policy on domestic industries are exaggerated, and that the measures discussed to counter such threats may backfire in international negotiations.
As part of the celebration of its 25th anniversary, the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) hosted a workshop on "Globalization, Trade, and Environment: German-American Cooperation or Confrontation?" in Berlin on 28 April 2008. R. Andreas Kraemer of Ecologic moderated the panel on Climate Change and the Economy.
The Speakers were:
- Claudia Kemfert, German Institute for Economic Research (DIW)
- Sascha Müller-Kraenner, The Nature Conservancy (TNC)
- Miranda Schreurs, Free Read more
In the framework of this project, Ecologic wrote a policy paper shedding light at the most important aspects of the relationship between trade and climate change policies. The policy paper investigates which trade-related policies should be adopted to combat climate change and reviews the compatibility of those measures with the law of the World Trade Organization (WTO). Particular attention is given to issues that are of relevance to developing countries.
The Directorate-General Trade of the European Commission held its "Trade Sustainability Impact Assessment Stocktaking Conference: Implementing Sustainable Trade" in Brussels on 21-22 March 2006. R. Andreas Kraemer chaired the key first session looking at the extent to which Trade Sustainability Impact Assessments (SIAs) have changed the way the European Union makes trade policy.
The session addressed general issues of the policy debate:
- After six years of carrying out Trade SIAs, to what extent has this policy tool changed the Read more
The ongoing world trade negotiations are expected to have significant impact on sustainable development and the production and consumption patterns world-wide. After the Meeting of Trade Ministers in Hong Kong at the end of 2005, Chatham House convened a conference on 6-7 February 2006 to look at the WTO as well as the Sustainable Development Agenda and its prospects after Hong Kong. R. Andreas Kraemer of Ecologic chaired a key session on NAMA, IPRs, and Services.Read more
As part of the Annual Foreign Policy Conference 2005 of the Heinrich Boell Foundation on European Neighbourhood Policy, R. Andreas Kraemer moderated the session on "Free Tade and Environmental Partnership" on 3 June 2005.Read more
Border Adjustment Measures (BAM) have been discussed as a tool to equalize costs that industries with stringent greenhouse gas requirements have to bear, as some international competitors do not face these costs and allegedly enjoy a free ride. At a workshop of the German Federal Environment Agency (UBA), Nils Meyer-Ohlendorf and Michael Mehling discussed whether BAM are an adequate tool to address competitiveness concerns arising from the EU's ambitious climate change policies.Read more