Financial Crisis and Climate Policy – A Science-Policy Debate

ECF Annual Conference 2009
Venice, April 4, 2009

“Europe must lead the world into a new, or maybe one should say, post-industrial revolution, the development of a low-carbon economy.” This is the perspective offered by EU Commission President José Manuel Barroso when the EU declared its ambitious goals for cutting greenhouse gas emissions, increasing renewable energy use, and improving energy efficiency. In summer 2007, this step enabled the G-8 summit of Heiligendamm to declare the aim to halve global CO2 emissions by 2050, and at the end of the year, it kept the momentum in the global climate policy process at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bali. Read more

Expanding Renewable Generating Capacity by 2030

Round Table Discussion: Technology and Policy Challenges
Brussels, January 08, 2009

The purpose of the Round Table will be to investigate options and necessary steps to integrate the North Sea and Atlantic offshore wind and the Southern European and North African solar thermal into the European power grid. We will consider the role of existing hydroelectric systems and the development of smart-grid technologies for demand balancing. Participants will try to identify the necessary steps to achieve a large-scale integration of renewables – in an order of magnitude of 30% or more of total EU firm generating capacity – by 2030. Read more

Side Events at COP 14

Germany Side event and SSG Side Event
Poznań, December 11, 2008

Germany Side event at COP 14

Investing in climate protection: Prospects in sustainable growth and development.

  • Investments for a Climate-Friendly Germany – Study commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety
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Innovation Kaleidoscope for Sustainability

A joint Seminar of the European Commission-GSD and a demonstration project of Eusko Ikaskuntza on New Social and New Economic Techniques
Bilbao, December 2-4, 2008

Linking North Africa’s Renewable Electricity Potential to Europe – Policy Challenges

SSG Workshop
Laxenburg, November 24-26, 2008

Wachstum, Beschäftigung und Klimaschutz (German)

BMU-Investitionskonferenz
Berlin, June 09, 2008

Eine gut konzipierte Klimapolitik ist Wachstumspolitik. Durch klug gewählte Investitionsstrategien werden gleichzeitig Treibhausgase reduziert und Wachstum und Beschäftigung generiert. Entscheidend hierfür ist es, dass in den Sektoren Energie, Industrie, Gebäude und Verkehr zusätzliche Investitionen durchgeführt werden. Notwendig ist ein gutes Investitionsklima für Klimainvestitionen. Die Frage, welche zusätzlichen Investitionen in welche Sektoren mit dem Fokus auf welche Technologien fließen sollten, diskutiert die Investitionskonferenz des Bundesumweltministeriums am 09.06.2008 in Berlin. Read more

Product Carbon Footprinting and CO2-Labeling in Europe

Dialogue Forum: Low Carbon Society #3
Brussels, May 13, 2008

More and more companies are recognizing the opportunities and challenges climate change poses to their business. They are confronted with rising expectations from stakeholders to act on climate change. They increasingly understand that taking actions on climate change may lead to efficiency gains, lower risk exposure, and that it can improve consumer recognition. Read more

Klimawandel: Reichen gute Ideen? (German)

Symposium
Eberswalde, April 10, 2008

‘Germany – Land of Ideas’ the international Master Study Programme ‘Global Change Management’ at the Eberswalde University of Applied Sciences was awarded a prize for being an outstanding innovative project. The symposium ‘Klimawandel – Reichen gute Ideen?’ is the major event within this frame and will focus on higher education needs in face of global climate change. Read more

Ökologische Nachhaltigkeit (German)

Nachhaltigkeit – Ein Programm für unsere Zukunft
Berlin, April 08, 2008

Nachhaltigkeit betrifft alle Betrachtungsebenen, kann also lokal, regional, national oder global verwirklicht werden.

Während aus ökologischer Perspektive zunehmend ein globaler Ansatz verfolgt wird, steht hinsichtlich der wirtschaftlichen und sozialen Nachhaltigkeit oft der nationale Blickwinkel im Vordergrund. Read more

Climate Change and the Cities of the Future

ECF Annual Conference 2008
Alcalá de Henares, April 1-2, 2008

Art, technology and economics, acting in synergy, have a decisive role in stopping the accelerating climate change. Cities are the main source of greenhouse gases emissions: The production of electricity is finally directed to the cities; buildings must be heated and cooled, people and goods need daily transport to and from the cities. Today, the design of cities still follows a thousand years old concept that maybe is no longer necessary or useful. Read more