Green investment and coordination failure: An investors’ perspective

The goal to keep global warming well below 2°C can only be achieved if private investors shift capital from brown to green infrastructures and technologies. Read more

Workshop “Green Corridor – Connecting the EU and the Balkans”

May 23rd 2016
Representation of the European Commission in Croatia,House of Europe, Ulica Augusta Cesarca, Zagreb

The EU and the Balkans are becoming ever strongly interwoven. With Croatia being
the newest EU member and Serbia, Albania, the former Yugoslav Republic of
Macedonia (FYROM) and Montenegro being candidate countries, the region is
connecting more closely with the European Union. Currently suffering from low
growth, high unemployment and infrastructure deficits, large-scale investments in
sustainable infrastructure projects could enable high benefits in terms of
employment, improvement of outdated equipment, interconnection with the EU28
and resource efficiency in the Balkans. Read more

GREEN-WIN Project Website Launched

The GREEN-WIN project has launched a new website to support knowledge transfer and sharing of resources around “Green Growth and Win-Win Strategies for Sustainable Climate Action”.

The GREEN-WIN project is a major international transdisciplinary research collaboration applying a solution-oriented approach targeted at increasing the understanding of links between climate action and sustainability and overcoming implementation barriers through win-win strategies. It aims to produce evidence-based policy packages to enable green growth, focusing on three thematic areas: coastal flood risk management, urban transformation and energy poverty eradication. Read more

The possibility of green growth in climate policy analysis models – New GCF working paper published

This working paper reviews modelling works that find economic benefits of climate change mitigation possible – a prerequisite for analysing green growth with the help of economic models. The paper can be downloaded here: GCF_WorkingPaper1-2016

Workshop “The impact of public investment programmes illustrated by the example of energy efficiency in buildings.”

November 25th, 2015

The European Union faces multiple existential problems with a stagnating economy and climate change being one of the biggest challenges of our time. Typically, not only the causes of these crises but also their (partial) solutions are highly correlated. With its 2030 framework for climate and energy policy, the European Union aims for addressing both issues: fighting climate change along with inducing green growth. Public investments are at the heart if this rationale. In order to pursue climate action and energy efficiency, significant investments are needed, which in turn would address the consequences of the economic crises through higher (green) growth and an increased independence from fossil fuels. Read more

PolicyOracle: Predicting Outcomes of Key Policy Indices

Your expert opinion on macroeconomic indicators considered by policy makers to shape policies in Europe? The SYMPHONY European research project (http://projectsymphony.eu/) implemented an online market simulation called PolicyOracle to monitor your expectation changes about key policy indices in real time. Participants are able to place bets on future prices of pivotal resources or future political events. By harvesting the crowd-intelligence provided by many informed individuals, policymakers are enabled to anticipate these predictions in their policy decisions. On top of that, you can learn about the expectations of your peers.   Read more

Simpol Project: Crowdsourcing for Transparency in the 2030 Climate and Energy Framework

Strongly influenced by lobbying activities, the EU took a step back on some of its climate targets within the 2030 framework for climate and energy policy. With the SIMPOL project, we are developing a new collaborative tool to identify the interests at stake in the complex negotiation process between different national- and EU institutions. You can help in creating a more complete picture of the organizations involved and their potential impact on the policy process by contributing to our crowdsourcing project. As a result, an interactive graph will enable you to explore and enrich the network of relevant stakeholders, their lobbying activities and other important attributes.

Contribute to our crowdsourcing project to make the invisible visible. Go to: http://finance4citizens.eu/cs2030

Investment-ortiented climate policy

February 19th + March 3rd, 2015

Thanks to a number of recent studies, initiated mainly by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), it is possible to show that an investment-oriented climate policy can help overcome the stagnation of the European economy and the social and political crisis in Europe. Since other strategies continue to lose their plausibility, it is a must to have an open debate on our current take on climate policy. Read more

IPCC sea-level rise scenarios not fit for purpose for high-risk coastal areas

The sea-level rise scenarios of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) do not necessarily provide the right information for high-risk coastal decision-making and management, according to new research involving scientists from the Global Climate Forum in Berlin. Read more

Climate Finance and Sustainable Economic Recovery

published on Handelsblatt Online (September 23, 2014)
> www.handelsblatt.com/meinung/gastbeitraege/gastbeitrag-zum-klimagipfel-wie-gute-klimapolitik-die-konjunktur-anschieben-kann/10742108.html

by K. Toepfer, J-C. Hourcade, M. Aglietta, C. Jaeger

English version:
The day before this year’s UN General Assembly, September 23, its secretary general will host a UN climate summit in New York. President Obama will attend a meeting taking place in his country but key countries like China, India, Russia as well as the EU and Germany will not be represented by their top leaders. This is one more sign of the mismatch between dramatic rhetoric on global climate change and ineffective action in global climate policy. Read more