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Conventional food production and consumption are associated with negative environmental and health consequences. The project examines if environmental policy can support the transformation towards a sustainable food system by identifying options for policy interventions to promote innovative niches.
The project "Analysis and evaluation of policy measures and economic instruments for resource protection for the further development of ProgRess", published by the Federal Environmental Agency, will be submitted to the Fraunhofer Institute for System and Innovation Research (ISI), Forum sozial-ökologische Marktwirtschaft (FÖS) and the Environmental Policy Research Centre (FFU) of Freie Universität Berlin.
The project studies the impacts visioning processes and visions can exert on urban climate governance. In a participatory process two selected small towns will develop urban visions on climate change adaptation, taking into special account the climatic impacts on the most vulnerable groups. The German Federal Ministry for Education and Research will initially fund a one year Definition Phase under its initiative “Zukunftsstadt” (future city).
Evidence-based policy making can contribute to increase the quality and sustainability of policy proposals, ensure coherence with other policy areas, decision-making levels, and central strategies as well as guarantee that long-term benefits and unintended costs are considered in the policy appraisal. In this way, quality and acceptance of a proposed policy can be increased. Moreover, accompanying measures can be developed early in the policy making process to avoid unwanted side-effects of the policy. Policy impact assessment (IA) was introduced in many countries as a central instrument for evidence-based policy making.
In contrast to a scientific analysis, IA is closely connected to the policy making process. It needs to cover a great variety of questions. Hence, IA also draws on a great variety of methods and a large body of knowledge, which can and should be used in the impact analysis. This complexity is often a challenge for policy makers.
In this project a training course will be developed, which will support GIZ staff and their partners in conducting IAs. It demonstrates how IA can be handled by using practice examples and case studies so that participants acquire the necessary knowledge to plan and conduct IAs. The training should:
The National Climate Initiative (NKI) of the Federal Ministry for Environment (BMUB) (https://www.klimaschutz.de/de) aims to contribute to the achievement of the national climate targets by implementing specific programs and by supporting the market up-take of innovative energy technologies and activities. It addresses consumers, business, municipalities and educational institutions. Funding is provided for different directives and programs and for a variety of individual projects.
Closing the loop on the use of resources is a central goal of the European and German waste policy and has potentially great synergies with resource and climate policies. The topic is also particularly relevant for emerging economies and developing countries given their fast growth of waste and the international challenges in the field of resource and climate policy.
The project analyses four selected emerging economies/ developing countries with regard to waste treatment. Based on an analysis of the existing framework conditions and capacities in these countries, possible contributions from the transfer of European and German approaches to waste treatment shall be outlined. These options will be discussed and further developed with local stakeholder in these countries. The results will later be published in country-specific publications and presented and discussed in a conference in Germany.
The particular involvement of FFU focuses on policy analysis of the waste policy framework conditions in Germany and the EU as well as the question of policy transfer.
The 2016 Berlin Conference invited scholars and practitioners to discuss questions arising from the new and universal global climate agreement adopted at the UN climate change conference in Paris on 12 December 2015. In the light of the continuity and change that Paris will bring, the discussions and knowledge exchange evolved around international climate policy and politics in the larger context of global governance and the challenges of a transformation towards sustainable development in a turbulent world.
The project interlinks the 30 different projects of the funding measure ‘Sustainable Economy Activity” and develops contentual syntheses, which provide orientation and impulses for the further development of the area „Sustainable Economy Activity“. These syntheses should provide stimuli not only for science, but also for politics, economy and society. Furthermore, the project aims to contribute to the strengthening of societal-political effects of the funded projects and the funding measure.
The project „Environmental Policy in the 21. Century – Approaches for Overcoming New Challenges“ pursues two aims: firstly, to define and explain blind spots and deficits of the environmental policy in the 20th century. In doing so, an overview of central environmental and sustainability patterns of arguments will be generated and assessed regarding their legitimacy for new environmental policies. These will be illustrated in an „environmental and sustainability policy map of discourse“. Secondly, based on the analysis of passed environmental policies the overall aim of the project is to clarify main ideas, concepts and strategies for an effective and ethically grounded environmental and sustainability policy in the 21st century on the basis of which a sustainable development can be achieved in both, countries of the global North and South. Hence, the project encompasses analytical as well as conceptual aims: Based on the „environmental and sustainability policy map of discourse“ contextual and strategic recommendations for the formulation of an environmental and sustainability policy in the 21st century will be developed.
The core concern of the GIZ program RE-ACTIVATE for the MENA region is to create favourableconditions to combine the goals of transforming the energy systems with a sustainable economic development that creates domestic employment effects. The research is intended to contribute to the creation of functioning renewable energy and energy efficiency markets and support employment in the region. (more)
The way public finances are raised and spent can be used as an important lever to affect various environmental problems and challenges – ranging from the Energiewende, climate protection, the management of increasingly scarce resources to the balancing of public budgets and the question how to build a form of sustainable growth. A greening of public finances can make a contribution to these challenges.
Project timeframe: 02/2014 - 10/2015
The Indo-German Expert Group is an interdisciplinary working group of renowned experts from leading research institutions / political think tanks in India and Germany. It was set up in 2013 to enhance collaborative learning, contribute to informed decision-making in both countries and feed into the international debate on a green and inclusive economy.
since November 2013
The purpose of the research project supported by the Hans Böckler Foundation is to analyze the institutionalization of employment relations in the German wind industry taking into account the social, ecological and economic pillars of sustainable development.
The project develops a classification to bring together the supply side of the market and the various demands with the aim to contribute to the success of the technology mechanism of the UN framework convention on climate change. For that purpose, the study will analyse the technology needs assessment of emerging economies and developing countries taking part in the UNFCCC’s technology mechanism. In addition to that, the FFU will study the conditions for successful technology transfers and develop a map of the relevant actors in Germany in this field.
The core structure of the project “Transatlantic Urban Climate Dialogue plus” (TUCD+) is the same as the previous project “Transatlantic Urban Climate Dialogue” (TUCD). The dialogue between elected officials, senior corporate representatives, technical experts and practitioners from Germany, Canada and the United States on the mutually beneficial transfers and applications of Integrated Community Energy Plan (CEPs) among the metropolitan regions of Northern Virginia, Guelph, Stuttgart and the Ruhr Valley will be intensified by two further workshops.
The project "develop sustainability strategies successfully," which the Bertelsmann Foundation coordinates and performs together with the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, offers a contribution to the development and advancement of sustainability strategies. Research will be done at the federal level, in particular by identifying best practices and analyzing their transferability.
The Environmental Policy Research Centre participates in a large joint project with major German institutes ”Establishment of a research platform for nuclear waste material: Interdisciplinary analysis and development of criteria for assessment”.
Aim of the sub-project is primarily the policy and social analysis of the development of a strategy for a nuclear waste storage solution in Germany under participation of relevant stakeholders.
It is the aim of the study to analyze actions as well as quality goals of national and European sustainability policies with regard to their compatibility with the overarching guiding principles of European environmental programs. In this way the project aims at improving governance and steering among them.
The main reasons for the construction of a Horizon Scanning System are the apparent acceleration of ecological processes on the one hand and socio-economic changes on the other hand. For politicians, this raises the question of whether reactive breathlessness can be countered by earlier problem solving.
The research network aims at improved understanding of multi-level climate governance in India and the European Union. It will analyze the interplay between the innovation capacity of local levels through to (supra)national levels of climate change and variability governance.
This study provides an overview of available frameworks and methods for environmental impact assessment and analyzes their usability in the context of trade-related development cooperation. With the proposed stocktaking and assessment of existing frameworks and methods the study aims to contribute towards improving the practice and application of environmental impact assessments of trade-related policies and programs.
The Environmental Policy Research Centre of the Freie Universität Berlin and the LIAISE Network of Excellence (‘Linking Impact Assessment Instruments and Sustainability Expertise’) organize the 2012 Berlin Conference on the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change, which will be held on 5-6 October, 2012, in Berlin.
The project aims at supporting and stimulating the emerging political and social debate on resource policies from a political science, legal and economic perspective. For this purpose the discussion on targets and indicators will be analyzed and options identified for selecting, operationalizing and prioritizing targets on resource policy.
Bioenergy Promotion 2 is a so called Extension stage project (ESP) under the EU INTERERREG IVB Baltic Sea Region Programme. The overall aim of Bioenergy Promotion 2 is to strengthen and implement key results from the Main stage project Bioenergy Promotion (2009-2011) through demonstration, testing and transfer measures in selected demo regions and beyond.
The non-profit climate protection agency Bremen Energy Consensus and the GEWOBA incorporated company housing and construction co-started in agreement with the coordinators of the nationwide project “Stromsparcheck” from Caritas and eaD a similar project which is called “EnergieSparCheck for the tenants of GEWOBA".
This project aims at a reduction of CO2 of consulting and direct implementation of measures.
Klaus Jacob will be a member of the Expert Group that has been established by the European Commission in order to write a report that reflects the state of the art of responsible innovation, both in terms of what is to be understood under responsible research and innovation and what type of actions are already being conducted in Europe.
The Environmental Policy Research Centre (FFU) supports the project with its expertise in the field of “Green Economy”. Specifically, it supports the preparation of the country studies, summarizes and compares their main results so as to develop policy recommendations for the region as a whole, and prepares a comparable case study on “The German energy transition and its implications for green jobs”.
The DFG Research Unit address the complex scientific questions related to heat stress in mid-latitude cities by a multi- and interdisciplinary approach involving climatologists, urban geographers and hydrologists, physicians, architects, physicists and engineers, urban planners and social scientists.
This project contributes to measurement of progress towards Green Economy and its understanding for political decision making process in Germany. Based on a synopsis of rele-vant measurement concepts it identifies deficits of available concepts and develops suggestions for an adequate indicator system.
December 15, 2011 - September 30, 2014
The project aims at expanding the period of time covered by Germany’s Sustainability Strategy to the year 2030 and at sketching out the development until 2050. To do this, major issue areas and challenges need to be identified, and strategies and sub-targets for their implementation have to be developed.
Learning for a sustainable world: this is the motto of the project schools@university Sustainability and Climate Change. For one week, a wide variety of learning concepts focusses on these two themes in order to make tangible for pupils and teachers alike what they stand for.
The study will review the following countries regarding the consideration of aspects of sustainable development within their requirements for Impact Assessment: Austria, Australia, Korea, the Netherlands, Poland, Switzerland, UK and US. In addition, the approach of the European Union will be analyzed.
A 7-day study tour for Russian experts will take place in Berlin in spring 2012. It aims to support the German-Russian knowledge and experience transfer in the fields of environmental politics and energy efficiency, as well as the incitement of a sustainable discussion about the potentials of renewable energy sources in Germany and Russia.
The IKI is active in three fields: promoting climate-friendly economies, fostering measures to adapt to the effects of climate change and ensuring the conservation and sustainable use of natural carbon reservoirs, reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation.
Funded by the Einstein Foundation, the Department of Geography at the Hebrew University Jerusalem and the Environmental Policy Research Centre at the Freie Universität Berlin host a workshop series dealing with the chances and obstacles of integrated environmental governance.
The aim of this particular project is to provide consulting for the planning and implementation of the federal program "Energy efficiency of an urban district in the town of Apatity" (Murmansk region/Russia) within the framework of the German-Russian Knowledge Exchange.
Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is already a standardised and institutionalised framework, which has been in place for decades and has been integrated in legislation and regulation for many years. However, EIA has also been thoroughly criticized for being a marginal and disconnected procedure with no real influence on decision-making processes.
This year’s Berlin conference seeks to move the social dimensions of environmental change and governance to the foreground, as societies both in industrialized countries and in developing countries face potentially dramatic environmental changes and will have to undergo fundamental transformations to achieve sustainable development.
The project "Scenarios for an integrated sustainable development policy using the example of the Sustainable City 2030" contributes to the development of strategies for the design of sustainable urban living environments by applying empirically based and participative scenario methods.
The German-Indian Sustainability and Climate Change Dialogue brings together decision-makers, scholars and future environmental leaders from Germany and India. They address climate protection and environmental governance and discuss the challenges and chances for bilateral environmental cooperation between both countries.
This paper presents a framework for multilevel governance, showing that advancing governance of climate change across all levels of government and relevant stakeholders is crucial to avoid policy gaps between local action plans and national policy frameworks (vertical integration) and to encourage cross-scale learning between relevant departments or institutions in local and regional governments (horizontal dimension).
With the EU Commission’s recommendation to all member countries to implement biomass action plans and with the Renewable Energy Directive 2009/28/EC, biomass is expected to contribute considerably to the goal of 20% share of renewable energy sources (RES) in energy supply in Europe by 2020.
The initiative intends to implement a nationwide alliance for work and environment in the two federal states of Berlin and Brandenburg. The aims are: Reduction of energy consumption and CO2 emissions and the creation and security of jobs, particularly in the construction industry and the crafts.
In the context of the sustainable development concept and its emphasis on the balanced integration of economic, social, and environmental objectives, it is the aim of the project to investigate to what extent and how conflicts and trade-offs between economic, social, and environmental policies are solved by policy dismantling.
The Marie Curie Training Course on the Human Dimension of Global Environmental Change aims to train and educate advanced doctoral students and young researchers about the theoretical developments and empirical and practical implications from the emerging field of earth system governance.
The EVIA project has investigated the use of the IA process. The target of Impact Assessment (IA) is to support the policy-making process by providing information, inter-ministerial consultations and to promote early stakeholder discussions and to encourage more interdisciplinary cooperation.
To mark the 20th anniversary of the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl the Federal Environment Ministry (BMU) in cooperation with the Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS), the Environmental Policy Research Centre (FFU) at the Freie Universität Berlin and the European East-West Academy for Culture and the Media (EOWA) planned to launch a series of events themed “Chernobyl +20” .
In time for the twentieth anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster and for the first time at the Free University of Berlin and in Germany, a thematically focused school university on climate and energy took place from 20th March to 24th March 2006.
RegEnergy developed innovative policy measures for a sustainable accommodation of heat energy on the communal and regional level. The project component 3 aimed to establish an interregional exchange of experiences and transfer of knowledge concerning these policy measures.
REALISE FORUM (Renewable Energy and Liberalisation in Selected Electricity markets–Forum) attempted to establish a basis for coherence for national renewables policies in the view of a possible harmonisation or coordination of financing mechanisms and support scheme for RES-E.
The Environmental Policy Research Center (Forschungsstelle für Umweltpolitik, FFU) and its Czech cooperation partner Ecoconsulting Prague organised a series of workshops with German experts on the experience gained in Germany during the preparation and implementation phase of the ecological tax reform and on the experience with its current handling.
The overall objective of this international research project was to build research capacity and confidence among young researchers from developing countries to undertake applied policy research and analysis on harnessing the information society to achieve national sustainable development priorities.
The project had set itself the goal to find out whether and, if so, at what level of regulations do environmental policies converge in developed countries and have an impact especially on international institutions and international trade for a possible convergence in environmental policy.
Case studies on micro cogeneration, carbon capture and storage, consumer feedback, network regulation, emissions trading and other electricity innovations provide insights into innovation dynamics in the electricity system and were analyzed to derive strategic implications for policies shaping the innovation process.
The project started from the observation that while over the past decades the study of international environmental institutions had tremendously advanced the general understanding of international cooperation, the roles and influences of a particular type of organizations that typically emerge as by-products of international environmental cooperation have largely remained unstudied.
The Energy Foundation Schleswig-Holstein and the REFORM Group (an informal and international research group, which deals with questions of energy policy and regulation since 1992) have implemented a series of colloquiums with the title "Energy efficiency in Liberalised Energy Markets".
The Climate Technology Initiative (CTI) has been set up in 1995 by principal member states of the OECD/IEA and European Commission in order “to promote the objectives of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) by fostering international co-operation for accelerated development and diffusion of climate-friendly technologies and practices for all activities and greenhouse gases”.
In this follow-up project and starting from this dematerialization hypothesis, for the first time, comparative case studies analyse in detail the driving forces industrial restructuring of different industries and countries in Europe where such a decline has been observed at least temporarily.