Resource Politics

Germany has committed itself to an ambitious resource policy. The National Strategy for Sustainable Development of the Federal Government formulates the aim of doubling the resource productivity until 2020 (compared to 1994). Following the European resource strategy, the German government has adopted the German resource efficiency strategy in 2012.
The necessity to increase resource efficiency is indisputable: Natural resources are scarce (either in geological or in economical terms), and their extraction, use and disposal is associated with environmental and social impacts. However, recent assessments suggest that the goal of doubling the resource productivity will not be reached unless further policy measures are taken. Much potential has not yet been used and politics must help to overcome these barriers. However, the concrete objectives and priorities, the level of ambition and the instrumentation of a resource policy remain controversial in politics and society.
At the FFU we analyze and support in various projects the evolving debate on resource policies in Germany and the EU from a political science perspective.

Creating Sustainable Growth in Europe. Resource Productivity, Environmental Tax Reform and Sustainable Growth in Europe

General project coordinator: Prof. Paul Ekins, ...

Jul 01, 2006 — Sep 30, 2009

Project partners: Paul Ekins, Professor of Energy and Environment Policy, Department of Geography, King's College LondonBernd Meyer, Gesellschaft für Wirtschaftliche Strukturforschung, University OsnabrückTerry Barker, Cambridge Econometrics, Cambridge UniversityStefan Giljum, Stefan Speck, Sustainable Europe Research Institute, ViennaPetr Sauer, University of Economics, Prague

20th anniversary of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety

Feb 27, 2006 — Nov 15, 2006

Project description Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety gave reason to renew the answers to questions of German environmental politics on federal level. The institutional role of environmental politics, its rating and further perspectives were analysed in an event where experts and the public were both invited. The FFU prepared the contents of this event and its support, the conceptual organisation and the ...

Development of Recommendations for the Use of Economic Instruments in Order to Icrease Ressource Efficiency in Germany and the EU

Apr 01, 2013 — May 30, 2015

In light of the increasing scarcity of resources and the resulting consequences the need to improve resource efficiency and to reduce resource consumption grows. So far, regulatory instruments are the main means to control resource consumption. Economic instruments are being used only in the areas of energy and transport. The research project aims at developing specific suggestions for the use of economic instruments or combinations of economic instruments for the improvement of resource ...

Network of Excellence - Linking Impact Assessment Instruments to Sustainability Expertise (LIAISE)

Nov 02, 2009 — Apr 30, 2014


Resource Policy - PolRess

Jan 15, 2012 — May 31, 2015

Project partners: Ecologic; European School of Governance (EuSG); Gesellschaft für Wirtschaftliche Strukturforschung (GWS); Institut für Ökologische Wirtschaftsforschung (IÖW); Öko-Institut; Wuppertal-Institut

Schüleruni Nachhaltigkeit und Klimaschutz

Environmental Policy Research Centre, Freie Universität Berlin

Prof. Dr. Miranda Schreurs

Sep 01, 2011 — Oct 01, 2015

Research Focus: Environmental education