Publication
20 January 2022
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Assessment of the EU Commission’s Proposal on an EU ETS for buildings & road transport (EU ETS 2)

In July 2021, the European Commission proposed introducing an emissions trading system for transport and buildings. Does the proposal meet the requirements of effective climate action and social compatibility? Where should improvements be made? These questions are answered by the study “Criteria for an effective and socially just EU ETS 2 – Assessment of the EU Commission’s Proposal on an EU ETS for buildings & road transport (EU ETS 2)”, which was prepared by the Forum Ökologisch-Soziale Marktwirtschaft and the Forschungsstätte der Evangelischen Studiengemeinschaft on behalf of Germanwatch, Klima-Allianz Deutschland, WWF Deutschland and CAN Europe.

Publication
18 January 2022
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A Factsheet for Civil Society

One of the challenges many African countries are facing is the lack of access to electricity. Addressing this difficulty is particularly complicated in rural areas where a connection to the national grid would require a big and often not feasible infrastructure expansion. This factsheet offers an overview of alternative solutions to grid-connected electricity, namely decentralised renewable energy (DRE) systems. The factsheet analyses advantages and challenges of these systems, informs about technical specifications, and gives an overview of the various ownership models of DRE systems. Finally, the factsheet gives recommendations for an enabling national policy on decentralised renewable energy.

News
11 January 2022
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32-40h/week, location: Bonn or Berlin, ideally February 15th 2022, for 12 months

Germanwatch is a development and environment organization that actively engages in international political and economic discussions. The situation of marginalized people forms the starting point for our engagement for sustainable development. We collaborate strongly with our partners in the Global South to achieve an outcome that supports the poorest and most vulnerable. Frequent dialogue is the basis for that collaboration.

Publication
22 December 2021
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Full Disclosure: Monthly Briefing on EU Corporate Transparency Regulation

Last April, the European Commission published a new draft of the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD), which is intended to provide companies with clarity on what and how they need to report and reduce administrative burden. The goal is to remove barriers and to leverage financing the transformation to climate neutrality. This briefing paper provides a brief overview of the ongoing processes around the CSRD and the standard-setting and then takes a first summarizing look at the new European corporate reporting standards.

Publication
22 December 2021
COP Briefing Paper
Leveraging COP26 outcomes for the German G7 presidency in 2022

This year’s COP results have been heavily debated. Along with the negotiations, various initiatives were launched, and these received considerable attention. Examples are an initiative to end international fossil fuel finance, a partnership with South Africa to support the country’s just transition, and a pledge to reduce methane emissions. The G7 should build on the COP’s positive dynamics and support a strategy to avoid greenwashing of the announcements, and provide alternative solutions where the COP process could not deliver.

Blogpost
20 December 2021
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Deforestation, overexploitation and climate change threaten forests around the world. The European Union also plays an inglorious role in this. To change this, the European Commission presented yesterday a legislative proposal to prevent products from forest destruction from entering the EU internal market in the future. At the same time, a general EU supply chain law is being planned. Is the EU Commission duplicating its efforts? No, say Julia Otten and Johannes Heeg from our member Germanwatch and the Initiative Lieferkettengestz.

Blogpost
20 December 2021
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In Brazil, a railway project threatens to overrun the environment and the rights of indigenous peoples.

A thousand kilometer railway line is intended to make industrial soy production in Brazil cheaper and increase exports. As the second largest buyer of Brazilian soy, the European Union is already partly responsible for the social and ecological damage caused by soy production and for the expansion of cattle pastures in forest areas. Brazil's indigenous population are resisting the construction, pointing to the disregard of their rights and the threat to the climate and biodiversity.

News
19 December 2021
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Conducting a feasibility study for a project on a Multi-Actor Partnership (MAP) on Loss & Damage with a focus on Bangladesh

Germanwatch is looking for an expert to carry out a feasibility study for a project on a Multi-Actor-Partnership (MAP) on Loss & Damage with a focus on Bangladesh.

Interested applicants are encouraged to submit their offer (including expression of interest, CV incl. references to prove the required substantial work experience (see paragraph "expert profile") and a financial offer (separate disclosure of applicable taxes)).

Publication
14 December 2021
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In the context of several European legislative processes on supply chains this study emphasizes the importance of binding legislation for companies to comply with environmental aspects in addition to human rights along their supply chains.

Blogpost
22 November 2021
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Initial assessment of COP26 in Glasgow

The outcome of the UN climate conference is one of ambivalence: while there is strong momentum for phasing out coal and pressure being placed on reluctant climate action, for the 1.5 degree limit to come within reach, China in particular needs to improve its climate target soon and the US needs to implement its very well. In addition, results on the issue of Loss and Damage are insufficient.