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“Europe’s Low Carbon Industries: A Health Check”

“Europe’s Low Carbon Industries: A Health Check”

A new report by EY (Ernst & Young) assesses the market development and state of innovation of a selection of Europe’s low carbon industries compared to those in the rest of the world. Political direction and a targeted industrial strategy can help Europe to maximize its opportunities in these markets that will be worth hundreds of billions of dollars by the end of the decade.

  • Download the report here
  • Download the summary here

Launch of the European Climate Foundation’s Energy Price Monitor

The new Energy Price Monitor displays the latest developments of the overall consumer prices for energy in Germany. The index is published on the website of Agora Energiewende on a monthly basis.

When it comes to climate policies, energy prices are one of the central economic drivers. They account for more then one tenth of the living costs. Nevertheless, there still is no generally accepted and easily accessible indicator to measure the development of energy prices.

This prompted the European Climate Foundation (ECF) to develop an energy price monitor, which is based on official surveys. It observes and analyses the development of German households’ energy prices on a monthly basis.

More information: www.agora-energiewende.de/energiepreismonitor

European Green Growth Summit III

The Green Growth Platform organises its third European Green Growth Summit in Brussels, on Wednesday 15 October 2014.

The Summit will bring together distinguished keynote speakers such as EU Energy & Climate Ministers, EU Commission & UNFCCC officials, Business Leaders, Investors and Experts to discuss the International Context, a Low Carbon Energy Union, recent analysis undertaken by the Green Growth Platform and the results of the New Climate Economy Project. Moreover, the new Parliamentary Green Growth Group will also be officially launched during the event, completing the trio of Ministerial, Business and MEP Green Growth Groups which make up the Green Growth Platform.

Speakers include:

  • Edward Davey MP, Energy and Climate Secretary, UNITED KINGDOM
  • Federico Ramos de Armas, Secretary of State for Environment, SPAIN
  • Richard Kinley, Deputy Executive Secretary, UNFCCC
  • Simon Upton, Environment Director, OECD
  • Jamie Shea, Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges, NATO

The Green Growth Platform consists of a Ministerial, Business and MEP Green Growth Group. The Ministerial group is made up of a group of like-minded EU Energy, Climate and Environment Ministers from Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, The Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom and Norway as an associate member. These Ministers seek to explore, promote and pursue the economic opportunities that EU low carbon ambition can offer Europe. In particular, they want to reach out to a wider business, investor, economist and political audience to raise the level of debate in order to deepen our collective understanding of what the EU’s low carbon transition offers economically, how best to exploit the opportunities and how we can effectively manage the challenges.

Senior Associate, International Policies and Politics Initiative (IPPI)

The European Climate Foundation

The European Climate Foundation (ECF) was established in 2008 as a major philanthropic initiative promoting climate and energy policies that greatly reduce Europe’s greenhouse gas emissions and help Europe play a stronger international leadership role in mitigating climate change. The ECF is funded by major multi-year commitments from donors in Europe and the United States. The ECF is part of the international ClimateWorks Network (CWN) that shares goals, strategies and resources to address the global challenge of climate change mitigation as part of a global network of aligned organisations.

The International Policies and Politics Initiative (IPPI) is co-funded by the European Climate Foundation, the ClimateWorks Foundation, the Oak Foundation, the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, and aims at catalysing greater ambition on climate change through activities and processes taking place at an international level. It is designed to help philanthropy identify opportunities for international collaboration, develop joint strategies, pool and align grant making to achieve greater overall impact towards an ambitious 2015 Paris agreement.

The position

The European Climate Foundation (ECF) is recruiting a full-time Senior Associate to work on the International Policies and Politics Initiative (IPPI).

The main functions of the position will be:

  • Management of the national and international diplomacy grant portfolio made by IPPI to NGOs and research organizations, including building grants and working in-depth with grantees, preparing performance evaluation and reporting
  • Scoping the political landscape around climate national and international diplomacy and advocacy with a strong focus on the UNFCCC negotiations and the 2015 Paris agreement
  • Providing strategic advice towards the IPPI Programme and being deployed to achieve IPPI outcome
  • Outreach around EU and international Policies.

Your profile:

  • University degree or similar qualification
  • International expertise in climate policies and excellent knowledge international institutions and the political decision-making process
  • Strong network in governments, not for profit organisations, NGOs acting in the international climate field
  • Five to seven years of related experience including grantmaking
  • Excellent English. Knowledge of other languages would be an advantage
  • Commitment and enthusiasm for working in a team
  • Proven commitment to environmental protection

What we offer:

  • Work in a highly motivated, dynamic, international team on a topic of highest relevance for the environment and climate protection
  • Competitive salary based on experience
  • Duration: Employment until December 31, 2015

Starting date:

As soon as possible for the candidate.

Location: Berlin or Brussels.

To apply: Please send your CV and cover letter to employment@europeanclimate.org, to the attention of Ms. Mathilde Mansoz. Indicate “Recruitment – Senior Associate IPPI” as the email subject line. Candidates need to be in the possession of a work permit if applicable.

Please note that applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Application deadline: 26 October 2014

For more information on the ECF and IPPI, please visit: www.europeanclimate.org

Survey shows French & German business leaders supportive of the energy transition

The European Climate Foundation has commissioned the first-ever survey of French and German business leaders on the energy transition under way in both countries. A representative sample of 1,000 CEOs and high level managers of all German and French companies above 10 employees reveals a converging sense of urgency on the need for the energy transition (for 84% and 87% of French and German respondents respectively) and the economic opportunities it presents, with for instance 74% of French private sector leaders seeing the energy transition as having positive impacts on growth and the opening of new markets.

French and German business leaders also agree that Germany, of the two countries, is the one best set up currently to succeed in its energy transition effort, when only 16% of French respondents believe that the French government has put in place adequate instruments and 78% feel they are not sufficiently involved in policy debates, unlike their German counterparts, who, in their large majority, feel that their recommendations and wishes are listened to.

  • Download the report here [French].
  • Download the press release here [French].
New Climate Economy Report

New Climate Economy Report

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The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate has released “Better Growth, Better Climate: The New Climate Economy Report“ in NYC, Beijing, Oslo and Addis Abeba. Chaired by former President of Mexico Felipe Calderón the Global Commission finds that governments and businesses can both improve economic growth and reduce their carbon emissions.

On this occasion, the European Climate Foundation hosted a press briefing with major German media at its own premises in Berlin. Caio Koch-Weser, Executive Chairman of the European Climate Foundation, Vice Chairman of Deutsche Bank and a member of the 24-member Global Commission presented the key messages of the report. ECF-CEO Johannes Meier elaborated on the opportunities to strengthen the competitiveness of European industry in the future.

Globally, 90 trillion U.S. dollars will be invested in new infrastructure projects in the 15 years to come. In Europe, investments will amount to a total of 16 trillion dollars. ”With smart infrastructure investments, Europe has the opportunity to advance ambitious climate targets and stimulate economic growth”, Caio Koch-Weser said. According to the report, ambitious climate policy has the potential to significantly strengthen economic growth within the next 5 to 15 years. ”The alleged conflict between economic growth, energy security and climate change turns out to be a myth as all three objectives can be realised. Providing the basis for investments and innovations a reliable political framework is key for sustainable growth and climate protection”, Koch-Weser highlighted.

Download the synthesis report here.

Launch of the New Climate Economy Report

Launch of the New Climate Economy Report

ECF hosts press briefing with Chairman Caio Koch-Weser and CEO Johannes Meier

The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate has released “Better Growth, Better Climate: The New Climate Economy Report“ in NYC, Beijing, Oslo and Addis Abeba. Chaired by former President of Mexico Felipe Calderón the Global Commission finds that governments and businesses can both improve economic growth and reduce their carbon emissions.

On this occasion, the European Climate Foundation hosted a press briefing with major German media at its own premises in Berlin. Caio Koch-Weser, Executive Chairman of the European Climate Foundation, Vice Chairman of Deutsche Bank and a member of the 24-member Global Commission presented the key messages of the report. ECF-CEO Johannes Meier elaborated on the opportunities to strengthen the competitiveness of European industry in the future.

Globally, 90 trillion U.S. dollars will be invested in new infrastructure projects in the 15 years to come. In Europe, investments will amount to a total of 16 trillion dollars. ”With smart infrastructure investments, Europe has the opportunity to advance ambitious climate targets and stimulate economic growth”, Caio Koch-Weser said. According to the report, ambitious climate policy has the potential to significantly strengthen economic growth within the next 5 to 15 years. ”The alleged conflict between economic growth, energy security and climate change turns out to be a myth as all three objectives can be realised. Providing the basis for investments and innovations a reliable political framework is key for sustainable growth and climate protection”, Koch-Weser highlighted.

  • Download the press release here.
  • Download the synthesis report here.

For more information, visit newclimateeconomy.report

Europe’s low-carbon transition: understanding the chemicals sector

Europe’s low-carbon transition: understanding the chemicals sector

March 2014 - Is there a way for Europe to increase its competitiveness, while at the same time reducing its greenhouse gas emissions?  This is the key question that the European Climate Foundation asks in a study looking at the relationship between emissions reductions and competitiveness, using the European chemicals industry as a case study.

The ECF authored the report with analytical support from McKinsey & Company and in consultation with a group of industry representatives and academics. It highlights the need for a broader notion of competitiveness to enable Europe to profit from the challenges of the transition. As a major share of emissions reduction opportunities identified in the study lie in cross-company and cross-sector integration, the question is raised as to how industry and policy makers can interact effectively to unlock these more complex opportunities.

The report can be downloaded here.

The annexes can be downloaded here.

The launch presentation can be downloaded here.