'The crisis of growth – threat or opportunity for sustainable development?'
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The seventh British-German Environment Forum (BGEF) was the first with our new partners Wilton Park and addressed the question of whether it is possible to decouple growth and prosperity.
Policy makers and practitioners from business, public agencies, and the voluntary sector along with distinguished speakers including German Environment Minister Ursula Heinern-Esser met to discuss this very topical issue.
It examined different possible growth scenarios and whether the decoupling of prosperity and growth is possible. It also examined how best to facilitate transition to a low carbon economy and aid greener growth in developing countries.
Improving and extending the European carbon market
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The sixth BGEF conference addressed the EU's Emissions Trading Scheme.
The 2007 Spring European Council in early March decided to target a 20% cut in greenhouse gas (GHG) production by 2020, compared to 1990 levels. The Council also allowed for a 30% cut if an international agreement is reached. This sets a new challenge for policy makers in Europe. Thus the timing of the sixth British-German Environment Forum in Berlin on 26–27 March 2007 - with the aim of developing ideas and consensus to move forward the policy debate on solutions to climate change, and in particular the carbon market – could hardly have been better. The conference heard of the serious problem the world faces in limiting the output of GHGs as countries such as China and India rapidly industrialise. The EU, with the UK and Germany in the vanguard, has led the way in developing mechanisms to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, and the meeting heard about the successes – and failings – of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme, and debated how Germany and the UK together might be able to generate the political momentum required to rise to the challenge.
The discussions and debates of the bilateral conference in Berlin, involving senior representatives from government, business, research and civil society at national and international level, are summarized in a conference report.
From Fossil to Future Fuels
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'Sustaining Food, Sustaining Farmers'
What can Britain and Germany learn from each other in reforming agriculture for sustainable development?
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'Escaping from Gridlock'
Integrating environmental and transport policy
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