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    Pricing carbon ensures that the costs associated with greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are embedded in production and consumption choices. In Europe, a broad price on carbon has...

    In December 2019, the European Commission launched its masterplan for a sustainable future: the European Green Deal (EUGD). This set of policy initiatives touches upon virtually every part of the bloc’s economy and is Europe’s overarching strategy for long-term prosperity, green growth, and recovery in a post-pandemic world. Its most prominent objective is to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050. Achieving this goal will require all parts of the Green Deal to come together. But one policy approach will be relevant across the board: putting a robust and just price on carbon emissions.

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    Over the past year, emissions trading systems (ETSs) have seen it all: expansions to new places, steep price declines, rapid price increases, reforms, and new beginnings – all...

    The Covid-19 pandemic has left its mark on the year 2020. Its effects on global CO2 emissions have been widely discussed. But how have emissions trading systems fared, both existing and in development? The yearly status report by the International Carbon Action Partnership (ICAP) takes a detailed look.

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    At the end of February, Labour Minister Hubertus Heil, Development Minister Gerd Müller and Economics Minister Peter Altmaier announced an agreement on a national supply chain...

    On March 3, the German federal cabinet passed the draft of a national due diligence law. adelphi played a significant role in the consultation and research on corporate due diligence in supply and value chains. The new law represents a critical first step, and now additional action must follow in order to establish effective corporate due diligence for the long term.

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    Meeting the demand for voluntary offsetting

    We are all increasingly aware of the threats of climate change and of the clear gap between the ambition of many...

    Have you considered voluntarily offsetting your carbon footprint? If like many individuals and organizations you have, then you are probably aware of emission reduction credits. Recently another option, namely the use of allowances from emissions trading systems, has also attracted attention. A new report by adelphi and Öko Institut commissioned by UBA compares the two options and finds each may have a distinct role to play.

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    The US is facing a U-turn in climate policy. President-elect Joe Biden wants to return to the Paris Agreement on his first day in office, decarbonise the electricity sector by...

    With the Biden administration, Germany will be able to strengthen its energy transition cooperation with the USA. Based on a new study, Raffaele Piria of adelphi and Kirsten Westphal of the German Institute of International and Security Affairs (SWP) argue in an article for the German daily newspaper Tagesspiegel that green hydrogen offers Germany and the US the opportunity to develop a discourse on transatlantic energy trade that is compatible with their respective climate ambitions.

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    The current state of biodiversity is alarming: Species extinction rates have taken on unprecedented levels. Human activities have already significantly altered three quarters...

    In the “super year” for biodiversity, countries are set to negotiate a “new deal for nature” in October 2020. Here are biodiversity experts’ three recommendations for a narrative that helps mobilize action on biodiversity.

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    The water and climate crises need to be addressed in one go

    Water insecurity and climate change have spiralled up to the top risks facing humanity, as the World...

    Climate change challenges water security – and water security increases climate resilience. The topic of this year’s World Water Day “Water and Climate Change” aims to highlight the immense impact that climate change will have on the availability of clean water – but also the crucial role that wise water management plays in adapting to and mitigating climate change. adelphi investigates the complex interdependencies between water management and climate change and provides advice for policy-makers and practitioners to enhance climate resilience.

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    Germany is connected worldwide. The German economy is heavily involved in international trade structures and capital transactions, as well as the globalised production...

    Human rights must also be the business of businesses. In addition, the Covid-19 pandemic highlights the necessity of systematic risk management that ensures health and workplace protections and makes the danger of infection manageable. Thus, there is an increasing demand for German companies to take responsibility for the state of human rights and environmental standards in their supply chains as well. Collaboration at the industry level offers a lot of potential for increased compliance. A new study analyses which human rights risks warrant attention, what German businesses are already doing to address human rights violations and what challenges they need to overcome.

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    Karl Popper’s concept of open society aims to liberate our powers of critical thinking. You are a board member and the co-founder of the...

    Issues like the climate crisis and the fear of social change are having major effects on our society. There is a growing sentiment of distrust for political institutions. Alexander Carius, Managing Director of Berlin-based think tank adelphi and co-founder of the Open Society Initiative, explores these issues in an interview with the German magazine polis.

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    The market for electronic devices is growing rapidly worldwide, and has a become problem. Mobile phones, tablets, laptops, and white goods like refrigerators and freezers have...

    Tablets, smartphones, TVs – every year, people around the world produce several million tons of electronic waste. ‘International E-Waste Day’ on October 14 draws attention to this enormous amount of waste and the associated pollution. In the following interview, Morton Hemkhaus explains the solutions.