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Are economic principles a driver or a barrier for energy efficiency and climate policy?

eceee 2021 Summer Study proceedings - Panel: 2. Policy innovations to ensure, scale and sustain action

authors: Braungardt, S. | Schumacher, K. | Wolff, F. | Keimeyer, F. | Aydemir, A. | Quack, D. | Bürger, V. | Lünenbürger, B.
Year of publication: 10 / 2021

Economic principles are at the heart of key policies addressing or affecting energy efficiency. Minimum energy performance standards are typically based on an economic efficiency principle, where the ambition of the minimum requirements…

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Spillovers between policy-transfer and transitions research

authors: Heyen, D. | Jacob, K. | Teebken, J. | Wolff, F.
Year of publication: 03 / 2021

Although research on sustainability transitions has addressed transnational linkages, little attention has yet been paid to the international diffusion and transfer of public policies. Transitions studies and research on policy transfer…

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Improving international soil governance

Analysis and recommendations

authors: Bodle, R. | Stockhaus, H. | Wolff, F. | Scherf, C. | Oberthür, S.
Year of publication: 06 / 2020

Soil protection is a neglected topic of environmental policy. This study develops options for the German government to improve international soil governance in the short, medium and long term. The study first takes stock of existing…

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Just transition in the context of EU environmental policy and the European Green Deal

Issue Paper under Task 3 of the ‘Service contract on future EU environment policy’

authors: Heyen, D. | Menzemer, L. | Wolff, F. | Beznea, A. | Williams, R.
Year of publication: 03 / 2020

The envisaged sustainability transitions are expected to substantially improve the state of our envi-ronment but also public health and the quality of peoples’ lives. Moreover, many economic sectors depend on ecosystem services and green…

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Stories that Change Our World? Narratives of the Sustainable Economy

authors: Guske, A. | Jacob, K. | Hirschnitz-Garbers, M. | Peuckert, J. | Schridde, S. | Stinner, S. | Wolff, F. | Zahrnt, D. | Ziesemer, F.
Year of publication: 11 / 2019

Narratives are shaping our understanding of the world. They convey values and norms and point to desirable future developments. In this way, they justify and legitimize political actions and social practices. Once a narrative has emerged…

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EU Environment and Climate Change Policies

State of play, current and future challenges

Year of publication: 09 / 2019

This study reviews the state of play of on environmental and climate legislation in the EU and pinpoints key challenges for the next five years. Part 1 of this study summarizes the status of EU legislation, major EU targets and…

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Drivers and barriers of sustainability transformations

A comparison of the “Energiewende” and the attempted transformation to organic agriculture in Germany

authors: Heyen, D. | Wolff, F.
Year of publication: 08 / 2019

This article compares the drivers and barriers of two sustainability transformations in Germany: the energy transformation (“Energiewende”) andt he attempted transformation towards organic agriculture which has, so far, been less…

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Framework conditions and instruments for a sustainable governance of rural-urban linkages

authors: Wolff, F. | Mederake, L. | Sosath, O. | Westphal, I.
Year of publication: 08 / 2019

This (German language) report is part of the Ufoplan project “Rural Urban Nexus – Globally sustainable land use and urbanisation”. The project aims to develop an integrated approach for sustainable linkages between urban and rural areas…

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‘Healthy Planet, Healthy People’

Implications of the 6th UNEP Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-6) for German environmental and sustainability policy

authors: Jacob, K. | Wolff, F.
Year of publication: 03 / 2019

Improving governance for responsible business

Stakeholder lab on recommendations for policy, civil society and the private sector

author: Wolff, F.
Year of publication: 06 / 2017

Prresentation for the GLOBAL VALUE Consortium by Franziska Wolff , 7. 6.2017, Brussels

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The UN Convention on Biological Diversity and Soils: Status and Future Options

authors: Wolff, F. | Kaphengst, T.
Year of publication: 02 / 2017

The global loss of fertile soils is widely recognized as one of the most pressing environmental and social problems of the next decades. Against this backdrop, political action is urgently needed to promote the sustainable use and…

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Effects and success factors of sustainable consumption policy instruments: a comparative assessment across Europe

authors: Wolff, F. | Schönherr, N. | Heyen, D.
Year of publication: 11 / 2016

Important knowledge gaps exist regarding the effects of policy instruments for sustainable consumption (SC) and success factors of such instruments. This article compares and summarizes the results of six case studies on the effects and…

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A non-land policy for global sustainable land use?

Ökologisches Wirtschaften 4 / 2015, S. 40-44

authors: Kaphengst, T. | Wolff, F. | Wunder, S.
Year of publication: 12 / 2015

What are new ways and future options for the international governance of sustainable land use? Effective policies towards more sustainable land use should not only deal with land and soil. These policies need to address various drivers…

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Resource-Efficient Land Use – Towards a Global Sustainable Land Use Standard (GLOBALANDS)

authors: Fritsche, U. R. | Eppler, U. | Heyen, D. | Iriarte, L. | Kaphengst, T. | Laaks, S. | Lutzenberger, A. | Wolff, F. | Wunder, S.
Year of publication: 10 / 2015

Given the challenges of future land use policies addressing sustainable natural resources management and socioeconomic aspects, the inter- and transdisciplinary GLOBALANDS (Global Land Use and Sustainability) project identified relevant…

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Ecosystem services in European cultural landscapes: Pathways, pitfalls, and perspectives

In: A. Gasparatos & K. J. Willis (ed), Biodiversity in the Green Economy: Moving beyond the rhetoric, Routledge

authors: Plieninger T. | Bieling, C. | Ohnesorge, B. | Schaich, H. | Schleyer, C. | Wolff, F.
Year of publication: 01 / 2015

Drawing on empirical evidence from studies conducted in two human-shaped landscapes in Germany, the article aims to enhance the knowledge of how to safeguard biodiversity and ecosystem services in integrated, subsequently termed…

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The Negotiations of the Nagoya Protocol: Issues, Coalitions and Process

authors: Wallbott, L. | Wolff, F. | Pożarowska, J.
Year of publication: 07 / 2014

In: Sebastian Oberthür und Kirstin Rosendal (eds), Global Governance of Genetic Resources: Access and Benefit Sharing after the Nagoya Protocol, Abingdon: Routledge, S. 33-59.

The article analyzes the history of the negotiations on…

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The Nagoya Protocol and the Diffusion of Economic Instruments for Ecosystem Services in International Environmental Governance

author: Wolff, F.
Year of publication: 07 / 2014

In: Sebastian Oberthür und Kirstin Rosendal (eds), Global Governance of Genetic Resources: Access and Benefit Sharing after the Nagoya Protocol, Abingdon: Routledge, S. 132-157.

In international environmental politics, more and…

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Global Governance for sustainable land use - Status and Opportunities

authors: Fritsche, U. R. | Eppler, U. | Iriarte, L. | Wunder, S. | Kaphengst, T. | Wolff, F. | Heyen, D. | Lutzenberger, A. | Jering, A.
Year of publication: 03 / 2014

The GLOBALANDS (Global Land Use and Sustainability) project was initiated by the German Federal Environmental Agency and is funded by the Federal Ministry for Environment. It identifies “best prac-tices” in terms of national and…

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Exploring Futures of Ecosystem Services in Cultural Landscapes through Participatory Scenario Development in the Swabian Alb, Germany

authors: Plieninger T. | Bieling, C. | Ohnesorge, B. | Schaich, H. | Schleyer, C. | Wolff, F.
Year of publication: 11 / 2013

Cultural landscapes are appreciated for the plethora of ecosystem services that they provide to society. They are, however, subject to rapid and fundamental transformations across Europe, mainly as a result of intensification or…

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When less is more - Sufficiency – Need and options for policy action

Oeko-Institute’s Working Paper 3/2013

authors: Heyen, D. | Fischer, C. | Barth, R. | Brunn, C. | Grießhammer, R. | Keimeyer, F. | Wolff, F.
Year of publication: 10 / 2013

In this working paper we focus on the political dimension, which has been neglected up to now. Sufficiency policy encompasses political measures which are geared to environmentally sustainable consumption patterns and involve a change in…

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