Research Unit Sustainability and Climate Policy
Prof. Dr. Dr. Felix Ekardt, LL.M., M.A.
Even with zero fossil fuels and greatly reduced animal husbandry, residual emissions remain that must be compensated - even if sufficiency can make this amount of emissions smaller than the IPCC assumes. This requires above all the regulation of forests and peatlands (which are also central to biodiversity protection). Here, economic instruments and regulatory law relate to each other differently than they often do. Three international articles explore this - on forests, on peatlands and on the very problematic large-scale geoengineering.
German and EU climate policy is contrary to international law and constitutional human rights. Even the unambitious targets themselves are illegal. More on this in our new legal analysis, including critical perspectives on IPCC AR6 here. In April 2021, we won a groundbreaking lawsuit at the German Constitutional Court. See on this in Nature Climate Change here and in The Environment here.
The existing legal framework on P is strongly characterized by detailed command-and-control provisions and thus suffers from governance problems such as enforcement deficits, rebound and shifting effects. Our new paper focuses on how these challenges could be addressed by economic instruments. The article highlights not only the impact of the instruments on P management, but also on adjacent environmental areas. We pay particular attention to the governance effects on reaching international binding climate and biodiv goals: here.
The production of animal food products is (besides fossil fuels) one of the most important noxae with regard to many of the environmental problems, such as climate change, biodiversity loss or globally disrupted nutrient cycles. This paper provides a qualitative governance analysis of which regulatory options there are to align livestock farming with the legally binding environmental objectives, in particular the Paris Agreement and the Convention on Biological Diversity: here.
From 2019 Felix Ekardt is the editor of Springer Nature's new book series "Environmental Humanities: Transformation, Governance, Ethics, Law". It is open to the entire social sciences, i.e. economics, philosophy, sociology, political science, ethnology, etc. Vol 1 "Sustainability: Transformation, Governance, Ethics, Law" by Felix Ekardt has been published in 2019/2020 and provides an overview of the work of the FNK with completely new perspectives in sustainability research - and can be read with Springer Link: here. Vol. 2 on a Criticism of Cost-Benefit Analysis and Vol. 3 on Forest Governance are available here and here.
|The two hallmarks of the work of Felix Ekardt and his research group are sustainability on one hand and a theory of justice on the other. Both of them are expressed by the logo: Basically, sustainability means (apart from a claim for more global justice) that interests and rights of future generations be considered in today's decisions and that they not be discriminated just because they are future interests. The current of generations is represented by the fading balls. The scale expresses that future rights and today's rights should principally deserve the same weight. Moreover, it symbolises that problems of sustainability are always problems of justice, too.|