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12/2010
A brief evaluation of the climate summit 2010

One can perhaps say that, with Cancún, the major emerging economies have, to some extent, assumed the lead in the global negotiation process. After Mexico, namely South Africa (next Climate summit in 2011) and Brazil (Rio-plus-20 summit 2012) carry the central responsibility as the hosts of the next major summits.

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11/2010

Up to the climate summit in Copenhagen, international climate policy followed the strategy to achieve a "big bang" in the form of an international climate agreement covering the commitment period until 2020. At least for the time being, the window of opportunity for such an approach has closed after the moderate results of Copenhagen and the recent political developments in the US.

Publication
09/2010
Cover: MDG and Climate Change

Five years before the rallying-point, World leader and country representatives meet in New York on the Millenium Development Goals Summit from 20-22nd September.

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09/2010
Cover: Analysis Energy Concept
Potentials thwarted by nuclear power and coal

September 2010, the German government presented the draft of its energy concept. It is marked by striking contradictions. In view of the large energy utilities’ financially strengthened role and the shift of competition rules into their direction, it is doubtful whether the concept can be successful.

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06/2010
Expert elicitation on climate change related litigation risks: issues and implications

This paper provides a general overview of climate litigation risks in the US and Europe; considers the main legal issues and implications that arise for various actors; and makes recommendations. The paper is based on an online survey of legal and insurance experts conducted by Germanwatch in October 2009 which found that an increase in claims for damages directly and indirectly related to climate change is expected over the next few years.

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12/2009
Deckblatt: The Climate Change Performance Index 2009
A comparison of the 57 top CO2 emitting nations

The Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) is an innovative instrument that enhances transparency in international climate politics. On the basis of standardised criteria the index evaluates and compares the climate protection performances of the 57 countries that, together, are responsible for more than 90 percent of global energy-related CO2 emissions.

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12/2009
Results of October 2009 expert elicitation on climate change related litigation risks

The main result of the October 2009 expert elicitation on climate change related litigation risks is an expected increase of claims frequency both for damage directly related to CO2 / GHG emissions and for damage indirectly caused by climate change. Among those experts who think that these claims are basically possible to grant, the majority expects the first successful claims to occur within the next six years. 

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05/2009
Observed and expected impacts of the current financial crisis on the investment industry's consideration of ESG and climate-related issues

This paper assesses potential impacts of the current financial crisis on the investment industry's efforts to integrate environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues in general, and climate change issues in particular, in its products and processes. 

Publication
05/2009
Deckblatt: Germanwatch Flyer English

Who we are and what we want to achieve: “Observing, Analysing, Acting” under this motto Germanwatch has been engaged since 1991 for global equity and the preservation of livelihoods.

Publication
11/2008
Climate change risk reporting in the annual reports of the European automobile industry
2nd Edition - Covering Reports 2007

This paper is a follow-up study that analyses and evaluates the audited parts of the management reports / annual reports 2007 of major European automobile companies. Main focus is the analysis and evaluation of appropriate reporting of climate change related risks and uncertainties. The annual reports were analysed with respect to whether they meet the requirements of the Directive 78/660/EEC and whether financial and non-financial key performance indicators relevant to particular businesses were included. It takes only into account the parts which were audited by accountants. 

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