Research Unit Sustainability and Climate Policy
Prof. Dr. Felix Ekardt, LL.M., M.A.
During the last years, the Research Unit Sustainability and Climate Policy has done a lot of research on questions of phosphorus and scarcity of natural resources, as well as on land-use and climate change - from a transdisciplinary point of view. See, among other papers, here.
Since 2007, Felix Ekardt has given speeches and presentations on some 50 international conferences on questions of sustainability, climate change, justice, human rights, phosphorus scarcity, land-use, etc. For details and also for forthcoming speeches, see the list of presentations.
The Research Unit Sustainability and Climate Policy has done a lot of research on the normative grounds of sustainability - respectively on the theoretical basis of both ethics and law. The most informative is the big German volume "Theorie der Nachhaltigkeit", but there is also a number of English papers. See, among other papers, here.
More energy efficiency and an extended usage of renewable energies in the area of space heating are a central concern of an effective climate policy. However, the chief potentials of existing buildings are hitherto inadequately exploited. The insofar existing dilemma of investor and user is neither solved nor completely understood. Likewise, the question of how climate protection in the field of housing can be formulated in a socially balanced way is posed. Some problems can be equally well approached in an ecologically and socially meaningful way. The great breakthrough in the refurbishment of old buildings is likely to depend on administrative (regulatory) provisions or on a further (also politically induced) rise of energy prices. At the same time, some problems resulting from a mix of legal climate protection instruments become apparent in this and other contexts.