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Global Environmental Governance and Sustainable Development

Ecology and sustainable development are central areas for securing the future of humanity. It is to the credit of the Green movement that ecology has become one of the main issues of politics. The transformation towards a carbon free economy and the struggle for more social fairness are fundamentals of the vision of a global Green New Deal. We need smart regulations to enourage a sustainable economy fueled by renewable energies that provide safe, green jobs.

Our project The Transatlantic Energy and Climate Network (TECN) promotes dialogue between Americans and Europeans to advance a sustainable clean energy economy on both sides of the Atlantic.

We are engaged in global climate negotiations and the worldwide struggle to finance effective, efficient and equitable climate action, particularly adequate support for Southern countries. To meet the global financing needs for migration and adaptation efforts, new ways of funding need to be pursued. Our Climate Finance Program offers analysis and monitoring of public climate funds and the emerging global finance architecture.

For more information, please contact Liane Schalatek at Liane.Schalatek[at] (climate finance),  Rebecca Bertram at Rebecca.Bertram[at] (environmental policies), or Roric McCorristin at Roric.McCorristin[at] (TECN).

Greening the Economy

Policy Paper

Renewables: The Only Path to a Secure, Affordable and Climate-friendly Energy System by 2030

April 14, 2014 - This paper demonstrates that an expansion of renewable energy sources is the only path to a secure, affordable and climate-friendly energy system until 2030 and beyond. Renewables not only drastically reduce emissions and other environmental and social burdens; they also reduce energy import dependency and hence increase energy security, strengthen local economies, and create jobs.  more»


Greening the Heartlands of Coal in Europe: Insights from a Czech-German-Polish Dialogue on Energy Issues

- March 21, 2014 - The impacts of the German energy transition on its European neighbors have hardly been addressed. In 2013, HBF, in cooperation with the Ecologic Institute, invited experts from the Czech Republic, Germany and Poland to discuss the prospects for better cross-border cooperation arising from Germany's energy transition. This report is the result of the trilateral energy expert group's discussion. Raffaele Piria, more»

Policy Paper

Reexamining the United States’ shale gas success: Is Europe letting the fox in the henhouse?

- February 21, 2014 - Shale gas development continues to cause a heated debate on both sides of the Atlantic with the industry touting the increasing number of jobs within the sector, as well as lower CO2 emissions in comparison to coal and oil. Although both seem to be good news for US and EU policy makers and civil society, such arguments are often exaggerated and do not reflect less promising economic and environmental realities.  Olga Buto more»

Climate Finance


Post-Bali: It’s Crunch Time! – Report of the 6th GCF Board Meeting

April 18, 2014 - The 6th meeting of the Board of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) in Bali from February 19 – February 21, 2014 was meant to propel the new Fund toward full operationalization by year’s end. After Bali, however, this tightly timed goal is in peril. For the GCF Board it is now crunch time to deliver at its May meeting.


Liane Schalatek more»

Policy Paper

Taking a Gender-Sensitive Approach in the Green Climate Fund to the next Level: Recommendations for the 6th GCF Board Meeting

- February 18, 2014 - When the Board of the Green Climate Fund meets in Bali, Indonesia from February 19-21, the GCF’s mandated “gender-sensitive approach” is finally full-fledged on the agenda – and no longer treated under “any other business”.  This policy analysis by Elizabeth Eggert (UNDP) and Liane Schalatek looks at options to integrate gender considerations into the operational modalities up for discussion and decision in Bali.




After COP 19 in Warsaw – Checkmate for International Climate Politics

- December 6, 2013 - New hopes for a legally binding global climate regime were dimmed when the recent UN climate conference in Warsaw, the COP with the lowest expectations ever, lived up to it in every respect.  A post-Warsaw analysis Lili Fuhr, Liane Schalatek, Katarzyna Ugryn, and Wanun Permpibul more»

Global Climate


Meat Atlas

January 7, 2014 - The way in which we produce and consume meat affects many aspects of our lives and our environment: health, animal protection, food safety, agriculture, trade, environment and climate impacts are only some of these dimensions. Our new publication, the Meat Atlas 2014, describes and illustrates these relationships.  more»


Nature, Inc.?

- September 18, 2013 - Governments and international institutions are increasingly adopting a new approach to ecological preservation, based on the view that nature is a service provider. In doing so, they have shifted the onus of mitigating environmental risk onto the private sector and market-based mechanisms – with potentially devastating consequences.
  Barbara Unmüßig, President, Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung more»


Powering Africa through Feed-In Tariffs

- April 22, 2013 - Africa is facing a severe energy crisis and fails to meet the increasing demand for electricity. Renewable Energy Feed-in Tarifs (REFiTs) is one tool that has been successful in increasing the use of renewable technologies worldwide. This comprehensive study comissioned by the Heinrich Böll Stiftung and the World Future Council shows that REFiTs can unlock renewable energy development in Africa  more»

Gender & Ecology

Gender Equality in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Policy Paper

Gender Equality in the Post-2015 Development Agenda: Where Does it Stand?

- April 5, 2013 - The post-2015 development agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have the potential to make a positive, long-lasting difference in addressing today's myriad of unresolved challenges and fundamental crises if they focus on gender equality and macro-economic policy reform. This paper analyses how gender equality is taken up in the post-Rio+20 process.  Alexandra Spieldoch more»


From Ignorance to Inclusion

- November 6, 2012 - Gender-Responsive Multilateral Adaptation Investments in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Region – This study analyses how gender-responsive multilateral adaptation projects in the MENA region are, finding and discussing both best and worst practice examples. The authors demands that multilateral institutions in all their MENA adaptation projects implement gender safeguard policies consistent with existing international conventions and instruments on gender equality.  Liane Schalatek, Sarah Little, Sarah Bibler, Celine Salcedo-La Vina more»
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Office & Communications Manager, Assistant to the Executive Director
The Heinrich Böll Foundation North America is accepting applications for the position of Office and Communications Manager, Assistant to the Executive Director. We are looking for a highly qualified and motivated individual with an interest in green policy issues. Qualified candidates have a BA and are fluent in English and German. The position is full-time. The start date for the position is July1st, 2014.

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