Ecology & Sustainable Development

Ecology & Sustainable Development

Global sustainable development lies at the heart of our work. In Germany as well as in our offices worldwide, a wide range of projects and activities focus on questions regarding environmental protection, sustainable use of resources, the promotion of renewable energies, sustainable agriculture, climate change, etc. According to our understanding, the concept of sustainability is not merely limited to its ecological dimensions, but also to the issue of equitable social development and cannot be separated from the question of how to decouple economic growth from resource consumption and negative environmental impacts.

China is faced with huge challenges in all of these areas. China’s government has committed itself to improve its own ecological situation and also wants to take on a more responsible role globally.

In this program area the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Beijing Representative Office together with its partners engages in debates for example on China’s energy and climate change policies as well as China’s new environmental protection law. We support organizations to do research and capacity building. We also organize study visits and provide a platform for different Chinese as well as international stakeholders to debate and share their expertise.

Publications

Soil Atlas: Facts and figures about earth, land and fields

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Through misuse, we lose 24 billion tonnes of fertile soil every year. For the International Year of Soils in 2015, this Atlas shows, why the soil should concern us all. Jointly published by the Heinrich Böll Foundation and the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies.

The Meaty Side of Climate Change

While energy giants like Exxon and Shell have drawn fire for their roles in warming the planet, the corporate meat and dairy industries have largely avoided scrutiny.

Debates on Sustainability

Jointly with the Consensus Media Group the hbs China office has held a podium discussion on development, growth and sustainability between the hbs president, Barbara Unmüßig, and one of China’s most influential intellectuals, the economic historian Prof. Qin Hui.

Blog:

Global Energy transition - the globale Energiewende
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