Our Topics

The topics that we work on in our projects reflect the topics of the BEF group. We provide expertise and project management, work with policy assessment and develop project together with our partners. Furthermore, we develop assessment tools and performance indicators for our own and other BEF projects. We work with in following environmental fields:

Energy and Climate Change

Waste Management

Water and Watermanagement

Nature Conservation and Biodiversity

Sustainable Mobility

Environment and Health

Chemicals and Industrial Pollution

Interview of our projects

Project list
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(English, June 2012)

Energy and Climate Change

BEF Germany is active in the fields of energy and climate change since many years. In the past years we have predominantly carried out projects dealing with energy efficiency in the building sector. The building sector offers substantial saving potentials through better insulation, more efficient technologies and changed consumption behaviour of the inhabitants. Measures for better energy efficiency are almost always win-win-solutions as the saved energy does not only relieve the household budget but contributes to climate protection as well. Energy efficiency is of enormous importance in many Central and Eastern (CEE) European countries, as the energy prices have risen significantly during the last years. A large share of the building stock is still in need for upgrading; renewables are not yet used to a large extent and many CEE countries depend on energy imports.

Contacts

Matthias Grätz
Tel.: +49 40 5330 7076
Fax: +49 40 5330 7084

Martin Krekeler
Tel: +49 40 4328 2152
 Fax: +49 40 5330 7084

Waste Management

Waste management issues have been a priority for co-operation and experience exchange among the environmental authorities of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania since the beginning of the 1990s. Through the activities of the Baltic Environmental Forum, regular information exchange and on-going learning has been fostered regarding the development of efficient waste management systems.The BEF has followed the work of the Ministries of Environment of the three Baltic States, which started from zero: building up a legislative framework for waste handling, creating institutions and defining responsibilities, developing waste management strategies, setting targets for single waste streams and, at the same time, defining measures for the continuous improvement of the system.Due to involvement of many actors as well as the complexity of waste streams, the waste sector is highly complicated. Besides, by opening local markets to western consumer goods, totally new waste streams have been created in the Baltic States. For those no management experience existed (e.g., packaging, end-of-life vehicles or electronic scrap). Furthermore, a new waste management system had to be organised, and large-scale investments were required to upgrade or build environmentally sound landfills. Therefore, the special attention of the BEF activities are paid to management of the specific waste streams, involvement of public, interested stakeholders in awareness raising activities and involvement of NGOs for better waste management in the region.

Since a few years, we have expanded the focus of our activities with regard to waste at accession candidates and countries outside of the EU. BEF provides project management and organizes transfer of German and Baltic expertise into the target countries in projects that focus on waste management.

Contacts

Matthias Grätz
Tel.:+49 40 5330 7075
Fax: +49 40 5330 7084

Water and water management

Water and water management are traditional topics of the BEF Group, especially with regard to the water framework directive and river basin management aspects. BEF Germany is working on these issues predominantly with partners in Balkan countries and transfers expertise from Germany and other EU member states and offers experience exchange to Balkan countries.

Contacts

Heidrun Fammler
Tel.: 040/5330 7076
Fax: 040/5330 7084

Nature conservation and biodiversity

Projects on nature conservation have a long tradition and are an important constituent of the work of the BEF Group. Amongst others, BEF implemented projects on the conservation of boreal forest, on protection of endangered species or on projecting the Baltic Sea . A focus of our work are aspects of nature conservation and society, as well as communication of nature conservation issues.

Contacts

Heidrun Fammler
Tel.: 040/5330 7076
Fax: 040/5330 7084

Sustainable mobility

Sustainable mobility patterns will be of higher importance in the coming years. On the one hand, the transport sector is a significant cause of greenhouse gas emissions, and our mobility needs and the increasing commodity flows cause an enormous demand for energy on the other hand. At the moment, this demand is primarily satisfied from limited resources. These problems must be overcome by developing appropriate technical solutions and putting them into practice. Efficient technologies can be only the end of the chain. A good planning, a durable adaptation of individual mobility patterns and suitable economic and political instruments are central elements for a sustainable mobility. BEF Germany wants to engage itself stronger in issues of sustainable mobility and wants to strengthen this issue also inside the BEF network.

Contacts

Matthias Grätz
Tel.: 040/5330 7076
Fax: 040/5330 7084

Environment and health

Health aspects and the impact of the environment on our health play an increasingly important role. In this context, BEF is dealing with issues of consumption and consumer behaviour, since the right choice of products can have negative on the environment and the health.

Contacts

Heidrun Fammler
Tel.:  +49 40 5330 7076
Fax:  +49 40 5330 7084

Chemicals and industrial pollution

Chemicals are all around us, from natural chemicals in food to industrially produced ones, distributed by trade and by long-range transport of pollutants, found in working surrounding, environment and consumers’ products. They may ease our everyday life but at the same time cause allergies, have effects on the reproductive system or show carcinogenic, teratogenic or chronic toxic effects. Therefore the management of chemicals risks is one of the high priority issues on European and international levels. A large number of European directives as well as international agreements are available as tools for the reduction of risks posed by chemicals. This is inevitably a complex field demanding great resources as well as very good cooperation from public institutions and the industry. Especially industrial companies are a potential source of environmental problems and rather often it needs good convincing skills that environmental costs should not externalised and that win-win solutions are possible. Apart from that, it is of course indispensable that binding legal standards on national and international level are met by the companies. Continuous awareness and knowledge raising, know-how exchange, capacity building and initiating a dialogue between state authorities, the industry, trade and consumers is one of the priority issues within the BEF. Workshops, meetings and trainings contribute to our aim of minimizing the environmental burden posed by chemicals and industrial pollutants.

Contacts

Heidrun Fammler
Tel.: 040/5330 7076
Fax: 040/5330 7084