The transformation to a low-carbon society will require radical change. This transformation will have significant ethical, economic and legal impacts and will frustrate the legitimate expectations of many agents. This project will analyse those impacts, and the content and normative and legal force of the related legitimate expectations. It aims to thereby contribute to identifying ethically defensible, eco-nomically efficient and legally valid ways of implementing the transformation.
Sponsor: ACRP 10th Call
Funded by Kli:En (ACRP 11), this project aims at identification and evaluation of options for qualitative change in the socioeconomic system to substantially reduce GHG emissions. QUALITY supplies core inputs on efficiency, distributional implications as well as political and legal feasibility of policy instruments fostering qualitative change in transport and the interface to the energy sector to enable Austria´s low-carbon transition according to the Paris Agreement targets.
Sponsor: ACRP 11th Call
The DK Climate Change (DKCC) is an international programme at the University of Graz for outstanding doctoral students in the area of climate change. The PhD programme is characterized by innovative training with a special focus on interdisciplinarity. The researchers collaborate to investigate strategies for the transition towards a low-carbon and climate-robust economy and society. The DKCC thus educates a new generation of excellent researchers and contribute to the transformation by building a shared understanding of the challenges of climate change and by reaching out to societal stakeholders.
Start: October 2018
Within the framework of a study commissioned by the Vorarlberg Nature Conservation Council, 100 decisions with a negative nature conservation assessment, issued by Vorarlberg nature conservation authorities between 2008 and 2018, were examined and the role of nature conservation interests in the respective balancing decisions was analysed. Among other suggestions, the study proposes that authorities should be obliged by law to identify and compare interests for or against a project more clearly in individual cases so that official permits are only granted in exceptional cases where nature conservation interests are violated. The underlying balancing decisions must be made transparent and justified in a comprehensible manner.
Duration: April 2018 - July 2019
Sponsor: Naturschutzrat Vorarlberg
The project aimed at increasing the quality of the legally required participation of civil society in environmental proceedings through so-called "capacity building" among environmental organisations, citizens' initiatives, public authorities and courts, thus contributing to a better implementation of the Aarhus Convention in Austria. Furthermore, the exchange on Arhus-relevant topics between science, environmental ombudsmen and NGOs was to be strengthened. Therefore an "Environmental Law Clinic" was held at Graz University, where students in cooperation with environmental organisations worked on actual cases related to the Aarhus Convention.
Funding authority: Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Regions and Tourism (LE 14-20), EU
Project duration: June 1st 2015 – November 30th 2017