Consumer demand is a critical driver of resource consumption in the EU. When striving for a resource-efficient EU economy, how can we use policies to effectively shape consumer choices towards sustainability? A new Report written by Katharina Umpfenbach and colleagues for DG Environment summarises the most relevant scientific insights and analyses the implications for policy making. It highlights novel policy ideas for triggering changes in consumer behaviour.
Supported by the National Climate Protection Initiative (NKI) of the Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Protection, and Reactor Safety (BMU), the fourth workshop for the scientific monitoring of the municipalities within the project "Master Plan 100% Climate Protection" took place on 2 and 3 September 2013 in Göttingen.
The 19 master plan municipalities have set particularly ambitious climate protection goals for...Read more
Funded by the National Climate Initiative (NKI in German) of the Federal Environment Ministry (BMU), the second working meeting of the scientific support for the municipalities in the project "Master Plan for 100% Climate Change Mitigation" was held on 7 and 8 February 2013 in Hanover.
The 19 "Master Plan Municipalities" commit to particularly ambitious climate protection targets, such as the...Read more
In this project, BIO IS, the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP) and the Ecologic Institute investigated approaches for verifying that claims made by companies on the environmental properties of products or their own overall environmental performance are correct. The study was commissioned by the European Commission, DG Environment. The Ecologic Institute contributed an analysis on the law of the World Trade Organziation as far as relevant for related policy measures. The report is available for download.
European methodology for quantifying environmental impacts ofRead more
On 25 and 26 April 2013, the third working meeting regarding scientific supervision of the 19 “Master Plan Municipalities” took place on the premises of the German Environmental Ministry in Berlin. The meeting of the different municipalities, which took place under the auspices of the "Strategic Development of the National Climate Initiative (NKI)" project, facilitated an exchange between the participants...Read more