Better regulation, lean governance and impact assessment are generally regarded as necessary for effective and cost-efficient administration and policy making. This applies in particular to environmental policies, which are often criticised as being overly bureaucratic, thereby hampering growth and endangering competitiveness. Against this background, the European Commission, DG Environment, has commissioned a project team lead by IVM and IEEP to organise a workshop for policy makers, academic experts and consultants, in order to examine how Member States conduct the transposition andRead more
Projects – Ecologic Institute EU
One of the key elements of the latest 2003 reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is compulsory compliance with environmental, food safety, animal welfare, and animal and plant health standards. Additionally it is required that farmers maintain their farmland in good agricultural and environmental condition as a condition for receiving direct payments. The project will focus on the investigation of the value-added resulting from introducing cross-compliance as a tool to improve compliance with existing standards; and the investigation of the cost implications and competitionRead more
The challenge of developing robust methodologies to undertake ex ante and/or ex post sustainability assessments of trade policies remains largely unmet. In cooperation with further members of the CAT-E network Ecologic analyses and develops methodological approaches for sustainable impact assessments for specific trade areas.
In the past most assessments of links between trade, environment and policies have focused on trade in goods or on unilateral domesticRead more
What does Germany’s frequently mentioned population decrease actually mean for sustainable development? How can social security systems, but also the provision of wastewater services and a functioning transport infrastructure be maintained within this context? Ecologic, in partnership with the Berlin Institute, has developed the report “Contributions to Generational Accounting to Assess Sustainability”, which examined these and other questions concerning demographic evolution within the context of sustainability.
The project concentrated on analysing the intersection of demographicRead more
The 2002 floods of the Danube and the Elbe have demonstrated that the cost of flood damage can be enormous, and might even increase in the future as the climate changes. Against this background, the International Office for Water and Ecologic have investigated the possible role of economics in designing long-term flood risk management strategies in a project for the European Commission. The final report is available for download.
The project has primarily focused on the Rhine and the Loire river basins, considering also the experiences made in the UK and other EU Member States. TheRead more
Water management is influenced by many different factors. Current water management strategies are often not designed in a way to adequately accommodate and react to changing boundary conditions, such as climate change, new economic, social and political circumstances. The NeWater project aims at developing new approaches for an adaptive and more flexible management of water resources under uncertainty.
The central tenet of the NeWater project is a transition from currently prevailing regimes of river basin water managementRead more
Intellectual property right (IPR) rules have strong impacts on economic growth, environmental protection and social objectives. Within the IPDEV project Ecologic identifies IPR-related policies which are supportive to sustainable development goals. Based on quantitative and qualitative analysis it is investigated how especially EU-candidate countries and developing countries can take maximum advantage of IPRs rules to support sustainable development.
There is a range of views about international IPR regimes. Some argue that expansionist trends are necessaryRead more
Economic analysis plays an increasingly important role in the work of the European Commission, DG Environment. As part of a pan-European consortium, Ecologic supports the European Commission in the economic analysis of environmental policies.
The objective of the project is to support economic analysis of environmental policies. In particular, three main issues are distinguished:
- Support in the context of Sustainable Development: these activities will provide economic analysis in the framework of the EU's Sustainable Development Strategy (SDS) [pdf, 87 KB, Read more
This project convened about 350 participants from business, politics, academia and civil society in a series of 10 events. Ministers of Environment of the respective host country opened these meetings. These events were intended to prepare the ground for further discussion in the new EU Member States (NMS) and Candidate Countries (CC) on further climate change action (post-2012) and to create additional public awareness.