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Developing Economic Instruments in Support of Increasing Resource Efficiency (EconRes)

April 2013 to December 2015
Economic instruments are considered key to effectively implement environmental policy because they enable actors to choose between different alternative behaviours and encourage innovation. In this context, the project ÖkonRess aims to develop feasible instruments that foster efficient resource use. The different instruments shall be integrated in a policy mix that efficiently combines the instruments, minimizes trade-offs and maximizes synergies.Read more

Launch Event: EU Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change

March 2013 to July 2013

This project involves the preparation and organisation of a the launch of the EU Adaptation strategy to climate change. The conference brings together policy makers and practitioners working on adaptation to the impacts of climate change and provides an opportunity to present and discuss the EU Strategy on adaptation to climate change, the framework it establishes, its main focus areas and suggested actions. The overall goal is to support coherent, multi-level, multi-sector integrated adaptation policies in the EU.Read more

How to Verify Claims on the Environmental Properties of Products and Organizations?

February 2013 to August 2013

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

Impact Assessment of EU Environmental Inspections

February 2013 to August 2013

Many EU Directives are not sufficiently enforced in the member states and the EU commission considers the strengthening of its role in Environmental inspections.  The project assesses the impacts of such a policy and analyses the different options to strengthen the role of the EU commission in environmental inspections.

The assessment focuses on three policy areas (water, nature conservation and trade with endangered species) and on five member states (Poland, Sweden, UK, Germany and Spain).Read more

Towards an Atlantic Area? Mapping Trends, Perspectives and Interregional Dynamics between Europe, Africa and the Americas (ATLANTIC FUTURE)

February 2013 to December 2015
The aim of the ATLANTIC FUTURE FP7 research project is to study the rationales of cooperation in the Atlantic area and identify EU strategies for engaging in a wider transatlantic relationship within the Atlantic space.Read more

Coastal Ecosystem Capital Accounts

February 2013 to November 2013

The European Environment Agency (EEA) can adapt its existing accounting framework and resulting experimental accounts and extend coverage to these ecosystems  by developing and testing a concept, analytical framework and methodology for coastal ecosystem capital accounting. The final aim of this work is to contribute to the United Nations (UN) process on ecosystem accounting (as part of EEA support) as well as to support others working on this issue (e.g. implementation of Target 2/Action 5 of the EU 2020 Biodiversity Strategy).

Ecologic's previous work focused on physicalRead more

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Regional Performance Indicator

January 2013 to April 2013

Ecologic Institute as part of a Framework Contract with the Committee of the Regions conducted a report presenting two conceptualizations of a Regional Progress Indicator (called RPI henceforth) for monitoring and assessing progress towards meeting the Europe 2020 objectives. The report is available for download.Read more

Development of Guidance on Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR)

January 2013 to January 2014
The objective of the project was to describe, compare and analyse different types of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) systems operating in the EU in order to identify the necessary conditions and best practices for their functioning. Based on the results of this analysis, different options were analysed which may be used by the Commission to ensure the diffusion/adoption of these optimal conditions by the Member States. The scope of the project was the EU-27 plus Croatia. The final report is available for download.Read more

Benefit of Governance in Drought Adaption (DROP)

January 2013 to June 2015
Water scarcity and droughts are on the increase and expected to aggravate further due to climate change. Early actions are required to adapt to these changes. The transnational project 'Benefit of governance in DROught adaPtation (DROP)' aims to enhance the preparedness and resilience of Northwest European (NWE) regions to such periods of drought. Ecologic Institute is one of the five knowledge partners of DROP which jointly develop further an existing Governance Assessment Tool and apply the tool in the six regions of the participating water authorities.Read more

Transition towards Low-Carbon Energy Security (MILESECURE 2050)

January 2013 to December 2015
MILESECURE 2050 explores and evaluates the multidimensional process leading to European low-carbon energy security. Taking a perspective to 2050, the project will increase knowledge about the drivers of and barriers to societal and individual transition processes as well as develop governance approaches for low-carbon energy security.Read more

Integrated Management of Coastal Areas in the Face of Climate Change Adaptation

January 2013 to November 2014

Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICM) is a socio environmental issue of increasing importance. In the face of fisheries collapse, climate change and increasing human pressure on marine coastal ecosystems, multi-stakeholder management of the world's coasts is vital to conservation and sustainable exploitation of coasts.

The ICM project aims to gauge Member States' knowledge about ICM and Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) and provide the most up-to-date research and data with specific attention to climate change adaptation in coastal areas. It also sets out to identifyRead more

Strategic Environmental Impact Assessment of Development of the Arctic

January 2013 to June 2014

The Strategic Environmental Impact Assessment of development of the Arctic seeks to strengthen communication and outreach within the EU and between the EU and Arctic communities regarding the EU’s contribution to addressing environmental and other issues raised by the rapid development of the Arctic region as a result of economic and climate change. The Preparatory Action project aims to bring together scientific knowledge and stakeholder perspectives, increase awareness about the changing Arctic, enhance understanding of the impacts of EU policies, and test the effectiveness andRead more

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Ambitious Waste Targets and Local and Regional Waste Management

December 2012 to April 2013

In this project Umweltbundesamt Wien, the Research Institute for Managing Sustainability (RIMAS) and Ecologic Institute jointly support the Committee of the Regions in the process of stakeholder contribution to produce an Outlook Opinion on the review of the targets contained in European Waste legislation.

The project reviews the current state of waste targets contained in the Waste Framework Directive, the Landfill Directive and the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive and the instruments implemented for the achievement of these targets. Within the project 23 case studies willRead more

Assessment of Climate Change Policies in the Context of the European Semester

December 2012 to December 2014

Climate and energy targets form a key part of the European 2020 growth strategy. Ecologic Institute assesses national climate and energy policies of EU Members States with respect to these targets and compares the progress of Member States in relevant policy areas to support DG Climate Action (European Commission) in the EU Semester process.

In its Europe 2020 strategy, the European Union outlines the objective to achieve smart, sustainable, and inclusive growth including the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and targets for the increase of renewable energy and energyRead more

Monitoring the EU Sustainable Development Indicators

December 2012 to December 2015
The European Commission regularly tracks the progress towards sustainable development objectives within the EU and the individual Member States, drawing upon sustainable development indicators (SDIs). In a consortium with the Vienna University of Economics and Business, INFRAS and the Haymarket Media Group, Ecologic Institute was drafting these monitoring reports for the years 2013 and 2015 on behalf of Eurostat. Ecologic covered the analysis on Natural Resources, Climate Change and Energy and Global Partnership.Read more

From "The Blue Sky above the Ruhr" to the "Energiewende"

December 2012 to June 2014

Environmental policy is one of the most important policy fields in Germany. Despite the importance of environmental policy, little is known about the factors that have driven the development of scientific environmental policy advice. Was the German environmental policy initiated top-down or bottom-up? What role did the anti-nuclear movement play for the founding of individual environmental research institutes? What was the role of civil society? How has environmental consulting changed over time? And what can environmental consultants learn from these experiences? The project “FromRead more

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Support for Academic Exchange and Stakeholder Meetings in the Field of Renewable Energies

December 2012 to May 2017
Ecologic Institute initially supported the Federal Environment Ministry (BMU) and since the beginning of 2014 the Federal Ministry of Economics (BMWi) in the preparation and implementation of networking meetings and workshops in the field of renewable energies. During the events new findings from research projects funded by the ministries are presented to national and subnational policy-makers as well as to other scientists. Read more

New Tools and Policy Options to Improve the Management of Marine Litter (CLEANSEA)

December 2012 to December 2015

CLEANSEA is a research project that takes an interdisciplinary approach to studying marine litter. CLEANSEA assesses the state of marine litter in European seas, rivers and on beaches and its impact on biological, social and economic processes. It aims to develop new tools to help collect data and monitor on litter and develop policy options to improve the management of marine litter by identifying deficiencies in existing legislation and standards. CLEANSEA focuses mainly on marine areas relevant to the EU; the Black Sea, Mediterranean, Baltic and North East Atlantic region. The project is funded under the 7th Research Framework Programme of the EU (FP7). The consortium has diverse partners including research institutes, universities, SMEs, and an NGO.Read more

European Union Action to Fight Environmental Crime (EFFACE)

December 2012 to March 2016
The interdisciplinary research project "European Union Action to Fight Environmental Crime" (EFFACE) assesses the impacts of environmental crime as well as effective and feasible policy options for combatting it, with a focus on the EU. The project is funded under the 7th Research Framework Programme of the EU (FP7). Ecologic coordinates the work of 11 European universities and think tanks involved in the project.Read more

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