How does real-world consumer behaviour deviate from that predicted by rational choice theory? This project compiled insights emerging from the parallel disciplines of behavioural economics as well as commercial and social marketing with respect to sustainable consumption in Europe. The project analysed the applicability of these disciplines to European environmental consumer policy. As a result, the project formulated real-world recommendations for environmental consumer policy in five specific areas: food and drink, consumer electronics, vehicles, white goods and energy.
As the world's largest economy, Europe must embark upon an immediate and major transformation to avert dangerous climate change and prevent ecosystem collapse. Currently, the impact of the European economy is nearly three times larger than what is required for a sustainable world. The goal of the One Planet Economy Network: Europe (OPEN: EU) Project therefore was to help transform the EU economy to a One Planet Economy by 2050.Read more
In the EU Emissions Trading Scheme, the allocation of allowances to refineries and other industries increasingly relies on benchmarks, in which the most efficient plants set the reference for others. In this project, illustrative benchmarks are derived for CO2-emitting processes in refineries. The impacts of these benchmarks on the allocation of EU emission allowances to single installations are exemplified for selected refineries. Based on these insights, Ecologic provides advice on how to refine the allocation methodology.
Since the start of the second tradingRead more
The project "r²" aims at supporting the goal of the German national sustainability strategy to double Germany’s productivity regarding the use of energy and raw materials between 1994 and 2020. Strengthening and promoting innovations in the area of resource efficiency in commodity-intensive sectors are means of implementation. In this context, the Fraunhofer-Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI is heading an integration and transfer project with the purpose of linking and integrating related and secondary research. The Ecologic Institute is supporting theRead more
On June 12 2009, Zoë Robaey, Transatlantic Fellow with Ecologic, was invited to the General Meeting of the Dutch Environmental Professionals Association in Den Haag. She was among the three finalists from Dutch higher education institutions whose Master’s theses were nominated for the Rachel Carson Award. Her thesis “Differing Views of Uncertainty in Environmental Controversies: the Kearl Oil Sands Case, 2003-2008 in Canada“ was awarded second place.
On 3 June 2009, the inauguration of the new German Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (PRTR) took place with more than 130 guests at Radialsystem V in Berlin. PRTR now offers free of charge online information to all citizens on pollutants released into air, water, and soil by industrial facilities, such as the energy and chemical industry, but also by...Read more