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Expanding the Evidence Base for Consumer Policies

December 2009 to October 2010

The goal of the study “Expanding the evidence base for consumer policies” is to contribute to the understanding of consumer behaviour and to how policies might best be designed to influence choice regarding environmental products and services. The study draws on knowledge from the field of behavioural economics and develops a series of hypotheses relating to consumer choice in regard to environmental goods and services. In addition, a blueprint to assess consumer policies is established.

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Much of consumer-oriented policy has been designed based onRead more

Linking Impact Assessment Instruments to Sustainability Expertise (LIAISE)

November 2009 to April 2014

Ecologic Institute implemented an ongoing project evaluation of the LIAISE network of excellence to assess the outcomes and the impacts of the LIAISE Network of Excellence. The main purpose of this was to identify and exploit opportunities to bridge the existing gap between the research and the policy community in the field of Impact Assessment (IA) and to improve the use of IA tools in policy making.Read more

CO2 Emissions of New Passenger Cars

October 2009 to May 2010

In an effort to reduce CO2 emissions from new passenger cars, the EU has established measures to ensure that information on vehicle fuel economy is readily available for consumers. A study coordinated by Ecologic Institute for the European Parliament examined the implementation of the EU directive regarding the availability of fuel economy information to identify and assess potential amendments to the legislation. The final report can be downloaded online.

Directive 1999/94/EC outlines measures to provide consumers with information onRead more

Impact of Better Regulation on Environmental Policy under the 6th Environmental Action Programme

July 2009 to June 2010

This project will feed into the discussions under the Belgian EU presidency in the second half of 2010 on the follow-up to the EU’s 6th Environment Action Programme (6th EAP, 2002-2012) and the focus and contents of a potential 7th EAP. Assessing the impact of the European Commission’s better regulation initiative on EU environmental measures adopted under the 6th EAP, the project will provide a background for these discussions.

As part of the renewed efforts to improve EU governance, the European Commission launched the better regulation initiative inRead more

German Perspectives on the Current CAP Reform

This policy brief outlines the positions and relative influence of the main German stakeholders on the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform. These became visible through responses to the Health Check agreement of the CAP and the upcoming Mid-Term Budget Review. Based on this analysis, the policy brief discusses the main issues and directions of the CAP debate in Germany and the likely overall German position towards the future CAP reform in Brussels.Read more

German Perspectives on the Current Reform of the Common Agricultural Policy

December 2008 to February 2009

This project analyses the positions and relative influence of the main German shareholders on the GAP reform which became visible through responses to the Health Check agreement on the Common Agricultural Policy and the upcoming Mid-Term Budget Review. Furthermore, the project also explores the main issues and directions of the CAP debate in Germany and the likely overall German position towards the future CAP reform in Brussels.

Drawing from various sources, the analysis produced a policy brief, which is available for download, along with further information onRead more

Untersuchungen zur Umweltqualität in Österreich im europäischen Kontext

Indicators are a major source of information for efficient economic and political decisions and provide basic quantitative support for the elaboration and implementation of policies. On behalf of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management (BMLFUW), Ecologic analyses the environmental situation of Austria in the context of the EU-27 Member States published in a brochure in November 2008.Read more

Tax Reform in Europe: long-term implications for the environment, eco-innovation and household distribution

November 2008 to November 2009

Environmental tax reform is seen by many experts as a powerful instrument to achieve environmental objectives and at the same time create economic benefits. It may also contribute to a stable basis for public finance. A study commissioned by the European Environment Agency looked into the effects such a reform could have when implemented at a larger scale throughout Europe.

The basic idea of environmental tax reform is to increase taxes on environmental resources or energy while lowering the tax burden in other areas, such as labour. According to the principle of "Read more

European Engagement on Invasive Species for the 9th Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity

April 2008 to June 2008

At COP-9 of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) which took place in Bonn, 19-30 May 2008, countries conducted an in depth review of national efforts to address the threat of invasive alien species under the Convention. In preparation for these discussions, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and the Global Invasive Species Program (GISP) sought to engage countries willing to promote actions and efforts against invasive alien species, specifically by making national or regional commitments. In Europe TNC worked through Ecologic to engage with European governments, NGOs and otherRead more

Analysis of the Yale Environmental Performance Index (EPI)

The Environmental Performance Index (EPI) identifies targets for several core environmental policy categories and measures how close countries come to meet them. Ecologic compiled and analysed the data sources of the EPI for Germany, and assessed the methodologies of the Index. Based on this assessment, both the scientific and political relevance of the index for German environmental policy performance were determined. The report was published by the German Federal Environment Agency in UBA-Texte 09/08.Read more

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