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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

Europäische Klimapolitik – Erfolgsgeschichte oder Mogelpackung?

The article analyses current European climate policy at three different levels: efforts undertaken by European actors at the international level (G8 summit), the domestic climate protection targets agreed at European level (Council Conclusions), and the challenges their implementation is faced with. Read more

Comparative Domestic Policies – Experiences at the Subnational Level

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12 June 2007
Berlin
Germany
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Miranda SchreursOn 12 June, 2007, a transatlantic Ecologic Dinner Dialogue was held in Berlin with Miranda A. Schreurs, Associate Professor in the Department of Government at the University of Maryland, College Park. In her talk, Miranda Schreurs highlighted the increasing role of the sub-national level in the United States, especially with regard to...Read more

Public Participation in the EU’s Sustainability Impact Assessments of Trade Agreements

What is the role of civil society actors in the assessment of trade agreements with regards to their sustainability impact? The book chapter authored by Markus Knigge and Nicole Kranz analyses the underlying processes and contexts and makes suggestions for the effective involvement of stakeholders in the assessment process at the EU level.


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Links Between the Social and Environmental Pillars of Sustainable Development

December 2006 to April 2008

In the development of policy within the framework of sustainable development, economic, environmental and social considerations have to be taken into account. While the links between social and economic policies and between environmental and economic policies have been widely explored, little research has been done so far on the social-environmental interface. As part of an international consortium, Ecologic is doing pilot research to help improve the understanding of interactions between social policies and environmental policies, and to make use of synergies and avoid conflicts betweenRead more

Analysis of Yale-Environmental Performance Index (EPI)

October 2006 to November 2006

The Environmental Performance Index (EPI) identifies targets for several core environmental policy categories and measures how close countries come to meet them. Ecologic conducted a stocktaking and analysis of the data sources of the EPI for Germany, complemented by an assessment of the applied method and 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 Environmental Performance Index (EPI) is a research project aiming at establishing an internationalRead more

Evaluating Policies for Sustainable Development (EPOS)

October 2006 to September 2009

Research on policy evaluation has gained in importance since the European Union introduced its new procedures on impact assessments in 2003. In the course of the EPOS project, the Institute for Ecological Economy Research (IOEW) and Ecologic Institute were organising the conference "Sustainable Development in Policy Assessment – Methods, Challenges and Policy Impacts", which took place from 15 until 16 June 2009 in Brussels. The conference seeked to contribute to the understanding of sustainability evaluation. Therefore, contributions were invited that tackle methodological challenges to sustainability evaluation, as well as the question of how the institutionalisation of sustainability evaluation can be improved.

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