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.
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
Efficient economic and political decisions are dependent on the regular supply of reliable data. Indicators are a major source of such information and provide basic quantitative support for the elaboration and implementation of policies. In June 2008, Ecologic was commissioned to analyse the environmental situation of Austria in the context of the EU-27 Member States using selected environmental indictors and to identify sectors where additional effort is necessary to take a leading position among European countries.
Although the validity and comparability of manyRead more