Integrated sustainability assessment is a key element for advancing sustainable development by assessing the economic, environmental and social impacts of policy proposals. While the EU Commission has committed to producing high quality impact assessment, Anneke von Raggamby evaluates the availability and actual use in EU Commission Impact Assessment practice at the OECD workshop on Sustainable Assessment Methodologies.Read more
On 27 November 2007 Chancellor Angela Merkel opened the consultation process for the progress report 2008 for the German sustainable development strategy. It was approved by the Federal Cabinet for submission to the Bundestag on 29 October 2008. Sustainable development is a concept which can only be successful if it is deep-seated in the middle of society. Public participation in refining the sustainable development strategy is therefore explicitly sought by the Federal Government. Ecologic was therefore commissioned to analyse consultation and participation processes in Germany and EuropeRead more
The international conference "Beyond GDP" brought together over 650 participants to discuss how measures of progress, true wealth, and well-being can be improved and integrated into decision-making. Ecologic Institute led the project team organising the conference, which took place in November 2007 within the main chamber of the European Parliament and featured several high-level speakers, including Hans-Gert Pöttering, President of...Read more
Environmental and climate protection require new, innovative products and modified consumption habits. How can companies better market sustainable products? How can consumers be won over to sustainable consumption? Which responsibilities lie with companies, industry and consumer groups and policy?
Sustainability Lounge is an independent forum in the field of economics – policy – sustainability. In this forum, innovative concepts within...Read more
The question of "Governance" of natural resources, in other words how societies deal with the use of natural ressources, is central to each discussion about sustainability. Only "good governance" can guarantee the sustainable use of natural resources, protection of biodiversity, and indirectly help to implement the EU sustainability strategy. However it is quite difficult to measure and evaluate the level of good (bad) governance and to make the somewhat abstract concept more tangible. Rainer Müssner presented two EU funded projects dealing with the issue of "Governance of natural resources", in which Ecologic is involved as co-ordinator or partner.Read more
In April 2007 the European Commission (DG Transport and Energy) launched a public consultation on “Biofuel issues in the new legislation on the promotion of renewable energy”. Within this project, the European Environment Agency contracted Ecologic and Alterra to respond to the Commission’s public consultation with regard to how a biofuel sustainability system should be designed to avoid major biodiversity loss from land use change.
In particular, Ecologic responded to the Commission’s public consultation with regard to sustainability criterion 3. This criterion foresees thatRead more