Ecological modernisation

The struggle for coherence and policy integration is going into its fourth decade. Meanwhile, the overall framework conditions of policy-making have considerably changed: Processes of economic and political globalization have deepened, new forms of governance have emerged and new actors have entered the stage, such as International Organizations or transnational advocacy-networks. The result is a significant increase of the complexity of policy-making.
What is needed is a comprehensive review of the gathered experiences, in order to learn, which strategies might be applied best at which level against the background of this increased complexity of policy-making. The analysis of past experiences requires a joint effort of different disciplines. In particular political scientist and lawyers can improve the understanding of institutions for policy integration. It is furthermore necessary to assess the impacts of policies on the different dimensions of sustainability to inform policy makers about integration requirements and hence form the knowledge basis of policy coherence and integration. Different tasks might be best suited at different levels, but the concrete allocation of competencies and responsibilities is a question open to discussion. This requires a close co-operation of many different disciplines. Possible foci of such efforts are integrated models and integrated assessments.
The conference brought about a stocktaking of both the institutional basis of policy integration on the different levels of policy making as well as an improvement of the knowledge basis for a furthering of integration.

Co-ordination Action for Innovation in Life-Cycle Analysis for Sustainability (CALCAS)

Sep 01, 2006 — Feb 28, 2009

Project partners: Ente Nazionale per le Nuove Tecnologie, l’Energia e l’Ambiente (ENEA); Institute of environmental sciences, Leiden University (CML);Swedish Environmental Research Institute (IVL);Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy (WI);Division of Technology, Industry and Economics - United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP);Institute for Environment and Sustainability (JRC IES);School of Chemical Engineering Analytical Science – University of ...

Creating Sustainable Growth in Europe. Resource Productivity, Environmental Tax Reform and Sustainable Growth in Europe

General project coordinator: Prof. Paul Ekins, ...

Jul 01, 2006 — Sep 30, 2009

Project partners: Paul Ekins, Professor of Energy and Environment Policy, Department of Geography, King's College LondonBernd Meyer, Gesellschaft für Wirtschaftliche Strukturforschung, University OsnabrückTerry Barker, Cambridge Econometrics, Cambridge UniversityStefan Giljum, Stefan Speck, Sustainable Europe Research Institute, ViennaPetr Sauer, University of Economics, Prague

Comparative Analysis of Industrial Policy Measures

Nov 15, 2007 — Apr 15, 2008

Project partners: Adelphi Research

Development of Recommendations for the Use of Economic Instruments in Order to Icrease Ressource Efficiency in Germany and the EU

Apr 01, 2013 — May 30, 2015

In light of the increasing scarcity of resources and the resulting consequences the need to improve resource efficiency and to reduce resource consumption grows. So far, regulatory instruments are the main means to control resource consumption. Economic instruments are being used only in the areas of energy and transport. The research project aims at developing specific suggestions for the use of economic instruments or combinations of economic instruments for the improvement of resource ...

Green Jobs in Asia – Potentials and Prospects

Jan 01, 2012 — Mar 31, 2012

Environmental catastrophes and forecasts of climate change implications illustrate the risks that are evoked by resource-intensive and environmentally harmful economic models. This is why a transition towards “green growth” is increasingly called for. Environmental technologies are being seen as the motor for an environmentally friendly and sustainable economy. With the due willingness to invest, positive growth and employment effects can be generated so that climate and environment ...

Green Jobs: Employment Effects of a Green Economy

May 01, 2013 — Sep 30, 2013

The transition to a Green Economy is linked to hopes for the generation of additional Green Jobs. Existing empirical evidence on possible employment effects of a Green Economy, in particular in developing countries, is still limited, however. Existing studies are focused on projecting future employment growth. A number of assessments arrive at highly optimistic estimates regarding the number of additional jobs, which the transition to a Green Economy may generate. The UNEP Green Economy Report ...

Innovation Potentials in Eco-friendly Public Procurement

Oct 01, 2008 — Sep 30, 2009

Project partners: Adelphi Research

Lead Market-Strategies

Oct 01, 2010 — Sep 30, 2013

Projektpartner:Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung (ZEW), Fraunhofer-Institut für System- und Innovationsforschung (ISI)

Resource Policy - PolRess

Jan 15, 2012 — May 31, 2015

Project partners: Ecologic; European School of Governance (EuSG); Gesellschaft für Wirtschaftliche Strukturforschung (GWS); Institut für Ökologische Wirtschaftsforschung (IÖW); Öko-Institut; Wuppertal-Institut

Rio World Summit on Sustainable Development 2012 - Governance for a Green Economy


Jul 01, 2011 — Sep 30, 2011

In the light of the upcoming Rio 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), the study explores the stances of European civil society actors on issues related to the Green Economy as part of Sustainable Development. For that purpose, the study discusses the most important streams of debate related to the Green Economy within the context of sustainable development and aims at identifying different discourse within them. Furthermore, it analyses which issues are considered most ...

Study on reducing environmentally harmful subsidies

Oct 01, 2010 — Dec 31, 2010

Project Partner:Green Budget Germany