Knowledge-based Environmental Policy

Knowledge of ecological and social interdependenciesis a key prerequisite for effective environmental politics and the integration of environmental demands in different policy fields. In recent decades, knowledge-based institutions and procedures for environmental and other policies have been established in all countries of the OECD and beyond.
This includes in particular the (ex ante) regulatory impact assessment. Before the enacting of new policies, they are examined in terms of their consequences – in relation to the target of regulations as well as the possible side-effects. Undesired effects on the environment can be identified early, and the integration of environmental and sustainability goals can be put into practice, as well as the coherence between different policies be made possible.
The FFU engages itself with institutions and the processes of knowledge-based politics in various jurisdictions and in a comparative perspective. Furthermore, we develop tools and processes which can be used for knowledge-based politics. In this way, we connect basic research to knowledge-based politics by transferring it into policy-relevant knowledge.

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

Lead poisoning in White-tailed Sea Eagles: Communication of Scientific Results as a Fundament for Societal Opinion Making

Jun 01, 2006 — Sep 30, 2009

Project partners: Leibnitz-Institut für Zoo- und Wildtierforschung (IZW), Berlin

Distributional Effects of Environmental Instruments and Measures

May 01, 2013 — Jan 31, 2015

Partner: IZA

Horizon Scanning und Trendmonitoring als ein Instrument der Umweltpolitik zur strategischen Früherkennung und efffizienten Politikberatung

Prof. Dr. Miranda Schreurs

Sep 01, 2012 — Aug 31, 2014

Die zentrale Begründung für den Aufbau eines Horizon Scanning Systems liegt in der erkennbaren Beschleunigung ökologischer Prozesse einerseits und sozioökonomischer Veränderungen andererseits. Für die Politik stellt sich damit die Frage, ob reaktiven Kurzatmigkeiten durch frühzeitigere Problembewältigung begegnet werden. Denn speziell die Umweltpolitik in Deutschland ist dem Vorsorgeprinzip und dem Gedanken der generationenübergreifenden Nachhaltigkeit verpflichtet. Das Projekt ...

Improving the Effectiveness of Regulatory Impact Assessment in Ensuring Policy Coherence in the Design and Implementation of Regulatory and Environmental Policy

Aug 01, 2010 — Nov 30, 2010

In principle, Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) has great potential to improve policy coherence by ensuring the alignment of values across disparate regulatory initiatives and policy fields. Over the past decade and longer, RIA has been widely adopted across OECD countries and the European Union for evaluating the costs and benefits of regulatory and non-regulatory alternatives. Nonetheless, many institutional and methodological issues have been identified with its application. Among these ...

Increasing the Policy Impact of Sustainability Science

Sep 01, 2011 — Dec 31, 2012

In cooperation with: ISOE, IÖW

Integration of social science knowledge into environmental communication

Oct 01, 1999 — Dec 31, 2001

Projektbeschreibung Zentrales Ziel des Vorhabens war die Identifizierung von Ansätzen zur Verbesserung des Transfers der Ergebnisse sozialwissenschaftlicher Umweltforschung und die Ableitung entsprechender Empfehlungen. Dazu wurden durch Expertenbefragungen, Literatur- und Internetrecherchen wesentliche Wissensbestände sozialwissenschaftlicher Umweltforschung in den drei exemplarisch ausgewählten Problemfeldern Klimawandel, Verlust an Biodiversität und Ressourcenverbrauch ...

Network of Excellence - Linking Impact Assessment Instruments to Sustainability Expertise (LIAISE)

Nov 02, 2009 — Apr 30, 2014


Options for the design of a Sustainability Impact Assessment for the OECD

Aug 01, 2010 — Sep 30, 2010

Sustainability Impact Assessment (SIA) is the formalised and knowledge-based ex ante evaluation of planned policies in terms of their likely impacts on the different aspects of sustainable development (SD). This typically entails several steps including an analysis of the policy problem, the description of several options for change and the analysis and comparison of these options. The issues and priorities of SD vary in regard to the respective jurisdiction and socio-economic context. SD has ...

Overview and assessment of tools for assessing the impact of trade policy and promotion on the environment in the context of development cooperation

Apr 16, 2012 — Aug 31, 2012

There has been a longstanding academic debate about the positive as well as negative impacts of trade liberalisation on the environment. Similar to the broader debate on the gains from trade, this discussion offers no easy answer for policy makers. Rather, it has shown that minimizing trade-related threats to the environment and maximizing opportunities requires a nuanced understanding of likely country-specific environmental impacts arising from trade policy and trade promotion activities. ...

Review of Impact Assessment Systems in selected OECD countries

Jul 01, 2011 — Nov 03, 2011

Most, if not all OECD countries have introduced requirements for the ex-ante Impact Assessment (IA) of planned legislationduring the past two decades. Originally, they focused on regulations and on their costs for business. Since then, many countries have reformed their approaches and extended the scope to a wider range of policies and including other thematic aspects including impacts on the environment, social aspects, administrative burden, etc. There is, however, no uniform approach in the ...

Sustainability Assessment within Regulatory Impact Assessment

Aug 01, 2008 — Jan 31, 2009

Project description On behalf of the Bertelsmann Foundation the Environmental Policy Research Centre examined options for the implementation of a sustainability impact assessment within the German legislative process. The federal cabinet decided the introduction of such an instrument within the 2008 Progress Report of the German Sustainability Strategy The resulting study aims to assist its implementation .On the basis of a comparative analysis of other countries’ experiences with ...

Sustainability Check Luxembourg

Jan 01, 2011 — May 31, 2011

The Luxembourg Sustainability Plan foresees the conduction of a sustainability check for national policy initiatives. In order to provide guidelines for such a sustainability impact assessment the Luxembourg Ministry for Sustainability in cooperation with Movement Ecologique (one of the main environmental NGOs in Luxemburg) has commissioned the FFU To conduct an exemplary sustainability check on a current policy, To develop guidelines for future sustainability checks to be carried ...

Urban Climate and Heat Stress in mid-latitude cities in view of climate change (UCaHS)

Forschungszentrum für Umweltpolitik

Prof. Miranda Schreurs

Jan 01, 2012 — Jan 01, 2015

Am Beispiel von Berlin untersuchen Klimatologen, Stadtgeografen, Hydrologen, Mediziner, Ingenieure, Bauphysiker, Architekten, Stadt- und Landschaftsplaner, sowie Politik- und Sozialwissenschaftler die Auswirkungen des Klimawandels. Im Zentrum der wissenschaftlichen Arbeiten stehen die Risiken zunehmender Wärmebelastung für den Menschen und verschiedene Minderungs- und Anpassungsmöglichkeiten. Dazu gehören vor allem Maßnahmen zur Verbesserung des Klimas von Innenräumen besonders ...