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

Principal Investigator:
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General project coordinator: Prof. Paul Ekins, Professor of Energy and Environment Policy, Department of Geography, King's College London

Research Team:

Anglo-German Foundation
Jul 01, 2006 — Sep 30, 2009
Contact Person:
Dipl.-Verw.Wiss. Roland Zieschank

Project partners:

Paul Ekins, Professor of Energy and Environment Policy, Department of Geography, King's College London
Bernd Meyer, Gesellschaft für Wirtschaftliche Strukturforschung, University Osnabrück
Terry Barker, Cambridge Econometrics, Cambridge University
Stefan Giljum, Stefan Speck, Sustainable Europe Research Institute, Vienna
Petr Sauer, University of Economics, Prague

Project description

The effects of environmental tax reforms on economic growth, economic competitiveness, employment, environmental quality and quality of life are at the heart of this programme. By connecting the concepts of resource productivity and environmental tax reform through the use of economic models, the research programme as a whole will investigate the conditions for sustainable economic growth and how it might be promoted through public policy. In this way it will explore how environmental tax reforms can affect the relationship between economic growth and energy consumption.

The Environmental Policy Research Centre focuses on “eco-industries”, their function, structure and dynamic with regard to sustainable growth in Germany and additionally for Europe. Some more explorative case studies build the fundamentals for the discussion of political instruments which could be fruitful in changing the conditions for a more resource efficient industry in Germany and perhaps Europe.

Key Questions

While the project will focus on Germany and the United Kingdom, it will further consider the implications for other countries within the European Union, and within the global economy.
Which economic sectors would be the winners, and which the losers, of such reforms? What would be the global impact of European Environmental tax reforms, and would they shift environmental burdens to developing countries? This programme models the medium and longer term implications of ETRs in the UK and Germany for the national, European and global economies. It will generate new ideas and recommendations as a contribution to both the Lisbon process and the EU Sustainable Development strategy.


Jänicke, Martin/Zieschank, Roland (2011): ETR and the Environmental Industry. In: Ekins, Paul / Speck, Stefan: Environmental Tax Reform (ETR). A Policy for Green Growth, p.313-339. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-958450-5.

Jänicke, Martin/Zieschank, Roland (2008): Structure and Function of the Environmental Industry. The hidden Contribution to Sustainable Growth in Europe. FFU-Report 01-2008, Forschungsstelle für Umweltpolitik, FU Berlin, Berlin, 34 S.