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Research areas

The climate and energy programme

SEI Tallinn’s climate and energy programme supports the implementation of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

We analyze scenarios of the greenhouse gas reduction and adaptation to the climate change (LEAP model), carry out impact assessments and integration into sectoral policies. We also analyze the possibilities for wider use of renewable energy and environmental economic instruments of the energy sector (fees and tradable permits).

The environmental economics programme

SEI Tallinn’s environmental economics programme carries out socio-economic impact assessments, economic valuation studies and analyses of monetary and regulatory environmental policy instruments. We also analyze monetary indicators of sustainable development.

The environmental management programme

SEI Tallinn’s environmental management programme deals with policy implementation related to sustainable consumption and production, including circular economy, sustainable waste management, and risk assessment.

Our aim is to improve resource management and decrease environmental impact in both public and private sectors through research and capacity building.

Through partner cooperation we develop a shared understanding of stakeholder needs and help identify tools and processes that enable knowledge transfer and increased competence of our partners related to environmental management.

The sustainable development programme

SEI Tallinn’s sustainable development programme focuses on the analysis and development of integrated environmental policy to support decision-making.

We perform policy analyses and impact assessments, as well as advance the knowledge of a wide range of sustainable development issues: environmental policy integration; urban planning; sustainable transport and mobility; nature management; Natura 2000 and urban biodiversity; environmental governance; strategic planning; and education for sustainable development. The special focus is on impact assessment methods and tools, such as EIA, SEA, sustainability criteria and indicators.

Training sessions, workshops and conferences are frequently carried out to disseminate research results, promote environmental awareness and facilitate science-policy interaction.