The climate and energy programme
The 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
The 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
The environmental management programme mainly deals with policy implementation related to environmental management in different sectors.
Work focuses on policy issues such as sustainable consumption and production, integrated product policy and sustainable use of natural resources (waste policy). A major focus is on the capacity building on various stakeholders and knowledge transfer of best practices in environmental management systems, life cycle based environmental and economic assessment, green public procurement and corporate social responsibility.
The sustainable development programme
The 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.