The IÖW is a leading scientific institute in the field of practice-oriented sustainability research. It devises strategies and approaches for viable, long-term economic activity – for an economy which enables a good life and preserves natural resources.
BMBF-brochure covers contributions from social-ecological research to climate protection / Several IÖW-Projects documented
Political decisions more frequently based on systematic Impact Assessments / Experts recommend coordinated improvement and implementation of evaluation methods
The SCOPE2 project (Sustainable Consumption Policy Effectiveness Evaluation), by TNO, Lund University/IIIEE & SERI and the ASCEE project (Assessing the potential of various instruments for sustainable consumption practices and greening of the market), executed by IÖW, IES & SIFO, presented their findings in an interactive dissemination event on: Tuesday 26 May 2009, Brussels, 10.00 am to 16.30 pm.
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The conference would like to add to the understanding of sustainability evaluation by especially addressing the following questions:
• What is sustainability evaluation’s contribution to policy development
• How should sustainability evaluations be designed to affect political
• How can one strengthen sustainability goals and impacts in policy evaluation
• How can the quality of sustainability evaluations be improved?
The conference is organised by IOEW and Ecologic. It is part of the EPOS project (Evaluating Policies for Sustainable Development).
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With the theme of "governance in river basins", this book looks at approaches to the management of complex natural resources. It focuses on the analysis of regulatory approaches to complex natural systems and on the opportunities for and limitations on putting integrated policy approaches into practice. The book also examines the demands on discipline-related research approaches with regard to integration and interdisciplinarity, with a special focus on the role of economics.
The ASCEE project is a Commission funded research initiative that deals with innovative policy instruments and approaches for the promotion of sustainable consumption. The Expert Workshop will therefore offer an important platform to exchange and collect further insights, opinions and experiences from a targeted audience of 40 international experts (from public administrations, academia, NGOs, business). It will contribute to the development of a "policy toolbox" for policy makers supporting the international SCP-process.
In 1994, the Institute for Ecological Economy Research (IÖW) and the business network ‘future’ carried out the world’s first ranking of corporate environmental reports. It evaluates the content and communicative quality of the sustainability and environmental reports of Germany’s 150 largest corporations. The criteria, which served as the basis for the evaluation, have been continuously developed as the project has been repeated (which occurred in the years 1996, 1998, 2000 and 2005). In 2007, IÖW and ‘future’ carried out the sixth Ranking of the environmental, CSR, and sustainability reports of Germany’s largest corporations.