The Institute for Ecological Economy Research is in the top group of climate-think-tanks in a ranking of the International Center for Climate Governance (ICCG). The Venice-based research center analyzed 244 non-university institutes in the fields of climate politics and economics of climate change. The ranking, which is based on 15 different indicators, has been conducted for the third time since 2012.
Different from other think-tank-rankings, the ICCG’s analysis is based on a quantitative methodology and analytic data, consisting of 15 indicators in the three main categories activities, publications and distribution.
The first rank as the best climate-think-tank is held by the Woods Hole Research Center in Falmouth, MA, USA. Second ranked is the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change in Berlin, followed by Resources for the Future (RFF) in Washington DC, USA.
The best think tank was presented on 25th of june 2015 by ICCG-director Carlo Carraro during the 21st annually “Conference of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists” in Helsinki, Finland. The award ceremony takes place in fall 2015.
In an absolute list, that does not consider the size of individual institutions, the comparatively small IÖW with its 40 employees ranks at place 78. The winner of the absolute ranking is The Nature Conservancy from Arlington, USA, followed by the Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research in Leipzig, Germany, and the Institute for Applied System Analysis in Laxenburg, Austria.
The internationally renowned ICCG researches mainly on climate politics and governance issues. The centre focuses on the connection between economic, social, ethical and political aspects of climate-governance. Its aim is to communicate research results to political decision-makers and the public, in order to find ways of dealing with climate change.