Exploring the potential for greater use of market-based instruments to help address environmental challenges in Europe

Policy makers have a range of different tools available in the policy toolkit to help deal with our environmental impacts, from ‘command and control’ regulation, to information provision to help people and businesses make more informed decisions.  One set of tools sets out to influence the decisions made by individuals, businesses and other actors that…

Our “indispensable” natural forests: perspectives from the open public consultation on stepping up EU action on deforestation and forest degradation

Though the state of forests in the EU are generally positive (growing net forest areas, aboveground biomass stocks, good proportion of protected areas and independent verified forest management schemes), global deforestation is still a major concern. Much of this is caused by the international demand for products and commodities from forests. The EU is a large contributor to the  deforestation caused by this consumption, being a major global…

Open public consultation to assess impacts of harmonising smartphone chargers in the EU

The European Commission has launched an open public consultation to collect feedback on different policy measures to promote harmonisation of smartphone chargers. A new Memorandum produced by the industry in 2017 has raised concerns of market fragmentation and problems with charger interoperability, leading to consumer inconvenience and additional waste. Therefore, the Commission wants to explore…

Trinomics advises EU negotiators on the environmental impacts of an EU-AUS and an EU-NZ Free Trade Agreement

In a world of increased protectionist taunting, the EU remains committed to an open economy and  enabling ever freer trade across the globe. Hereby, the European Commission’s ‘Trade for all’ communication highlights the EU’s commitment to guarantee that increased trade does not compromise on sustainability.   Negotiations for potential Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) with Australia and New Zealand…

How to achieve a more balanced use of Europe’s largest Environmental funding scheme: LIFE?

The LIFE Programme, the only funding programme exclusively dedicated to environment and climate action, is ending in 2020. The Commission has proposed a new (LIFE) financial programme for the post-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework. In light of the results of the Impact Assessment accompanying Commission’s proposal for the new Programme, DG Environment wished to reinforce the…

How do consumers engage in the Circular Economy?

The European Commission has recently published a behavioural study on consumers’ engagement in the circular economy, which provides policy-relevant insights to assist with the implementation of the EU Circular Economy Action Plan. The study found that consumers were generally willing to engage in circular economy practices, but actual engagement was rather low. While a majority…

The ClairCity Skylines online game for Amsterdam has been launched.

One of the most awaited outputs of the large H2020 European project ClairCity (Citizen-led air Pollution Reduction in Cities) led by Trinomics has been launched: The ClairCity Skylines online game for Amsterdam. The game (developed by UWE Bristol) is available for Android or iOS – you can download it for free here: http://www.claircity.eu/amsterdam/game-app-2/ As player you are tasked with…

Study reveals that the circular economy can have a positive impact on employment in the EU

Report: Impacts of circular economy on policies on the labour market (5 MB) The transition towards a circular economy has been set in motion. National policy frameworks are being developed and the European Commission adopted the Circular Economy Package in December 2015. By 2018, several actions mentioned in this package have been adopted or initiated.…

Monitoring study published on the economic development of the collaborative economy in the EU

Report: Study to monitor the economic development of the collaborative economy at sector level in the 28 EU Member States (4 MB) Collaborative economy business models are growing strongly in Europe and are changing the lives of its citizens. More and more often, we share do-it-yourself equipment with neighbours we met via a smartphone app, rent…