What are the territorial impacts of natural hazards in Europe?

This is the question that Trinomics and our partners aimed to answer through the recently finished ESPON EU-TITAN project (“European Territorial Impacts Tackled by improved economic Appraisal of Natural Disasters”). Using innovative methodologies, the project analysed the distribution and territorial patterns of the impacts of four natural hazards that often occur in Europe, namely river floods, storms, droughts, and earthquakes. Trinomics’ work specifically focused on…

Trinomics now a CTCN member

Trinomics is pleased to announce that it is now an official member of the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN). “The CTCN is the operational arm of the UNFCCC Technology Mechanism, hosted by the UN Environment Programme and the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)”. It aims at promoting the rapid uptake and transfer of environmentally sound technologies in the fields of climate…

New vacancy: Senior Consultant Circular Economy

Trinomics is looking for a self-motivated Senior Consultant Circular Economy with a rigorous background in and knowledge of circular economy and waste management policies and practices in the European context, strong economic skills and analytical capacity, an eye for detail, the willingness to go that extra mile if necessary, and a desire to work within…

The evaluation of the EU Biodiversity Strategy has begun

Biodiversity is essential for the functioning of ecosystems which we all depend on for our continued well-being. Despite this, habitat loss, diffuse pollution, exploitation of resources and climate change continue to erode ecosystems globally. As a result of these pressures, the EU adopted a Biodiversity Strategy in 2011 which seeks to protect, value and appropriately restore biodiversity and the ecosystem services it provides.…

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…

Next week Trinomics participates at the high-level panel discussion concerning the 7th Environmental Action Programme

As part of the evaluation of the 7th Environmental Action Programme (7th EAP), our colleague Rob Williams (senior expert on energy and the environment) will be speaking at a conference in Vienna concerning future EU environmental policy. He will participate as a panellist in the discussion on “State of Environment and Challenges for the next…

How well has the EU freshwater policy framework succeeded in ensuring ‘good’ freshwaters?

Last week we kicked off a new project for the European Commission (DG Environment) within the topic of environmental policy. The assignment concerns a Fitness Check (evaluation) of the various directives forming the backbone of EU Freshwater Policy, including – but not limited to – the Water Framework Directive and the Floods Directive. This evaluation will result…

Are Uber, Airbnb and car-sharing platforms good for the environment?

Consciously or unconsciously, the sharing economy (or collaborative economy) has provided many consumers with more and often cheaper alternatives of products and services in many sectors of the economy. During holidays we rent apartments with Airbnb, we borrow a ladder from a neighbour with Peerby, or we join a ride with a stranger to visit relatives in another city with Blablacar. Many of the collaborative economy platforms have…

Mid-term review of the implementation of the 7th Environmental Action Programme

Trinomics has in collaboration with Technopolis group at the request of the Ex-Post Evaluation Unit of the Directorate for Impact Assessment and European Added Value, within the Directorate General for Parliamentary Research Services (DG EPRS) of the General Secretariat of the European Parliament supported the mid-term review of the…

Access-to-Finance Conditions for Investments in Bio-Based Industries and the Blue Economy

The EIB report on  Access-to-Finance Conditions for Investments in Bio-Based Industries and the Blue Economy was published on 31 May 2017. This report is based on a study carried out by EY with the support of Trinomics. Trinomics carried out desk research, data collection and interviews with project promoters in the Blue Economy in Europe. The study…

Stakeholder workshop supporting the Fitness Check on the most relevant chemicals legislation

Report: Fitness Check workshop – draft agenda (45 KB)   As part of its Better Regulation agenda, the European Commission is conducting a Fitness Check of selected chemicals legislation (excluding REACH) as part of the REFIT programme. The evidence and data gathering for this Fitness Check is supported by a number of studies including a…

What is the impact of the circular economy on jobs?

The transition towards a circular economy has been set in motion. National policy frameworks are being developed and the European Union adopted the Circular Economy Package in December 2015. Policymakers, industry and – increasingly – citizens understand the potential that the circular economy could bring to Europe. The circular economy is a comprehensive proposition, of which…

Investigating the feasibility for a circular economy and secondary raw materials platform in the EU

As part of a consortium led by Technopolis Group and UCL, Trinomics will conduct research on identifying the key aspects and features of effective industrial symbiosis (IS) coordination intermediaries and assessing the feasibility of creating an EU-level platform that could contribute to a better exchange of secondary raw materials and an exchange of best practices…

Final report on the efficient functioning of waste markets for DG Environment, European Commission, published!


Report: waste_market_study (11 MB)


Report: waste_market_study (11 MB) On July 13, 2016 the European Commission has published its final report on the efficient functioning of waste markets in the European Union – legislative and policy options. This report, prepared by ARCADIS (lead partner) and Trinomics, provides a better understanding of the nature and extent of obstacles and regulatory failures affecting…

Report on Supporting the implementation of Green Infrastructure across Europe

Led by Trinomics, in collaboration with Alterra, Arcadis, Risk & Policy Analysis, Stella Consulting, and the Regional Environmental Centre, the team has supported the European Commission (DG Environment) over the past 1 ½ years in the implementation of the European Green Infrastructure Strategy. The service contract aimed to ensure a more effective promotion of GI…

RECREATE policy brief published: Selling solar services as a contribution to a circular economy


Report: Recreate PB 2015 (3 MB)


Report: Recreate PB 2015 (3 MB) The FP7 Recreate project, in which Trinomics together with an international consortium is involved, has just published its first newsletter. The newsletter was written by Trinomics, based on a detailed case study produced by Wuppertal Institut. The theme of this newsletter is solar leasing, as one example of a…

Facilitating green skills and jobs in developing countries

Report: AFD Green jobs in developing countries (2 MB) AFD published a Trinomics report on facilitating green skills and jobs in developing countries. Green growth and green economy policies in developing countries have proven to have positive impacts on the countries’ labor markets and economic development, providing opportunities for green job creation, skills development and other…