Innovation: Assessment of Policy Impacts on Sustainability in Europe

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The EU has formulated ambitious environmental policy targets in a variety of sectors aimed at forming the basis for a sustainable European growth with increasing prosperity and reduced pressure on natural resources and the environment. In addition, the focus on interrelationships and tradeoffs at each policy level on different scales of observation is of crucial importance when designing efficient policy mixes that can lead Europe to more significant sustainable pathways.

In the above framework, the “APRAISE - Assessment of Policy Impacts on Sustainability in Europe” started in October 2011 and carried out under the 7th Framework Programme (FP7) of the European Commission, can offer European and national policy makers a more holistic understanding of the interaction of different policies so that efficient policies can be formulated. The overarching motivation of APRAISE is to contribute to research on and application of sustainability-oriented policy making by building a more comprehensive understanding of the policy systems at a sectoral, national, and pan-European level.

PROJECT GOALS:

APRAISE is expected to provide policy makers with an improved understanding of:
• the efficiency, effectiveness and efficacy of existing and potentially new environmental policies,
• how these policies could interact, and
• what could be the impact of such policy interactions on achieving social, environmental and economic goals at both the European and Member State level.
The strategy of APRAISE is to combine an empirical data collection and assessment component with model-based policy scenario analysis in order to achieve a synergetic use of a variety of empirical and model-based impact assessment tools using different sources of data. APRAISE aims to:

• Improve the decision basis for the selection of policy tools through a better understanding of the efficiency, efficacy and effectiveness of different sustainability-related policy tools.

• Include policy interrelationships (synergies and trade-offs) into efficiency assessment and policy design. Interrelationships include intra-sectoral, inter-sectoral, and EU Member States interactions.

• Develop an improved methodological framework for the ex-post and ex-ante assessment of environmental policies and policy mixes (mainly environmental taxes, tradable permits, subsidies, regulations and financial instruments for investments in green technologies) based on a review and expansion of existing approaches

• Empirically assess the existing and planned environmental policies in several EU Member States and selected sectors and expand the existing databases on cost, effects and social implications of environmental policies.

• Evaluate the role of sustainable development indicators for impact assessment.
This includes:
- an analysis of the relevance of existing indicators,
- examining whether new or alternative indicators may represent a value added, and
- assessing the contextual factors that shape the degree to which indicators are used by various policy actors and influence policymaking.
The main outputs of APRAISE are as follows:
• Extension of policy assessment models.

• Empirical analysis of environmental policy instruments (and their mixes) employed in different relevant sectors, such as water, waste, transport, air quality.

• Development of modelling scenarios to provide additional data about the macro-effects and the structural effects of a given policy, including deployment of green technologies and socio-economic effect of different combinations of policies.
There will be a two-pronged approach to the scenario generation:
- focusing on the response individual actors may have on a combination of policies, while simultaneously facing uncertainty in relation to market parameters, and
- an integrated approach, where the impact of policies is studied from a social planner perspective and the focus is more on the interactions between sectors, policies and actors.

• Integrated policy assessment. The results of both the empirical and model-based analysis concerning the effectiveness, efficacy and efficiency of environmental policies and their interaction with each other and with other policy fields are consolidated for the environmental sectors considered.

• Dissemination and exploitation activities for discussion refinement and dissemination of the methodology and models results.
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Apraise Team

This innovation is the result of the project

Title: Assessment Of Policy Impacts On Sustainability In Europe

Acronym: 
APRAISE

Runtime: 
01.10.2011 to 30.09.2014

Status: 
on-going project

Organisations and people involved in this eco-innovation.

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STICHTING JOINT IMPLEMENTATION NETWORK STICHTING

(Netherlands)

Role in project: Project Coordination

Contact person: Dr. OIKONOMOU Vlasios

Website: http://www.jiqweb.org

Phone: +31-505248430

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CENTRE FOR EUROPEAN POLICY STUDIES

(Belgium)

Contact person: Ms. SCOTT Sally

Website: http://www.ceps.eu

Phone: +32-22293911

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ESTONIAN INSTITUTE FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT,STOCKHOLM ENVIRONMENT INSTITUTE TALLINN CENTRE

(Estonia)

Contact person: Mrs. NÕMMANN Tea

Website: http://www.seit.ee

Phone: +372-6276102

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FRAUNHOFER-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V

(Germany)

Contact person: Mr. MAXIMILIAN Steiert

Website: http://www.fraunhofer.de

Phone: +49-8912052721

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JOANNEUM RESEARCH FORSCHUNGSGESELLSCHAFT MBH

(Austria)

Contact person: Mr. SCHWAIGER Hannes

Website: http://www.joanneum.at

Phone: +43-3168761316

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NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS

(Greece)

Contact person: Ms. MERTZELOU Georgia

Website: http://www.ntua.gr

Phone: +30-2107721348

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UNIVERSITY OF PIRAEUS RESEARCH CENTER

(Greece)

Contact person: Prof. FLAMOS Alexandros

Website: http://www.unipi.gr/eng_site/

Phone: +30-2104142460

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UNIVERSITY OF SUSSEX

(United Kingdom)

Contact person: Ms. DENNISON Elena

Website: http://www.sussex.ac.uk

Phone: +44-1273678318

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UNIVERZA V LJUBLJANI

(Slovenia)

Contact person: Ms. KOZELJ Petra

Website: http://www.uni-lj.si

Phone: +386-14768249

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VALTION TALOUDELLINEN TUTKIMUSKESKUS

(Finland)

Contact person: Mr. HEIKKILÄ Tuomo

Website: http://www.vatt.fi

Phone: +358-403045550

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