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This new study by Ecologic Institute discusses European Union (EU) climate and energy policies for the decade after 2020, and asks ‘what should EU climate and energy policies look like between 2020 and 2030?’ The study consists of three parts. Part 1 analyses the implementation and progress of EU climate and energy policies, in particular the climate and energy package of 2008, in an effort to draw out the lessons learned.

A recent working paper by the New Economics Foundation (NEF) sets out the essential premise of their ‘Towards A New Social Settlement’ project: that the goals of social justice and environmental sustainability are profoundly connected and interdependent. The paper examines why these goals are linked together and how they affect each other. It then explores the implications for policy and practice, arguing that a new social settlement cannot depend on continuing economic growth.

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The latest ESDN Quarterly Report provides an overview of the concept of sustainability transitions and transformative environmental and sustainability policies. In the first chapter, an overview of the concept of transition/transformation in the context of environmental and sustainability policies is provided.

The Global Buildings Performance Network (GBPN) recently launched a new open source interactive tool for identifying the best possible policy scenarios for saving energy in the building sector worldwide. The new tool for Building Energy Performance Scenarios (BEPS) enables anyone interested in energy efficiency in buildings to access data and projections and find out where we could be in terms of energy use by 2050 under three different scenarios (deep, moderate and frozen), depending on the ambitiousness of policy decisions and technology choices.

New research recently highlighted by Science for Environment Policy has found that policies to promote low-carbon technologies are more likely to be successful if they are flexible, have clear timeframes, and are mandatory. The research describes how climate change governance uses an increasingly large range of policies designed to support the development and use of low-carbon technologies. However, there have been few systematic efforts to assess what makes a policy successful.

A new tool has been developed to help governments and other stakeholders to create and choose ambitious and effective sustainable development goals (SDGs) and targets, which fulfil the commitments made by world leaders at Rio+20. ‘Tests of Success for the SDGs’, produced by Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future and partners, aims to help guide and assess the international process currently underway to create a new set of global goals to eradicate poverty through sustainable development.

IEA guides on Energy Efficiency Indicators

By Bridget Elliott on 28th May 2014
Found in: Research and Resources

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released two guides aimed at helping countries around the world develop ambitious energy efficiency policies by showing policy-makers, analysts and statisticians how to better track and use data on the so-called hidden fuel. The IEA views energy efficiency as an important way to improve energy security and cut greenhouse-gas emissions in the decades to come.

This paper explores the challenges and opportunities that government officials face in designing coherent 'rules of the game' for achieving urban sustainability during times of growth. Sustainability is judged by three criteria. The first involves elements of day-to-day quality of life, such as having clean air and water and green space. The provision of these public goods has direct effects on the urban public’s health and productivity. The second focuses on the city’s greenhouse gas emissions.