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Consumer Policy

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CO2 Emissions of New Passenger Cars

October 2009 to May 2010

In an effort to reduce CO2 emissions from new passenger cars, the EU has established measures to ensure that information on vehicle fuel economy is readily available for consumers. A study coordinated by Ecologic Institute for the European Parliament examined the implementation of the EU directive regarding the availability of fuel economy information to identify and assess potential amendments to the legislation. The final report can be downloaded online.

Directive 1999/94/EC outlines measures to provide consumers with information on passenger carRead more

Expanding the Evidence Base for Consumer Policies

December 2009 to October 2010

The goal of the study “Expanding the evidence base for consumer policies” is to contribute to the understanding of consumer behaviour and to how policies might best be designed to influence choice regarding environmental products and services. The study draws on knowledge from the field of behavioural economics and develops a series of hypotheses relating to consumer choice in regard to environmental goods and services. In addition, a blueprint to assess consumer policies is established.


Much of consumer-oriented policy has beenRead more

Real World Consumer Behaviour

December 2008 to November 2009

How does real-world consumer behaviour deviate from that predicted by rational choice theory? This project compiled insights emerging from the parallel disciplines of behavioural economics as well as commercial and social marketing with respect to sustainable consumption in Europe. The project analysed the applicability of these disciplines to European environmental consumer policy. As a result, the project formulated real-world recommendations for environmental consumer policy in five specific areas: food and drink, consumer electronics, vehicles, white goods and energy.

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One Planet Economy Network: Europe (OPEN: EU)

September 2009 to August 2011

As the world's largest economy, Europe must embark upon an immediate and major transformation to avert dangerous climate change and prevent ecosystem collapse. Currently, the impact of the European economy is nearly three times larger than what is required for a sustainable world. The goal of the One Planet Economy Network: Europe (OPEN: EU) Project therefore was to help transform the EU economy to a One Planet Economy by 2050.Read more


The Impact of Differential VAT Rates on Consumption and Innovation

December 2007 to May 2008

This study deals with the impact of reduced VAT for environmentally friendly products on sales and product characteristics. Ecologic analysed the fields of white goods and insulation materials to find out whether a price differential between environmental and conventional products would lead to changes in the behavior of consumers, producers and retailers.


The European Union is aiming for a more intensive use of market-based instruments in the field of environmental policy. An example of such instruments includes the use of differential tax ratesRead more

Come to where the future is - Communication strategies for sustainable consumption

18 September 2007

Environmental and climate protection require new, innovative products and modified consumption habits. How can companies better market sustainable products? How can consumers be won over to sustainable consumption? Which responsibilities lie with companies, industry and consumer groups and policy?

Sustainability Lounge is an independent forum in the field of economics – policy – sustainability. In this forum, innovative concepts within the field...Read more


Public Policies for Changing the 'European Way of Life'

21 September 2004
Durham, NC
United States

In an Environmental Policy Lecture on Sustainable Consumption and Production - Public Policies for Changing the "European Way of Life", R. Andreas Kraemer presented the international framework and current activities in Europe and Germany. Faculty and students attended this event at Duke University, Durham, NC, on 21 September 2004 and engaged in a lively debate.Read more

Ecologic hosts Constituent Board Assembly of Two New Ethical Investment Funds

After the success of the award-winning OekoVision investment fund focusing in small and mid-sized businesses. OekoWorld Lux SA has launched two new mutual investment funds, OekoTrend Bonds and OekoTrend Stocks Europe.  Ecologic hosted the constituent meeting of the investment advisory board, which is co-chaired by R. Andreas Kraemer. This sets and applies selection and weighting criteria and supervises their application.


Buy with Brains

TrittinThe German Federal Environment Minister Jürgen Trittin appealed to the consumers to use their increasing influence on the environment and climate. "Whether car, clothes or food: what we buy and how we produce has enormous influence on the environment". With these words he opened the conference on Sustainable Consumption and Production, which was organised by Ecologic and took place on 16-17 February 2004 in Berlin.

The Role of Labour Unions in Sustainable Consumption and Production

July 2003 to June 2004
Labour unions have a significant impact on consumption and production patterns. By means of case studies from Germany, Great Britain, the USA, South Africa and Indonesia, Ecologic examines the current attitude of unions towards sustainable consumption and production patterns. The final report identifies labour unions' potential future contribution to adavancing sustainable development and ways to further strengthen their involvement in the respective national and international governance processes. Read more


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