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One Planet Economy Network
November 2010 | Edition 2

September 2010 - Scenarios & Policy Analysis Workshop

Scenarios & Policy Analysis Workshop The Scenarios & Policy Analysis Workshop held on 8th-9th September 2010 in Brussels was a really important event for the project, as it was our first face-to-face meeting with potential users of the ‘footprint family’ of indicators and the EUREAPA tool we are developing. We are pleased to announce that it was a great success.

If you are interested in the documentation of the workshop, please click here.

The future scenarios to transform the EU to a One Planet Economy help us to understand what life might be like in 2050 and how we could get there under different circumstances. The scenarios will consequently explore how consumption patterns and production efficiency might change into the future. They also provide the basis for policy recommendations and help us to identify where we might intervene with policy in the future and what kind of policy might be most effective.

The workshop was a first step to elaborating on the scenario narratives and furthermore to ensuring that the EUREAPA tool meets the needs of EU policy-makers and can help them to work out ways to achieve a One Planet Economy for Europe by 2050. Developing EUREAPA to be fit-for–purpose, requires input from the people who are developing policy and shaping our future.

It was very useful and exciting to hear the views and experience of such a varied audience spanning different EU states and representing EU, national, regional government offices, academia, think- tanks, civil society groups, NGOs and business forums.

Workshop Outcome

Participants were enthusiastic about the project and their involvement has set the stage for the project to further elaborate on the four different future scenarios.

Several participants signed up to co-create the narratives with the project. Others agreed to work with us to shape how EUREAPA is designed and specify the level of detail, functions and types of scenarios that they need the EUREAPA tool to be able to model, in order to support their work.

The scenarios, drivers and policy interventions described in the narratives, will be quantified using the EUREAPA tool's scenario modelling function. This means you will be able to see how consumption patterns might change over time in the different scenarios, and the corresponding impact on carbon, water and ecological footprint.


October 2010 - Premodelling Analysis Report now available on website

Pre-modelling Analysis Report The Pre-modelling Analysis Report aims to evaluate the usefulness of the Footprint Family indicators (Carbon, Water, Ecological Footprint) for policy makers, researchers and civil society organisations. By assessing the benefits of using the Footprint Family of indicators in the decision making of the European Commission, the report aims to improve integration of the indicators into policy-making processes and government reporting (EU and international).


November 2010 - EUREAPA Software Development Begins

The OPEN:EU project has carried out a consultation process with its Technical Working Group, established with participants from the September Scenarios & Policy Analysis Workshop.

Through this consultation process, we have gathered useful insights into the level of detail policy-makers need to see from the EUREAPA tool; the types of scenarios policy-makers will want to model and the types of functions/reports deemed most important.


The OPEN:EU Network is growing…

We are pleased to announce that the OPEN:EU Network now comprises 34 members from 31 different organisations. To find out whether your organisation is already represented within the network, click here.


Coming Soon

‘Integrating Ecological, Carbon and Water Footprint: Defining the “Footprint Family” and its Application in Tracking Human Pressure on the Planet’

Alessandro Galli, Thomas Wiedmann, Ertug Ercin, Doris Knoblauch, Brad Ewing, Stefan Giljum

Building on the premise that no single indicator per se is able to comprehensively monitor (progress towards) sustainability, and that indicators need to be used and interpreted jointly, this report aims to define a “Footprint Family” of indicators and inform on its appropriate use in tracking human pressure on the planet.

A clear description of the research question, rationale and accounting methodology of Ecological, Carbon, and Water Footprint is first provided. Linkages, overlaps, and differences among the three indicators are then highlighted to show how the indicators interact and complement each other. The report concludes by defining the “Footprint Family” and outlining possible areas of use for policy makers in the EU-27 interested in transforming Europe into a One Planet Economy by 2050.

How to get involved

We invite policy-makers, civil society groups and non-governmental organizations to join the One Planet Economy Network and engage in a dialogue process, to share visions, knowledge and interests in order to identify how to transform the EU-27 to a One Planet Economy by 2050. The network is hosting a series of virtual and face to face events over the coming months, if you would like to get involved please join the network.

Get Involved

Ways to get involved

Read and comment on our scenario narratives and the policy interventions described within them- late November 2010.

We want to hear your views on the narratives we have developed together with stakeholders to describe different pathways to achieving a One Planet Economy in Europe by 2050. These narratives will be integrated into EUREAPA so it can show how impacts of consumption might change over time, according to different situations.
By commenting on our narratives, you can ensure the scenario modelling function within EUREAPA provides robust analysis to meet your needs.

Get Involved

Ways to get involved

You can start testing EUREAPA from February 2011

The project is looking for people willing to try out the EUREAPA tool and is keen to shadow organisations which develop policy interventions or perform policy analysis. Through the testing phase you will gain a clearer understanding of how the tool's results can support your work. For example, you may want to use EUREAPA's results to enhance policy analysis work by including the carbon, water and ecological footprint of consumption across different goods and services from different economic sectors. EUREAPA results will help inform decisions on which resource efficiency targets or policy interventions are most appropriate. Why not check out the project timeline to find out what we are doing and when over the coming year.

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Project Funders

7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development

The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Community's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement N° 227065.