Green Economy

Technopolis Group has been actively fostering and promoting the green economy in Europe.  Our consultants apply their expertise in on advanced science, technology and innovation (STI) to the benefit of our work on resource efficiency, circular economy, eco-innovation and sustainable energy.  

We are providing evaluation, impact assessment, and policy studies, and more hands-on services such as the set-up and management of policy learning platforms, observatories and secretariat solutions.  

Our consultants work on different territorial levels from the international, national, regional and to city level. Whilst the core of our competence is in Europe, we are increasing our activities in Latin America and Africa. 

Over the last 10 years the company has successfully led assignments including  

  • EU and country-level studies, platforms and observatories on resource efficiency, eco-innovation policy and sustainable energy including good practice examples from EU and beyond. Notable examples include the European Resource Efficiency Knowledge Centre (EREK), the Eco-Innovation Observatory (EIO), the EU eco-innovation scoreboard, study on industrial symbiosis, etc. 
  • Evaluations and impact assessments (including Better Regulation) focused on sustainable energy, eco-innovation, waste, etc. Recent examples include the evaluation of the Waste Shipment Regulation for DG Environment and the Energy Efficient Cities evaluation for the Swiss Secretariat for Economic Affairs. 
  • Work on the intersection of EU regional policy and green economy. Projects include Circular Economy and Territorial Consequences (CIRCTER) and Territories with Geographical Specificities (BRIDGES) for ESPON and also a number of mid-term evaluations of Regional ERDF-ESF Operational Programmes in Europe. 

Technopolis Group is gaining expertise in several emerging areas: 

  • Green finance including evaluations of green funds, venture capital funds and climate change funds. We have also been involved in a series of ERDF-funded financial instruments and has consulted the establishment of green funds. 
  • Communication in the field of environment. We have strengthened significantly our expertise on evaluation of communication in the field of environment. Examples include the Green week Evaluation. The Generation Awake evaluation and the evaluation of Environmental Influencers. 
  • Sustainable cities. Technopolis Group has identified cities as one of the main playgrounds for green and circular economy efforts and has accordingly developed a package of services targeted at the sustainability and digital aspects of cities. Examples include: SECO WE Independent Evaluation on Energy-Efficient Cities; Support to the self-assessment of the 31 French Ecocities, etc. 

Our regular clients include: European Commission (DG Environment, DG ENER, EASME, DG JUST, DG GROW, DG RTD), the European Parliament, ESPON, the African Development Bank, the French National Agency for Environment and Energy (ADEME), the Swedish Energy Agency, the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the Innovation Norway and a number of French and Dutch regions.  

International Comparison of Energy Transitions

Technopolis Group studied the energy transitions of Belgium, Denmark, Germany, France and the United Kingdom on behalf of the Dutch Topsector Energy. The focus on institutional factors in this study emphasised the fact that the foreign policy success of historical choices and cultural aspects in one country could not be replicated in another.  The country studies…

View report

Regulatory barriers for the circular economy

Circular Economy is defined as an economy “where the value of products, materials and resources is maintained in the economy for as long as possible, and the generation of waste minimised”. In its ‘Circular Economy Package’ of December 2015, the EC wants “to help European businesses and consumers to make the transition to a stronger…

View report

Research and Innovation in climate change, resource efficiency and raw materials

The goal of the study is to support the EC in promoting successful research and innovation (R&I) policies and programmes under the Specific Programmes of Horizon 2020 in support of Flagship Initiatives “Innovation Union” and “Resource Efficient Europe” with a focus on the specific challenge “Climate Action, resource efficiency and raw materials”.  

View report

Green sectors in Eastern Europe and NIS: overview of general trends

The report gives an extended analysis based on the environmental goods trade statistics for the World and sub regions including Europe (especially South East Europe, EU and EUR new member states, Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia, and South Eastern Europe) Latin America and South East Asia regions in order to identify the cross-country trends…

View report
View more