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.  

Cooperation fostering industrial symbiosis: market potential, good practice and policy actions

Industrial symbiosis (IS) is a systems approach to a more sustainable and integrated industrial system, which identifies business opportunities that leverage underutilised resources (such as materials, energy, water, capacity, expertise, assets etc.) (Lombardi & Laybourn, 2012). IS involves organisations operating in different sectors of activity that engage in mutually beneficial  transactions to reuse waste and…

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Study to Monitor the Economic Development of the Collaborative Economy in the EU

The study measured the current level of development of the collaborative economy of the EU-28 across the transport, accommodation, finance and online skills sectors. The size of the collaborative economy relative to the total EU economy was estimated to be EUR 26.5 billion (0.17% of EU-28 GDP in 2016). Similarly, it is estimated that about 394,000 persons are employed…

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What public policies to promote economies of raw materials?

A benchmark for material efficiency policies implemented in eight countries and transposition study in France. Download the executive summary in English.

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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”.  

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