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Social justice in the context of climate and environmental policy: Systematising the variety of social aspects, inequalities and justice principles

Working Paper 5/2021

author: Heyen, D.
Year of publication: 10 / 2021

The paper aims to reveal and systematise the variety of social (justice) aspects in the context of climate or environmental policy and sustainability transitions, with a focus on distributive aspects and with regard to four sub-issues:

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Measuring a Just Transition in the EU in the context of the 8th Environment Action Programme

An assessment of existing indicators and gaps at the socio-environmental nexus, with suggestions for the way forward

authors: Heyen, D. | Beznea, A. | Hünecke, K. | Williams, R.
Year of publication: 03 / 2021

This paper discusses how to measure whether and to what degree EU environmental policy is socially just by using easily interpretable indicators. Its main task is to assess existing (or officially discussed) European-level indicators at…

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How to design and evaluate a Regulatory Experiment?

A Guide for Public Administrations

authors: Bauknecht, D. | Heyen, D. | Gailhofer, P. | Bizer, K. | Feser, D. | Führ, M. | Winkler-Portmann, S. | Bischoff, T. | Proeger, T.
Year of publication: 03 / 2021

These guidelines have been developed in the context of the two-year research project entitled “Regulatory experiments for the reflexive and adaptive governance of innovation”, funded by the German Federal Ministry for Education and…

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Spillovers between policy-transfer and transitions research

authors: Heyen, D. | Jacob, K. | Teebken, J. | Wolff, F.
Year of publication: 03 / 2021

Although research on sustainability transitions has addressed transnational linkages, little attention has yet been paid to the international diffusion and transfer of public policies. Transitions studies and research on policy transfer…

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Just transition

Contribution to a broad & more systematic understanding of a dazzling concept

author: Heyen, D.
Year of publication: 02 / 2021

Presentation by Dirk Arne Heyen, Just Transition working group of CAN Europe, 26. February 2021

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Experimenting with policies: Regulatory Innovation Zones as a tool for sustainability transitions

Working Paper 4/2020

Year of publication: 09 / 2020

This paper deals with regulatory experiments as a way to develop and test in practice new regulatory options as an important contribution to sustainability transitions. This is set against the background of the role of experiments in…

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Exploring the pathways: Regulatory experiments for sustainable development - An interdisciplinary approach

authors: Bauknecht, D. | Bischoff, T. | Bizer, K. | Führ, M. | Gailhofer, P. | Heyen, D. | Proeger, T. | von der Leyen, K.
Year of publication: 08 / 2020

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations provide normative orientation for many national and regional governments as well as actors from industry and other parts of the civil society. There is a growing…

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Just transition in the context of EU environmental policy and the European Green Deal

Issue Paper under Task 3 of the ‘Service contract on future EU environment policy’

authors: Heyen, D. | Menzemer, L. | Wolff, F. | Beznea, A. | Williams, R.
Year of publication: 03 / 2020

The envisaged sustainability transitions are expected to substantially improve the state of our envi-ronment but also public health and the quality of peoples’ lives. Moreover, many economic sectors depend on ecosystem services and green…

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Drivers and barriers of sustainability transformations

A comparison of the “Energiewende” and the attempted transformation to organic agriculture in Germany

authors: Heyen, D. | Wolff, F.
Year of publication: 08 / 2019

This article compares the drivers and barriers of two sustainability transformations in Germany: the energy transformation (“Energiewende”) andt he attempted transformation towards organic agriculture which has, so far, been less…

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Governance of exnovation: phasing out non-sustainable structures

Oeko-Institut Working Paper 2/2017

authors: Heyen, D. | Monteforte, M.
Year of publication: 02 / 2017

Politics and research have been primarily concerned with the quite appealing side of trans-formations: the new. But innovations and their promotion are often insufficient for replacing established non-sustainable structures that are…

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Out of the Comfort Zone! Governing the Exnovation of Unsustainable Technologies and Practices

authors: Heyen, D. | Hermwille, L. | Wehnert, T.
Year of publication: 01 / 2017

Innovations are important for sustainability transformations, yet often prove insufficient for replacing established unsustainable structures. The promotion of renewable energy, for example, has been insufficient for pushing coal out of…

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Effects and success factors of sustainable consumption policy instruments: a comparative assessment across Europe

authors: Wolff, F. | Schönherr, N. | Heyen, D.
Year of publication: 11 / 2016

Important knowledge gaps exist regarding the effects of policy instruments for sustainable consumption (SC) and success factors of such instruments. This article compares and summarizes the results of six case studies on the effects and…

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Resource-Efficient Land Use – Towards a Global Sustainable Land Use Standard (GLOBALANDS)

authors: Fritsche, U. R. | Eppler, U. | Heyen, D. | Iriarte, L. | Kaphengst, T. | Laaks, S. | Lutzenberger, A. | Wolff, F. | Wunder, S.
Year of publication: 10 / 2015

Given the challenges of future land use policies addressing sustainable natural resources management and socioeconomic aspects, the inter- and transdisciplinary GLOBALANDS (Global Land Use and Sustainability) project identified relevant…

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Global Governance for sustainable land use - Status and Opportunities

authors: Fritsche, U. R. | Eppler, U. | Iriarte, L. | Wunder, S. | Kaphengst, T. | Wolff, F. | Heyen, D. | Lutzenberger, A. | Jering, A.
Year of publication: 03 / 2014

The GLOBALANDS (Global Land Use and Sustainability) project was initiated by the German Federal Environmental Agency and is funded by the Federal Ministry for Environment. It identifies “best prac-tices” in terms of national and…

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When less is more - Sufficiency – Need and options for policy action

Oeko-Institute’s Working Paper 3/2013

authors: Heyen, D. | Fischer, C. | Barth, R. | Brunn, C. | Grießhammer, R. | Keimeyer, F. | Wolff, F.
Year of publication: 10 / 2013

In this working paper we focus on the political dimension, which has been neglected up to now. Sufficiency policy encompasses political measures which are geared to environmentally sustainable consumption patterns and involve a change in…

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When less is more - Sufficiency: Terminology, rationale and potentials

Oeko-Institute’s Working Paper 2/2013

authors: Fischer, C. | Grießhammer, R. | Barth, R. | Brohmann, B. | Brunn, C. | Heyen, D. | Keimeyer, F.
Year of publication: 10 / 2013

In this paper, we define sufficiency, based on a literature review and discussion, as “modification of consumption patterns that help to respect the Earth‘s ecological limits, while aspects of consumer benefit change.” These changes in…

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