Amsterdam Workshop Explores Civil Society’s Role in Shaping Environmental Policy

16th March 2017

Eunomia co-hosted a workshop in Amsterdam on civil society engagement with economic instruments as part of work for the European Commission’s DG Environment on environmental tax reform.

Held in collaboration with the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP), the Waste, Resources & Circular Economy workshop explored the contribution civil society can make to shaping economic instruments.

Alongside representatives from IEEP and experts from Finland, Ireland, Estonia and Belgium, Eunomia Chairman Dr. Dominic Hogg and Consultant Sarah Ettlinger presented and facilitated discussions on a number of topics, including the role of civil society in shaping past and existing instruments, and opportunities and barriers for the future of economic instruments.


Sarah, one of the organisers of the event, and Head of Eunomia’s Copenhagen office, said:

“Workshop attendees sent the project team home with a suitcase full of post-its with inspiring stories of successful campaigns and ideas for the future. These ranged from recommendations about how to frame particular environmental issues to specific actions needed in the immediate future to drive the circular economy forwards. I’m grateful to all who attended and contributed to this dynamic day.”

The workshop was run as part of a major study for the European Commission which aims to build capacity on environmental taxation and budgetary reform in order to encourage further use of economic instruments to help reduce pollution and promote effective natural resource management.

Five workshops are to be held across Europe throughout March and April, each focusing on a particular environmental theme. Findings from the five workshops will be collated and presented at a final conference.

The Waste, Resources & Circular Economy workshop took place on the 10th of March, at the Institute for Environmental Studies in Amsterdam. The final conference is to be held in Brussels in June 2017. If you would like to attend the final conference, please contact Sarah Ettlinger.