Our projects

FAB - Farmland Achievements for Biodiversity

As part of a project venture consisting of the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP), Institut für Agrarökologie und Biodiversität Mannheim (IFAB-Mannheim) and independent experts, AEIDL is involved in the FAB (Farmland Achievements for Biodiversity) platform project, supported by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Environment (DG ENV).

FAB will mainly consist of a European platform for the exchange of information and best practices on Payments for Farmland Biodiversity Results.

AEIDL will assist the grouping with the technical web and database (web-based inventory) design aspects of the project.

There is a dual purpose to the project: 1) To provide information that might allow managing authorities to modify existing agri-environment type schemes under current CAP/European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) rules; and/or inspire the development of results based schemes outside the CAP framework. 2) To inform policy developments to facilitate the design and implementation of true Results Based Payment Schemes (RBPS) in the future.

The audience of the project is primarily the managing authorities, national authorities, Commission services and other stakeholders (such as NGOs) that are involved in the design and development of RBPS schemes. The Commission wishes to gain a broad overview of the full spectrum of RBPS types in order to gain sufficient understanding of the range of possible ways in which a greater emphasis on results, and subsequent outcomes, could be integrated within schemes to incentivise environmental management on farmland.

  • Client: European Commission, Directorate-General for Environment
  • Partners: IEEP, IFAB-Mannheim and independent experts
  • Duration: January-December 2014

Tools and Guidebooks on renewable energy and energy efficiency

The EU’s Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation (EACI) awarded the contract for compiling an inventory of tools and guidebooks on renewable energy and energy efficiency to a consortium consisting of the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP), AEIDL and Prospect Consulting & Services.

The contract focused on tools and guidebooks developed under the Intelligent Energy-Europe (IEE) programme, as well as other European programmes (Structural Funds, LIFE, ALTENER/SAVE, FP6 for R&D, etc.) and also national/regional programmes. Through the development of a publicly accessible inventory, the EACI aimed to avoid duplication and promote better sharing of knowledge and experience. AEIDL was specifically responsible for the design and development of the database and website, and for the production of printed publications of the inventory. AEIDL also contributed to other tasks, including the collection, classification and evaluation of the tools and guidebooks, and the compilation of short summaries of each product.

  • Client: Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation (EACI)
  • Partners: Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP), Prospect C&S
  • Duration: 2008

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DG Environment: Targeted information and dissemination strategy

Between 2001 and 2004, and again between 2005 and 2009, AEIDL assisted the European Commission’s DG Environment (DG ENV) in a targeted information and dissemination strategy.

This involved compiling, expanding and updating DG ENV’s address list, creating a database of photos for use in publications, and undertaking ad hoc public relations activities (help in launching new products, conducting satisfaction surveys, etc.).

  • Client: European Commission européenne, Directorate-General for Environment
  • Duration: 2001-2009

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Presentation of the policies of the environment department of the Belgian Federal Public Service

Between 2003 and 2005, the environment department of Belgium's Federal Public Service (SPF) for Public Health, Food Chain Security and the Environment, commissioned AEIDL to compile factsheets for its website on the various areas in which it was taking action or intervening.

The issues it tackles are complex and technical, and little known to the public at large, despite their relevance to wide sections of the population, including consumers, associations, companies and public officials.

The challenge for AEIDL's team of journalists was to retain the integrity of the information, while also making it "digestible" for as many readers as possible. The issues treated were very wide-ranging and included biodiversity, GMO, ecolabels, the European strategy for hazardous chemicals (REACH) and vehicle pollution. Each issue was edited in such a way as to take account of the different groups targeted.

  • Client: Federal Public Service for Public Health, Food Chain Security and the Environment (Belgium)
  • Duration: 2003-2005

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Information related to the Aarhus Convention

In 2004, AEIDL assisted the Belgian Federal Department for the Environment in providing electronic access to information falling within its competence.

The two project partners, the Eco-Conseil Institute and AEIDL, were chosen by the Federal Department to list, collect and organise the environmental data, which had to be made available to the public under the Aarhus Convention (which concerns access to information, public participation in decision-making and access to justice in environmental matters).

More specifically, AEIDL was responsible for organising the classification of the information and the way in which it was presented to the public.

  • Client: Federal Public Service for Public Health, Food Chain Security and the Environment (Belgium)
  • Partner: Institut Eco-Conseil (Belgium)
  • Duration: 2004

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Launch of the “Practical handbook on green public procurement”

The European Commission’s DG Environment entrusted AEIDL with the organisation of a one-day event to launch a "Practical Handbook on Green Public Procurement".

This event took place on 29 October 2004.

  • Client: European Commission, Directorate-General for Environment
  • Duration: October 2004

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BACCHUS: Best practices in the field of energy

In the context of the European SAVE (Specific Actions for Vigorous Energy efficiency) programme, AEIDL took part in the Bacchus project.

The project involved the transfer of best practices between energy agencies and regional development agencies.

  • Client: European Commission, Directorate-General for Energy
  • Partners: EURADA (EU) and ECUBA (Italy)
  • Duration: 1991-1995