The Company was formed in 1983, and to date has participated in over 300 major environment and sustainable development related projects in a wide range of international contexts in the developed and developing world.
Metroeconomica has worked extensively with the public, private and non-governmental sectors. Key clients include leading multi-national private sector companies, national governments and their executive agencies, the European Commission, the European Environment Agency, the OECD, the UN, and numerous bi-lateral and multi-lateral donors.
The Director, Professor Anil Markandya, is an internationally recognised environmental economist, with over 35 years of practical experience. He is recognised as one of the top 50 sustainability leaders in the world in a book published by Cambridge University Press and is a leading participant in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) – the members of which were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2007 with Al Gore. He is President Elect of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (Presidency term to commence January 2014) and a member of the scientific council of the European Environment Agency. He has worked in all major areas of environmental economics. He is also currently scientific director of the Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3) which was rated the best climate change think tank in Europe in 2012.
Metroeconomica’s key areas of expertise relate to:
Economic Assessment of Environmental Impacts:
- We are one of Europe’s leading institutions in assessment of the economic and social impacts of climate change (mitigation and adaptation);
- Economic analysis of the energy sector including assessment of external costs;
- Economic valuation of air quality (e.g. in the Clean Air For Europe initiative), water emissions (e.g. for the EC Water Framework Directive), and waste management options;
- Valuation of non-market environmental and health impacts.
- Our experts are at the forefront of the development of economic-environmental accounting frameworks (e.g. for the United Nations System of Integrated Economic and Environmental Accounts framework);
- Applications of environmental accounting as a tool for policy assessment;
- Development of environmental expenditure information systems.
Environmental Policy Analysis:
- Analysis of the linkages between policy interventions, environmental performance and competitiveness;
- Appraisal of environmentally-related strategies, policies and projects, and the development of methodological frameworks for such appraisals;
- Design, implementation and political economy of environmental market-based instruments;
- Linkages between trade policies and environment issues;
- Particular expertise in climate, energy, transport, tourism and waste policy;
- Assessment of policy relating to occupational health risks.
Environmental Management and Sustainability:
- Life Cycle Assessment support including data collation, advice on methodological issues and literature reviews;
- Development of Life Cycle Cost Models;
- Carbon management including carbon footprinting, establishing baselines and targets, identifying and quantifying options, developing action plans and stakeholder consultation;
- Implementation and auditing of Environmental Management Systems;
- State of the environment reporting;
- Development of sustainable development indicators;
- Sector specific sustainability research, analysis and reviews.
- Institutional assessments and support for environmental governance;
- Advice on the establishment of and strategy for a variety of environmental organisations and centres;
- Training and workshops;
- Stakeholder engagement and consultation.
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