Our SEI researchers share their expert opinons and perspectives on a broad range of issues and topics.


A sustainable Europe through business unusual

Written by Lauri Tammiste Friday, 30 June 2017 11:53

"Beautiful Tallinn" - Tallinn is the captial and largest city in Estonia. Photo credit: Mike Beales via Flickr (CC BY-ND 2.0)
We need business unusual and Estonia’s successful track record in the last 25 years gives us hope that it will be able to make its mark, writes Lauri Tammiste.

Biomass and biofuels in the EU: Emotion-based policymaking?

Written by Francis X. Johnson Friday, 30 June 2017 08:27

A first-generation ethanol plant and bio-refinery in Sweden, that achieves 90% GHG reductions. Credit: Lantmännen Agroetanol.
The European Commission’s tinkering on biomass policy effectively promotes oil over economically viable and sustainable biofuels, writes Francis X. Johnson.

Prevent climate risk in coasts, before it’s too late

Written by Karina Barquet, Oscar Ferreria & Ap van Dongeren Wednesday, 21 June 2017 23:00

The Disaster Management Cycle. Credit: RISC-KIT - Tools (van Dongeren et al.)
How viewing disaster risk reduction as an integrated chain of actions could help the success of cities’ plans to mitigate and adapt to climate risk, and to prevent our coasts from washing away.

Five ways to address fossil fuel subsidies through the WTO and international trade agreements

Written by Peter Wooders and Cleo Verkuijl Tuesday, 20 June 2017 11:30

Oil-drilling platform in the Brent Field, North Sea. Photo credit: UN Photo/Exxon Photo via Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
Can the international trade system be a catalyst for reforming fossil fuel subsidies to help relieve the burden on the public purse, reduce local and global air pollution, improve energy security and tackle climate change?

You need to understand SDG interactions – here’s why

Written by Måns Nilsson and Martin Visbeck Friday, 19 May 2017 11:48

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A new interactions framework could be a key to effective SDG implementation by G20 governments.

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Three ways a Nordic region Agenda 2030 initiative will add value

Written by Åsa Persson, Clarisse Kehler Siebert, Caspar Trimmer, Mikko Halonen and Susanna Sepponen Friday, 19 May 2017 10:52

SEI 2017 blog nordic2030

A summary of recommendations on a Nordic Cooperation programme.



Wanted: public participants to make the Paris Agreement work

Written by Harro van Asselt Monday, 15 May 2017 23:00

Calling on members of civil society to help design and monitor policies to achieve the Paris Agreement's goals.

Lessons from disaster risk reduction in Indonesia

Written by Frank Thomalla Saturday, 13 May 2017 04:18

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Indonesia has invested significantly in restructuring its governance institutions to transform its disaster governance system from focusing on post-disaster response to taking a comprehensive and integrated approach.



Do we need a common knowledge platform on SDG interactions?

Written by Måns Nilsson Thursday, 11 May 2017 12:59

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Måns Nilsson argues that a new framework could give a major boost to implementation and dialogue.



Baselines for assessing urban GHG abatement need to be transparent

Written by Peter Erickson and Derik Broekhoff Friday, 21 April 2017 22:53

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Is "hot air" distorting estimates of cities' potential for climate mitigation?


Gathering the tribes: a science-policy-business dialogue on a low-carbon EU

Written by Stefan Bößner & Tim Suljada Friday, 21 April 2017 15:13

Photo: Sandwich / Flickr
Taking ambitious action to tackle global climate change should be a straightforward task.

Your city could be exporting deadly air pollution – here’s why

Written by Gary Haq Friday, 21 April 2017 13:05

Shutterstock/Lisa S.

Transboundary air pollution still a major threat to human health and well-being.


Enhancing learning, communication and knowledge-sharing by design

Written by Julia Barrott and Sukaina Bharwani Wednesday, 29 March 2017 06:26

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Taxonomy not only helps us sort through information – it also helps us make sense of complex topics and grapple with differences in our understanding.


Carbon tangle: Norway must put oil ventures to a ‘climate test’

Written by Peter Erickson Sunday, 19 March 2017 23:00

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Norway has some of the most ambitious emissions policies in the world, but is opening oil fields that cannot pay back in a safe climate future.


What is so special about the water-energy-food nexus?

Written by Dennis Wichelns Wednesday, 08 February 2017 08:44

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Describing connections across policy domains is helpful, but the focus on water, energy and food is discretionary and limiting, Dennis Wichelns argues in a blog.

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