Case study
Shaping environmental policies

Creating a policy pathway with European institutions and businesses to tackle climate change

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Project details
Project name:
Shaping environmental policies
Client name:
European Commission
Fleur Ruckley
Associate Director
Key facts
EU emissions ambition:
Reduce > 55% by 2030
Wood supporting on:
Air, chemicals, climate policy, economic analysis, freshwater, hydrocarbons, industrial emissions, resource efficiency, waste management and recycling

The EU is fighting climate change through ambitious policies at home and close cooperation with international partners. It has put forward a plan to further cut emissions by at least 55% by 2030.

By 2050, Europe aims to become the world’s first climate-neutral continent. The EU has flagship policies to make the EU’s economy sustainable through the European Green Deal and a Zero Pollution Action plan to protect air, water and soil. Wood has been working closely with the European Commission for more than 20 years, in developing and implementing the European and international environmental policy and legislation, to protect the environment and biodiversity, minimize risks to human health, and promote the transition to a circular economy.

We bring together policy analysts with technical specialists from a range of disciplines within Wood, providing a unique combination of policy development expertise and practical experience in assessing, implementing and regulating environmental legislation. This blend of expertise allows us to shape more effective, and more environmentally protective regulation and enforcement of legislation at the national level.

We proactively monitor developments and changes in environmental policies to provide an early look on emerging regulatory trends and likely changes to regulations. By linking policy to applicable regulations and project-specific permit conditions, we assist with major infrastructure developments, environmental audits, permits and other required project approvals. Ensuring projects that are likely to have significant effects on the environment are subject to an environmental assessment prior to their approval or authorisation.

Collaborative partners

We work collaboratively with a network of valued partners across all EU Member States. Leveraging our Europe-wide presence and trusted relationships, we support and inform many environmental themes including air, chemicals, climate policy, economic analysis, freshwater, hydrocarbons, industrial emissions, resource efficiency, waste management and recycling.

Recent projects include:

  • Leading the ‘fitness checks’ of major European policies, including the Water Framework Directive, Floods Directive, and chemicals legislation.
  • Assessing the wider environmental impacts of industrial decarbonisation across Europe
  • Developing guidance on environmental ‘best available techniques’ for upstream hydrocarbon exploration and production
  • Review of the EU’s chemicals legislation, informing the new ‘Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability’.
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