Today IEEP responded to the public consultation on the draft sustainability criteria for the sustainable finance taxonomy. In the call for feedback, the Platform on Sustainable Finance is gathering evidence to strengthen the final recommendations to the European Union.
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- biofuels and bioeconomy,
- land use and land management,
- agri-environment policy and CAP reform
Ben has a Ph.D. in the field of land use and spatial ecology and 10 years experience of working on agriculture, land use and bioenergy policy at the UK and EU level. He joined the IEEP Agriculture and Land Management team in September 2010, having spent the previous five years working as a policy adviser on agri-environment, CAP and bio-energy issues for Natural England and English Nature. Immediately prior to joining IEEP Ben worked on secondment to the National Trust as their senior officer on sustainable land use and management policy, developing their portfolio of work on the CAP and looking at the future of land and water management in the UK. At IEEP, Ben has led and contributed to a range of projects related to land use, bioenergy and agriculture. He has played an integral role in developing the institute’s thinking on EU bioenergy and biofuels policy from a land use perspective, with links to the wider bio-economy and covering both European and global implications.
Policies that serve current and future generations should be developed with a robust science-policy interface. The EU Taxonomy process teaches valuable lessons on the need to strengthen the elements that underpin decision-making. IEEP, together with Marzia Traverso (RWTH Aachen University) draw conclusions on transparency, independence and accessibility of scientific evidence in the political decision-making process.
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