Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP)

Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP)


The Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP) is an independent non-profit institute that aims at promoting environmental sustainability in Europe through policy analysis. It carries out research and consultancy work on the development, implementation and evaluation of environmental and environment-related policies in Europe. The institute is also involved in awareness raising activities. IEEP headquarters are in London with a branch office in Brussels.

IEEP has a limited role in the field of international environmental law since the focus of its activities is more at the European level. In total, IEEP employs about thirty people. Its main role is to provide advices to the EU and to national public authorities in the development and implementation of European environmental law. IEEP is also involved in policy focused research in the field of European environmental law (EEL). IEEP is mainly active in the development of policy reports and advises; it for instance carries out a study on the regulation of cars or on the monitoring and reporting requirements under the EU ETS. On a less regular basis, IEEP is invited to investigate how Member States effectively transpose European legislation. In terms of development of EEL, IEEP regularly publishes a handbook on EEL. IEEP is not involved in any educational activities, such as courses or summer schools, but it occasionally organizes workshops or seminar with invited experts.

In respect of IEL, the activity of IEEP is rather limited and mainly focuses on the study of the EU�s role in IEL making. Occasionally, IEEP is also engaged in projects on IEL: for instance it has carried out a project recently, supported by the Belgian Ministry of Environment, on the implementation of the Aarhus Convention.