Think Sustainable Europe

A network of European sustainability think tanks

With the urgent need for evidence-based decision making in Europe, at the end of 2019 IEEP brought together leading sustainability think tanks to form Think Sustainable Europe, a network dedicated to providing policymakers across the continent with sound, science-based analysis and recommendations.

Think Sustainable Europe is composed of the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP), the Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3), Ecologic Institute, the Green Tank, the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI), the Europe office of the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) and TMG – Think Tank for Sustainability (TMG).

The network serves as the idea generator behind Think2030 and, like the platform, its key objective is to identify science-policy solutions for a more sustainable Europe.

In a short time, the network has already held several high-level meetings at EU institutions, provided recommendations and analysis of major policy files and proposed the creation of an independent, green recovery scrutiny board to ensure a sustainable transition from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Think Sustainable Europe wants to make evidence count. Faced with a rapidly closing window of opportunity to achieve sustainability in Europe and globally, members of our network have committed to pool their capacities and engage Europe’s best sustainability thinkers in a diverse network stretching from North to South, East to West.

Céline Charveriat
Executive Director, IEEP

By working together, we can leverage a much deeper and more robust evidence base and become more effective in making it available and accessible in Brussels and the Member States.

Måns Nilsson
Executive Director, SEI

Think Sustainable Europe brings together leading institutes with decades of experience in critical research and policy advice. In this concerted effort, the coalition will help discover, convey and expedite better solutions across the EU.

Camilla Bausch
Executive Director, Ecologic Institute

Our coalition of think tanks is particularly relevant to the EU policy processes because it helps ensure coherence between the political debates in our national capitals and the common long-term transformative objectives decided jointly in Brussels.

Sébastien Treyer
Executive Director, IDDRI

Think Sustainable Europe allows partners to share high-quality evidence-based research and knowledge that will lead to creative and bold solutions for Europe and help transition to more sustainable and equitable economies.

Nathalie Bernasconi-Osterwalder
Executive Director, IISD Europe

We need joint efforts and collaboration to make a sound pluralistic assessment of the current situation, identify commonalities and analyse barriers to find a common language for a joint vision and to develop strategies that can converge the goals for a sustainable EU with those in our countries.

Alexander Müller
Managing Director, TMG

We strongly believe in forging interactions and promoting collaboration, in developing well-documented positions and in strengthening the public discourse. With such an approach and a fresh perspective on Greece, we can contribute to the exchange of ideas within the Think Susainable Europe network and support the promotion of evidence-based transformative solutions for a sustainable Europe.

Ioli Christopoulou
Policy Director and Founding Partner, The Green Tank

Think Sustainable Europe represents a coalition of leading institutes across Europe that can collectively offer a space for discovering transdisciplinary and more coherent solutions for the environmental and socio-economic challenges and for the promotion of transformative changes that the EU and its Member States are facing.

María José Sanz Sánchez
Scientific Director, BC3

Latest updates

Think Sustainable Europe welcomes three new members

IEEP is proud to welcome BC3, the Green Tank, and IISD to the network of European sustainability think tanks. Think Sustainable Europe was created to provide policymakers across the continent with sound, science-based analysis and recommendations, by combining...
Think Sustainable Europe welcomes three new members

Think Sustainable Europe welcomes three new members

IEEP is proud to welcome BC3, the Green Tank, and IISD to the network of European sustainability think tanks. Think Sustainable Europe was created to provide policymakers across the continent with sound, science-based analysis and recommendations, by combining...

Europe’s recovery plans must pass five sustainability tests

Europe’s recovery plans must pass five sustainability tests

Faced with the emergency of the COVID-19 crisis, there is a great temptation for recovery plans to prop up yesterday’s economy instead of “building back better”. Instead, recovery plans and any economic stimulus must pass five tests, argue European sustainability...

Sirpa Pietikainen joins IEEP as Honorary Chair, announces Think 2030

Sirpa Pietikainen joins IEEP as Honorary Chair, announces Think 2030

It is an honour to be invited to join IEEP as their new Honorary Chair of the Board, and I thank everyone at IEEP for entrusting me with this important responsibility. I am truly impressed by the high quality and policy relevance of IEEP’s research, which over the...

The Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP) is a sustainability think tank with offices in Brussels and London. As a not-for-profit research organisation with over 40-years of experience, we are committed to advancing evidence-based and impact-driven sustainability policy across the EU and the world.

The Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3) is a research centre on the causes and consequences of climate change that produces multidisciplinary knowledge to support decision-making towards sustainable development at the international level.

Ecologic Institute is an independent, academic think tank for environmental research and policy analysis. Since its founding in 1995, Ecologic Institute has been dedicated to improving environmental policy, sustainable development and policy practice. Through findings and ideas Ecologic Institute helps to mainstream environmental issues into other policy areas.

The Green Tank is an independent, non-profit think tank developing policy solutions for a sustainable future. Find out more about the Green Tank by visiting our website.

IDDRI is an independent policy research institute and a multi-stakeholder dialogue platform that identifies the conditions and proposes tools to put sustainable development at the heart of international relations and public and private policies

The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) is an award-winning independent think tank working to fulfill a bold commitment: to create a world where people and the planet thrive.

Stockholm Environment Institute is an international non-profit research and policy organization that tackles environment and development challenges. We connect science and decision-making to develop solutions for a sustainable future for all.

TMG Research gGmbH is a Berlin-based organization working on sustainability issues in the areas of nutrition, climate and energy. TMG brings sound knowledge and practical experience to the management and consulting of national, European and international processes and is dedicated to the analysis and solution of new and complex challenges.

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