The CEESE was set up shortly after the first United Nations Conference on the human environment, held in Stockholm in 1972.

It is made up of a multidisciplinary research team which devotes its activities to the quantitative and qualitative evaluation of the interactions between the economy and the environment.

The research undertaken deals mainly with the following areas :

a study of mobility and its impact (atmospheric pollution, noise and energy consumption)

the cost of damage to the environment and health (externalities)

a mobility metadata bank

cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness analyses

management tools (EMAS and LCA)

financial and economic instruments (subsidies; permits)

indicators of sustainable development

These studies meet two principal objectives. Thus, on the hand they assist the decision-takers to work out environmental policies in a present or future economic and social context and, on the other, they contribute to fundamental research into relations between the economy and the environment.

A large part of the research carried out at the CEESE takes place on the basis of networks (the European research 5th framework program, CEN/ISS, COST) or/and in partnership with other Belgian and European universities.


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