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Science for Environment Policy provides quality environmental research for evidence-based policy


Science for Environment Policy is a free news and information service published by Directorate-General Environment, European Commission. It is designed to help the busy policymaker keep up-to-date with the latest environmental research findings needed to design, implement and regulate effective policies.


A range of helpful information sources are provided by the service:

  • Science for Environment Policy News Alert
    A fortnightly email which presents accessible summaries of key studies across a range of environmental topics.
  • Thematic Issues
    Each issue focuses on a hot policy topic, with accessible summaries of studies and a guest editorial.
  • Future Briefs
    Policy briefs which explore the evidence around emerging environmental issues.
  • In-depth Reports
    Reports which take a comprehensive look at the latest science for key policy topics.

Science for Environment Policy covers research in the following areas:

  • Agriculture
  • Air pollution
  • Biodiversity
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemicals
  • Climate Change & Energy
  • Emerging risks
  • Environment and Health
  • Environmental economics and behaviour
  • Environmental Information Services
  • Environmental Technologies
  • Flooding
  • Forests
  • Green Infrastructure
  • Innovation and new technologies
  • Land use
  • Marine and Coastal
  • Natural capital
  • Natural Hazards
  • Noise
  • Resource Efficiency
  • Risk Assessment
  • Soil
  • Sustainable Business
  • Sustainable Consumption & Production
  • Sustainable Development & Policy Assessment
  • Sustainable Mobility
  • Urban Environment
  • Waste
  • Water
How is the Science for Environment Policy News Alert produced?

All content undergoes a rigorous review process to ensure that only high quality research is featured.

The editorial team scan a range of respected, reviewed journals for potential studies which could be featured in the News Alert. These are then assessed by an independent network of European advisors for quality and policy relevance. Reports published by reputable organisations are also considered.

Only studies considered suitable by the advisory board are selected for the News Alert. DG Environment policy staff are also consulted on the News Alert's contents. However, views represented in the News Alert do not necessarily reflect DG Environment's position.

A team of experienced science writers draft articles based on these studies. These are checked by the original researchers undertaking the work to ensure scientific accuracy.

For information on the current scientific content advisory board for the Science for Environment Policy News Alert, click here.

Evaluation of Science for Environment Policy

An independent evaluation of Science for Environment Policy was conducted in 2009-10 to help us improve the service. The evaluation's final report can be downloaded from here.

A shorter, but more recent, survey was also carried out in 2012, among users of the service and researchers whose work has been featured in Science for Environment Policy. The results can be downloaded from here.