Project Title: I3AEPESS: Integrated Indicators for Ireland: Adjusting Economic Progress for Environmental and Social Sustainability
Researchers:Prof. Eleanor Doyle (Principal Investigator), Mr. Justin Doran, Dr. Geraldine Ryan, and Mr. Mauricio Perez-Alaniz in collaboration with the Environmental Research Institute (ERI).
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Funding Body: Environment Protection Agency (EPA)
Project type: Desk study
Period: April 2016 to April 2017
The project I3AEPESS: Integrated Indicators for Ireland: Adjusting Economic Progress for Environmental and Social Sustainability aims to understand the impact of economic performance on environmental and social sustainability for Ireland within the context of international patterns, and with focus on countries within Ireland’s development neighbourhood.
Through the lens of competitiveness, defined as the level of productivity that an economy can achieve and composed of a set of distinct elements (i.e. ‘competitiveness pillars’), this research operationalises the concept of Sustainable Competitiveness. Sustainable Competitiveness refers to the set of institutions and factors that enable economies to increase competitiveness in an environmental and socially sustainable manner.
The project complements data from the World Economic Forum (www.weforum.org)Global Competitiveness Index with social and environmental data for Ireland and countries in Ireland´s development neighbourhood for the period between 2005 to 2016. Key competitiveness aspects of the Irish economy, and other developed economies in particular, that promote environmental and social sustainability are identified as well as potential roadblocks.
In response to the increasing importance of innovation for future economic growth, the project also focusses on eco-innovations as a way to achieve Sustainable Competitiveness within the Irish context.