Annual Report

Annual Report 2016


2016 marks a significant year for FEEM. The Foundation has streamlined its governance to foster the integration of its activities. It has confirmed its role as an international think tank and non academic research institution, and it has consolidated its relationship with the private sector, policy-makers, local stakeholders and the civil society. For this purpose, it has redesigned its communication initiatives to improve its visibility and to reach out to a larger public. It has also pursued economic efficiency and sustainability by reducing its overall structural costs to the benefit of research activities to offset EU research funding constraints.

In 2016 FEEM has become the hosting institution of SDSN Italia, the Italian hub of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network promoted by the United Nations (UN SDSN). SDSN Italia will work under the auspices of the SDSN Mediterranean regional network to promote UN SDSN initiatives at the national level. It will also support, and cooperate with, firms and institutions to identify concrete solutions to sustainable development issues, promoting the initiatives of the younger generations.

To further strengthen its commitment to sustainable development, FEEM has participated in, and has become a member of, the Italian Alliance for Sustainable Development (ASviS) with the goal of raising awareness of the importance of the 2030 Agenda in Italian firms, organizations and institutions. SDSN Italia and ASviS, with Fondazione Global Compact Network Italia, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for this purpose.

As for its research activities, in 2016 FEEM has worked on 31 projects with 76 researchers from its different research programs. Research has focused on the future projections of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with data on the individual Goals and Countries. These studies have been conducted within the APPS project on the Assessment, Projections and Policy of Sustainable Development Goals.

FEEM has conducted research on climate change with energy efficiency scenarios for the transition toward a low-carbon economy – also with a specific project with the Italian Government – and has provided an economic assessment of the commitments made under the Paris Agreement. This has allowed FEEM to provide evidence-based policy support for the 1.5˚C temperature limit promoted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

FEEM has also collaborated, with a consortium of European partners, to an initiative promoted by the EU Directorate-General for Climate Action on the impact assessment and development of European policies to combat climate change. Research in this field  has also investigated climate-induced migration, and an international conference on this topic was organized at FEEM in Milan on November 22-23.

FEEM has participated in the 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP22) promoted by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which was held in Marrakech in  November, and it has organized two side events in cooperation with Bocconi University, the Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth and Resources for the Future.

FEEM has investigated the future of the European energy system, and how it will be shaped by the interaction between decarbonization and digitalization. For this purpose it has started a joint project with Bruegel and the Florence School of Regulation for the organization of a series of three workshops.

FEEM has also analyzed the role of gas and renewables in post-COP21 European decarbonization policies and on the security of gas supplies in the Euro-Mediterranean area.

Within the Local Development area, FEEM has continued its institutional activities and collaboration with the Basilicata Region. In particular, it has conducted geological studies on the markers and hydrocarbons in Lake Pertusillo in cooperation with the University of Basilicata, and it has produced a report on the economic impact of Eni activities in the region. FEEM is also investigating how the event "Matera Capitale della Cultura 2019" is affecting tourism in the Basilicata region, and it has organized several initiatives for the promotion and valorization of the Basilicata region brand.

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