„EXPERTISE IS OUR STRENGTH“
We work on a project and innovation base. We put together the best experts from universities, research organisations and the public and private spheres.
Our colleague doc. Ing. Lenka Slavíková, Ph.D. (member of Economics and Environmental Policy team) spoke at BBC about water retention in landscape. She took part in radio report of Caz Graham - Flooding Britain from 21:00 to 26:23.
Our team assessed the Operational Programme Fisheries 2014-2020 for the Ministry of Agriculture of the Czech Republic. A summary of the results (EN) is here. Also have a look at applications of financial instruments in aquaculture for 2021+.
Community energy systems are an essential element of the ongoing energy transformation. IREAS organised a conference for leading European experts (autumn 2019) where cooperation for pilot community projects in Czech Republic started.
If you coordinate an entire operational programme or implement a smaller project, test an innovation or a change, our team of experienced evaluators is ready to provide you with professional advice and consultations. Depending on the topic, we set up flexible implementing teams, which involve external experts as needed for the specific evaluation. We offer quality evaluation work (empirical surveys, status analyses, impact assessments, evaluation of results, etc.). We have implemented orders for the European Commission, ministries and non-profit organisations. We are a professional evaluation team with members active in the academia as well.
Besides ordinary economic analysis (cost-benefit analysis), we can handle more comprehensive assessment too. An example is assessment of impacts of newly adopted legislation using the RIA process. We assess the status quo, identify costs and benefits of proposed solution options, arrange consultations with concerned entities, assess the impacts and make a choice of the best option. In addition, we focus on the factuality, inclusion of auxiliary benefits, sub-analyses, etc. Being independent authors, we guarantee impartial results. The core of our work is analysis focused on legislation associated with the environment, such as water management, energy systems, waste and agriculture. However, do not hesitate to ask us for a consultation if you have other issues at hand.
We deal with air protection and energy systems from the point of view of both individual companies and economic policy, public administration and municipalities. For example, we are involved in development and implementation of legislation, we advise companies on strategic and investment decisions, and advance the topic of waste heat recovery. We understand regulation of integrated prevention, best available techniques (BAT), air protection, climate change including permits, exemption regimes, emission reduction costs, development of programming and conceptual documents, energy economy and regulations (RES, CHP, etc.). We assess impacts of policies on businesses, municipalities and national economies.
The occurrence of extreme weather events has been increasing in recent years. Populations are troubled by both floods and droughts or urban heat islands. Nature-based measures, also known as green and blue infrastructure in cities, help adapt the environment to climate change. Our studies assess socio-economic aspects, examine involvement of different players and potential barriers to measure implementation. We can advise municipalities or other investors on what measures to choose, how to communicate them or evaluate their effects. Attention is paid to ecosystem services. It is not only the case of cities: we have done studies on droughts, floods or erosion in the landscape.
Any legislative change has its impacts, and water management is no exception. We analyse impacts of new legislation on households, governments, municipalities and businesses. We assess various types of regulation in waterworks engineering and effectiveness of economic instruments, and examine barriers and reasons for non-functioning. We apply economic methods to selection of appropriate measures. We design functional solutions. We apply cost- benefit analysis (CBA), cost effectiveness analysis (CEA), regulatory impact assessment (RIA), institutional analysis (IAD) and other methods.
Our studies assess socio-economic aspects of environmental regulation in the area of waste management. The emphasis is on assessing economic impacts of regulation on households, municipalities and the private sector in terms of directly induced as well as administrative costs. Attention is paid to impacts of regulation on the institutional environment (formal and informal institutions) and key actors’ decision-making. The formulated recommendations focus on increasing effectiveness and efficiency of regulation.