Catherine Bowyer

Senior Policy Analyst

Phone: +44 (0) 20 7799 2244

Specialist Subjects:

EU institutional development, environmental assessment and evaluation, waste, climate change


Since joining IEEP in 2002 Catherine has developed a detailed knowledge of European institutional processes, their dynamic with Member State policy making and third countries. With an environmental science and technology background Catherine works across a wide range of energy and climate related including approaches to delivering sustainable and renewable energy supplies, and the role of waste and other bioresources in our future energy mix. In recent years she has more specifically been focusing on the assessment of bioenergy and its uses in the EU having provided analysis for NGOs, the European Commission, European Parliament, national government departments and regulators on policy implications and implementation issues. More generally she has worked on monitoring and verification within EU policy making, analysis of land management issues with a specific focus on soil protection and conservation, and the future of EU waste and resource use policy.

IEEP Publications & Articles by Catherine BowyerDate
  • Sustainability criteria for biofuels post 2020

    Defining effective and workable sustainability criteria is one of the critical steps in decarbonising Europe’s energy sector. They must provide the necessary safeguards for the use of bioresources in Europe, as well as the policy and investment certainty required for sustainable deployment.

    06 May 2016
  • A New Vision for Responsible Renewable Energy with a Clear European Dimension

    Renewable energy is key to the decarbonisation of Europe’s energy supply, however, the scale of expansion needed will have significant impacts over a considerable area. This new report suggests how a resource efficient energy system might be delivered in a way that minimises and mitigates impacts on biodiversity and the wider environment.

    26 Nov 2015
  • New report: delivering low carbon transport fuels post 2020

    How should EU policy support the transition to low carbon transport fuels post 2020? A new IEEP led report argues that future policies should be differentiated to tailor support towards specific objectives and technologies that offer the greatest potential for a low carbon future.

    13 Jul 2015
  • How to stimulate a bio-economy based on waste? – A study for the UK Government

    Waste resources have the potential to provide a core component of developing bio-economies across the globe. A new IEEP report reviews how waste has been incorporated into existing bio-economy strategies, and the conditions that have enabled this.

    29 Jun 2015
  • Re-examining EU biofuels policy: A 2030 perspective

    EU biofuel policy must reflect the reality that while biomass in principle can be renewed, the overall quantity sustainably available is finite and must be shared across an emerging bioeconomy.

    18 Mar 2014
  • Biodiversity proofing of the EU budget

    This study shows how more can be done to firstly avoid and minimize detrimental impacts of EU funding on biodiversity, and secondly to increase biodiversity benefits.

    18 Feb 2013
  • The role of bioenergy in Europe's energy future

    IEEP’s review questions the potential contribution of increased use of biomass for heat and electricity generation to reduce emissions.

    25 Oct 2012
  • Biofuels and Agricultural Commodity Prices: A Review of the Evidence Base

    EU biofuel use will increase the global prices of agricultural commodities, most notably oilseeds and vegetable oils. This requires close attention by policy makers.

    13 Jun 2012
  • Sourcebook on EU Environmental Law

    The Sourcebook provides a practical reference document on applicable EU environmental legislation, practices and standards which need to be taken into account in the planning and development of projects supported by Banks that have signed the ‘European Principles for the Environment'.

    07 Oct 2011
  • Assessment of the 6th Environment Action Programme

    This report presents the results of an independent evaluation of the 6th Environment Action Programme (6EAP). The overall objective of this evaluation was to provide an in-depth assessment of the achievements of the 6EAP since its adoption in 2002 to the end of 2010.

    26 Mar 2011