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
  • Ensuring the carbon sustainability of biomass

    Ensuring the carbon sustainability of bioenergy requires a new approach in EU policy. This IEEP report spells out a different pathway to the one proposed by the European Commission in the recently released “winter package”.

    09 Dec 2016
  • Understanding the consequences of changing biomass demand for energy

    Understanding the consequences of increased biomass demand for energy on the environment is central to the development of future policy on renewable energy in Europe. This study seeks to help answer this need by modelling different levels of biomass demand for energy and the consequences for land use and forest based industries.

    19 Oct 2016
  • The cascading use of woody biomass in the EU – challenges, opportunities and policy solutions

    Improving the resource efficient use of wood through cascading the resource from one use to another, requires action throughout the wood flow. Current efforts focus on recovering and re-using waste wood but more could be done with the production and utilisation of wood processing residues and improving the balancing between the material and energy use of wood.

    29 Jul 2016
  • 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
  • Mapping study on the cascading use of wood products

    Promoting the cascading use of wood through policy is one approach to improve resource efficiency and increase the overall availability of wood for use in a variety of sectors.

    10 Mar 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