all projects

Economic impact
analysis for selected SDGs





Increasing numbers of companies are asking themselves the question: What kind of contribution do we make to society? In order to set their goals and activities in a way that respects sustainable development, companies often use Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a guide. As it is through their activities that companies impact the fields of action that are anchored in the SDGs.

Our client, a foundation group, was already clearly focused on creating its SDGs as a part of its own sustainability process and, in the context of materiality analysis, had already identified its focus SDGs. To help them answer the question asked at the beginning and to provide them with the relevant figures to support this, our role was to visualise the social and economic impact of our client’s activities within these focus SDGs, rendering them quantitative, tangible and thus visible.

Transmission of the economic effects of the focus SDGs

In close collaboration with the client, two levels of consideration were determined: the activity level and project level, the economic effects of both of which should be communicated.

Input-output analyses form the conceptional basis for our calculations. On the basis of the client's expenditure data and input-output data banks we then identified the value chain within the individual SDGs.

Building on this, we calculated the economic key performance indicators (KPIs) in the focus SDGs, in order to representatively map the foundation’s activities. To gain a deeper insight into activities, regional economic effects were also determined for selected lighthouse projects using Prognos' own REGINA model. The KPIs comprise key figures on the generated gross value added, number of jobs created and, on the project level, the amount of tax revenue generated.

Public communication of the impact

In the context of the project, quantitative indicators were developed that illustrate the economic impacts of our client’s activities within the focus SDGs. The results have been made available for any interested parties on our client’s website. In this way the foundation’s activities and their social impact are also made tangible for the public.

Latest update: 05.04.2024

Do you have questions?

Your contact at Prognos

Hannah Staab

Project Manager

View profile

Mehr Studien & Projekte zu diesem Thema

More studies & projects on this topic

Scenarios for calculating the cost of Germany’s transport transition

| Project

What level of investment will be required to ensure a climate-neutral transport sector by 2045? We calculated this on behalf of Agora Verkehrswende, based on three scenarios.

Energy efficiency gap analysis

| Project

Energy consumption for industry, buildings and transport has remained relatively stable for the last 20 years. A study for the German Industry Initiative for Energy Efficiency (DENEFF) shows how policy can use efficiency measures to counteract this stagnation.

Electricity grid expansion makes headway

| Project

For over 15 years now Prognos has been bringing together the actors concerned by the expansion of the electricity grid and facilitating dialogue between them – from the Danish to the Swiss bor-der.

Support for the Just Transition Platform

| Project

Through the Just Transition Platform (JTP), the EU supports the member states and regions in achieving their climate targets in a fair manner. Prognos provided the JTP with in-depth analyses and knowledge management.

12th Energy Transition Monitoring

| Project

The energy transition is still lagging behind its goals – such are the findings of our 12th Monitoring Report. In two of the four areas, the lights remain on red.

Annual Energy Transition Monitoring

| Project

What is the status of the energy transition in Germany? Since 2012, Prognos has been monitoring the energy transition in Bavaria and Germany on behalf of the vbw.

German energy market design

| Project

In the coming years new renewable power plants will have to be built – but also flexible gas power plants, which can be used when required. We examined various incentive instruments on behalf of the vbw.

Alternative transport scenario for Germany

| Project

Environmental organisations have tasked Prognos with adapting selected assumptions from the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure transport forecasts to facilitate climate-friendly transport development.

Ex-post analysis of energy consumption in Switzerland 2022

| Project update

Final energy consumption in Switzerland for the year 2022 was around 4 percent less than in the year 2021. Mobility (32 percent) accounted for the largest share.

Socioeconomic scenarios for Switzerland

| Project

What will Switzerland look like in the future? A welfare state in a fair world or an energy guzzler in fortress Europe? We examine the potential impacts of different scenarios on greenhouse gas emissions.

About us

Prognos – Providing Orientation.

Prognos is one of the oldest economic research centres in Europe. Founded at the University of Basel, Prognos experts have been conducting research for a wide range of clients from the public and private sectors since 1959 – politically independent, scientifically sound.

Learn more