The EU Water Framework Directive: beyond the analysis of the partial success

In the run-up to its third management cycle, the EU Water Framework Directive is being reviewed. Through March 2019 public consultation (part of the WFD fitness check) will take place. In early 2019, the European Commission launched its fifth WFD Implementation Report. These processes shine light on the partial success of the WFD implementation. Three issues stand out for the EEAC:

a)  Lack of adequate finance.
b) Limited up taking of the economic thinking of the WFD.

c) Lack of a paradigm shift to a systemic approach in water policies.

The EEAC Working Group on Fresh Water Affairs will organize a round-table session in Brussels on April 24th 2019 to study possible solutions to overcome these issues. To this end, a selection of (sub)national and European stakeholders will be invited to join the advisory bodies in exchange and informed debate. Read More

Towards a low-CO2 heat supply in the built environment

The energy transition in the built environment represents the biggest post-war renovation of the Netherlands’ building stock. The measures will extend behind the front door of practically every building in the country. This challenge was the reason for the Dutch Council for the Environment and Infrastructure to present it’s report ‘Warmly Recommended: ‘Towards a low-CO2 heat supply in the built environment’. The report is written from the perspective of the citizen and makes specific recommendations on measures that can be taken to accelerate the energy transition. The Council has investigated what needs to be done for a successful transition. What can be done to provide the certainty that the stakeholders require and to ensure that everyone concerned can and will do what is needed? In this advisory report the Council discusses the freedom of choice of property owners, the public responsibility for infrastructure and the allocation of costs. Read More

EEAC Annual Plan 2019

The EEAC Network aims to enrich the advice that individual advisory bodies can give to their governments and parliaments, to bridge the gap between scientific knowledge and policymaking and to connect the work of the (sub)national councils and the European policy level with regard to the environment and sustainable development. To achieve this aims, the board of the EEAC Network presents a Plan on an annual basis. The Plan includes a framework for action; a list of thematic areas of common interest; proposed exchange activities and a tentative agenda. Read More

Observations among EEAC member councils with regard to the EU Reflection Paper ‘Towards a Sustainable Europe by 2030’

In prelude to the public hearing on the European Commission’s Reflection Paper ‘Towards a Sustainable Europe by 2030′ as organized by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), the Co-Chairs of the EEAC Working Group on Sustainable Development sent a message to the EESC rapporteurs. The letter includes the current observations among EEAC-Network member councils with regard to the Commission’s Reflection Paper and conclusions drawn by the Co-chairs. Read More

Sustainable finance: the German Federal Government’s supporting role

The German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE) welcomes the decision of the State Secretaries’ Committee for Sustainable Development to concern itself with the topic of sustainable finance on 25 February 2019. In prelude to Committee’s meeting the RNE shared its recommendations to the State Secretaries’ Committee for Sustainable Development on the topic of sustainable finance. Read More

Consultation in the context of the fitness check of the Water Framework Directive

As part of a fitness check, the European Commission is currently evaluating the Water Framework Directive. In its open letter to Environment Commissioner Vella, the SRU stresses the value of the directive for water protection, but emphasizes the need to strengthen the implementation of the directive. Water protection issues and financing of conservation measures should also be taken into account in the negotiations on the future of the Common Agricultural Policy. Read More

Sustainability of innovative economic models with a focus on mobility

The Belgium Federal Council for Sustainable Development (FRDO-CFDD) commissioned a study on sustainability of innovative economic models with a focus on mobility. The research questions which the FRDO-CFDD set for this study were thus:

* Which innovative economic model should the government support to achieve a sustainable society as efficiently as possible? * How should the government support this innovative economic model? 

study the FRDO wishes to improve its position in the discussions concerning innovative economic models. Click here for more information.

Sustainable_AND_digital Sustainable development as the framework for digital transformation

The latest report by the German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE) includes recommendations of the council to the German Government on the issue of sustainable_AND_digital Sustainable development as the framework for digital transformation. In its report the RNE introduces five main recommendations and examines these key recommendations in greater detail in the course of the report. Read More

Food system needs urgent reform

The global food system needs urgent reform, less meat consumption and more legumes, as three billion people worldwide are malnourished and food production is exceeding planetary boundaries, scientists have warned in a new report by the EAT-Lancet Commission.

The EAT-Lancet Commission calls for the global food systems to be urgently reformed. Scientists suggests a dietary shift that improves human health and that enables food production in a sustainable manner for the environment.

The need for reform has recently also been underlined by several EEAC member councils. For example, the Council for Sustainable Development in Catalonia has analysed the main challenges facing Catalonia to guarantee, in the mid and the long term, that its population has physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life.

In addition, the Dutch Council for the environment and infrastructure recently launched a report in which the council advised on the must do’s to speed up the transition to a healthy and sustainable food system in the Netherlands. The Council’s report focused on animal products, because their production and consumption make a significant contribution to climate change and to public health and environmental problems. Read more