Publications

The EEAC produced several publications. please find the latest on this website.

Twenty-five years on: Progressing the sustainable development and environmental agenda in the EU and the role of the EEAC network

By any measure, the EU is at the forefront of both thinking and action on the environmental and sustainable development agenda and has actively built this position over the last quarter
century. In this paper, David Baldock reviews the period from 1992 until the present. He reflects on some of the major themes and concepts, drivers and constraints, and the players involved. Most visible amongst those players are of course the European institutions, national and regional governments, NGOs and lobbies. Of special interest, however, is an informal network first established in 1993: the European Environment and Sustainable Development Advisory Councils (EEAC).

‘Progressing the sustainable development and environmental agenda in the EU and the role of the EEAC network’

 

Europe goes circulair: outlining the implementation of a circular economy in the European area

Due to its complexity and novelty, no blueprint is currently available for the implementation of a circular economy. Consequently, sharing knowledge between the various stakeholders is of the utmost importance. With this document, the EEAC Network Working Group on circular economy is aiming to contribute to the process of knowledge exchange, not only by providing concise updates on the implementation of a circular economy (including examples at the European, national and regional level), but also by sharing information on the role and the opinions of the member councils of the EEAC Network regarding the implementation of a circular economy in their respective country or region.

The document includes an analysis of and opinions on policy initiatives relating to the circular economy in ten European countries and regions. These ten countries and regions all have an advisory council that is a member of the EEAC Network. This document is not intended to present an exhaustive study, but should instead be regarded as a concise overview of the status quo regarding the circular economy in different European countries and regions.

The aim of the document is to serve as a useful source of information, and to provide an overview of opinions on the implementation of a circular economy from the perspective of environment and sustainable development advisory councils.

Europe goes Circular: Outlining the implementation of a circular economy in the European Area (2017)

 

International Scan 2016: Emerging Issues in an International Context

The International Scan gives an overview of relevant international and European policy developments and sketches trends and emerging issues which could become relevant for the EEAC network and its member councils over the coming years. The aim of the report is to contribute to the agenda setting of the EEAC network. The report presents a brief overview of the rapidly changing and challenging global and European arena that forms the context of the council’s advisory activities. The implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change (COP21), both adopted in 2015, will challenge governments, the private sector and civil society to engage in new alliances and partnerships. At the same time, important new questions arise about the institutional architecture, the role of UN institutions and the accountability of relevant actors.

International Scan 2016: Emerging Issues in an International Context

 

National Sustainable Development Councils in Europe and Implementing of Agenda 2030

This report suggests fresh thinking and new action in order to foster and expand civil society engagement in implementing sustainability. SDG implementation is clearly a matter of regulation, but regulation alone will not do the trick. We need new forms of governance that resonate with society, the private sector and organized civil society groups. This is true for some time already, and throughout Europe National Councils for Sustainable Development added good practices and effective policy recommendations. This report presents an overview of the challenges ahead, the importance of engaging stakeholders of all kinds in the process and the contribution and potential of nine national Councils for Sustainable Development in European Member States. It also presents a reflection on gaps and opportunities on the side of the European Union as a whole.

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Safe Operating Space: Current State of Debate and Considerations for National Policies

This report provides the conclusions extracted by the Network of European Environment and Sustainable Development Advisory Councils (EEAC), from the workshop entitled “Safe Operating Space: Current State of Debate and Considerations for National Policies”, held in Brussels on the 23rd -24th of January, 2014.

The report presents a few strategic conclusions drawn by the EEAC network from the workshop discussions. These are complemented by background information or short presentations on particular topics in the form of separate boxes. The aim is to provide more information for those not familiar with the concepts and to expand on some of the topics that were presented or discussed in the workshop. The report includes a final part with an overview of the pros and cons of the Safe Operating Space concept that arose in the workshop, taking the form of a SWOT analysis

Safe Operating Space Current State of Debate and Considerations for National Policies

Background Paper