EEAC member councils: Latest publications

EEAC member councils are tasked to advise their governments and parliaments on issues related to the environment and sustainable development. On this page you will find the latest publications by EEAC member councils

CNADS’ Stance on the National Integrated Energy and Climate Plan (NECPs)

The National Portuguese Council for Environment and Sustainable Development (CNADS) created a Working Group (WG) with the objective of elaborating a Stance on the National Integrated Energy and Climate Plan (NECPs). This Stance briefly analyses the main lines of reflection and action advanced by the NECPs and includes 1. An elaboration process of the National Integrated Energy and Climate Plan; 2. An analysis of its general objectives and issues; 3. a characterisation of the current situation of the national energy sector and defined objectives for 2020; 4. A strategy for 2030; and touches upon the issue of energy poverty. The CADS NECP Working Group was coordinated by Counsellor João Guerreiro and included Counsellors Luísa Schmidt, Eugénio Sequeira, Jaime Braga, João Joanaz de Melo, José Guerreiro dos Santos and Nuno Ribeiro da Silva.

CNADS’ Stance on the National Integrated Energy and Climate Plan (NECPs)

Democratic government within environmental limits – on the legitimization of environmental policy

Progressive environmental degradation is a cause for deep concern. Environmental policy thus finds itself in a dilemma: on the one hand, it has to raise its level of ambition and its effectiveness. In its report, the German Advisory Council on the Environment (SRU) would like to show that environmental policy can draw on strong scientific, legal, social and economic sources of legitimization. The report also addresses the question of how existing political institutions, processes and instruments can be improved to give greater priority to vital ecological needs.

Democratic government within environmental limits – on the legitimization of environmental policy

Urban Structure, Spatial Planning and Climate Emissions

The secretariat of the National Economic and Social Council (Ireland) published a paper, entitled ‘Urban Structure, Spatial Planning and Climate Emissions’. The paper examines the relationship between urban structure, spatial planning and climate emissions, in particular transport-related emissions. The paper focuses in particular on the some of the key literature that has sought to analysis this relationship. The paper also considers the case for developing new approaches to evaluating the impact of urban structure and spatial planning on supporting sustainable development and reducing transport-related emissions. The paper concludes with a focus on the enabling role of urban structure with regards to sustainable mobility.

Urban Structure, Spatial Planning and Climate Emissions

European Agricultural Policy: Working Towards Circular Agriculture

The European Union’s common agricultural policy (CAP) is reviewed and revised every seven years. Last year the European Commission set out proposals for the next period that give the member states more freedom to use their funding allocations to pursue national objectives. Taking note of these proposals, the Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality asked the Council to advise on how to make best use of the CAP over the coming years to support the transition to circular agriculture – a form of agriculture that is future-proof, resilient and robust and that meets the requirements of environmental, climate, biodiversity, soil, water, animal welfare, landscape and public health policies.

European Agricultural Policy: Working Towards Circular Agriculture

Proposal on the protection of natural heritage and the sustainable use of natural resources

The Hungarian National Council for Sustainable Development (NFFT) urges to promote social agreement in order to protect natural resources and their services essential for human existence and to maintain social prosperity thus serving the public good. This proposal exclusively focuses on the natural, environmental aspects of the sustainability shift but we would like to stress that the centre point of the National Framework Strategy on Sustainable Development is people and that the Council has always emphasized the crucial importance of the human and social dimension of sustainable development including the significance of common values and communities based on solidarity and love, in the transition to sustainability. Read the whole publication through the link below.

Proposal on the protection of natural heritage and the sustainable use of natural resources

Sustainable finance: the 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.

Sustainable finance: the Federal Government’s supporting role