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

The Framing of Climate Action in Ireland: Strategic Considerations

Climate change is one of the most pressing issues facing policy-makers today, and Ireland’s record on climate action is widely accepted as being disappointing. Part of the explanation for this lies in the uncertainty about what action Ireland can and should take, and uncertainty about how acceptable any climate action will be to various groups in society. In this context of uncertainty, how a problem is framed can have a significant impact on subsequent decisions taken to address that problem. This NESC Secretariat paper examines if and how the framing (or reframing) of climate action can lead to more progress in this challenging area.

The Framing of Climate Action in Ireland: Strategic Considerations

Warmly recommended: 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. It will take more than statements about the number of homes involved and the targets for specific years to persuade individuals to do what is needed to make the transition. People need to be informed more clearly and policy has to be connected with public sentiment in specific neighbourhoods. This year the ‘sector platforms’ engaged in the talks on a Dutch Climate Agreement have conducted intensive negotiations on the need to accelerate the transition. The Council attended some meetings of the Built Environment sector platform as an observer and has spoken to the chair of the platform (Diederik Samsom) and the chair of the Climate Change Conference (Ed Nijpels). This advisory 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. You can consult the report here: https://en.rli.nl/sites/default/files/warmly_recommended_-_advisory_report._def.pdf

Warmly recommended: Towards a low-CO2 heat supply in the built environment

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

Sustainability of innovative economic models with a focus on mobility an Executive Summary

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? With this study the FRDO wishes to improve its position in the discussions concerning innovative economic models.

Sustainability of innovative economic models with a focus on mobility an Executive Summary