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EEAC Councils discuss a just and in-time coal phase out

The need for a ‘just and in-time’ transition to mitigate climate change is one of the central topics of COP24 in Katowice. Structural changes needed include a coal-phase out. However, such a phase-out will inevitably have socioeconomic consequences.So, what would a just and in-time transition look like when phasing-out coal in Europe? Several national and sub-national advisory councils on the environment and for sustainable development gathered in Berlin to discuss this question and debated the role of governments in the phase-out process.

Mr Folmer de Haan, chairman of the EEAC Working Group on Energy and Climate Change, presented an outcome letter, in which insights and messages resulting from the seminar are summarized. In the first part of the letter the general situation regarding the role of coal and the coal phase-out process is included. Special attention is paid to countries like Germany, the United Kingdom and Poland. In the second part of the letter, the situation surrounding terminated coal mining in the Netherlands is described and lessons learned are shared. The third part of the letter includes several preliminary recommendations with regard to a timely and just coal phase-out process. Click here for more information or use this link to read the outcome letter.

Arnau Queralt calls Think2030 paper ‘a knock on the EU’s door’

In partnership with GLOBE EU, the Institute for European Environmental Policies (IEEP) has created a new sustainability platform called Think2030. The EEAC Network is a proud partner in this relevant initiative. Informing a science-based agenda for European environmental policy beyond 2020, Think 2030 convenes a diverse range of stakeholders to discuss and propose solutions to Europe’s most pressing sustainability issues. The Think 2030 platform was launched on 17 October 2018 and launched the Think2030 synthesis paper last week. EEAC Network’s Chairman Arnau Queralt called the paper: “The knock on the door of European institutions, governments, political parties and civil society, just before the start of a decisive year!

EEAC Newsletter: Autumn 2018

In the wake of celebrating three years Agenda2030 and two years Paris Agreement, the EEAC organized its 26th Annual Conference, EEAC member councils produced topical advice and deployed a variety of initiatives to enhance sustainable development across the EU. Information on these issues  and more is included in the EEAC Autumn Newsletter. Please click here to read the EEAC Network newsletter

Out now: summary of the 26th EEAC Annual conference

The sustainability transformation in the European Union as well as in many of its member countries still faces too many lock-ins. To advance on our journey on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) within and beyond Europe we have to push key leverages for transformation. The 26th EEAC Annual Conference was dedicated to identifying some of these key leverages and to foster European debate on the implementation of the SDGs in Europe.

The conference gathered 160 experts from policy, society, science and the private sector working in the sustainability context in Europe. As hosts, EEAC’s national and sub-national advisory councils on environment and sustainable development enabled a cooperative atmosphere which enhanced further networking and the exchange opportunities. Chick here for the summary of the conference, that includes interesting perspectives and questions.

Out now: The EU Water Framework Directive: Results to date and outlook for the future

The EEAC Working Group on Fresh Water Affairs dedicated its latest round table session to possible explanations for the incomplete success of the Water Framework Directive so far, as well as perspectives on the future of the Directive. Over 25 experts at the EU, national and sub-national level gathered in Brussels to exchange views. Based on this exchange, the Chairman of the EEAC Working Group on Fresh Water Affairs drafted an outcome document that includes a set of preliminary recommendations, originating from the round table session.

New EEAC Summary Document: The role of science in strengthening an integrated policy approach for our seas and oceans

The co-chairs of the Working Group on Marine Affairs of the European Network of Environment and
Sustainable Development Advisory Councils (EEAC), are are pleased to present a mainline summary of the latest working group gathering on marine affairs. Their purpose in presenting the document is to share the main outcomes of the workshop entitled ‘The Role of Science in Strengthening an Integrated Policy Approach to our Seas and Oceans II’.

EEAC Newsletter: Summer 2018

Back in the office after your well-deserved break? Or just starting your day, having lunch or about to leave your desk for the day? Whatever the circumstances, make sure to get the latest EEAC-insights, working group documents & EEAC member council updates. Please click here to read the EEAC Network newsletter

The possible ways to enhance the position of energy-intensive industries in a sustainable low-carbon economic future

The Working Group on Energy and Climate Change of the EEAC Network convened a round-table meeting with a variety of stakeholders to discuss possible ways to enhance the position of energy-intensive industries in a sustainable low-carbon economic future. Today, Folmer de Haan (Chairman of the EEAC Working Group on Energy and Climate Change issued a letter in which he outlines the state of play with regard to energy-intensive industries and the decarbonization transition and the possible actions which can enhance a successful transformation process. Furthermore, he zoomed-in on several policies which are needed to enhance low-carbon production by energy-intensive industries. Read More

 

The EU Water Framework Directive: What happened and what’s its future?

In order to fulfill the obligation to review the Water Framework Directive (WFD), the European Commission published its evaluation roadmap in October 2017. As part of this evaluation process and in prelude to the review process in 2019, the EEAC Working Group on Fresh Water Affairs will dedicate its next round-table session to the potential explanations of the incomplete success so far of the WFD and the future of the WFD.

The role of science in strengthening an integrated policy approach for our seas and oceans II

The Network of European Environment and Sustainable Development Advisory Councils (EEAC) organized a follow-up workshop to the session held in the European Parliament on 14 November 2017.

The aim of the latest workshop was to further discuss the strengthening of the management of Marine Protected Areas, with special attention to the question how science can improve Good Environmental Status measurements, monitoring and reporting. Furthermore, the workshop delivered a set of recommendations that will be presented to the European institutions and relevant stakeholders.

The workshop took take place at the premises of the Federal Council for Sustainable Development in Belgium (Brussels) on May 29th, 2018.  Read more