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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

Discussing the EU Reflection paper ‘Towards a sustainable Europe by 2030’

By being an active contributor and observer to the EU’s high-level multi-stakeholder platform; by for example providing input to the targeted consultations on this issue and by participating in several other European initiatives, the EEAC Network has been closely involved in the preparatory process of the Reflection Paper. The Paper will be analyzed and discussed in several forums at EU level in the weeks to come. In prelude to these discussions, the EEAC Working Group on Sustainable Development will have an video-conference to discuss the paper among fellow advisory councils.

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 investment: Better safe than sorry

Several Advisory Councils for Sustainable Development work on the issue of Sustainable Finance. The EEAC Network is glad to facilitate European cooperation among councils and stakeholders on this important issue. In 2019, we kicked off with a joint event together with our Belgium colleagues.

In the context of their work on financing the transition towards a
carbon-neutral economy, the Federal Belgium Council for Sustainable
Development organized, together with the European Environment and
Sustainable Development Advisory Councils network (EEAC), a
seminar on: A) the implementation of the EU Action Plan:
Financing Sustainable Growth; B) The proposal for a regulation on
disclosures relating to sustainable investments and sustainability risks
(COM (2018) 354 final) and C) the revision of the guidelines on
non-financial information.

The programme included an in-depth discussion about the related key
issues for actors involved in financing the transition in Belgium and in
other European countries: institutional investors, asset managers,
savers, NGOs andfinancial regulators. Speakers included among others: Marie Dominique Blanc (Novethic, Paris); Sven Genter (EuropeanCommission); Jean-Marc Gollier (Eubelius, Bruxelles) and Yvonne Zwick (Rat fürNachhaltige Entwicklung, Berlin).

The seminar was conducted in English. Please click here to see the seminar’s presentations. An outcome document will be published in due time.C

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

The EU Water Framework Directive: the public consultation

EEAC member councils active in the Working Group on Fresh Water Affairs discussed the context and questions of the Water Framework Directive’s public consultation. The session was utilized to update all councils on the progress of the Water Framework Directive, to discuss the (European) state of affairs and to exchange experiences and views from sub-national and national level with regard to water policy (advise). The working group also discussed the agenda for 2019. The working group is expected to present its annual framework of action at the end of January 2019

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.