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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.

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’.