EEAC Working Groups (WG) are a key mechanism of collaboration in the EEAC network. The WGs bring together the views of individual advisory bodies on selected and strategic topics, such as sustainable development, energy and ecosystems.
On this page you will find an overview of the upcoming- and two most recent events, (co) organized by the EEAC Working Groups. Please consult the Working Group Pages for further information on the events organized on Circular Economy, Energy and Climate Change, Fresh Water Affairs, Marine Affairs and Sustainable Development
The Network of European Environment and Sustainable Development Advisory Councils (EEAC) is organizing a follow-up workshop to the previous session held in the European Parliament on 14 November 2017.
The aim of this workshop is to further discuss strengthening 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 should deliver a set of recommendations that will be presented to the European institutions and relevant stakeholders.
The workshop will take place at the premises of the Delegation of the Government of Catalonia to the EU in Brussels on May 29th, 2018.
The European Union has made considerable progress in developing policies for our seas and oceans. The Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) is an example of such efforts. Furthermore, the EU committed itself to reaching the – so-called- Aichi targets that develop the UN Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020. This means that – By 2020, at least 17 per cent of terrestrial and inland water areas and 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, especially areas of particular importance for biodiversity and ecosystem services, are conserved through effectively and equitably managed, ecologically representative and well-connected systems of protected areas and other effective area-based conservation measures and integrated into the wider landscape and seascape.
Effective implementation of the MSFD and fulfillment of the Aichi target 11 will remain key to ensuring sustainable use of the seas. The EU should work to further deploy an ecosystem approach and emphasize ecosystem health, expressed through the concept of Good Environmental Status (GES) as stated by the MSFD. However, it seems that neither scientists nor managers of so-called Marine Protected Areas have sufficient means at their disposal for GES measurements, monitoring and reporting. This situation has a negative effect on achieving the aims of EU marine policies and therefore requires attention.
How will the workshop be conducted?
The programme will be dedicated to cooperation and knowledge exchange through an interactive set-up. Workshop participants, as experts in their field, will be invited to share their perspectives, ideas and knowledge.
The Network of European Environment and Sustainable Development Advisory Councils (EEAC) organized a workshop on economic opportunities and the role of government in the sustainability transition of energy-intensive industries in Europe. The workshop was held at the Herman Teirlinck Building, in Brussels on 15 May 2018.
With over 30,000 European companies and four million jobs in the EU , the energy-intensive industries are an important actor in the European economy. Although Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions decreased in nearly all energy-intensive industries , the sector as a whole still produces a quarter of all GHG emissions in the EU.
In the next few decades, energy-intensive industries – from steel and aluminium to cement, chemicals and refineries – will have to continue making a contribution to the 80-95% reduction in GHG emissions stipulated in the Paris Agreement and the ambitions of the Energy Union strategy. At the same time, energy costs and policy measures should not harm the competitiveness of energy intensive industries in the European Union vis-à-vis their global competitors. The central objective is to create a sector that is sustainable from an ecological, social as well as economic perspective.
Which topics will be addressed and who will attend?
The EEAC Working Group on Energy and Climate Change focused on the economic opportunities that the sustainability transition offers to energy-intensive industries in the EU. Participants exchanged different approaches and the underlying views and expectations. Furthermore, participants exchanged knowledge and experiences, and discussed the possible role of government in the sustainability transition of energy-intensive industries in Europe.
Three main questions were discussed:
Ø What is the role of energy-intensive industries in the sustainable low-carbon economic future of the EU and its Member States?
Ø What actions, including investments, need to be taken to ensure a successful industrial transformation process?
Ø What mix of government policies is needed to achieve low-carbon production by the energy intensive industries?
The workshop brought together a selected group of representatives of government, civil society and the energy intensive industries, as well as (scientific) experts and governmental advisors. Enclosed you will find the programme and some of the presentations given. In the due time a summary of the session will be uploaded.
Industrial Decarbonisation The possible role of energy-intensive industries in the sustainable low-carbon economy future in the EU , by C. Egenhofer (CEPS)
What actions need to be taken to ensure a successful industrial transformation process?, by S. Samadi (Wuppertal Institute)