Welcome to the EEAC Network’s 30th anniversary conference in Helsinki on 14-15 September

We have the pleasure of inviting you to the 30th anniversary conference of the EEAC Network in Helsinki, Finland, on the 14 –15 of September 2022.

Finland’s three independent scientific advisory panels – The Expert Panel for Sustainable Development, The Finnish Climate Change Panel and The Finnish Nature Panel – are hosting the event. The theme of the conference is The Critical Decade of Action: Mobilising Sustainability Transformation in Europe.

Please consult the draft programme HERE & make sure to REGISTER or get more information on the conference webpage HERE

Latest publication: Towards a reliable expansion of onshore wind energy in Germany

The German Advisory Council on the Environment (SRU) published a short English-language summary of its statement on the expansion of onshore wind energy in Germany.

Onshore wind energy is one of the pillars of the energy transition. Germany can only reach its climate targets if onshore wind is developed much faster. However, in the last few years the expansion has almost stalled. The statement “Climate protection needs tailwind: Towards a reliable expansion of onshore wind energy” shows how challenges can be met.The most important reason for the faltering expansion of wind energy is that too few areas have been designated and secured in spatial planning. In addition, some German regions (Länder) have set distances between wind turbines and residential areas that cannot be justified in terms of protecting residents. The lack of standards in nature conservation and species protection leads to legal uncertainties. In general, the planning and approval procedures for wind turbines are error-prone and lengthy. Regions in which wind energy is used also benefit too little from the energy transition. This has an impact on local acceptance. There is also a need for change in the area of funding. Read More

New: Our podcast on the Due Diligence Directive is published

Today, the second episode of the podcast series Sustainability Made in Europe: A Policy Podcast on Finance, Reporting & Governance has been published on Spotify and Anchor.

Following the first episode, in which high-ranking experts set the scene, introducing the EU’s ambition to push the concept of sustainable finance, the focus of the second episode is on the proposal for a Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive (CSDDD). The directive is analyzed by Anna Cavazzini, Member of the European Parliament for the Greens/EFA Group. Rachel Widdis, Professor of Business and Human Rights, adds her academic perspective to the current initiative.

Two more episodes – on the EU Taxonomy and the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD) – will be released in the coming weeks. The podcast series is a joint project of the Belgian (FRDO-CFDD) and German (RNE) Councils for Sustainable Development under the umbrella of the European Environment and Sustainable Development Advisory Councils Network (EEAC), implemented and hosted by Colin Bien from Masters of Change. Read More

Latest publication: Status outlook, Denmark’s national climate targets & international obligations

The Danish Council on Climate Change (DCCC) launched the status outlook report 2022. The outlook centers on the Danish climate targets for 2025, 2030 and 2050.
In the outlook, the DCCC makes an assessment regarding the likelihood of reaching the targets, focus on central areas for climate policy, and relevant political measures to bring Denmark closer to reaching its targets. A central element of the report is the DCCC’s statutory assessment of whether the Danish government’s climate efforts have demonstrated how to reach the target of a 70 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.

Danish climate policy takes place on an international stage, where the EU in particular has an influence on the frameworks and options for Danish climate efforts. The DCCC’s outlook therefore focuses in particular on EU climate policy. The outlook also addresses global climate efforts

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Save the date: EEAC Annual Conference 14-15 September 2022

This year, the EEAC Annual Conference – entitled: “The Critical Decade of Action: Mobilising Sustainability Transformation in Europe” will take place in Helsinki on September 14th and 15th 2022. The conference will be hosted by Finland’s three independent science panels, the Finnish Expert Panel for Sustainable Development, the Finnish Climate Change Panel and the Finnish Nature Panel.

The two-day conference brings together experts particularly from academia and government to discuss the next steps for facilitating the much-needed transformation in the critical decade of action. We will hear interesting keynote speeches and engage in sessions, including the following themes:

  • Medium-term actions needed against biodiversity crisis
  • Joining forces for sustainability transformation
  • Europe’s global responsibility in climate change

New podcast series: Sustainability Made in Europe

Today, the first episode of a new podcast series ”Sustainability Made in Europe: A Policy Podcast on Finance, Reporting & Governance” is launched on Spotify and Anchor. The new podcast series debates major dynamics at the EU-level and presents expert views and backgrounds.

The first episode

In the first of four episodes, high-level experts such as Sandrine Dixson-Declѐve, Co-President of the Club of Rome and Udo Bullmann, member of the European Parliament, contribute their knowledge and experience. With a mix of expert interviews and contextual background information, this episode will provide a multi-perspective view on the European Green Deal and the EU’s sustainability policy in general.

The next series of episodes

In the following three episodes, the interviews with experts from politics, academia and business will focus on the EU Taxonomy, the draft Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD) and the recently published draft Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive, which aims to ensure human rights and environmental protection along global value chains. The goal of the podcast series is to make complex sustainability issues accessible to a broad audience while also providing in-depth expert knowledge.


The issues of sustainable finance, reporting and corporate governance are getting more and more attention in the European Union. Several regulatory initiatives have been published and have sometimes led to fierce debate. The new podcast series titled Sustainability Made in Europe: A Policy Podcast on Finance, Reporting & Governance picks up on these debates at the EU-level on various sustainability topics. Experts from academia, business and politics provide valuable insights into the most important legislative initiatives. The podcast series is a joint project of the Belgian (FRDO-CFDD) and German (RNE) Councils for Sustainable Development under the umbrella of the European Environment and Sustainable Development Advisory Councils Network (EEAC), implemented and hosted by Colin Bien from Masters of Change.

FRDO-CFDD organized a webinar on the stakes of the  EU-AU Summit 2022 (recordings available)

In prelude of the Europe-Africa week, the Belgium Federal Council for Sustainable Development (FRDO-CFDD) organized a webinar on the stakes of the  EU-AU Summit 2022 conference. Representatives of the AU, the EU, the Belgian government and other experts explained the importance of this conference that will take place on 17-18 February 2022. The webinar recordings can be found here

Latest publication: Circular Economy: Leveraging a Sustainable Transformation

The German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE) issued a statement in 2021, which is now translated in English.

Despite its already established high leverage effect and the fact that some progress1 has already been made here, the circular economy has yet to take the spotlight in the political sphere. A strategic approach to circularity is urgently needed and should be developed, managed and implemented in a cross-ministerial capacity in line with efforts at EU level and together with international partner nations.

Against this backdrop the German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE) recommends organising the transition to circularity via a new, cross-ministerial governance mechanism coordinated by the German Federal Chancellery. An additional thirteen other recommendations – ranging from the need for social safeguarding instruments or expanding education and research – are part of the RNE’s statement.

Latest publication: Impetus for an inclusive and networked multilateralism for sustainable development

To mark the 75th anniversary of the United Nations (UN) in 2020, UN Secretary[1]General António Guterres published the ‘Our Common Agenda’ report. A core theme of the report is greater solidarity between present and future generations – at the national level and in a multilateral system –aimed at helping to overcome complex global crises that already exist and prevent new ones from arising, while in general  contributing to a more equitable world that is fit for the future.

The German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE) recommends that the new Federal Government in Germany combine the strengthening of multilateralism referred to in the German Coalition Agreement with the objectives of social-ecological transformation at the global level and, to do so, adopt many of the UN Secretary General’s proposals as its own.

In the its statement, the RNE furthermore sets out, on the basis of the Our Common Agenda report, concrete recommendations for action on implementing the agenda in Germany,  approaches for strengthening multilateralism in the United Nations and possible courses of action for enhancing governance of the global commons. Read More

Planetary Health: European Convening

The Planetary Health Alliance, in partnership with the EEAC Network, hosted the Planetary Health European Convening on January 18th 2022. 22 organizations from 9 countries across Europe attended, several of which represent many more countries in Europe and globally. Organizations representing  a diverse array of sectors including healthcare, universities, religious institutions, humanitarian groups, youth, policy, business, and civil society joint. There were numerous interesting areas discussed, ranging from education courses and degrees; research agendas and gaps; to planetary health communication, policy, advocacy, and movement building. A next meeting is scheduled to take place in February 2022.