Press Release: The EU Climate Modelling Cluster and the importance of cooperation in climate science

EU researchers are leading the way on developing skilful computer models that can predict the climate in Atlantic and Arctic regions, from within seasons up to decades into the future. Recent partnership workshops, coordinated by Horizon 2020 project Blue-Action, brought together top scientists from across Europe to solve current issues and discuss the next steps for cutting-edge climate science.

Official Journal (C Series): Opinions of the European Economic and Social Committee

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Agenda: EESC ECO section meeting and thematic debate “Taxation and the Sustainable Development Goals” (19 September 2019)

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Event: 1st Energy & Environment Clustering Event (Durham, UK, 23 & 24 September 2019)

The first “Energy & Environment Clustering Event”, hosted by Durham Energy Institute at Durham University and facilitated by the EUA Energy & Environment Platform, will focus on the need for new skills and knowledge for the energy and climate transition. It will also highlight the crucial mindset change needed to increase efficiency in the use of raw materials and reduce harmful emissions. The concept of the circular economy and the important role of consumers will be addressed.

Press Release: State of the Climate in 2018 – the fourth warmest year on record

The 29th annual State of the Climate report, compiled by NOAA’s Center for Weather and Climate at the National Centers for Environmental Information and published today in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, confirms that 2018 was the fourth warmest year on record, after 2016, 2015 and 2017.

Press Release: EU Defence Ministers to discuss the future of defence cooperation in Helsinki

EU defence ministers will discuss new technologies and the changing world during the informal meeting of ministers of defence on 28 and 29 August. The topics of discussion include for example artificial intelligence and the effect of climate change on defence and security.

Press Release: Preparing Europe’s emergency services for a warmer future

As climate change worsens, natural disasters like forest fires are becoming more destructive. Firefighters and other emergency service providers often feel outmatched. An EU-funded project is helping these first responders improve their coordination and equipment to keep Europeans safe.

Press Release: Humanitarian Aid: additional €50 million to tackle drought in the Horn of Africa

The European Commission is mobilising a further €50 million in emergency humanitarian funding to help the people hit by drought in the Horn of Africa. With many in the region relying on livestock herding and subsistence farming, the prolonged drought is having devastating consequences on food availability and livelihoods. Today’s additional funding brings total EU humanitarian aid to the region to €366.5 million since 2018.

Speech: Commissioner Mimica – “Scaling up climate action through clean energy transitions – Delivering on the Paris Agreement and the SDGs”

New York, 16 July 2019

Side Event – European Union and Ethiopia – High-Level Political Forum for Sustainable Development.

Speech: Commissioner Mimica – Reducing inequalities by promoting a just and inclusive transition with ambitious climate action – High-Level Political Forum

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UPDATED – Press Release: Environmental Implementation Review: Commission helps Member States to better apply EU environment rules to protect citizens and enhance their quality of life

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Event: An EU budget to address the climate emergency (Brussels, 15 October 2019)

In the morning, the conference will explore how the EU budget can be used to address the climate emergency and respond to public concerns following scientists’ demands for climate action – most recently expressed in the ‘green wave’ at the EU elections.
In the afternoon, a capacity building workshop will build on the morning conference and bring together civil society organisations from different countries to gather feedback and recommendations on the topic.

Event: Transforming farm subsidies to prevent climate breakdown (Brussels, 25 September 2019)

Agriculture is responsible for 10% of the EU’s greenhouse gas emissions. Yet €58 billion of taxpayers’ money is spent annually to support environmentally-harmful agriculture.

The EEB is pleased to invite you to join the debate. A range of stakeholders from the EU institutions, industry, academia and civil society will present their views and discuss how better agricultural policy can help address climate breakdown.

UPDATED – Agenda: Agriculture and Fisheries Council (15 July 2019)

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Speech: Commissioner Vella at the Ocean Ambassadors meeting

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Event: G-STIC 2019 (Brussels, 20-22 November 2019)

G-STIC 2019 will lay the foundations of a comprehensive approach to identifying and discussing integrated technological solutions that can significantly impact the achievements of the SDGs. It will also test this approach on a number of concrete integrated technological solutions.

Event: Saline Futures Conference (Leeuwarden, The Netherlands, 10-13 September 2019)

Capitalizing on the vast potential of saline agriculture requires a major interdisciplinary and collaborative research effort to inform effective and supportive policy frameworks and to evaluate the most promising methods for developing saline agriculture in different regions of the globe. The conference intends to build on the conclusions of earlier conferences, such as FAO’s Global Forum on Salinization and Climate Change, Salinity Forum and ICBA’s International Workshop on Climate Change and Soil Salinity Dynamics.

Press Release: LIFE funds species protection on islands across the globe

European island habitats range from inland archipelagos to the outmost regions of the EU. They can be biodiversity hotspots and critical sites for nesting migratory birds. LIFE funding gives conservation organisations game-changing resources for species protection, land management and staff training.

Event: IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition (Copenhagen, 18-23 October 2020)

The IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition is the global event for water professionals covering the entire water cycle. As the Congress rotates through cities and countries each event has an extra emphasis on issues of specific interest to the region.

Event: Tackling deforestation: does the EU need to legislate? (Brussels, 15 October 2019)

Organized in partnership with Cargill, this exclusive, invitation-only working group will bring together thought leaders and specialists for an in-depth conversation on the importance of tackling deforestation and the crucial role the EU will take in shaping an appropriate framework for competitive and sustainable solutions.

Event: 15th meeting of the Technical Platform for Cooperation on the Environment (Brussels, 18 September 2019)

The Technical Platform is a forum set up by the Commission for Environment, Climate Change and Energy at the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) and DG ENV aimed at fostering dialogue on local and regional problems and solutions in the application of EU environment law. It was launched in 2012 with the following objectives:

  • to allow dialogue on implementation issues of mutual interest and exchange of best practices at a technical level;
  • to facilitate a cooperation between local and regional environmental administrations and DG ENV and the CoR’s ENVE Commission;
  • to overall contribute to improvements in environmental outcomes;
  • to strengthen the cooperation between the CoR’s ENVE commission and DG ENV;
  • to provide technical input to the work of the CoR’s ENVE commission, thereby reinforcing an evidence-based approach in its ongoing work in this field.

Event: The role of energy-insfrastructure towards climate-neutrality by 2050 (Brussels, 5 September 2019)

New technologies for sector coupling and sector integration and energy carriers such as renewable hydrogen are key to securing a cost-effective energy transition towards a carbon- neutral economy. To reach this potential we must make use of the existing EU energy infrastructure, integrating different energy vectors in a seamless manner.

The main takeaways from the Dutch Climate Agreement debate will be presented, as well as from an analytical work on decarbonisation pathways carried out by Gasunie and TenneT, before discussing challenges and approaches to decarbonising Europe’s energy system.

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