How many policies and measures (PaMs) did the European Member States implement or plan to implement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions? What type of policies, affecting which sectors have been primarily reported? Were the European Union policies driving the development of national policies? The European Environment Agency’s viewer explores PaMs reported by Member States under the EU Monitoring Mechanism Regulation. Member States report main characteristics of the PaMs, such as a description, objective, type, status, sectors, related EU policies etc. Where available, Member States report quantitative information on the GHG emission savings of the PaMs, both ex ante (future looking) and ex post (retrospectively), as well as the projected and realised costs and benefits. Reported information is checked by the European Environment Agency and its European Topic Centre on Climate Mitigation and Energy. Three sheets: ‘Overview’,’Reported expected effects’ and ‘Reported achieved effects’ allow users to understand more about the national climate change mitigation PaMs.
The fourth edition of The Economist’s Sustainability Summit will marshal the evidence to measure past progress, and assess where and how policymakers, financial institutions and business leaders should act. Where are we on the sustainability front compared with where we need to be? In what areas are efforts still falling short? Has the world already passed the point of no return in terms of climate change? And to what extent should efforts be directed at adaptation rather than mitigation?
EFSA has set a new deadline for completion of two pilot assessments on the risks posed to humans by residues of multiple pesticides in food. The assessments were originally scheduled for publication by the end of this year but have been moved back following feedback from stakeholders.
Another successful mediation was conducted under the auspices of the Energy Community Secretariat’s Dispute Resolution Centre, this time as part of the dispute settlement procedure in case ECS-1/15. In case ECS-1/15, the Secretariat took the view that the permitting procedure of the planned thermal power plant Ugljevik 3 in the Republika Srpska entity of Bosnia and Herzegovina failed to comply with the provisions of the Environmental Impact Assessment Directive.