The aim of the European Days for Sustainable Circular Economy event is to promote a low-carbon, climate resilient circular economy. This flagship event will be held 30 September–1 October in Helsinki in connection with Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The event will consist of three parallel conferences:
- CE 2019 Conference – Sustainable transition to a low-carbon, climate resilient circular economy: creating the knowledge base
- Manufuture 2019 Conference – Sustainable and Smart Manufacturing
- SI 2019 Conference – Sustainable innovation
The bioeconomy is a crucial factor in fighting climate change, responding to the growing food demand and boosting rural areas. In its opinion on the Updating of the Bioeconomy Strategy, adopted at its plenary session of 15 May, the EESC calls for better support for SMEs in the form of advice and access to finance.
The conference “European Bioeconomy Scene 2019” will take place in Helsinki on 8–10 July. It is one of the main events to be held in Helsinki during Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union and it is sponsored by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of Finland and the European Commission.
A recent JRC study finds that soil erosion by water costs the world economy about US$8,000,000 (eight billion US dollars) a year.
A new brief prepared by the JRC explains how Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) can be used to monitor, evaluate and forecast potential environmental impacts of bioeconomy sectors and the use of bio-based commodities in order to ensure that the bioeconomy operates within safe ecological limits.
Healthy forests, soils, seas and other ecosystems form Europe’s ‘natural capital’, which is vital for our well-being and the economy. The European Environment Agency’s (EEA) new analysis, published today, looks at how to measure the condition of Europe’s natural capital and provides a first overview of the state and trends of Europe’s ecosystems. The report also highlights the need for better data on the condition of ecosystems in Europe.
A recent Nature article warns of the urgent need for informed and joined-up thinking in making decisions about the future of Southeast Asia’s forests in order to mitigate global warming and biodiversity loss.
The Council today adopted conclusions on young people and the future of work. The conclusions highlight insecurity, the lack of social protection and precarious working conditions as the main problems facing young people in the current and future labour environment.
A number of measures to address these problems are identified in the conclusions: adaptable and responsive social security and education and training systems, the promotion of lifelong learning, ensuring smooth school-to-work and work-to-work transition, as well as equal access to quality jobs for all young people.
The European Court of Auditors is conducting an audit to assess whether the EU’s agricultural policy helps maintain and enhance biodiversity. In particular, the auditors will examine the design of the EU biodiversity strategy and its application in the common agricultural policy (CAP). They will also assess the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of EU funding for biodiversity in farming.
To prepare for the risk of forest fires during the upcoming summer, the Commission is launching today the first fleet of firefighting aircraft under the new rescEU system to tackle natural disasters. So far seven firefighting airplanes and six helicopters will be part of the rescEU fleet during an initial transition period, and the Commission is working together with the participating countries to add extra assets in the coming weeks.
During EU Green Week – Europe’s biggest environmental event – the LIFE programme announced the winners of the 2018 LIFE Awards. The three winners come from Italy (Nature category), Spain (Environment category), and Greece (Climate Action category).