Event – Webinar: Perspectives on the multiple benefits of energy efficiency for ASEAN (18 October)

Most energy efficiency policies are justified on the basis of energy savings, together with contributions to energy security and climate change mitigation. However, improved energy efficiency also delivers additional, non-energy benefits for individuals, the broader economy, and society. We call this the “multiple benefits” of energy efficiency. These benefits include various macroeconomic benefits (e.g. shifts in energy trade balances and employment), increased access to energy, and affordability of energy services, reduced air pollution, and fiscal improvements for national and sub-national entities.

Press Release: Multilateral banks reaffirm pledge to support resilient, sustainable infrastructure

The heads of the leading multilateral development banks (MDBs) meeting at the Global Infrastructure Forum 2018 (GI Forum) today expressed their condolences following the tragic loss of lives and livelihoods in Sulawesi, Indonesia and reaffirmed their commitment to work together to deliver infrastructure that is resilient, inclusive, and sustainable.

Press Release: The government of the Republic of Indonesia and the EIB strengthen cooperation on green infrastructure

A major agreement to further develop green infrastructure in support of climate change mitigation and adaptation projects in Indonesia was signed today by the Ministry of National Development Planning of the Republic of Indonesia and the European Investment Bank (EIB). The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which was signed on Saturday (10/13) afternoon at the Inaya Putri Bali Hotel, Nusa Dua, Bali, was also on the margins of the 2018 International Monetary Fund-World Bank Group Annual Meeting.

Event: The Road to Katowice – Changing Together for a ‘Just Transition’ (6 November 2018)

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Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions: A sustainable Bioeconomy for Europe: Strengthening the connection between economy, society and the environment

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Press Release: A new bioeconomy strategy for a sustainable Europe

As announced by President Juncker and First Vice-President Timmermans in their letter of intent accompanying President Juncker‘s 2018 State of the Union Address, the new bioeconomy strategy is part of the Commission’s drive to boost jobs, growth and investment in the EU. It aims to improve and scale up the sustainable use of renewable resources to address global and local challenges such as climate change and sustainable development.

Press Release: EIB approves EUR 6.6 billion support for innovation, clean energy and affordable housing

Spanish, Polish and Bulgarian commuters, residents of Warsaw, Vilnius and Turku, and students across France will benefit from new financing by the European Investment Bank.

Press Release: The European Union and the Eastern partner countries strengthen their cooperation on environment, circular economy and climate action

Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for Environment, Fisheries and Maritime Affairs said: “Our cooperation on environment with the Eastern Partner countries is stronger than ever. We have seen numerous actions implemented as well as progress in environmental legislation. Further work on the implementation of new legislation, on mainstreaming environmental principles and the principles of a circular economy into other policy areas is still needed, and I am confident that EU assistance in this area will contribute to achieving tangible results.”

Press Release: L’Union européenne et les pays partenaires orientaux renforcent leur coopération en matière d’environnement, d’économie circulaire et d’action pour le climat

Briefing: EU policies – Delivering for citizens: Environmental protection

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Event: Sustainable and circular Bioeconomy, the European way (Brussels, 22 October 2018)

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Event: ARTEFACTS exhibition: How do we want to deal with the future of our one and only planet? (Berlin, 9 – 11 October)

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Official Journal (C Series): Resolution & Opinions of the European Committee of the Regions

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Speech by Maroš Šefčovič at the publication launch of the “Energy Investment Risk Assessment 2018” (#EIRA2018) in Brussels

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Event: 18th International Electronics Recycling Congress IERC 2019 (Salzburg, 16-18 January 2019)

IERC 2019 is the recycling industry’s most important event, bringing together over 500 international producers, recyclers, equipment manufacturers, recycling associations, standards bodies, refurbishers, NGOs, regulators and many more.

Investment readiness of new products and services in the blue economy

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Press Release: Investment platform recommendation

The European Commission adopted the Blue Growth Strategy in 2012 in order to harness the potential of Europe’s oceans, seas and coasts for growth and jobs. Since the adoption of the strategy, the Blue Economy has become a driver for Europe’s welfare and prosperity. Europe’s maritime economy is expected to become an even more significant source of jobs and growth in the years to come. However, despite concerted efforts by the European Union to increase funding for Blue Economy actors, access to funding with acceptable terms remains a key obstacle for innovative businesses.

Statistics: Environmental economy

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Informal EU Forest Directors General Meeting (Innsbruck, 15 – 17 October 2018)

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Speech by Commissioner Vella: Blue economy potential in the Mediterranean, Italian Parliamentary Assembly in Cetara, 28 September 2018

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Speech by Commissioner Hogan at European Forest Institute 2018 Scientific Seminar

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Press Release: One Planet Summit 2018: Europe sustains its leadership on climate action

Europe is committed to leading the fight against climate change. To underline its leadership, the Commission presented a comprehensive set of 10 transformative initiatives, the Action Plan for the Planet, at the inaugural One Planet Summit in Paris last December. In New York today, Vice-Presidents Maroš Šefčovič and Valdis Dombrovskis and Commissioner Neven Mimica will update Heads of State and Government, businesses leaders and civil society on the main achievements to date under these initiatives in support of climate action.

OPP Meeting Summary: EP BUDG Committee on Establishing a Programme for the Environment and Climate Action (LIFE) (26 September 2018)

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