The next stop for the European Maritime Day cruise is on 31st of May and 1st of June 2018 in sunny Burgas at the Black Sea.
“Check out the indicative programme of EMD 2018 in Burgas (31 May & 1 June), submit your proposals for a stakeholder workshop (deadline 30 November 2017), pitch your impact-oriented activities, ideas and solutions at our pitch stage in the networking village or apply to participate in the “Blue Bubbles”, a session dedicated to young ocean activists and leaders. Interested in linking your own maritime event to EMD? Apply to register it as an EMD in My Country event!”.
The 7th Environment Action Programme (7th EAP) is the long term overarching strategy of the EU and its Member States in the field of environment and climate change. It covers a seven-year time frame (between 2014 and 2020) and is the first to set a long-term vision for policy-making in the field, until 2050. This European Implementation Assessment found that while the EAP scope remains relevant to current needs and adds value to EU and national policy-making efforts, its objectives are unlikely to be fully met by 2020, despite sporadic progress in some areas. Another key finding in this document is that environmental and climate-related concerns are not sufficiently integrated into a number of EU policies. These findings were made on the basis of publicly available sources of information (specifically aimed at informing the evaluation of the 7th EAP) and views shared in the course of the targeted stakeholder consultation in support of this document.
Air pollution is one of the most severe and complex environmental challenges impacting humans and ecosystems. The urban population, in particular, is still suffering from high levels of air pollution that is considered harmful for health according to European and World Health Organisation (WHO) standards. Effective action to reduce air pollutants requires a good understanding of causes and sources as well as the chemistry and physics of air pollutants in the atmosphere. Full article…
The Commission has assembled a pipeline of projects that could deliver innovative new services and products to contribute to growth in the blue economy, with benefits to society. DG Mare asked for a preliminary and independent assessment of possible options for providing the finance that would allow this to happen.
On 20 November, agenda items include information from the Commission on recent developments and forthcoming initiatives on sustainable finance, a discussion on the revised draft Council conclusions on eco-innovation, and the examination of the revised Presidency text on the position to be adopted on behalf of the EU at the next three meetings of the International Whaling Commission. Further examination of the Presidency compromise text and the consideration of further Presidency suggestions on the monitoring and reporting of CO2 emissions from and fuel consumption of new heavy-duty vehicles will take place on 21 November. On 23 November, agenda items include an examination of the Presidency text on the opening of negotiations on an agreement between the European Union and the Global Green Growth Institute.
The recently launched Luxembourg-EIB Climate Finance Platform, a joint initiative between the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the Government of Luxembourg, is investing EUR 5 million in C Shares of the Green for Growth Fund (GGF). This first investment of the platform was announced today by the EIB at COP 23, the 2017 UN Climate Change Conference.
An event organised by the S&D Group.
On the margins of the COP 23 climate talks in Bonn, the Green Finance Committee (GFC) of the China Society for Finance and Banking and the European Investment Bank (EIB) launched a White Paper that provides an international comparison of several green bond standards. The new paper paves the way for enhancing the consistency of green finance definitions and standards between China and the EU. Full article…