Healthy oceans are a priority in the fight against climate change. To highlight the role of science in policy-making and the opportunities provided by oceans in tackling the climate challenge, the European Commission is organising an ‘EU Ocean Day’ on 7 December during the COP 25, the UN Climate Change Conference (2 – 13 December 2019).
The European Green Deal is a programme outlined in the political guidelines of the incoming President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen. It aims to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050, while boosting the competitiveness of European industry and ensuring a just transition for the regions and workers affected. Preserving Europe’s natural environment and biodiversity, a ‘farm to fork’ strategy for sustainable food, and a new circular economy action plan are other key elements. Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans will be in charge of leading and coordinating the work on the European Green Deal. A Commission communication on the matter is expected on 11 December, ahead of the next European Council meeting, starting the following day.
This event aims at providing a better science-policy understanding of the outlook and policy issues facing European planted forests while answering these questions:
To support local governments in long term energy and climate planning is precisely the goal of the C-Track 50 project, which aims to mobilize and guide public authorities and to support them in developing, financing and implementing ambitious integrated sustainable energy and climate policy action plans. In this, C-track 50 supports at least 116 sustainable energy and climate policy action plans and develops more than 105 funding proposals for implementing sustainable energy and climate actions/projects.
On the 10th December, EPSU is opening up a public debate on the future of Europe’s energy system. In light of the European Green Deal and the European Commission’s commitment to a Just Transition, EPSU is bringing together environmentalists and trade unionists discuss the framework of the continent’s energy system.
On Tuesday 10 December 2019 EUROCITIES will hold its event: “City leadership for climate” in the European Parliament, under the patronage of MEP Pascal Canfin, Chair of the ENVI Committee, to call on the European institutions to act now on climate.
Next year’s UN biodiversity conference, the COP15, should be the biodiversity equivalent of the Paris agreement on climate change, says the Environment Committee.
On 22 November, participants in the 17th regional seminar of ACP-EU economic and social interest groups adopted a declaration highlighting the potential of the blue economy as a key factor for development in many eastern and southern African countries.
Update: the main results are now available.
Items concern energy, climate & environment, digital, transport, finance and internal market policies. A items are also available.