The first examples of farming hark back at least 100,000 years, and the growth of agriculture is seen as an essential driver for human civilization. But today the farming sector is facing a fundamental challenge as it attempts to remodel itself to meet the demands of a sustainable planet. The European Commission hopes to set a new agricultural agenda this March when it unveils its long-awaited ‘Farm to Fork’ initiative. Can it redesign the entire architecture of the food sector, or just nibble at the edges?
The fight against climate change was high on the agenda of the January plenary session of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), which hosted a debate on COP25 and the European Green Deal.
Between 1995 and 2017, greenhouse gas emissions from waste in the EU have fallen by 42%, according to estimates by the European Environmental Agency. The amount of emissions from waste depends on how the waste is treated. For example, when waste is landfilled, the organic material in the waste decomposes and produces gas.
EU Forest representatives, including CEPF, Copa-Cogeca, ELO and EUSTAFOR, teamed up yesterday to organise the event entitled “Seeing the forest for the trees – the multifunctional role of EU forests” in the European Parliament (EP).
During the morning, the Joint Research Centre (JRC) will present the results from the Level(s) testing, which involved over 130 buildings. The findings are based on the testers’ results, survey responses as well as verification interviews with selected test teams. This will be complemented by findings from national tests in France, Finland and Denmark. The afternoon will offer the opportunity for participants to help shaping the future of Level(s). This will be done through a series of discussions on how to improve the tool and assure its success, based on the findings from the test phase. The JRC, together with a selection of testers, will present initial ideas and proposals as the basis for further discussion.