The “Policy News” section contains news and documents about environmental policy decisions and debates worldwide. It includes inputs from our country representatives and all our members, and presents the activities carried out by the EAERE Policy Outreach Committee.

12 December 2019

SOER 2020 – State and Outlook on the European Environment

The SOER report is published by the EEA every five years. SOER 2020 is the 6th SOER published by the EEA since 1995. Prepared in close collaboration with the EEA’s European Environment Information and Observation Network (Eionet), it offers science-based insights on the huge and complex challenges the global community is now faced with, such…

26 November 2019

UNEP Emissions Gap Report 2019

The tenth edition of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Emissions Gap Report provides the latest assessment of scientific studies on current and estimated future greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and compares these with the emission levels bearable for the world to progress on a least-cost pathway to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement. This…

7 November 2019

Government of Cyprus to Start Consultation on Green Fiscal Reform

The 20th Global Conference on Environmental Taxation, organised by the Cyprus University of Technology, was held in Cyprus on 26-27 September 2019. GCET is the leading global forum for exchanges on the principles and practice of environmental taxation and other market-based instruments for promoting the transition to low-carbon and resource-efficient societies. The conference started with…

22 October 2019

Fiscal Monitor: How to Mitigate Climate Change

The October 2019 edition of the Fiscal Monitor by the International Monetary Fund focuses on the design of fiscal policies for climate mitigation at the domestic and international level. This report emphasizes the environmental, fiscal, economic, and administrative case for using carbon taxes, or similar pricing schemes such as emission trading systems, to implement climate…

14 October 2019

New FAO Digital Report on the State of Food and Agriculture 2019

This report explores the food loss and waste issues. The broad estimate FAO provided in 2011 suggested that around 1/3 or 30 percent of the world’s food was lost or wasted every year. This can be considered a preliminary estimate that raised awareness of the issue. To provide more clarity on the subject, that figure…

10 October 2019

EEA Report: Paving the way for a circular economy – insights on status and potentials

This new report by the EEA takes stock of the initiatives for creating a circular economy that reduce the use of natural resources and minimise harmful emissions and waste. According to the report, European companies are increasingly adopting circular business models, focused mainly on operational efficiency and reducing waste. Another promising development is to shift from product-based…

25 September 2019

IPCC Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate

This new Report by IPCC highlights the urgency of prioritizing timely, ambitious and coordinated action to address unprecedented and enduring changes in the ocean and cryosphere. The report reveals the benefits of ambitious and effective adaptation for sustainable development and, conversely, the escalating costs and risks of delayed action. The ocean and the cryosphere –…

4 September 2019

New EEA Report on Adaptation challenges and opportunities for the European energy system

This report studies current and future needs for climate change adaptation and climate resilience in the European energy system. This analysis supports the clean energy transition, which involves a huge expansion of renewable energy sources, many of which are sensitive to climate factors. The Report clearly states that the European energy system needs to take…

8 August 2019

IPCC’S new Special Report on Climate Change and Land

Today, 8 August 2019, the IPCC has officially presented its latest special report titled “Climate Change and Land” during the press conference held at the World Meteorological Organization premises in Geneva, Switzerland from 10 am CEST. The presentation was co-organized with UN Foundation within the framework of the Geneva Environment Network. The special report deals…

2 August 2019

Renewables 2019 Global Status Report

REN21 is an international policy network of experts from governments, inter-governmental organisations, industry associations, NGOs, and science and academia. Every year, REN21 produces its annual flagship publication, the Renewables Global Status Report (GSR). According to the evidence of 2018, solar photovoltaics (PV) and wind are becoming increasingly popular in the power sector, with an increasing…

24 July 2019

New Report: Driving finance today for the climate resilient society of tomorrow

UNEP – Finance Initiative partnered with Climate Finance Advisors to deliver this report to the Global Commission on Adaptation as a contribution to a series of technical background papers on finance for adaptation and resilience supporting the GCA’s inaugural flagship report scheduled for September 2019. The report identifies the main barriers in the financial system…

11 July 2019

Women’s Digital Financial Inclusion in Africa

|Source: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation| African governments are at the forefront of efforts to harness digital technologies to build more inclusive economies. Double-digit growth in mobile phone ownership in the first half of this decade has triggered a surge of innovative digital tools and services across the continent. However, the benefits of the digital…

27 June 2019

Economists’ Statement on Carbon Pricing

The Policy Outreach Committee (POC) of the EAERE prepared a statement on carbon pricing to be proposed for endorsement to the whole community of economists in Europe and worldwide. It aims to convey the European perspective on carbon pricing and to draw the attention of policy-makers to its importance as a key instrument, even though not…

14 June 2019

Green roofs in New York City

The New York City Council just approved the Climate Mobilization Act: a #GreenNewDeal4NY to mitigate the effects of greenhouse gas emissions from buildings. GHG emissions are a primary cause of climate change. In New York, buildings are responsible of almost three-quarters of all emissions in the city. The “green roofs” measure is part of a…

6 June 2019

Financing For Sustainable Development Report 2019

The UN Inter-agency Task Force on Financing for Development has released the fourth edition of the “Financing for Sustainable Development Report”, which provides a comprehensive assessment of the state of sustainable finance in 2019. The report offers recommendations for achieving concrete progress on financing for development, with a focus on the five SDGs under review…

17 May 2019

Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction

The UN Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction (GAR) is the flagship report of the United Nations on worldwide efforts to reduce disaster risk. The GAR is published biennially by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), and is the product of the contributions of nations, public and private disaster risk-related science and…

7 May 2019

IPBES 2019 Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

This report – the first ever inter-governmental global assessment on biodiversity – has been prepared by 150 leading experts from 50 countries, with backgrounds from natural and social sciences and the support of other 250 experts collaborating to the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). Its aim is to inform better policies…

15 April 2019

Greta Thunberg meets EAERE President at the Italian Senate

Young Swedish activist Greta Thunberg will be in Italy on April 18. She will meet EAERE President Carlo Carraro during the conference promoted by the President of the Italian Senate Elisabetta Casellati, titled “Climate: it’s time to change”. They will discuss the global climate crisis with other high-profile speakers: Antonio Navarra, President of the Euro-Mediterranean…

2 April 2019

New report by World Bank & World Resources Institute: Integrating Green and Gray

“Integrating Green and Gray – Creating Next Generation Infrastructure” is a joint report from the World Bank and the World Resources Institute (WRI) that aims to advance the integration of green and gray infrastructure solutions. It focuses on the global growing infrastructures crisis, driven by climate change and population increase. It provides insights, solutions and…

22 March 2019

World Water Development Report 2019

The WWDR, coordinated by the World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP), is a joint initiative of the UN agencies and entities which make up UN-Water, working in partnership with governments, international organizations, non-governmental organizations and other stakeholders. The WWDR is an annual and thematic report that focuses on different strategic water issues each year and its…

12 March 2019

15 March 2019: global strike for climate

This Friday (March 15) young students from all over the world will go on strike to make their voices heard: they are worried about the future of our planet.Tens of thousands of students from more than 80 countries and territories are going to demonstrate to urge governments to take climate action now. The global youth…

1 March 2019

US Green New Deal – Prof. Barbier’s comments on the plan

In the last month, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass. introduced a resolution in Congress calling for a “Green New Deal”. It calls for massive government spending over the next 10 years to shift the U.S. economy away from polluting industries, embrace green infrastructure and produce 100% of energy from renewables. In…

27 February 2019

Towards a climate-neutral Europe: EU invests over €10bn in innovative clean technologies

On 26 February 2019, the European Commission has announced an investment programme worth over €10 billion for low-carbon technologies in several sectors to boost their global competitiveness. The EU innovative climate action has a range of benefits for the health and prosperity of Europeans with a tangible impact on people’s lives – from the creation…

25 February 2019

New World Bank Report “Fiscal Policies for Development and Climate Action”

This report provides practical insights for an effective design and implementation of fiscal policies for both development and climate action. The report maintains that well-designed environmental tax reforms are especially valuable in developing countries, where they can reduce emissions, increase domestic revenues and generate positive welfare effects. The reportoffers policy recommendations for finance decision-makers to…

22 February 2019

New FAO Report: “World’s Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture”

This report presents the first global assessment of biodiversity for food and agriculture (BFA). It gives an original view compared with other global assessments, which put the spotlight on the state of genetic resources within specific sectors of food and agriculture. The State of the World’s Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture (SoW-BFA) analyses the sustainable…

21 February 2019

Clean mobility: Putting an end to polluting trucks

The Commission has welcomed the first EU standards to reduce pollution from trucks. On 19 February, the European Parliament and the Council reached provisional agreement on a Regulation setting strict CO2 emission standards for trucks, for the first time in the EU. The deal follows the agreement reached in December on new CO2 emission standards…

5 February 2019

Clean Energy for All Europeans

Political agreement was reached by negotiators from the Council, the European Parliament and the European Commission on the conclusion of the Clean Energy for all Europeans package, consisting in new rules for making the EU’s electricity market work better. Measures have been provisionally agreed concluding the political negotiations on the Clean Energy for All Europeans…

30 January 2019

World Economic Forum Global Risks Report 2019

The 14th edition of the Report published by the WEF provides a comprehensive view of the biggest threats we are expected to face within a 10-year future scenario: the top 5 most worrisome include extreme weather events, climate-change policy failures and natural disasters. The report presents the results of the WEF latest Global Risks Perception…

30 January 2019

Urban Adaptation Support Tool

The Urban Adaptation Support Tool (UAST) guides European adaptation decision-makers and practitioners in cities through the main steps of the adaptation process. The tool is based on the policy cycle, which highlights that climate change adaptation is an iterative process. UAST is divided into six steps and a number of sub-steps. UAST is regularly updated…

14 January 2019

Commission welcomes Francesco La Camera as newly elected Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has elected its European candidate, Mr Francesco La Camera from Italy, as its new Director-General. Mr La Camera will succeed Mr Adnan Amin from Kenya, who has headed the organisation since it was officially inaugurated in 2011. Read the News on the European Commission website Photo Credits: IRENA

20 December 2018

European Commission Carbon Market Report

The European Commission has adopted its annual report on the functioning of the European carbon market. The report, covering the year 2017, shows that in that period the EU power sector reduced its greenhouse gas emissions for the sixth year in a row. Emissions of industrial installations, however, which receive the vast majority of their…

19 December 2018

UN Climate talks – Katowice

The UNFCCC COP24 in Katowice, Poland, ended with the adoption of a rulebook to facilitate the implementation of the Paris Agreement across the world. The Paris rulebook will enable the Parties to the Paris Agreement to implement, track and enhance their contributions to fight climate change, in order to meet the Agreement’s long-term goals. Read…