30 September 2020

New proposed missions for a greener, healthier and more resilient Europe

During the European Research and Innovation Days (22-24 September 2020), high-level independent experts presented their proposals to the European Commission for possible EU missions on some of the most pressing societal challenges we are facing. Among them, making Europe climate resilient, restoring our ocean and waters, achieving 100 climate-neutral cities, and ensuring 75% of soils…

15 July 2020

The Sustainable Future Policy Lab

The Sustainable Future Policy Lab is a commentary site built by leading authors in environmental economics which focuses on environmental, natural resource and climate change economics and is aimed at academics, the public, policymakers and journalists. It includes articles from SFPLab members and strongly encourage submissions from external contributors. External contributions are reviewed by internal…

22 April 2020

A note on energy policies for sustainability after Covid-19

Covid-19 is changing the scenarios on which most policies were based, including those in the fields of energy and the environment. Policy Outreach Committee Chair and Secretary-General Jos Delbeke and Simone Borghesi , along with Jean-Michel Glachant, Alberto Pototschnig and Pippo Ranci have put together a list of 10 suggestions that should inspire post Covid19 energy and climate policies.…

20 February 2020

Technical Report: Modelling the global economic impacts of environmental change to support policy-making

The Earth’s ecosystems are in decline, putting their ability to provide the ecosystem services on which the world’s economies rely at risk. Unless we reverse these trends, the implications for human wellbeing are profound. Although the depth of humankind’s reliance on nature cannot be fully captured in a single economic metric, such as gross domestic…

17 February 2020

Human Development Report 2019 – UNDP

The 2019 Human Development Report – Beyond income, beyond averages, beyond today: Inequalities in human development in the 21st century is the latest in the series of global Human Development Reports published by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) since 1990. The reports deal with major development issues, and provide sound scientifically based discussions. This…

23 January 2020

McKinsey Report on Climate risk and response: Physical hazards and socioeconomic impacts

This report focuses on the physical effects of our changing climate. Current and future risks are assessed within a 30 year time span and case studies are used to analyse and understand the mechanisms through which physical climate change leads to increased socioeconomic risk. Impacts are also explored with estimates on probabilities and magnitude of potential impacts. The…

20 January 2020

World Economic Forum Global Risks Report 2020

The Global Risks Report 2020 presents the major risks facing the world in the coming year. It focuses on the need for a multistakeholder approach towards the world’s greatest challenges, and comes ahead of the World Economic Forum’s 50th Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters, where the focus is Stakeholders for a Cohesive and Sustainable World. Stakeholders…

9 January 2020

European Green Deal

On the 11th of December, while COP25 was taking place in Madrid, European Commission (EC) President Ursula Von der Leyen outlined the new European Green Deal (EGD) proposal. The EGD package aims to couple economic growth and increased wellbeing with care for the environment with the great ambition of becoming the first climate-neutral continent by…

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…

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 –…