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When taken as a single variable, population density, transport infrastructure, soil types, land use and terrain characteristics, might tell only a part of the story. What links them together and allows us to get a better understanding of what is happening where? How does spatial data help improve Europe's environmental policies? We asked these questions to Stefan Jensen, who leads a group working on implementing the Shared Environmental Information System (SEIS) – with a focus on spatial reference data – at the European Environment Agency.
Europe selected its new policy makers. They will need to address not only today’s challenges but also set in motion policies that will affect Europeans well beyond their five-year mandate. What do they need to do today to make sure that Europeans live well in the future? By taking action at the EU level and tackling environment and climate issues, EU policy makers can actually revive the economy and guarantee our long-term well-being.
Considering the underlying objectives of both INSPIRE and Geospatial World Forum is to promote the optimal use and implementation of spatial data and resources for growth, there is an existing foundation for a synergised effort. While INSPIRE is designed to discuss the latest developments of the INSPIRE Directive, addressing common policy issues, applications and implementations of SDIs, Geospatial World Forum features success stories of private industry and users of spatial data boosting the business of spatial information and downstream dissemination of the technology applications.
Some thematic focus areas:
• Valuing ESS for water quality improvements (WFD)
• Valuing ESS for flood protection (Floods Directive)
• Payments for water-related ESS [PES] (WFD, CAP)
… and discussions on proposals for H2020 & JPI Water calls 2015
• Knowledge providers (scientists, consultants)
• Knowledge users (Competent Authorities, policy-makers etc)
Europe can create jobs and encourage innovation by using resources much more efficiently, according to a new report from the European Environment Agency (EEA) which describes a range of policies with proven environmental and economic benefits.
The European Union has been reducing its greenhouse gas emissions since 1990. The EU has ‘over-achieved’ its Kyoto target for the period 2008–2012 and is projected to ‘over-achieve’ its 2020 targets. Can we reduce GHG emissions and have a strong economy at the same time? What was the impact of the recent recession on the EU’s GHG emissions? Does policy work?
Agorada 2014 Eco-innovation Dialogue will be held within the framework of FP7's greenXpo project. The greenXpo project is an innovative European initiative to promote the uptake of eco-innovation in Europe's key industrial sectors, with a value chain perspective in mind.
The overall objective of the dialogue events is to create and promote cross-stakeholders learning with the aim of greening the industrial sectoral value chains.
The European Union's greenhouse gas emissions continued to fall in 2012, as a 1.3 % decrease cut emissions to 19.2 % below 1990 levels, according to official data from the European Environment Agency (EEA). This puts the EU within reach of its 20 % reduction target, with eight years to go until the 2020 deadline.
The average van sold in 2013 was around 4 % more efficient than the previous year, so the new vans fleet has already met the collective carbon emissions target ahead of the 2017 deadline, preliminary data shows. Similar findings were recently published for new cars, which have also met their target in advance.
Cars sold in 2013 were 4 % more efficient than the year before, according to provisional data. Average carbon dioxide emissions per kilometre have continued to fall, so in 2013 the European Union fleet already collectively met its legal target for 2015.
The EEA has collected EU Member States' data on passenger car registrations, in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 443/2009. All Member States reported information on Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and the mass of cars, together with other vehicle characteristics. This data was used to evaluate the performance in 2013 of the new vehicle fleet, and its progress toward meeting the CO2 emissions target of 130 grams of CO2 per kilometre (gCO2/km) by 2015. The current dataset is provisional, and will now be sent for verification to all car manufacturers responsible for cars registered in the EU in 2013.
We need to change the way we produce goods and services. We need to ‘green’ our economy. But this does not consist of developing just a number of selected sectors, such as renewables, eco-innovation, corresponding to 5 or even 10 percent of our economy. It requires greening the entire economy. The question is: ‘How do we create a performing economy that creates jobs and ensures our well-being, and yet respects the limits of our planet?’
There are several methods for accounting for carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. The European Environment Agency (EEA) explains the key characteristics of different emissions accounting methods, highlighting the need for methodological improvements as well as better data coverage and quality.
In 2012, the average new van sold in the European Union emitted 180.2 g of carbon dioxide for every kilometre travelled, which is close to the 175 g CO2/km target to be gradually phased in between next year and 2017.
The European economy is still feeling the impact of the economic crisis that started in 2008. Unemployment and pay cuts have affected millions. When new graduates cannot find jobs in one of the richest parts of the world, should we talk about the environment? The European Union's new environmental action programme does exactly this, but not only. It also identifies the environment as an integral and inseparable part of our health and our economy.
The EU PVSEC is the largest international Conference for Photovoltaic Research and Technologies, Industries and Applications, and at the same time a leading international PV Industry Exhibition. It gathers the global PV community to conduct business, to network and to present and discuss the latest developments and innovations in Photovoltaics.
This global event uniquely combines scientific, technological industrial and market issues from the perspective of research and development, industry, finance and politics. It is considered to be the world’s leading science-to-science, business-to-business and science-to-industry platform for the global PV solar sector.
The Technical Programme is coordinated by the European Commission, DG Joint Research Centre.
Conference: 22 - 26 September 2014 (Monday - Friday),
Exhibition: 23 - 25 September 2014 (Tuesday - Thursday)
The 2013 annual conference of the European Urban Knowledge Network (EUKN) “Energy Efficiency Cities” will present the main challenges and opportunities for cities to contribute to the energy efficiency targets. It will take place in Oradea, Romania, on 6 - 7 of November 2013. The conference will be in English but simultaneous translation to Romanian will be available during the Plenary Session and one of the workshops.
Discuss innovative approaches within interactive panels on environmental taxation and Emissions Trading at Swiss, EU and international level; meet more than 140 key experts from politics, businesses, the research community, national and international organizations and civil society!
Join us for the award ceremony for Professor Frank Convery to become "2013 GBE Environmental Fiscal Reformer of the Year".
The laudation will be given by Moritz Leuenberger, former Swiss Minister for the Environment.
We hope your participation can help drive forward discussion of green taxation and emissions trading at national, European and global level!
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For references, please go to www.eea.europa.eu/soer or scan the QR code.
This briefing is part of the EEA's report The European Environment - State and Outlook 2015. The EEA is an official agency of the EU, tasked with providing information on Europe’s environment.
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