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Environmental laws have a huge impact on our life. They improve water and air quality, they protect nature, and they encourage recycling and waste management. But to really make an appreciable difference, these EU laws have to be properly implemented.  
Post date: 26 Oct 2018
Type: News

The building sector is shifting towards sustainability, but the pace must accelerate if Europe is to deliver a circular economy - and realise the emissions, resource efficiency and socio-economic potential of the sector.   This conference will explore the growing support across Europe for Level(s), the European Commission’s new sustainable building reporting framework which aims to provide the insights that will shape future building sector policy.  
Post date: 25 Oct 2018
Type: Event

The EPBD targets are tough but clear enough and it’s now up to member states to enforce these commitments. The risk of the directive being ineffective is high if countries and local authorities do not enforce it correctly.   “The EPBD was only the first step on the road to make our European building stock better,” said the Parliament’s rapporteur on the EPBD, Bendt Bendtsen, during REDay2018, passing symbolically the mantle from EU policymakers to national authorities in charge of implementing it.  
Post date: 24 Oct 2018
Type: News

The EU is currently designing a new 2050 strategy for reducing its GHG emissions, which should be compatible with the Paris climate agreement. Many European cities have already engaged in the long-term planning for the mid-century mark. By developing their 2050 roadmaps, these cities are designing clear pathways to transform their societies to become resilient and resource-efficient, running entirely on clean energy sources, renovating buildings and providing social and economic wellbeing to their citizens.
Post date: 15 Oct 2018
Type: Publication

EU energy statistical pocketbook (2018 version) provides energy statistics for all EU countries and the EU as a whole, covering areas including energy production and consumption, socio-economic indicators, and the impact of the energy sector on the environment. You can also find an energy profile for each EU country as well as details of each country's progress towards the EU's 2020 climate and energy targets. The publication is divided into five parts:
Post date: 5 Oct 2018
Type: Publication

The PROSPECT learning programme enables peer-to-peer learning in regional and local authorities in order to finance and implement their sustainable energy and climate action plans. The programme builds upon successful financing schemes implemented in cities and regions in the European Union. PROSPECT is open to all local authorities: cities, regions and their energy and climate agencies or municipal companies, from EU-28 countries + Iceland, Norway, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, FYRoM, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey, Moldova, Switzerland, Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia. +info
Post date: 5 Oct 2018
Type: News

A very busy agenda from 8 to 11 November in Brussels: 170 sessions, 6.000 participants, officials from EU institutions and national and regional organisms and other relevant stakeholders. Hence, at least, this is a unique moment to make friends and expand your networks in all possible levels.
Post date: 5 Oct 2018
Type: News

Europe is committed to leading the fight against climate change. To underline its leadership, the Commission presented a comprehensive set of 10 transformative initiatives, the Action Plan for the Planet, at the inaugural One Planet Summit in Paris last December. In New York today, Vice-Presidents Maroš Šefčovič and Valdis Dombrovskis and Commissioner Neven Mimica will update Heads of State and Government, businesses leaders and civil society on the main achievements to date under these initiatives in support of climate action.
Post date: 26 Sep 2018
Type: News

  The objective of modeling is to support policy-makers so that they can develop a better sense of what is possible now, what shall be done in the future and help them take better-informed decisions. This piece of work is intended as a thought starter, not as an exhaustive review of the topic. The work was mostly based on interviewing members of some of the key modeling teams in Europe as well as users of modeling (policy-makers and NGOs). Following up on these interviews, a survey was built to capture further input.
Post date: 20 Sep 2018
Type: Publication