IEEP in the press in 2013

Selected press coverage on CAP

  • Deal is a 'paradigm shift', official says, amid greenwashing accusations AgraEurope - 2 July 2013
    The Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP) claimed “very little additional environmental value will be delivered” by the new CAP and dismissed it as a “missed opportunity” to place the environment more centrally within EU agricultural policy.
  • EU deal on CAP reform angers environmentalists ENDS Europe - 27 June 2013
    For the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP), the European Commission’s attempt to introduce a strong green component into the CAP has been “comprehensively watered down” by the negotiators.
  • EU 'millionaire' farm subsidies likely to stay BBC Online - 21 June 2013
    David Baldock from the Institute for European Environmental Policy told me: “Given the widespread presence of trees and hedges in several parts of Europe, it would appear likely that farmers over large areas would have to do nothing at all to qualify for their greening payment. This seems pretty outrageous, since it is meant to be a new initiative and a major change in the CAP.”
  • MEPs threaten to boycott CAP talks ENDS Europe - 18 June 2013
    “These coefficients seem hugely exaggerated in some cases and not commensurate with the available evidence on their relative environmental impact,” a researcher from the Institute of European Environmental Policy said, noting that a single tree could count as 200m2 under the Irish proposal.
  • Cap ‘Greening’ must be saved in trilogies – IEEP AgraEurope - 30 April 2013
    EU decision-makers risk damaging the environmental role and public image of the CAP if they water down the European Commission's 'greening' proposals in the trilogue negotiations, the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP) has warned.
  • New study shows CAP reform risks being greenwashed EEB - 11 April 2013
    The study, commissioned by the EEB and carried out by the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP), assesses in broad terms the degree to which existing certification schemes for farm products (involving environmental requirements) or voluntary measures under agri-environment schemes could be considered to be ‘equivalent’ to the package of three compulsory greening measures proposed by the Commission in October 2011.
  • CAP greening flexibility may bring no environmental benefits, IEEP report Agra facts - 10 April 2013
    Commission plans to allow Member States greater flexibility in drawing up “equivalent” greening measures to count towards the 30% green payment – presented in the so-called ‘concept paper’ in May 2012 - would be administratively complex & expensive, with little or no additional environmental benefits, according to a study by the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP).
  • Will MEPs scupper greening of EU agriculture? BBC - 11 March 2013
    David Baldock from the Institute of European Environment Policy said: “This seems a most curious argument. Why should the taxpayer continue to give you subsidy if you are breaking laws?”
  • Dust settles on the MFF political agreement - all eyes now turn to EP Agra Facts - 13 February 2013
    The commitment to allocate 30% of Pillar 1 to new ‘greening’ measures was welcomed by the Institute for
    European Environmental Policy (IEEP), but they regretted the limited scope of the ecological provisions.
  • Farmers could get paid twice over for 'greening' BBC - 22 January 2013
    According to the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP), some MEPs want these farmers to be able to continue collecting the full £280 in future - but without having to work any harder for it.  The IEEP says in a paper that this effectively means they will be paid twice for the same activity. "It may sound bizarre to hear that some people are propsing double payments for farmers, but it's true," said David Baldock, the Institute's director, told BBC news. "This would be illegal and really does have to be quashed."

     “It’s been very welcome that U.S. greenhouse gas emissions have been going down because of the switch to gas,” said David Baldock, executive director of the Institute for European Environmental Policy in London. “But if we’re simply diverting the coal somewhere else, particularly to Europe, a lot of those benefits are draining away.”

    Selected press coverage on EU governance and competences

  • Little business interest in rolling back EU's environment powers - 9 September 2013
    The Institute for European Environmental Policy, in a detailed response supported by NGOs such as Wildlife and Countryside Link, WWF, RSPB and the Wildlife Trusts, concludes: "The evidence points to greater environmental progress on a wide range of fronts because of EU policy than would have occurred in its absence"
  • Harmonising environmental complaints rules “tricky” ENDS Europe Daily - 4 April 2013
    Research for the European Commission has suggested gradual harmonisation of member states’ approaches to handling complaints over environment law breaches could have major benefits for the EU. But creating a legal framework to achieve harmonisation would be difficult because of the wide variety of approaches and public administration cultures, said researchers from the IEEP, Ecologic Institute and Bio Intelligence Service.
  • EU Budget delivers 'mixed news' for green economy BusinessGreen - 11 February 2013
    David Baldock, director of the IEEP, said the budget represented "mixed news" for Europe's green economy and warned the shrinking of the overall budget could drain funds for Europe-wide environmental policies.
  • Energy budget cuts will hit EU's low-carbon ambitions: Offical EurActiv - 11 February 2013
    "A smaller budget could trigger unfavourable changes to the proposed concentration of the regional development fund on low carbon objectives," said David Baldock, director of the Institute for European Environmental Policy
  • Cameron calls for roll-back of EU environmental laws ENDS Report - 24 January 2013
    David Baldock, executive director of the Institute for European Environmental Policy, agreed. “All the experience of the EU shows it is extremely reluctant to do a bilateral negotiation to change rules, especially if the only reason a country wants a rule changed is they don’t like it. Poland doesn’t like most EU environmental policy, but it has to apply it.”

 

Selected press coverage on Biodiversity

  • Information society cannot afford to lose the library of nature - Maaseudun Tulevaisuus 15 April 2013
  • Natura 2000 network 'worth up to €300 bn a year' ENDS - 1 March 2013
    “It should be seen as an order-of-magnitude, illustrative figure,” said lead author Patrick ten Brink
  • Wetlands, natural solution to water crisis Europolitics - 8 February 2013
    The report, ‘The economics of ecosystem and biodiversity (TEEB) for water and wetlands’ presents insights on critical water-related ecosystem services to encourage political momentum, commitment by the private sector and investment in conservation, restoration and wise use of wetlands.'
  • Les zones humides, un patrimoine universel en péril Le Monde - 6 February 2013
    A l'occasion de la Journée mondiale des zones humides, samedi 2 février, un rapport a été présenté à Genève par plusieurs organisations, dont la convention de Ramsar (conclue en Iran en 1971), l'Union internationale pour la conservation de la nature, l'Institut pour la politique environnementale européenne, ou encore le Programme des Nations unies pour l'environnement.

Selected press coverage on Energy

  • EU report: Brussels biofuels policy hikes food prices by up to 50% EurActiv - 9 September 2013
    Other studies, such as a ‘review of the evidence base’ by the Institute for European Environmental Policy in 2012 toted substantially higher price rises from the available studies of up to 13% for ethanol crops such as wheat, and 21% for sugar cane/beet.
  • Study: Biofuels took a €10 billion ‘Cyprus bailout’ in 2011 EurActiv.com - 17 April 2013
    The EU’s Joint Research Centre is expected to issue two such reports soon, while a recent future-based study by the Institute for the European Environment Policy predicted that biofuels use from the EU’s original 10% plan would result in additional emissions of between 31 million and 65 million tones of CO2 per year, because of ILUC.
  • EU told to cut biofuels' impact on air, soil, and water ENDS - 22 March 2013
    To reduce these impacts, consultants at Ecofys and the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP) suggest requiring management plans for farmers growing energy crops.
  • Europe consuming more coal Washington Post - 8 February 2013
    'It’s been very welcome that U.S. greenhouse gas emissions have been going down because of the switch to gas,' said David Baldock, executive director of the Institute for European Environmental Policy in London. 'But if we’re simply diverting the coal somewhere else, particularly to Europe, a lot of those benefits are draining away.'

Other IEEP publications, events and commentary

  • Green measures 'not developing fast enough' ENDS - 15 November 2013
    Member states need to step up the adoption of green measures, according to a consultancy report for the European Commission's environment department. The report, led by the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP), looks at developments in each country across four sample policy areas.
  • Consultants suggest changes to EU waste laws ENDS - 7 November 2013
    The fitness checks on the five waste directives are part of a major review of EU waste legislation, which will lead to the publication of a policy package in 2014.
  • Good Morning Scotland radio show BBC Scotland - 30 October 2013
  • Charities criticise environmental efforts HeraldScotland - 30 October 2013
    The "report card" by the independent Institute of European Environmental Policy, on behalf of RSPB Scotland, the Scottish Wildlife Trust and WWF Scotland, said that while the Government had very good intentions, it could do better.
  • Scotland's worthy green goals need tougher action, not words The Guardian - 28 October 2013
    A new report from the Institute for European Environmental Policy, commissioned by the three environmental organisations RSPB Scotland, WWF Scotland and the Scottish Wildlife Trust seeks to answer that question. It finds that the gap between stated ambition and delivery is significant in three key areas – agriculture, marine protection and climate change.
  • Scottish government "failing to live up to climate and wildlife promises" The Guardian - 28 October 2013
    The report by the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP) said that the Scottish government's efforts to set new standards on climate and protecting sealife and wildlife have been repeatedly undermined by lack of funding, poor implementation and fears of vested economic interests.
  • Car passports would help cut emissions European Voice - 7 March 2013
    The article “Row over German attempts to weaken car pollution limits” (21-27 February) noted that the current EU test cycle for carbon dioxide emissions from passenger cars is unrepresentative of real-world CO2 emissions. The test cycle clearly needs to be changed and replaced with a credible and more transparent system.