Four decades of EU environmental policy

The latest edition of IEEP's newsletter is out. Director David Baldock reflects on 40 years of EU environmental policy, arguing it has has created momentum, expertise, and a forward planning horizon that few, if any, European governments could maintain alone. Plus an update on biofuels policy, costs and benefits of energy savings, developing Natural Captal accounts, and much more...

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  • Editorial: Four decades of EU environmental policy
    This November marks 40 years since the European Community’s first Environmental Action Programme was launched. Over this period the EU has created momentum, expertise, and a forward planning horizon that few, if any, European governments could have maintained alone. 
  • Environmental impacts continue whilst EU biofuel policy delayed further
    The indirect impacts of using land to produce biofuels are causing environmental impacts not yet accounted for through policy. Now time is running out for decision makers to set EU biofuel policy on a more sustainable trajectory.
  • Measuring to manage wisely – developing Natural Capital accounts
    Measuring and assessing the stocks of natural capital and the flows of ecosystem services is key for environmental protection and wise management. IEEP is contributing to the EU initiative ‘Mapping and Assessment of Ecosystems and Ecosystem Services’ (MAES) to explore the potential of natural capital accounting.
  • Guidance for farmland management in Natura 2000
    New guidance for farmland management in Natura 2000 gives agricultural and conservation authorities a step-by-step guide to management and funding measures and practical advice on habitat and species management.
  • The costs and benefits of energy savings
    An IEEP report for the Coalition for Energy Savings has reviewed existing studies on the costs and benefits of energy savings with a particular focus on competitiveness impacts. The report underlines the huge net benefits in terms of cost savings and job creation.
  • Lessons from international experiences with environmental tax reform
    Countries are increasingly engaging in environmental tax reforms (ETR), to address climate change and energy security, support employment, or raise revenues to contribute to fiscal consolidation. IEEP’s latest report examines international experiences with ETR over the past 25 years and provides insights on the design and implementation of such instruments.
  • Is Europe’s agricultural water and soil management sustainable?
    Water is a key natural resource and a priority within European resource efficiency policy as well as globally. However, the sustainable management of water and soils, particularly in agriculture, needs greater attention.

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