Winter 2014 Newsletter - A Question of Targets

  • Editorial: A Question of Targets
    The imminent public debate about the form and ambition of 2030 targets will be a crucial test of the EU’s stance - those who believe in the case for a wider agenda and multiple targets must not lose their nerve.
  • Enhancing the enforcement of European environmental law
    Adopting EU law to protect the environment is only a first step – enforcement is a further challenge. A new IEEP-led report explores the potential for a new EU instrument to enhance law enforcement.
  • Impacts of climate change on European islands
    Islands are particularly vulnerable to climate change due to their direct exposure to its impacts. In a report for Green/EFA MEPs, IEEP identifies concrete climate change risks facing European islands – including the EU’s Outermost Regions (ORs) and Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) – and underlines the need for greater policy attention on this issue.
  • ‘Bio-based’ – a sustainable way forward for the European economy?
    Europe has considerable potential for transforming biomass wastes and residues into energy, bio-based chemicals and plastics, using advanced conversion technologies. IEEP’s report for the European Parliament highlights the need for environmental safeguards to accompany such developments.
  • State of play in natural capital accounting and water quality
    IEEP has produced a new briefing discussing progress and challenges in water quality accounts in the context of natural capital accounting.
  • Latest research on reducing the EU’s resource use
    Two new IEEP reports provide invaluable insights into reducing the EU’s resource use based on the analysis of real world policy mixes.
  • Europe’s role in feeding the world in 2050
    What is Europe’s role in feeding a growing world population now and in 2050? And what role should science and technology play? IEEP has produced a synthesis of five reports for the European Parliament’s Science and Technology Options Assessment (STOA) Panel aimed at answering these questions.

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