A new IEEP briefing provides a timely review of the EU’s progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), ahead of the July UN High-level Political Forum (HLPF) and the September SDG Summit. It assesses the progress made, highlights some shortcomings of the EU SDG reporting and provides recommendations for future action.
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This IEEP briefing provides a review of the European Union’s progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), ahead of July's UN High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) and September's SDG Summit.
This report arises from the Commission’s Environmental Implementation Review process, a biennial assessment of Member State performance on implementation of EU environmental law and policy.
New report on the implementation of the EU water policy shows a positive trend, but more effort is needed to meet the objectives.
As the UK and EU negotiators focus on the future relationship, our briefing note looks at how environmental legislation could be treated, and in particular what counts as an “equivalent” commitment. Getting this right matters; both to avoid competitiveness disputes, and to deliver green goals.
Plastic packaging is often presented as part of the solution to food waste, but this conflicts with waste linked to single use plastics. New research examines the role packaging plays in the food system as well as how supply chains and policies might be applied to reduce waste overall.
Plastic packaging is increasing in Europe’s food system: new research explores packaging’s role in the supply chain and its impacts on the environment.
In environmental terms there are at least two ways of looking at the prospects for 2018. Viewed through the rather sober lens of EU process, it has the look of a project completion and tidying up period with limited long term impetus to the last full year of the current European Parliament and Commission.
Patrick ten Brink presents G20 policy briefing urging leaders to take action on marine litter by adopting circular economy.
Improving access to nature can help address health and social challenges across Europe and reduce health inequalities.
After five years of discussion, a landmark moment has been reached whereby the indirect land use change (ILUC) impacts of biofuels almost certainly will be addressed in EU law.
IEEP has prepared two briefing documents on the climate and energy challenge in Central and Eastern European Member States, and in Southern European Member States. The briefings are background for a seminar we are organising for Members of the European Parliament, the first in a series on Europe’s Climate and Energy Crossroads.
This briefing explores the issue of double funding in relation to the CAP reform debate and considers the implications for delivering added value for the environment.
A decade’s progress in improving the Common Agricultural Policy’s environmental credentials risks being lost if the EP vote to water down the Commission’s ambitious proposals to green the CAP.
It’s time to account for the value of ecosystems and biodiversity in a Green Economy, this is IEEP’s message for the Rio Earth Summit.
Water scarcity is a major threat to Europe’s waters. Three briefings have been produced summarizing research on this issue and setting out the European policy context.
“Urgent action is needed now to avoid significant costs of inaction, both in economic and human terms”. The OECD provides a clear message in its recent Environment Outlook to 2050: Act now – or face major and potentially disastrous consequences.
The European Commission is due to publish its budget proposals for post 2013 period. IEEP has identified key issues that the ‘greenness’ of the proposals could be judged by.
On 2 September IEEP launched a briefing aimed at 'Supporting Europe's Parliamentarians' in 'Combating Climate Change – Maintaining Momentum'.The briefing, and associated website, is intended as ...
On the 14 July the European Parliament’s new term of office (2009-2014) commenced. During the 2004-2009 term delivering climate action was a key priority of many MEPs, with the Parliament helping to increase ...