Global Challenges and SDGs
Green diplomacy and dialogue with European partners
IEEP facilitates and contributes to dialogues between the EU and global partners on environmental and climate challenges with a view to support the implementation of the 2030 SDGs, especially through more sustainable and streamlined EU policies. Our multidisciplinary expertise and independence make us a knowledgeable and trustworthy coordinator of such debates.
While EU policies can – and indeed should – promote environmentally and socially sustainable practice and avoid precipitating damage beyond its borders, the Union can also learn from other countries’ and regions’ experiences and approaches to addressing environmental challenges.
IEEP has a long track record of work with EU partner countries across the globe, supporting networks, relationship building and sharing of knowledge and best practice between institutions and stakeholders. We exchange best practice strategic initiatives, environmental data and address governance issues in regions including EU Neighbourhood Countries, the Outermost Regions, Africa, Central Asia and South East Asia, Latin America and the Island States. We regularly assist public and private institutions in assessing the benefits of enhanced environmental protection, capacity assessment, compliance and enforcement. We also work with other think tanks and NGOs to support their engagement in international, EU and national policy discussions. In addition, we host visits by international delegations, to encourage learning and mutual exchange of ideas, information and best practice between countries.
When Ursula von der Leyen presented one of the most ambitious political projects to date in EU history, aiming at making Europe the first climate-neutral continent, nobody could imagine that just a few months later, an unprecedented pandemic would lock down the whole EU. Yet, and despite strong pushes to derail the European Green Deal agenda as an immediate reply to the crisis, the Green Deal stayed afloat and was even slightly boosted through the national recovery and resilient plans.
International trade is a key enabler of a global and inclusive transition to a circular economy. However, inequities in power relations, digital trade capabilities, trade infrastructure, access to finance, and industrial and innovation capabilities mean that countries in the Global North are better positioned to reap the benefits of international trade than those in the Global South.
The circular economy involves a major paradigm shift, with economies transitioning away from a take-make-waste model to a sustainable model. In order to facilitate a just transition to a global circular economy the EU must seek to cooperate with its trade partners.
The circular economy involves a major paradigm shift, with economies transitioning away from a take-make-waste model to a sustainable model. The EU is a global leader and adopted its ambitious Circular Economy Action Plan under the Green Deal in 2020.
Building a more circular economy is key to sustainable growth and addressing challenges like climate change. Trade relations in particular are a crucial vessel to foster circular economy opportunities and support sustainable development in the global south.
Building a more circular economy is key to sustainable growth and addressing challenges like climate change. The uptake of the circular economy is increasing worldwide, and cooperation on an international level is key to unlocking the benefits of scale tied to a global circular economy.
As EU leaders meet in Versailles, energy is set to be a key topic. But leaders must ensure that the decisions they make to break away from Russian energy push the EU in the direction of sustainability, argue European sustainability think tanks.
The EU Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) proposal, as it currently stands, is legally sound but requires to be improved through a more rapid phase-out of free allowances and the mobilisation of revenues for climate justice.
This blog by IDDRI, a member of IEEP's Think Sustainable Europe network, evaluates the EU’s current approach to greening its trade policy and considers the use of Trade-and-Environment Agreements (TEAs) as a way forward for more sustainable trade.
This report conducts a comparative analysis of eleven EU free trade agreements and assesses EU’s trade policy with regard to environmental integration in free trade agreements and their underpinning processes.