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How can business and the investment community be effective partners in the EU sustainable development strategy ?
How can business and the investment community be effective partners in the EU sustainable development strategy ?
How can business and the investment community be effective partners in the EU sustainable development strategy ?
How can business and the investment community be effective partners in the EU sustainable development strategy ?
How can business and the investment community be effective partners in the EU sustainable development strategy ?
How can business and the investment community be effective partners in the EU sustainable development strategy ?
How can business and the investment community be effective partners in the EU sustainable development strategy ?
How can business and the investment community be effective partners in the EU sustainable development strategy ?
How can business and the investment community be effective partners in the EU sustainable development strategy ?
How can business and the investment community be effective partners in the EU sustainable development strategy ?
How can business and the investment community be effective partners in the EU sustainable development strategy ?
How can business and the investment community be effective partners in the EU sustainable development strategy ?
How can business and the investment community be effective partners in the EU sustainable development strategy ?
How can business and the investment community be effective partners in the EU sustainable development strategy ?
How can business and the investment community be effective partners in the EU sustainable development strategy ?
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How can business and the investment community be effective partners in the EU sustainable development strategy ?

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Peter Johnston, Responsible for Information Societypolicy and strategy evaluation - European Commission - Belgium

Peter Johnston, Responsible for Information Societypolicy and strategy evaluation - European Commission - Belgium

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  • 1. Partnership with the European strategy for sustainable development [email_address] TBLI- Paris – November 2006
  • 2. European policy for sustainable development <ul><li>Policies that need to be consistently implemented across all 25 Member-States of the European Union, are proposed by the European Commission and decided by Member State Governments in the European Council </li></ul><ul><li>The achievement of sustainable development is a Treaty obligation of all Member States: The president of the Council must seek a consensus on a common strategy </li></ul><ul><li>A first strategy was agreed in 2001. It has been reviewed by the Commission in 2004-5, and a renewed strategy was adopted by Heads of State in June 2006 </li></ul>
  • 3. 7 key challenges <ul><li>Climate change and clean energy; </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainable transport; </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainable production and consumption; </li></ul><ul><li>Conservation and management of natural resources ; </li></ul><ul><li>Public health; </li></ul><ul><li>Social inclusion, demography and migration </li></ul><ul><li>Global poverty and sustainable development </li></ul>
  • 4. Key changes in the renewed strategy: 2001-2006 <ul><li>A stronger focus on research, technology and innovation for all goals; </li></ul><ul><li>A stronger partnership with business, notably with the leaders of technological, economic and social innovation; “ Business leaders and other stakeholders…. Should engage in urgent reflection with political leaders on the medium- and long-term policies needed for sustainable development, and propose ambitious business responses which go beyond existing minimum legal requirements ” : A proposal to foster this process will be made by the Commission in 2007 </li></ul>
  • 5. Greenhouse gases <ul><li>Atmospheric CO 2 concentration has risen by over 30 % since pre-industrial era to 380 ppm </li></ul>
  • 6. Pattern of probable average temperature changes, 2080s relative to present day Lähde: Hadley Centre Climate Change is the top priority…
  • 7. The new reality <ul><li>The bad news: </li></ul><ul><li>New research suggests increased GHG concentrations will cause earlier and more damaging climate change: Urgent shift to a low-carbon economy with less dependence on fossil fuels </li></ul><ul><li>The good news: </li></ul><ul><li>Emerging technologies for greater energy-efficiency and low-carbon renewable energies offer the potential for a rapid transition to an efficient, diverse and de-centralised energy system. </li></ul>
  • 8. Specific EU actions <ul><li>Financial incentives to cut carbon emissions in the most cost-effective way: EU Emissions Trading System </li></ul><ul><li>An Environmental Technology Action plan to co-ordinate research and accelerate market introductions </li></ul><ul><li>An Action Plan to improve energy efficiency by about 2.5% p.a to realise energy savings of 20% by 2020; </li></ul><ul><li>Actions to cut transport intensity (vehicle-kms per GDP) with better logistics and infrastructure charging; </li></ul><ul><li>“ Green” public procurement by 2010 </li></ul>
  • 9. Energy-use projections for Europe: Targeted growth in renewables and 2.5% improvement in energy efficiency per year
  • 10. Carbon emissions can be cut significantly by 2020 without compromising economic growth
  • 11. Recent Trends in U.S. Energy Intensity 1973-1986 Average Rate of Decline ~ 2.6% per Year 1986-1996 Average Rate of Decline ~ 0.8% per Year 1996-2000 Average Rate of Decline ~ 2.7% per Year
  • 12. The network structure of the Internet
  • 13. How can innovations based on information and communications technologies help? <ul><li>Higher-skill jobs for more of the working-age population </li></ul><ul><li>More added-value in more resource-efficient products: some products become immaterial services; </li></ul><ul><li>More efficient supply-chains, intelligent and cleaner vehicles and new forms of mobility; </li></ul><ul><li>More efficient heating/cooling and lighting in intelligent buildings and more efficient use of buildings; </li></ul><ul><li>“ Spin-off” technologies for solar energy and lighting </li></ul>
  • 14. A holistic approach to resource productivity <ul><li>“ Pay-per-use”: Product rental, “take-back” and recycling – WEEE targets - 65% recycling and 75% recovery by end 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>Increased efficiencies for use of energy, space/land, and travel/transport in knowledge work; </li></ul><ul><li>Attention to external and internal impacts : Supply-chain; marketing/retail, and employee commuting; </li></ul>
  • 15. Strengthening frameworks for “Triple-bottom-line” reporting <ul><li>“ Profit/loss”, </li></ul><ul><li>Human resources </li></ul><ul><li>“ Environment, Health and Safety” </li></ul><ul><li>Profit, productivity and Investments in RTD </li></ul><ul><li>Human capital - qualifications, retention and training; health, safety and creativity; </li></ul><ul><li>Resource productivity : Transport, land and energy. </li></ul>

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