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European Union Policy regarding environmental changes

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European Forum "Sharing initiatives for a green and connected city" - 27 May 2008 - Committee of the Regions, Brussels

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European Union Policy regarding environmental changes

  1. 1. Sharing initiatives for a green and connected city 27 May 2008 – Committee of the Regions Nicholas Hanley DG Environment, European Commission
  2. 2. <ul><li>ENVIRONMENTAL CHALLENGES </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>ONLY ONE EARTH </li></ul>EU = 2.5 Earths US = 5 Earths
  4. 4. No policies: Temperatures will rise far beyond the EU’s 2 °C objective EU’s2 °C
  5. 5. Environmental Impacts of Consumption <ul><li>70-80% of impacts are caused by: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>food & drink </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>housing (buildings, occupancy, appliances) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(private) transport </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>EU POLICY RESPONSES </li></ul>
  7. 7. EU Climate Change Package Objectives for 2020 <ul><li>20% GHG Reduction (Compared to 1990) (30% in context of international agreement) </li></ul><ul><li>20% Renewables </li></ul><ul><li>10% Biofuels in transport </li></ul>
  8. 8. Other Actions… <ul><li>Sustainable Consumption and Production Action Plan (2008) </li></ul><ul><li>Biodiversity Action Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Energy Performance of Buildings… </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>STRATEGIES FOR CITIES </li></ul>
  10. 10. EU Urban Society <ul><li>4 out of 5 live in towns/cities </li></ul><ul><li>Cities: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cause Environmental Impacts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Also Offer Solutions </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Policy Orientations <ul><li>Transport </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainable Construction </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainable Urban Design… </li></ul>
  12. 12. What is SEIS? <ul><li>A collaborative initiative of the European Commission and the European Environment Agency (EEA) </li></ul><ul><li>Establish together with the MS an integrated and shared EU-wide environmental information system. </li></ul><ul><li>Tie in better all existing data gathering and information flows related to EU environmental policies and legislation using modern tools such as the internet, GIS and satellite technology. </li></ul><ul><li>Move away from paper-based reporting to a modern e-Reporting system based on a SEIS </li></ul><ul><li>Put into practice the principle 'monitor once for timely and multi-purpose uses ' </li></ul><ul><li>Make environmental information more readily available and easier to understand to policy makers and the public </li></ul>
  13. 13. Green Cities – Fit for Life <ul><li>European Green Capital Award </li></ul><ul><li>2008 call for entries: e-process www.europeangreencapital.eu </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Consistent and high environmental standards </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ambitious goals for further improvement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Role model to inspire other cities </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Thank you Thank you for your attention !

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