Issue 52

November - December 2016

The EU has played an active role in defining and helping to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SDGs within the EU and in development cooperation with partner countries. The Agenda reflects many of the EU's priorities for sustainable development.  On the 22nd November 2016, the EU presented its response to the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs and has adopted a sustainable development package.

The EU Eco-management and audit scheme (EMAS) has the potential to help any organisation improve its performances related to integrating references to biodiversity in the initial environmental review and in the final reporting of registered organisations, EMAS provides a coherent framework within which to address biodiversity aspects in an inclusive manner. This guidance document is useful to those professionals involved in identifying and addressing the biodiversity related aspects which can be complex for any organisation.

Society depends on the satisfactory and sustainable management of water. Historically, the primary purpose of water treatment was to protect human health, through reducing disease being transmitted through water. Subsequent measures to address environmental concerns have broadened our expectations of what water and waste water treatment should deliver. The report analyses three pieces of EU water legislation targeted at particular sectors:

·         the Bathing Water Directive (BWD; EEC, 1976; EC, 2006a),

The European Commission has launched a new database on the EU's building stock to monitor the energy performance of buildings across Europe. The database – called the EU Building Stock Observatory – provides information on buildings' characteristics including their construction period, energy use, onsite renewable energy and renovation rates.

The High Level Group of the Commission's new Scientific Advice Mechanism (SAM) has published its first opinion. It focuses on enhancing the measurement of CO2 emissions from cars. The independent group of eminent scientists welcome the introduction of the new emissions testing procedure as from 2017 that is expected to provide more representative CO2 emission measurements.

“Going Green in Seventeen (2017)”, is a project brokerage session for energy and climate change projects with 2017 deadlines jointly organised by the Assembly of European Regions (AER) and ERRIN. To participate, please register on the ERRIN website. Select the calls you are interested in and specify if you wish to just participate in or if are willing to lead the project.



Consult 2017 call deadlines for Horizon 2020 Climate, Environment, Energy and Circular Economy programmes