Issue 53

January - February 2017

The European Union has been extensively researching the advantages that renewable energy has given to the Member States, and what can be done to continue this success in the future.

In news, the European Union has already achieved a lower number of final energy consumption than the set goal for 2020, according to the European Commission’s second State of the Energy Union Report. The target for EU Member States is a 20% primary and final energy consumption reduction by 2020. While the Member States have met the final consumption goal, they have work to do in reducing primary energy consumption, as they have not yet met that objective for 2020.

An open calll for expressions of interest for experts in the field of energy to support the monitoring process of the implementation of projects under the European Energy Programme for Recovery (EEPR).


Non-governmental organisations in Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries have recently expressed concern over waste incineration. The reason being is the European Commission signed an agreement, before the Circular Economy Package of 2015, which could bring the construction of new incineration plants. Additionally, CEE countries were given €5.4 billion to improve waste management between 2014 and 2015, but the issue is that 50% of the funds were intended to be distributed to incineration facilities/thermal treatment.

On 2nd February,  Phil Hogan, Agriculture Commissioner, launched a 12-week public consultationof the future of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) that will be a precursor to the European Commission's thinking around the Mid Term review later this year and its emerging thinking for the period 2020-2027. CAP strives to aid European farmers in feeding over 500 million Europeans, with nearly 11 million farmers in total.

The Justice and Environment NGO, which is part of the European Network of Environmental Law Organisations, recently released a joint statement on 2nd February with the European Environmental Bureau (EEB), ClientEarth, and CEEweb for Biodiversity regarding the way that developments are implemented. They stated that there are not enough procedures in place to assess the negative impacts that future developments have on natural areas.