EPRS Strategy By / July 26, 2021

Conference on the Future of Europe: Climate Change and the Environment

‘Climate change and environment’ will look at how we can provide healthy and sustainably produced food, how we can power our lives through clean energy, how we can adapt our production, construction and transportation methods all while preserving the balance of our ecosystems and cutting pollution.

Conference on the Future of Europe: Climate Change and the Environment

Written by Lena Hirschenberger.

The Conference on the Future of Europe’s aim is to debate how the EU should develop in the future and to give European citizens a voice in the process, announced Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in her inaugural address.

People’s ideas will be collected on the Digital Platform, in European Citizens’ Panels and de-centralised conference events all over Europe. The Conference Plenary – comprised of representatives of the Citizens’ Panels, the Parliament, the Council, the Commission, national parliaments, the Committee of the Regions, the European Economic and Social Committee, social partners and the European Youth Forum – will then discuss the ideas put forward. Launched in April 2021, the conference is expected to reach conclusions and provide guidance for the European institutions to follow up, by spring 2022.

The conference topics are divided into nine areas, with one additional ‘open’ area, reserved for out-of-the-box ideas. The topics are: ‘Climate change and the environment‘, ‘Health‘, ‘A stronger economy, social justice and jobs‘, ‘European Union in the world‘, ‘Values and rights, rule of law, security‘, ‘Digital transformation‘, ‘European democracy‘, ‘Migration‘, ‘Education, culture, youth and sport‘, and ‘Other ideas‘.

‘Climate change and environment’ will look at how we can provide healthy and sustainably produced food, how we can power our lives through clean energy, how we can adapt our production, construction and transportation methods all while preserving the balance of our ecosystems and cutting pollution.

To support the proceedings of the conference, our EPRS policy analysts have prepared research material, available here in reverse chronological order. The following list will continually be updated as the conference unfolds:

Climate Change

European climate law
‘EU Legislation in Progress’ briefing by Gregor Erbach, June 2021, 12 pages.

President Biden’s climate summit
‘At a Glance’ note by Liselotte Jensen and Matthew Parry, May 2021, 2 pages.

EU climate action in ocean governance and fisheries policy
Briefing by Frederik Scholaert, April 2021, 12 pages.

EU hydrogen policy: Hydrogen as an energy carrier for a climate-neutral economy
Briefing by Gregor Erbach and Liselotte Jensen, April 2021, 8 pages.

Cohesion policy and climate change
‘At a Glance’ note by Agnieszka Widuto, March 2021, 1 page.
Available in Spanish, German, English, French, Italian and Polish

EU climate action policy: Responding to the global emergency
Study by Gregor Erbach et al., March 2021, 112 pages.

Carbon dioxide removal: Nature-based and technological solutions
Briefing by Gregor Erbach, February 2021, 8 pages.

What if we could engineer the planet to help fight climate change?
‘At a Glance’ note by Lieve Van Woensel, February 2021, 2 pages.

Reducing methane emissions: A new EU strategy to address global warming
Briefing by Henrique Morgado Simoes, December 2020, 8 pages.

EU climate target plan: Raising the level of ambition for 2030
Briefing by Liselotte Jensen, December 2020, 8 pages.

Sustainable aviation fuels
Briefing by Jaan Soone, November 2020, 10 pages.

European climate pact – Pre-legislative synthesis of national, regional and local positions on the European Commission’s initiative
Briefing by Claudio Collova and Vera Vikolainen, October 2020, 12 pages.

A Just Transition Fund for climate-neutral EU regions
Infographics by Sorina Ionescu, Giulio Sabbati and Frederik Scholaert, October 2020, 4 pages.

Transport CO2 emissions in focus
Infographics by Eulalia Claros Gimeno and Marketa Pape, October 2020, 2 pages.

Climate change and climate action
Ideas Paper by Gregor Erbach, July 2020, 11 pages.

EU agricultural policy and climate change
Briefing by James McEldowney, May 2020, 12 pages.

Climate Action: Latest state of play
Briefings by various EPRS authors, 6 pages.
Available for: Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Ireland, Lithuania, Luxembourg and Spain

Environment

Biodiversity protection: Where do we stand?
Briefing by Vivienne Halleux,  June 2021, 8 pages.

Trade policy for the Biodiversity Strategy 2030
‘At a glance’ note by Jana Titievskaia, June 2021, 2 pages.

LIFE programme for 2021-2027
‘At a glance’ note by Dessislava Yougova, April 2021, 2 pages.
Available in Spanish, German, English, French, Italian and Polish

Green and sustainable finance
Briefing by Stefano Spinaci, February 2021, 12 pages.

EU policy on air quality: Implementation of selected EU legislation
Study by Ekaterina Karamfilova, January 2021, 200 pages.

Sustainable Development Goals in EU regions
Briefing by Agnieska Widuto, December 2020, 8 pages.

Forest fires: Environmental stakes
Briefing by Vivienne Halleux, November 2020, 8 pages.

Palm oil: Economic and environmental impacts
‘At a Glance’ note by Martin Russell, November 2020, 2 pages.

Amazon deforestation and EU-Mercosur deal
‘At a Glance’ note by Gisela Grieger, October 2020, 2 pages.

Towards a mandatory EU system of due diligence for supply chains
Briefing by Ionel Zamfir, October 2020, 10 pages.

An EU legal framework to halt and reverse EU driven global deforestation
‘At a Glance’ note by Vivienne Halleux, October 2020, 2 pages.
Available in Spanish, German, English, French, Italian and Polish

An EU legal framework to halt and reverse EU-driven global deforestation: European added value assessment
Study by Tatjana Evas, Aleksandra Heflich and Cecilia Navarra, September 2020, 132 pages.

Decoupling economic growth from environmental harm
‘At a Glance’ note by Eamonn Noonan, July 2020, 2 pages.

Coronavirus and the trade in wildlife
Briefing by Vivienne Halleux, May 2020, 6 pages.


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