Consultation response: smart cities and communities initiative

In its Energy 2020 strategy, the European Commission identified the Smart Cities and Communities initiative as a project of European dimension for energy efficiency and for accelerating the large scale deployment of innovative, low-carbon technologies. QCEA believes that demand reduction via behavioural change is more crucial than technological innovation. SMART cities won’t work without efforts […]

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Consultation response: bio-based economy

Public consultation on the state of play and future potential of the “bio-based economy for Europe” by means of a vaguely defined term, indicates another Commission attempt to legitimize a concept without being clear on what it is, how realistic the scientific assumptions are, and an over-reliance on the uncritical promotion of technological “fixes”. This […]

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Consultation response: EU project bonds

The Europe 2020 Project Bond Initiative proposes to provide European Investment Bank support to private sector companies issuing bonds to finance large-scale (transport, energy, ICT) infrastructure projects. In underwriting a significant component of the project financing, this proposal is a blatant attempt to transfer the private sector risk of these projects on to the already […]

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Consultation response: permit granting procedures for energy infrastructure projects

Europe has had a disjointed year in terms of energy policy, with three different roadmaps and an overabundance of ambitious rhetoric, none of which add up to a coherent plan for energy and climate security, and only piecemeal policies to show for it. Given the long life of energy infrastructure, the pipelines and power stations […]

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Discussion Paper – Responses to the Call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions

This discussion paper examines what boycott, divestment and sanction (BDS) consist of and looks at the origins of the call for BDS against Israel. It goes on to discuss the variety of options available to Quakers across Europe who are interested in BDS in the context of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Read “Responses to the Call […]

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Consultation response: towards a common strategic framework for EU research and innovation funding

How should the Common Strategic Framework make EU research and innovation more attractive and easy to access for participants? From the Quaker Council for European Affair’s point of view, it is not the ease of access and attractiveness per se that is important. What is important is to attract the kind of research that will […]

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Consultation response: roadmap for a resource-efficient Europe

Resource efficiency plays a crucial role in sustainable energy security, and it is vital that policy-makers appreciate the importance of resource efficiency and savings as the starting point for an overall energy policy for Europe. Read the Roadmap for a Resource Efficient Europe consultation (PDF – 70 Kb) Read QCEA’s consultation response (PDF – 123 […]

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