TTIP Consultation – call for submissions and model answers

Have you heard about TTIP yet? TTIP, or the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, is a Free Trade Agreement currently being negotiated between the European Union (EU) and the United States of America. This vast deal, while having potential benefits, could have serious and long-term consequences for the well-being of … More…

Consultation Response: Green Paper on a 2030 framework for climate and energy policies

The Directorate General for Energy and Directorate General for Climate Action of the European Commission held a public consultation to gather views on its 2030 framework for climate and energy policies. The consultation gave stakeholders the opportunity to express their views on the type, nature and level of potential EU … More…

QCEA submission to EU consultation on fracking

Consultation response on fracking (alternative fossil fuels, or shale gas) in Europe In February 2011, citing needs for jobs, growth and European competitiveness, the European Council called for an examination of the environmental effects of hydrofracking. Hydrofracking is a method of harvesting gas held in impermeable rocks or coal. To … More…

Consultation Response: Ensuring Sustainable Development Globally

The Directorate General for Environment of the European Commission held a public consultation on Ensuring Sustainable Development Globally. The consultation aimed to gather views on how the European Union should follow up on the commitments that it has made to sustainable development. Questions related to issues such as the Green Economy and … More…

Consultation response: European Investment Bank energy lending

The European Investment Bank asked stakeholders to respond to an issues paper with a number of questions. The EIB website stated they sought “to solicit views and input from a wide array of stakeholders that are involved in the energy sector and can bring valuable expertise to the review of … More…

Consultation response: preparation of the EU adaptation strategy

This consultation sought to collect opinions from stakeholders and experts in the field of adaptation to climate change with a view to getting additional information for the preparation of the EU Adaptation Strategy. The scope of the consultation ranges from biodiversity and the degradation of ecosystem services to food production … More…

Consultation response: policy options for the Blueprint to safeguard Europe’s waters

The European Commission is in the process of updating it’s water policy with a Blueprint to safeguard Europe’s waters, to be published at the end of 2012. In order for the EU to be able to produce a coherent policy for the Blueprint, it is essential for it to cover … More…

Consultation response: financing energy efficiency in buildings

Dramatically improved energy efficiency in buildings is both achievable and economically desirable. However, low awareness of the environmental impact of buildings; the sector’s complexity, fragmentation, and lack of genuine champions; lack of know-how and experience in green construction; lack of financial instruments to reward energy efficiency; and life styles that … More…

Consultation response: maritime transport emissions in GHG reduction commitment

Shipping affects European waters. In order to keep the global temperature change below two degrees, all aspects of our carbon emissions must be considered. Therefore it is essential that the maritime sector should contribute to European emission reduction efforts. The efforts will not give a comprehensive view if maritime emissions … More…

Consultation response: more Sustainable Consumption and Production

While we welcome the Commission’s flagship initiative entitled A resource-efficient Europe, and more sustainable consumption and production policy development, we still consider the effort to be too vague. We also do not understand why the resource efficiency strategy has been included in the Europe 2020 Strategy. We consider the former … More…