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 and water availability, from the […]

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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 to be a concrete expression […]

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Briefing paper: energy efficiency and savings

The first briefing paper in the Sustainable Energy Security series. It considers the under-utilisation of Europe’s energy savings potential, and argues that the cheapest, fastest and most reliable way to de-carbonise our society is to invest in energy savings and behavioural change. Energy Efficiency and Savings: the under-utilisation of Europe’s energy savings potential Are we […]

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Consultation response: use of biomass for energy purposes

Without binding rules on sustainability, member states can import ever more biomass from third countries without considering sustainability of production, social impacts or biodiversity, or being able to effectively measure GHG life-cycles. REDD, LULUCF and the CBD are all potential drivers toward sustainability, but not yet sufficient to ensure genuine sustainability. Read QCEA’s consultation response […]

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Report: EU Sustainable Consumption and Production Action Plan

Global challenges to sustainability – especially climate change and crises in energy, food and water supply – mean that European lifestyles must change. Governments have agreed to develop action plans for sustainable consumption and production (SCP) but their environmental, energy and food strategies are based mainly on finding new supplies rather than reducing consumption. The […]

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