Why QCEA works on sustainability and energy
Quaker witness means that we act in faith to create the world we believe to be possible. This means considering the future of our planet and how we use resources, from soil and water to air and energy. We need to look at how we use energy today, rather than just asking how we can replace dwindling resources.
- QCEA celebrates the leadership that the EU has shown in the context of its climate and energy goals. But much more has to be done.
- QCEA aims to stimulate greater scrutiny of how our economic systems relate to the sustainability challenge, particularly resource use, growing inequality, and the assumption of the need for economic growth.
- We seek to model and promote the circular economy (in which resources are re-used and recycled, rather than consumed and discarded) and appropriate valuation of the natural inputs into our production and consumption systems.
- QCEA calls upon the EU to accept responsibility for, and to acknowledge, its dependence on the environment and to recognise that an essential factor in promoting sustainable energy security for all people is for those of us who use more than our fair share to reduce our demand.
- QCEA calls upon the EU to ensure that it does not neglect its responsibility for human rights worldwide in sourcing its energy.
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The main thrusts of the work in 2015 are the circular economy and other aspects of environment and economy. QCEA’s energy and sustainability programme work also relates to our work with the European Investment Bank and corporate social responsibility. You can find previous publications on sustainability here and click here to read our blog posts on sustainability!
QCEA has responded to a range of consultations by the European Commission, on various aspects of the EU’s energy, climate and environment policy. We have contributed to the concepts of the green economy and the circular economy, as well as to the role of corporations in creating the world we want.
Consultations provide opportunities to present bespoke information tailored to specific questions. When the European Commission opens consultations on sustainability, QCEA sometimes provides model answers and alerts subscribers to the opportunity to send one’s opinion in to the Commission. (To sign up for our action alerts, write to our Office Manager here.)
Interested, or simply wish to share your thoughts and ideas? George works full-time on sustainability. Get in contact with QCEA at office [at] qcea.org or call +32 22 34 30 60.