The very first workshop launching the European Network for Sustainable Quarrying and Mining took place on 9 February, in Spain.
More than 100 representatives from the European Commission, the Spanish government, civil society, and the Spanish and European extractive industries contributed to make the event a success.
The objective was to establish an open dialogue between the above-mentioned stakeholders to identify the challenges and solutions for raw materials extraction in protected natural areas. The workshop particularly tackled the issues related to biodiversity protection and the interpretation of article 6 of the Habitats Directive. The latter deals with the proactive conservation of designated natural areas (the Natura 2000 network) and the principle of non-deterioration. In many EU countries, that interpretation is too narrow, rendering those areas hermetic to any industrial activity.
EuSalt participated to the consultation on Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area - PRIMA - organised by the European Commission.
3 problem statements have been identified as the most relevant ones for Research&Innovation challenges in the field of sustainable food production and water resources management in the Mediterranean area:
- lack of coordination and cooperation between countries and research organisations and duplication of research efforts (64,1%)
- lack of cooperation between academic and non-academic actors (62,8%)
- insufficient investments in R&I (61,2%)
A general consensus ranked PRIMA core objectives:
" The bottom line is: can the EU ETS reclaim its place at the heart of EU climate policy? What will the EU ETS look like in 2030? Will the proposals deliver the “robust” carbon price that Europe needs to drive forward climate action? How should a deal in Paris impact EU ETS reform? Can the proposals stem the tide for national market interventions? How can they be reconciled with those interventions to date? Is EU ETS reform the most significant industrial policy decision the Juncker Commission will take in its mandate?"
ViEUws is organising an online debate, sponsored by the European Chemicals Industry Council (CEFIC), on the future EU ETS system and its implementation.
Panelists include: Yvon Slingenberg (European Commission, DG CLIMA), Ian Duncan (MEP, ENVI Committee, Rapporteur), and Hubert Mandery (CEFIC).
195 countries have reached the Paris Agreement at the 21st Conference of the parties and that was published on 12th December 2015. The agreement binds all parties and established a common and global goal to ‘strengthen resilience and reduce vulnerability to climate change’.
All parties agreed to joint efforts to maintain the temperature rise below 2°C, and possibly below 1.5°C by the end of the century, while providing flexibility taking into account particular national circumstances and needs. Thus, there is global momentum to fight climate change and adopt strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, to be implemented through ‘intended national determined contributions’ (INDCs).
This momentum provides a stronger support to the EU’s ambitious climate and energy policy, as all parties are to establish INDC and make them known to the UNFCCC secretariat. However, national mitigation targets are not binding internationally, thus leaving it to countries to effectively implement adopted strategies. One of the critical points is to organise a legally binding system for monitoring, reporting and verifying to control that governments are implementing their strategy.
EuSalt has launched, in cooperation with ReachCentrum and Arche, a call for interest to suppliers of sodium chloride and potassium chloride used as precursors in the in-situ generation of actine Chlorine (PT 1-5) by electrolysis, under the Biocidal Products Regulation (Reg. (EU) No 528/2012).
The consortium is a voluntary cooperation aimed to facilitate the organisation of suppliers for taking part in the European Commission review programme and carrying out the authorisation procedure for the two substances.
For more information and to participate in the consortium, please see the ReachCentrum link.