The 2018 Quarries Alive conference will be held in Portugal (Evora) from 2-4 May 2018.The Conference aims to bridge quarry restoration projects around the world taking advantage from sharing different approaches and insights. All researchers,practitioners,stakeholders as well as policy makers are invited to take part in this conference and share their knowledge. Actors from several quadrants of society, from restoration ecologists to industrial stakeholders or NGO’s will discuss ways in which to fulfill the demand for sustainable exploitation of resources. The conference will take place at University of Évora, in the iconic historical building of College of Espírito Santo. The University has a strong tradition in academic training, human development and involvement in society. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Évora (since 1986) in southern Portugal, is one hour away from the capital Lisbon. This medieval town was built upon centuries of history, living side by side with natural values. The European Network for Sustainable Quarrying and Mining is partner of the event, EUsalt is an official partner of ENSQM.
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.