Now that the Roadmap for a low-carbon economy by 2050 has been launched by the European Commission, the EU needs to take tangible, innovative steps to switch to a greener low-carbon economy. That is easier said than done.
Rio+20 follow-up: European civil society contributions to the Commission's consultationPublic Hearing -
Brussels, EESC, JDE 62 meeting room, Belgium The European Economic and Social Committee is following up on its engagement to "bring Rio home". On 18 December the EESC organised together with the European Commission a public hearing in order to enhance the impact of the Commission's ongoing consultation on the EU follow-up to Rio+20 by giving civil society representatives the opportunity to discuss statements related to the questions raised in the consultation.
The EESC at Rio+20 - United Nations Conference on Sustainable DevelopmentConference -
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil In our view the Rio+20 Conference has to result in viable political commitments that place sustainable development at the centre of global policy making. Civil society plays a vital role in pushing for and living up to such political commitments by enabling participation from the ground up and securing ownership.
Promoting sustainable green jobs for the EU Energy and climate change packagePublic Hearing -
Brussels, Belgium The EU energy and climate package adopted last year should underpin the reduction of CO2 emissions across the different sectors and have potential benefits to the whole economy and employment. A substantial increase in green jobs is predicted by various studies as the result of new measures in the field of renewable energy or energy efficiency. No activities are exempt from this transformation aiming to a "low carbon" society. Nevertheless, it is not yet clear how it can be achieved, nor how the financial, educational and training instruments necessary for this industrial revolution should be designed and introduced. Moreover the economic and financial crisis caused drastic cutting of investments downsizing financial support for the development of renewable energy.
Art and Climate ChangeArtists and scientists together to explore climate change Conference -
Brussels, Belgium In the aftermath of climate change talks in Copenhagen, on 25 and 26 January the European Economic and Social Committee and partners brought together the worlds of science, the arts and policy to find creative solutions to one of the most urgent issues the world faces today.
Published In: 2013 2 pages The challenge of climate change - EESC Position paper "The international climate change negotiations should be a forum in which countries encourage each other forwards, not hold each other back." Lutz Ribbe, President, EESC Sustainable Development Observatory
Published In: 2012 4 pages EESC messages for Rio+20 Based on an intensive civil society dialogue the EESC contributed to establishing the EU's position on Rio+20. In February 2012, the major EESC conference Go sustainable, be responsible! European civil society on the road to Rio+20, sent out a list of messages to take on board at Rio+20 and called on our political leaders to step up their efforts to arrive to an ambitious outcome at the UN conference.