Issue 30

December 2013

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has set a new strategy for energy this month. The new strategy emphasises the importance of energy efficiency and will invest more into renewables.

It will no longer fund new coal-fired power plants, except in “exceptional circumstances”. The move follows the lead of the European Investment Bank and Word Bank

Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, has published for the first time a European Resource Efficiency Scoreboard.

The scoreboard presents a set of 30 indicators for assessing the use of natural resources in the EU and for monitoring the progress towards a resource-efficient and circular economy.

The European Parliament has rejected a European Commission proposal declaring that waste paper should cease to be waste once it has been recovered. A resolution opposing the draft regulation was adopted during the parliament’s plenary assembly in Strasbourg.

Copenhagen has been officially awarded the title of European Green Capital 2014, taking over from Nantes at a handover ceremony in Brussels. The Danish capital was awarded the title following an intensive Europe-wide competition.

Environment Commissioner Potočnik congratulated Copenhagen on winning the title. “Europe has much to learn from Copenhagen’s efforts to improve environmental sustainability, and from the quality of life its citizens enjoy”, he said.

ENEP member, the Institute for Environmental Sciences (IES), has produced a report on how to do an ecosystems service assessment in practice. The better protection of ecosystems and the greater use of green infrastructure are part of the EU’s Biodiversity Strategy (Target 2)

MEPs have voted overwhelmingly in favour (483 to 141) of moving towards a Single Seat for the European Parliament. In order to establish a single seat change is required to the Treaty of Lisbon, requiring the unanimous consent of the 28 EU member states. According to a cross-party group of MEPs, Single Seat, 19,000 tonnes of CO2 are directly attributable to travel between Brussels and Strasbourg and the maintainenance of two buildings.