Insights from the 8th Just Transition Platform Conference

The 8th Just Transition Platform Conference was a forum for policy experts, academics and practitioners to come together and share views, experiences and perspectives on the ongoing transition. On its last day, the Conference focused on marginalised perspectives on the just transition, as well as on the role of universities and the challenges of communicating clear action points about the transition process. The questions of who is taking advantage of the transition and who is the most impacted, as well as who is underrepresented in the labour market and in decision making, are key to ensure that the transition will be truly just.

UK’s Third National Adaptation Programme: Missed Opportunity

The NAP3 acts as ‘The Programme’ for climate resilience and adaptation by accumulating the approaches designed by the Government into one program. There is a notable absence of new laws or financing acquired to safeguard existing homes against climate risk Baroness Brown stated that despite the NAP3 looking progressive in comparison to prior Government Actions, it is disappointing they have not used the opportunity to take further action

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The Global Indigenous Youth Summit On Climate Change (GIYSCC) – Advocating For Indigenous Youth Rights and Recognition

Both national and international climate change policies such as COP fail to acknowledge the importance of Indigenous Knowledge in the context of the climate crisis. The Global Indigenous Youth Summit On Climate Change (GIYSCC) held on the 9th of August brought Indigenous youths from all over the world to co-create dialogues that fostered the exchange of climate crisis mitigation and adaptation ideas.

European Green Deal: ENVI Committee Meetings, 24/05/2023

by Lorenza Contin The Committee on Environment, Public Health, and Food Safety (ENVI)’s meetings of May 24, 2023, concerned several pieces of legislation key to achieving goals of the European Green Deal. Some critical discussions covered the sustainable use of plant protection products (‘Farm to Fork’ strategy) and the reduction of industrial emissions (EU Industrial...

The Problem that Pesters: Reducing Pesticide Use in the European Union

IPM is a solution to significantly reduce the use of pesticides in the EU, which have shown to be damaging to biodiversity, the environment, as well as human health. Adopting IPM would prioritize strengthening Europe’s biodiversity and support tackling some key issues that face the agricultural sector and food supply concerns due to climate change. There is resistance to adopting this strategy as it would disrupt the current pesticide industry, and farmers are reluctant to change because it may affect their yield and income.

Euro 7 – A new emissions standard for clean mobility

In an effort to cut pollution and improve air quality, the EU Commission has proposed new rules known as Euro 7 to tighten emission requirements for vehicles sold within the EU. Manufacturers and industry organizations are worried about the timetable, the emissions caps, and the potential financial costs of the new laws. The idea of delaying the application date and aligning the rules with international norms are two topics of continuing discussion.

EU Proposal On Deforestation Free Products

The European Parliament voted in favour of a Regulation that would restrict imports to “deforestation-free” products for EU bloc countries on a set of commodities that have been identified as key drivers of deforestation.A reduction of 31.9 million metric tons of carbon emissions is achievable with adoption of the law, which sets international precedent in regulating a high-emission supply and demand chain.The outlined definition of deforestation is weak, and the land-type to which the regulations will apply is limited to natural forests. Other ecosystems have not been considered.