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The Sustainable Public Procurement (SPP) Programme, a global initiative to assist governments redirect public spending into goods and services that bring significant environmental and social benefits, was launched on 1 April 2014. The Programme represents the first action under the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production (10YFP). This is a global framework to facilitate international cooperation to develop, replicate and scale-up Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) and resource efficiency initiatives around the world.
The European Commission has published an overview of contributions received in response to a public consultation on the Green Action Plan for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). The results will be used to shape actions aimed at promoting resource efficiency for and by SMEs, and will be included in the forthcoming Green Action Plan for SMEs.
The World Resource Forum 2014 conference will be held in Arequipa, Peru, October 19-22, 2014.
The abstract submission process started 18th March. Deadline for abstract submission is 25th April 25.
More information can be found in PREPARE Calendar.
Wind power and solar photovoltaics (PV) are crucial to meeting future energy needs while decarbonising the power sector. Deployment of both technologies has expanded rapidly in recent years – one of the few bright spots in an otherwise-bleak picture of clean energy progress – and IEA scenarios indicate that this trend will continue for decades. However, the inherent variability of wind power and solar PV is raising concerns: Can power systems remain reliable and cost-effective while supporting high shares of variable renewable energy (VRE)? And if so, how?
RSA Research Network organizes a workshop "How to govern fundamental Sustainability Transition processes?" as the second event of their three-part cycle of conferences dealing with the issue of sustainable regional development in the face of different transformation processes regions are confronted with.
The build-up of 'circular' supply chains that increase the rate of recycling, reuse and remanufacture could generate more than $1trn (£600bn) a year for the global economy by 2025, according to a new reportr released at the 2014 Annual Meeting in Davos.
The report, by the World Economic Forum and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, calls for companies to understand the opportunities available through a circular business model.
This year sees the European Environment Agency (EEA) start a new five-year work programme and establish a new set of environmental policy priorities. The Multi Annual Work Programme will run from 2014 to 2018 and seeks to improve knowledge in areas related to EU environmental and climate policies already in place, and monitor progress towards the objectives and targets in Europe’s 2020 agenda.
Copenhagen officially took the title of European Green Capital 2014 at the end of December. The city was awarded the title in recognition of its progress towards becoming more sustainable, environmentally friendly and resource efficient, and improving the quality of life for its residents. Copenhagen will pass the title to Bristol in 2015.
New EU-procurement rules place more emphasis on environmental considerations, social aspects and innovation
New EU rules on public procurement and concession contracts approved by Parliament on Wednesday will ensure better quality and value for money when public authorities buy or lease works, goods or services. They will also make it easier for small and medium-sized firms to bid and include tougher provisions on subcontracting.
The fifth monitoring report on Sustainable Development in the European Union was published by Eurostat last week. This biennialal report gives insights into the actions taken so far by the European Union (EU) to achieve the objectives of the EU Sustainable Development Strategy and their impact, based on a number of sustainable development indicators.