This document aims to provide a general framework for the circular economy as well as to define our country’s strategic positioning on the theme, in continuity with the commitments adopted under the Paris Climate Change Agreement, the United Nations Agenda 2030 on Sustainable Development, the G7 Communiquè and within the European Union.
Sardinia was until 2003 in the rearguard of Italy and Europe in terms of waste management. With a separate collection rate of 3.8%, this popular tourist island used to send all the remaining waste to landfills and incineration. However, a strategy based on the promotion of separate collection with particular attention to bio-waste, and a carefully designed system of incentives in combination with several municipalities championing the transition towards zero waste, is delivering results. In 2016
Il presente documento ha l’obiettivo di fornire un inquadramento
generale dell’economia circolare nonché di definire il posizionamento
strategico del nostro paese sul tema, in continuità con gli
impegni adottati nell’ambito dell’Accordo di Parigi sui cambiamenti
climatici, dell’Agenda 2030 delle Nazioni Unite sullo sviluppo
sostenibile, in sede G7 e nell’Unione Europea.
Full report for download in English and its executive summary in French, Spanish, Italian, Polish and German.
This analytical report is part of the European Construction Sector Observatory (ECSO) and aims to provide insight into the Thematic Objective 2 “Improving the human capital basis of the construction sector” of the EU Construction 2020 Strategy. It provides an overview of the characteristics of the construction sector workforce in the EU-28, the main drivers and obstacles to the development of skills and the policy responses adopted by Member States.
The aims of the Strategy are as follows: to provide a strategic policy framework to secure a sustainable future for the Mediterranean region; to adapt international commitments to regional conditions, to guide national strategies and to stimulate regional cooperation in the achievement of sustainable development objectives; to link the need to protect the environment to socio-economic development.
SCP Action Plan for the Mediterranean (consultation paper) details the main policy milestones for the SCP approach at the global and Mediterranean level. It set the framework of action for the Mediterranean context, detailing the major environmental issues, key SCP challenges for the region and suggesting key economic sectors within which SCP actions should be prioritized to ensure greats impacts.
Reporte que provee una visión general de las compras sostenibles de servicios de catering para escuelas: las áreas problemáticas clave y un rango de soluciones prácticas dentro del marco legal provisto por la Directiva Europea 2014/24/EU. Analiza, en profundidad, casos de estudio con enfoques eco-innovadores en Italia, Dinamarca, Suecia y el Reino Unido; y presenta un inventario útil de recursos disponibles.
Report that provides an overview of sustainable procurement of school catering services: the key problem areas and a range of practical solutions within the legal framework provided by the European Directive 2014/24/EU. It analyzes in-depth case studies with eco-innovative approaches in Italy, Denmark, Sweden and the UK; and presents a useful inventory of available resources.
Webinar on How to successfully implement a sustainable procurement programme? Lessons learned from 6 programmes around the world
In the past 10 years, sustainable procurement programmes and networks have flourished across the globe as they respond to a growing need of sustainability and procurement professionals, especially in public organisations: what are the great ideas out there? What are others doing? What do best practices look like? And, most of all, how can we work together and collaborate to achieve our sustainable procurement objectives?
Sustainable Choice commissioned Planet Procurement to benchmark 6 successful sustainable procurement programmes in order to identify best practices and lessons learned:
1. Sustainable choice – Local Government NSW;
2. 3AR - Association Aquitaine des Achats Publics Responsables, based in France;
3. SPLC - Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council, based in the United States;
4. Procura + Network, a European initiative;
5. RGO - Réseau Grand Ouest Commande Publique et Développement Durable, based in France;
6. APE - Acquisti Pubblici Ecologici, based in the North of Italy.
The objectives of the webinar were to:
1. Share lessons learned of the 6 programmes that were part of the benchmarking study;
2. Build knowledge around successful sustainable procurement programmes;
3. Create connections between sustainable procurement programme managers.
The SPP impact study is a joint project of UNEP and of the Swiss-led Marrakech Task Force on SPP. The study aims at demonstrating the benefits of sustainable public procurement on developing, developed and in transition countries. It also seeks to initiate a methodology to quantify the sustainable
development and market impacts of SPP activities: increased availability of sustainable goods and
services, strengthening of productive capacities and export capacities, employment creation, improved labor conditions, reduced energy and water consumption, reduced GHG emissions, increased competitiveness of green industries, uptake of green technologies, more efficient use of natural resources, etc.
Indoor air quality, thermal comfort and daylight - An analysis of residential building regulations in 8 Member States
This report about indoor air quality (IAQ), thermal comfort and daylight requirements in selected Member States addresses a range of topics increasingly important for European buildings and their inhabitants.
The overall aim of the report is to provide an overview of the regulatory framework for IAQ, thermal comfort and daylight, and to highlight the importance of having appropriate requirements for thermal comfort, ventilation and daylight conditions. The report provides concluding recommendations for further policy development relevant for indoor climate.
The assessment focuses on the respective building codes for new and existing residential buildings in selected MS: Belgium (Brussels Region), Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Sweden and the UK (England and Wales).
A critical and comparative evaluation is provided whilst best practice approaches are highlighted.
Between 30 to 50% of excess winter deaths can be attributed to cold indoor temperatures, demonstrating the importance of thermal comfort and its link to fuel poverty. Key aspects to ensure good conditions for building occupants include thermal comfort, indoor air quality and daylight. Despite these links, the requirements for indoor air quality and thermal comfort are not comprehensive and clear enough in the eight surveyed countries. BPIE identified gaps in regulation to ensure that European citizens live in highly efficient, healthy, comfortable and well lit buildings. Considering that people spend 60 to 90% of their life in buildings, the subject should get a prominent space in legislation.
At the EU level, while indoor climate is mentioned in the EPBD, the importance of indoor air quality, thermal comfort and daylight has to be strengthened in a future recast. These aspects could be integrated in the Energy Performance Certification process as relevant information of the actual living conditions in the building. The co-benefits of thermal comfort and a healthy indoor environment should be taken into account when assessing the macroeconomic impact of energy renovation measures (e.g. reduction of health service costs). Such requirements should also be reflected in national renovation strategies as developed under articles 4 and 5 of the Energy Efficiency Directive.
The report aims to provide an overview of the models of governmental engagement in using voluntary standards. This study is based on ten country case studies that were developed through the “Governmental Use of Voluntary Standards” project, carried out by International Social and Environmental Accreditation and Labelling Alliance (ISEAL Alliance) in collaboration with the Trade Standards Practitioners' Network (TSPN) and with the support of the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), the World Bank and the Entwined research partnership.
According to the conclusions drawn by this paper, the governmental use of voluntary standards is characterised by diversity (governance, mission motivations for engagement, institutional arrangements and implementation mechanisms, policy outcomes) coupled with the evidence of its widespread use around the world (in countries with different levels of development). The voluntary standards have established themselves as effective, flexible tools to accompany and support governmental policy. However, for its further development a number of issues should be addressed: availability of information on the best practices, foster opportunities for shared learning, and strengthen credibility and accountability of voluntary standard systems.