The EASAC Environment Programme provides independent and leading edge scientific advice to EU environmental policy communities, drawing together contributions from experts from across the Science Academies of the EU. It aims to target its work on areas of priority interest in Europe.
The programme delivers its work through reports, briefings and workshops.
In November 2012 we have issued a statement on the Challenges of Climate Change in which we remind world leaders meeting in Doha that the issue remains urgent, that there is still time, but that action is needed now on the measures that will ensure global warming remains within the 2 °C limit.
We have recently produced a report on the Sustainable Biofuels in the European Union, the aims of which is to work with EU policy communities to develop frameworks for analysis of linkages between biofuel production and land use, biodiversity and resource efficiency.
In summer 2013 we are planning to publish a study on Adaption to Extreme Weather which arises from the concern that changes in weather patterns will be one of the principal effects of climate change and with them will come changes in extreme weather. This is of considerable consequence in Europe as it impacts on the vulnerability of communities across the continent and exposes them to added risks.
As a next project we are working on a EU-wide perspective on Marine Sustainability. This working group will commence its work in Spring 2013.
The EASAC Environment Programme has a steering panel of fifteen members appointed by the EU academies of science. The Environment Steering Panel meets twice yearly to advise on the environment programme plan of work.