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1 Expanding the knowledge base for policy implementation and long term transitions Multiannual Work Programme Aarhus, 3 October 2013 Dr Hans Bruyninckx Executive Director, European Environment Agency

2 The developing policy framework Sustainability Air, water, nature WFD targets UWWD Smart, sustainable and inclusive growth 7EAP Halt biodiversity loss targets Vision in 7EAP Low carbon society Circular economy Ecosystem resilience /2030 thematic policies comprehensive policies 2050 long term visions societal transition Time

3 The twin challenge Within environ mental limits UNEP 2012 GEO5 good life

4 A CRUCIAL MOMENT FOR EUROPE Living within ecological limits ECOSYSTEMS Withdrawals from the ecosystems Policy SOCIO TECHNICAL SYSTEMS providing social needs and value Industry Ecosystem services Energy system Food system system Environmental externalities Values system system Mobility system Science Market Deposits Emissions Pollution Technology

5 Source: UNEP (2011) From efficiency gains to system innovation

6 Multi-phase trajectory Source: van der Brugge & de Haan (2005)

7 Multi-phase trajectory Source: van der Brugge & de Haan 2005

8 Multi-phase trajectory Source: van der Brugge & de Haan (2005)

9 Multi-phase trajectory Source: van der Brugge & de Haan (2005)

10 Not about efficiency gains or even technology shifts Copyright: Tesla

11 A CRUCIAL MOMENT FOR EUROPE Informing policy implementation 1 Air pollution, transport and noise Industrial Pollution Climate change mitigation and energy Climate change impacts, vulnerability and adaptation Marine and maritime, fisheries and coastal Water management, resources and ecosystems Biodiversity, ecosystems, agriculture and forests Urban, land use and soil Waste and material resources Goal Improve content, accessibility and use of European level environmental information. Achieve by 2018 Measurable uptake of EEA findings, and the timely and reliable delivery of outputs.

12 A CRUCIAL MOMENT FOR EUROPE Assessing systemic challenges 2 Resource efficient economy and the environment Megatrends and transitions Environment, human health and well being Sustainability assessments and state of the environment reporting Goal To be a centre of knowledge creation, exchange and use on long term systemic challenges and societal transitions Achieve by 2018 Prompt delivery of SOER2015 and annual indicator reports, and measurable recognition in the 7EAP evaluation process.

13 A CRUCIAL MOMENT FOR EUROPE Knowledge creation, sharing and use 3 Networking and partnerships Technical systems development Monitoring, data and information management Communication, outreach and user analysis Copernicus operational services Capacity building in West Balkan and European neighbourhood countries Goal To be the authoritative information node and hub within networks of knowledge co creation, sharing and use. Achieve by 2018 Metrics to measure the active participation of EIONET; online availability of data information products and services; and impacts of communication efforts.

14 Core processes Member countries/ Eionet Member States/ Eurostat Research RTD, JRC/FP7, H2020 Remote sensing Copernicus Citizens, civil society, business INFORMING POLICY IMPLEMENTATION ASSESSING SYSTEMIC CHALLENGES Data Information Assessments Knowledge base KNOWLEDGE CO-CREATION, SHARING AND USE M D I A K

15 A CRUCIAL MOMENT FOR EUROPE Scientific/knowledge challenges Developing systemic knowledge Complexity Uncertainty Long time frames (and yet, sense of urgency) Emerging issues How? Conscious knowledge (co )creation policy Stronger sharing component needed Scientific committee as link with scientific community Close interaction with DGENV, DGCLIMA, DGR, JRC, ESTAT, Connecting to citizens EEAcademy idea

16 A CRUCIAL MOMENT FOR EUROPE Conclusions Thinking in terms of long term societal transitions will require knowledge development based on fundamental and applied science at the systemic level This may require a transition in (parts of) the knowledge system Crucial issues that need to be addressed include complexity and uncertainty; involving citizens; global connections

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