Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) in the tourism sector is a basic training on how it could be applied in the accommodation and catering sectors
Within the Environmental Footprint (EF) work, the Commission is organising a webinar that will provide a very basic introduction on how to apply the PEF method in the tourism sector, especially in accommodation and catering businesses. The webinar will address questions such as what is PEF and which are the potential benefits and costs of applying this method to those businesses.
This is a very basic training that does not need previous experience. The training can be followed-up by the information and trainings available at DG ENV website. At the end of the webinar, there will be time for questions and answers.
Time and place of the training: Webex platform, 14 October 2021 from 15:00-16.00 (Brussels time)
Objective of the training: The purpose of this webinar is to introduce how PEF method could be applied in the tourism sector, especially in accommodation and catering sectors. The webinar will address questions such as what is PEF and which are the potential benefits and costs of applying this method to those business.
Target audience: Tourism SMEs, people responsible for sustainability strategies and environmental impact follow-up in accommodation and catering sectors.
Consulta Europa Projects and Innovation S.L. welcomes postdoctoral researchers interested in applying for a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral (MSCA) Fellowships (HORIZON-MSCA-2021-PF-01) in 2021.
Potential candidates are invited to check eligibility criteria and the call conditions here before sending their application.
WHO ARE WE?
Consulta Europa (CE) Projects and Innovation is an independent, internationally active research performing organization, headquartered in the Canary Islands, Spain. Consulta Europa acts as facilitator of research and innovation projects to provide innovative EU-wide solutions to specific challenges.
Potential candidates need to hold a doctoral degree Ph.D not longer than 8 years and have not resided in Spain for more than 12 months during the last 3 years at the time of the call deadline.
Field of study: All fields applicable.
We particularly welcome applications from researchers in the following research areas:Circular economy applied to remote territories like Canary Islands.
HOW INTERESTED CANDIDATES MAY APPLY FOR THIS HOSTING OFFER?
Candidates willing to apply for this hosting offer are invited to submit the following documents:
-Complete Curriculum Vitae stating background, skills and a brief description including the relationship between the research topic proposed and the applicant CV.
-Research project outline indicating the research objectives. Expected outcomes, methodology and impact should be also briefly introduced within the outline in line with the technical part of the application form here.
CVs and motivation letters should be sent to the email firstname.lastname@example.org before 13th SEPTEMBER 2021.
Please contact email@example.com for any doubt on the application procedure.
The first hybrid in-person and virtual environmental event since the pandemic began, the Congress will drive action on nature-based recovery, climate change and biodiversity for decades to come. The BEST programme includes a dedicated Pavilion to the EU Overseas Biodiversity: the “Best and Beyond” Pavilion” in order to promote actions on biodiversity and nature conservation in EU overseas and outermost territories.
🗓️ 3-11 SEPTEMBER 2021 📍 MARSEILLE – FRANCE
What to expect?
The forum is a hub of public debate, bringing together people from around the world to discuss and develop solutions to the world’s most pressing conservation and sustainability challenges. It will demonstrate innovative, scalable solutions to addressing critical challenges at the local and global levels, highlighting efforts of stakeholders from all sectors across the globe – from small island states to entire regions, and from individual to collective actions. The Forum will include a range of events from High-Level Dialogues, to training and capacity building sessions, as well as exhibition and social events.
The Members’ Assembly is IUCN’s highest decision-making body. During the Assembly, IUCN’s more than 1300 state and government agency members, civil society and indigenous peoples’ Member organisations from more than 160 countries vote on pressing conservation and sustainable development issues. IUCN’s unique and inclusive membership gives the Congress a powerful mandate, allowing these decisions to guide humanity’s relationship with our planet for the decades ahead. Key Decisions adopted during the Members Assembly include electing the IUCN Council, approving of the IUCN programme for the next four-year period, discussing topics of strategic importance, adopting motions defining the general policy of IUCN and amending Statutes of IUCN.
In the Exhibition, IUCN Members and Commissions, businesses, partners, and academia host stands and events. The Exhibition is open to both registered Congress participants and the general public (free access), allowing exhibitors to showcase their research, innovations and other work to the broadest Congress audience.
My green Congress
Focusing on sustainability and ensuring a green Congress in Marseille is at the core of all Congress preparations, reflecting the values of IUCN, the government of France, and the conservation community.
Following the success and ISO 20121 sustainability certification that was achieved by the 2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress, France and IUCN have set high standards in terms of sustainability and are dedicated to leading by example. They decided to engage once again in the ISO 20121 certification of the Congress to secure the implementation of a sustainable management system to design, plan and produce the event.
A Congress Sustainability Policy has been defined with all the parties involved and identifies 4 Strategic Goals and 21 objectives:
Environmental Goal => Minimize the carbon footprint of the event
Economic & Social Goal => Maximize the engagement and benefits for the local territories
Legacy Goal => Reinforce and value local sustainable practices
Inclusion Goal => Host all audiences, in total security and with respect to each one
The Sustainable Action Plan integrates 115 initiatives, which will be implemented by the organisation, the local territories, and the main suppliers and partners. Among the main initiatives:
Eco-design of all spaces and rooms, maximising rental and reemployment of materials
100% electricity of the Congress will be covered by renewable energy produced locally
All carbon emissions of the Congress, including transportation of all participants will be offset in several projects throughout the world (view more details on the My Green Congress page)
Use of common transportation is facilitated leveraging Marseille’s large transport network and negotiated offers for the different types of participants
Restaurants have been selected to respect a strict sustainable food charter with 100% seasonal products, 70% bio and/or local products and at least 1 vegetarian option. They are audited and accompanied by the Ecotable label.
The BEST programme includes a dedicated Pavilion to the EU Overseas Biodiversity: the “Best and Beyond” Pavilion” in order to promote actions on biodiversity and nature conservation in EU overseas and outermost territories. Experiences and projects will be shared from 4 to 9 September during sessions, some in French and others in English. In case you are interested in following the event, you are invited to take a look at the programme, available here.
BEST – voluntary scheme for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in Territories of European overseas – is a European initiative that aims to support the conservation of biodiversity and sustainable use of ecosystem services, including ecosystem-based approaches to climate change adaptation and mitigation, in the EU Outermost Regions (ORs) and Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs). Join us to know more about the unique EU Overseas’ biodiversity, the numerous BEST projects and our partners!
The European Commission has launched a short survey to improve EU communication on science, research and innovation with the aim to to collect the different views of European citizens on their main interests and concerns regarding EU support for science, research and innovation.
Your opinion is important for the European Commission! Take part in the survey!
The European Commission has adopted two decisions relating to implementation of the Cohesion Policy for the period 2021-2027, both of which will promote social, economic and territorial cohesion in Europe, contributing to the EU’s sustainable recovery from Covid-19 and the dual green and digital transition. One of the decision defines the list of regions eligible for funding, and the other one establishes the annual breakdown of global resources by Member State.
The final regulations have been adopted which make up all the funds of the 2021-2027 cohesion policy. If you want to read them, click here
The strategy envisages the development of the bioeconomy as a key element for Europe’s sustainable growth. It will be possible to provide comments on the strategy, which will be considered in order to further develop and refine the initiative, in fact, the consultation will be open until 9 August 2021.
Finally, a report will explain the methods of implementation of the proposals and the possible reasons for the impossibility of carrying them out. The report will also present how bioeconomy policies can contribute to achieving the Green Deal goals.
The regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing the framework for achieving EU climate neutrality has been published in the Official Journal of the EU, which, in line with the Paris Agreement, sets some objectives for the European Union such as:
-achieve EU climate neutrality by 2050;
-ensure the irreversible and gradual reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% compared to 1990 levels by 2030;
-increase the volume of the net carbon sink by 2030;
-or establish a European Scientific Advisory Committee on Climate Change which will support the EU with scientific and technical expertise to achieve Europe’s climate.
A blueprint for action. Intelligent cities challenge
“A blueprint for action: the European Commission’s 100 intelligent cities challenge” is a guide that has been developed as part of the European Commission’s Intelligent Cities Challenge (ICC). It provides cities with a blueprint and good practice case studies to support them with the implementation of the European Green Deal (EGD) at the local level – through a Local Green Deal (LGD). The guide outlines the rationale behind LGDs, and provides the key principles, levers, and steps for cities, stakeholders, and local communities to use to implement a LGD.
It relates to and supports other European initiatives relevant to cities and the European Green Deal objectives: the Committee of the Regions’ Green Deal Going Local, the Mannheim Message, the European Commission’s Climate Neutral and Smart Cities Mission. It also builds on a number of national initiatives and regulatory developments, such as the National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs) adopted by all EU member states in 2019.
NEW CALL FOR PROPOSALS TO SUPPORT THE IDENTIFICATION OF EXPERTS FOR THE EVALUATION OF PROPOSALS
The call for tenders to support the selection of independent external experts for the evaluation of European Research Council (ERC) research projects is open. The objective of this selection is to provide a set of software components to the European Research Council Executive Agency (ERCEA) to support the identification of experts and panel members for the period 2021-2025.
The total funding amounts to 900,000 euros. To participate in the selection process, applications must be submitted by 31 August 2021.
The call for applications will be open until 15 September and includes grants of up to 7,000 euros for SMEs in the tourism sector in Spain, Italy, France and up to 4,000 euros in the case of Cyprus, with the aim of offering them advice, training and financial support to strengthen their environmental commitment.
Friday, 09 July 2021.- Under this initiative, at least 62 European SMEs will benefit from direct aid and, more specifically, SMEs in the tourism sector in Spain, Italy, France and Cyprus. Companies that meet the requirements set out in the terms and conditions of the call for applications may submit their applications via the official project website until 15 September this year. Depending on the objectives set by each SME, they will receive funding of up to 7,000 euros (in the case of Spain, France and Italy) and up to 4,000 euros in the case of Cyprus to participate in the TouriSME programme.
In particular, the grants are aimed at tourist accommodation, hotel SMEs and travel agencies, among other professionals in the sector, who want to benefit from training with extensive knowledge transfer, networking and exchange of sustainable best practices at European level through B2B events, as well as advice and financial support to adopt environmental certifications such as EU Ecolabel or EMAS.
The TouriSME project, co-funded by the European Union’s COSME programme, has emerged with the aim of improving sustainable tourism development and the capacity of tourism SMEs through transnational cooperation and knowledge transfer. “The essence of this project is to improve the capacities and skills of SMEs, assessing their environmental impact and adopting solutions that allow them to adapt their businesses to certain principles of the circular economy, which will help them to recover their markets in a more sustainable way in the face of the COVID-19 crisis,” says Michelle Perello, director of the Canarian company Consulta Europa and coordinator of the project together with 7 other European partners.
Of these eight partners, five will provide direct support to tourism SMEs in Spain, Italy, France and Cyprus. In the case of Spain, the Instituto Tecnológico de Canarias will provide direct support at national level. In France, it will be the Institute of Planning and Urbanisation of the Ile de France Region; in Italy, the Autonomous Region of Sardinia (RAS) and Confindustria Training Systems (SFC); and in Cyprus, the Nicosia Development Agency (ANEL).
On May 12, 2021, the European Commission approved the new multiannual financial program 2021-2027. Different types of the financing will be distributed adapting to the needs of the program, such us: grants, loans, guarantees or technical assistance.
Among the most prominent programs are Horizon Europe, which will have a budget of 95.5 billion euros, ERASMUS +, the European Regional Development Fund (FEDER) and the Cohesion Fund, among others. All this in order to achieve a more sustainable, digital and inclusive European Union.
The Covid-19 pandemic has negatively affected numerous businesses, including SMEs. For this reason, the Internal Market, industry, entrepreneurship and SMEs organize an online event for free. This event aims to help PYMES face the challenges in which they find themselves. #EUOpen4Business will take place on May 26 and 28, 2021. Registrations will close on May 25. The event will be held in English but there will be translations from FR,DE,ES,IT,PL and PT.
HERE you can find the program, registration and more information:
Due to pollution, elements so essential for human life are affected such as water, farmland, biodiversity, etc. Even the human being himself is affected by the appearance of new diseases. However, pollution does not affect everyone in the same way, in disadvantaged places or with high traffic such as large cities are areas of high pollution.
But thanks to the EU Action Plan, an attempt will be made to find solutions to achieve zero pollution, which is also an action of the European Green Deal. Attempts will be made to alleviate this worrying issue through monitoring and reporting, etc.
To address issues on health, biodiversity and ecosystems, production and consumption and enable change in the EU and abroad, sessions will be enabled from 1 to 4 June.
If you want to access the description of the program in more detail or are interested in registering, access the following link
The Porto Social Summit will be the high point of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union and aims to set the European agenda for the next decade and ensure that we face the challenges of the present and future, leaving no one behind.
The Summit aims to reinforce the commitment from the Member States, European institutions, social partners, and civil society to implementing the Action Plan for the European Pillar of Social Rights.
The Action Plan, presented by the European Commission in March, proposes a number of initiatives and sets three main targets to be achieved throughout Europe by 2030:
An employment rate of at least 78% in the European Union
At least 60% of adults attending training courses every year
Reducing the number of people at risk of social exclusion or poverty by at least 15 million people, including 5 million children
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