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Hybrid Event: How to make sustainable diets the norm?
2:15 pm – 4:00 pm

Tuesday 13th February 2024  at 14:15 – 16:00 CET

European Parliament (Room ASP 3H1) & online

 

Hosted by MEP Juozas Olekas

Co-Chair of the ‘Sustainable Agriculture, Food Systems & Apiculture’ Working Group of the  European Parliament Intergroup on ‘Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development’

 

LINKS TO REGISTER:

 

  • Registrations for physical participation are now closed.

The current food system is a major driver of environmental impacts, especially biodiversity loss, eutrophication, water stress, land degradation and climate change. The global food system contributes approximately one third of global anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions. In industrialized regions like the EU, approximately half of emissions associated with the food system come from agriculture and associated land use. The other half come from energy-related activities downstream, including transports, processing and packing.[1]

To address such key issues, recent scientific advice concludes that dietary guidelines should take both health and environmental sustainability angles into consideration. While these guidelines already promote healthy diets, most are not consistent with sustainability goals.

Until now, the main policy focus in the EU has been on providing consumers with more information, for them to make healthy and sustainable food choices. But this is not enough. People choose food not just through rational reflection, but also based on many other factors; food availability, habits and routines, emotional and impulsive reactions, their financial and social situation, and culture. Moreover, information about the actual impacts of individual food choices on climate, environment and social issues is not always transparent or even provided.

So what are environmentally sustainable diets? And what tools could be used at EU level to overcome the barriers preventing consumers to adopt sustainable diets?

This event aims at presenting and reflecting on recent scientific advice by the European Commission’s Scientific Advice Mechanism (SAM) which address these key questions. Two SAM reports (Evidence Review Report, and Scientific Opinion “Towards sustainable food consumption”) will give an impulse to a discussion on how to make sustainable diets a norm.

[1] SAPEA, Science Advice for Policy by European Academies. (2023). Towards sustainable food consumption. Berlin: SAPEA. doi:10.5281/zenodo.8031939


FINAL AGENDA:

The event is moderated by Regine Roncucci, the European Parliament Intergroup on “Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development”

14:15 – 14:30:                   Opening remarks by MEP Juozas Olekas and MEP Miapetra Kumpula-Natri

 

14:30 – 14:45:                  Presentation of the “Towards sustainable food consumption” Expert Report by Prof. Erik Mathijs, University of Leuven (KU Leuven) & Scientific Advice Mechanism to the European Commission

 

14:45 – 15:25:                   Panel discussion with the participation of:

 

  • Anastasia Alvizou, Deputy Head of Unit ‘Farm to Fork’ (E1), DG SANTE, European Commission
  • Lynnette Marie Neufeld, Director, Food and Nutrition (ESN), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
  • Camille Perrin, Senior Food Policy Officer & Team Leader, BEUC
  • Bo Dohmen, Senior Manager Nutrition & Health, FoodDrinkEurope
  • Dr. Eva Sali, Senior Policy Advisor, Copa-Cogeca
  • Rosalie Tukker, Senior Policy Advisor, Europêche

15:25 – 15:30:                  Reaction by Joke Schauvliege, Rapporteur for the Opinion on the Legislative Framework for Sustainable Food Systems, Committee of the Regions (CoR)

 

15:30 – 15:35:                   Reaction by MEP María Soraya Rodríguez Ramos

 

15:35 – 15:50:                   Q&A session with the audience

 

15:50 – 16:00:                  Closing remarks by MEP Juozas Olekas and Prof. Erik Mathijs, University of Leuven (KU Leuven) & Scientific Advice Mechanism to the European Commission

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Hybrid Event: Fire safety and Europe’s climate ambition: The role of sustainable flame retardants in Europe’s energy transition
12:45 pm – 2:15 pm

14 February 2024, 12h45 – 14h15 CET

 European Parliament (room: A5E-3) & online

1h30 event

The event is hosted by MEP Adam Jarubas

 

LINKS TO REGISTER:

 

  • Registrations for physical participation are now closed.

 

The materials needed to ensure Europe’s climate ambition of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030 will increasingly be organic and require appropriate fire safety measures in place to reduce fire risks.

To ensure that Europe is on a responsible path to becoming climate neutral by 2050, fire safety should be considered as one of the key parameters when assessing the sustainability and circularity of the materials needed to transition key sectors in our society, such as energy, transport, and housing. For instance, the transition to electric vehicles and renewable energy production (e.g., solar panels, batteries) present new and increased fire risks to the built and transport environment. Without appropriate measures, we run the risk of increasing fire incidents (over 5,000 people every year are taken from their loved ones prematurely from residential fires in Europe and the number of people injured is about 10 times as high). These fire risks can be reduced by appropriate design and materials as well as incorporating other safety measures, such as improved fire safety engineering for buildings and vehicles.

pinfa, the Phosphorus, Inorganic and Nitrogen Flame Retardants Association, would like to propose an event to address the emerging fire safety challenges associated with Europe’s energy transition and role of sustainable flame retardants, among other safety solutions, in ensuring that we meet European fire safety standards within the context of the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability (CSS).

Topics proposed for discussion include:

  • What is a sustainable Flame Retardant?
  • Safe and Sustainable-by-Design: First learnings from Flame Retardant case studies
  • The pinfa roadmap for the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability
  • The ECHA Strategy on Flame Retardants
  • The challenge of Recycling and circularity
  • Essential use concept – can it be applied to Flame Retardants?

 

Background:

 

pinfa is the Phosphorus, Inorganic and Nitrogen Flame Retardants Association and is a Sector Group within Cefic, the European Chemical Industry Council.

pinfa represents the manufacturers and users of non-halogenated phosphorus, inorganic and nitrogen flame retardants (PIN FRs). The members of pinfa share the common vision of continuously improving the environmental and health profile of their flame retardant products and seek to dialogue with the users of PIN FRs in order to identify their needs and technologies they are looking for. This vision is coupled with a commitment to maintain high fire safety standards across the world, standards which minimize the risk of fire to the general public.

pinfa members strive to:

  • Reduce the risk of fire from products, by using flame retardants only where appropriate (technically, economically and environmentally) – giving flame retardants the proper role within the fire safety “toolbox”;
  • Minimize environmental and health impacts of fire and smoke, and of PIN flame retardants – provide information and data to demonstrate the safety of flame retardants;
  • Enable recycling of flame retardant products and making them fit for the circular economy;
  • Collaborate with all relevant stakeholders like regulators, science and industry

pinfa works in partnership with stakeholders (NGOs, environmental, consumer associations, scientists, regulators, fire safety experts, user industries) to ensure safe use of flame retardant products.

 

AGENDA:

12:45 – 12:55:                   Opening remarks by hosting MEP Adam Jarubas

 

12:55 – 13:05:                   Key note presentation by Adrian Beard, Chairman, Pinfa Europe

 

13:05 – 13:45:                   Panel discussion with the participation of:

 

  • Irantzu Garmendia Aguirre, Project Officer, Joint Research Center
  • Chris Slootweg, University of Amsterdam
  • Laurent Tribut, Technical Expert, Schneider Electric
  • Krzysztof Biskup, Chair of the European Fire Safety Alliance

 

 

13:45 – 14:10                   Q&As session with the audience

 

14:10 – 14:15                    Closing remarks by hosting MEP Adam Jarubas

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