Public Policy Bulletin, 30 October 2020 ​

Oct 30, 2020

 

In Public Policy news, read about  Ireland’s “Keep Well” campaign to support people through the COVID-19 pandemic, how Amazon have launched a dedicated store in the UK to sell climate-friendly products, and the latest measures from the EU in their quest to achieve carbon neutrality.   

 

Irish Government launch “Keep Well” campaign

As part of the national effort to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Irish Government’s “Keep Well” campaign aims to support both people and communities to ensure that they look after their physical and mental health over the coming months.

Launched by An Taoiseach, Micheál Martin, the Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly, and Minister of State for the Department of Health, with responsibility for Public Health, Well-Being and the National Drugs Strategy, Frank Feighan T.D., the campaign encourages individuals, communities, and bodies such as volunteer groups, sporting organisations and local heritage and arts groups to “find ways to support everyone to discover new activities and routines that will do us good.” More information can be found on www.gov.ie/healthyireland.

 

Amazon promotes climate-friendly products

This week, the retail giant, Amazon, launched a new eco-friendly section in its stores dedicated to sustainable consumption. Over 40,000 certified products that help reduce carbon footprint will feature in the store which are available to customers in the UK, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain. The climate-pledge-friendly selection can be found across grocery, household, fashion, beauty, and a range of other categories. 

The strategy is designed to help consumers select products that are more environmentally friendly.

European Council endorses 2030 Biodiversity Strategy

EU environment ministers have adopted conclusions which endorse the objectives of the 2030 Biodiversity Strategy, a strategy aimed to reverse biodiversity loss and to ensure a more sustainable economy.

The strategy aims at protecting and restoring the EU’s ecosystem which is key to boost resilience of the EU’s economy against threats such as climate change, forest fires, disease outbreaks, and food insecurity. Read more about the strategy on the EU's website.

 

European commission takes a big step towards climate neutrality

The European Commission this week announced plans to open four public consultations on plans to limit the EU’s emissions of greenhouse gases. This is all part of the plan to increase the current emissions reduction target from 40 percent to at least 55 percent by 2030, and reach carbon neutrality by 2050.  

The Commission propose to revise four laws currently in force in the areas of: EU Emissions Trading System, Effort Sharing Regulation, Land Use Change and Forestry Regulation, and CO2 standards for cards and vans.

 

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