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Public Good Promised Are Not Being Delivered By CAP

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The reformed CAP for 2014-2020 is missing clear tools to guide and direct investments towards sustainable agriculture. The majority of resources available are limited to supporting individual farm practices and they do not promote a comprehensive transition towards sustainable agriculture.

Although the so-called “greening” measures are a step in the right direction, they have limited prospects of delivering due to questionable exemptions and poor implementation by EU countries. The direct support for the development of sustainable farming systems – using organic – accounts for only 1.5% of the total EU agricultural budget. These are the findings of a new IFOAM EU / FiBL study released ahead of a meeting of EU agriculture ministers to discuss further CAP simplification on 18 July 2016.

Lead author of the study, Matthias Stolze, Head of Socio-economic Sciences at the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), said: “Despite some improvements in the last reform such as the greening component, most of the CAP budget is still devoted to policy goals not linked to sustainability and so fails to provide opportunities for the EU to transition towards more sustainable agri-food systems and to support farmers who would like to make those moves. Our findings conclude that greater efforts are needed to make public goods an integral and integrated part of the CAP strategy and not simply an add-on that competes with other parts of the policy.”

“Current market volatility clearly shows that basing the CAP largely on the sale of high volume, low-cost output is not working for farmers and creates additional cost for people,” said Jan Plagge, IFOAM EU Vice-President for Policy. “The CAP represents 40% of taxpayers’ contribution to the EU budget and should be used to help farmers enhance their long-term sustainability, reach EU environmental and climate goals, and meet the expectations of consumers who are increasingly seeking out quality food as demonstrated by the continuous growth in the sales of organic food”.

Laurent Moinet, Chair of the IFOAM EU Farmers Group said: “As the European Commission and agriculture ministers discuss how to simplify the CAP, they must seriously think about how the policy can better encourage farmers who want to develop more sustainably and fully recognise those who are already delivering public goods such as clean water, healthy soils and on-farm biodiversity. Public good delivery must be a high priority for the CAP as it provides a sound basis for increasing high-quality food production, farm resilience and green job creation.”

Research for the new study, Organic farming and the prospects for stimulating public goods under the CAP 2014-2020, was led by the Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL). It examined existing assessments of the new greening component under Pillar 1 direct payments, as well as the latest data on organic farming payments offered under Measure 11 of Pillar 2 Rural Development Programmes (RDPs). The study shows that the majority of the CAP still disproportionally favours production, regardless of the overall sustainability of the farm. For example, while organic is recognised as meeting consumer demand and benefiting the environment, the means to increase organic production in Europe are rather weak. Projected figures for future conversions suggest that in the majority of countries there are limited opportunities to significantly increase organic land area by 2020.

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A Good Look At How Homes Will Become More Energy Efficient Soon

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Everyone always talks about ways they can save energy at home, but the tactics are old school. They’re only tweaking the way they do things at the moment. Sealing holes in your home isn’t exactly the next scientific breakthrough we’ve been waiting for.

There is some good news because technology is progressing quickly. Some tactics might not be brand new, but they’re becoming more popular. Here are a few things you should expect to see in homes all around the country within a few years.

1. The Rise Of Smart Windows

When you look at a window right now it’s just a pane of glass. In the future they’ll be controlled by microprocessors and sensors. They’ll change depending on the specific weather conditions directly outside.

If the sun disappears the shade will automatically adjust to let in more light. The exact opposite will happen when it’s sunny. These energy efficient windows will save everyone a huge amount of money.

2. A Better Way To Cool Roofs

If you wanted to cool a roof down today you would coat it with a material full of specialized pigments. This would allow roofs to deflect the sun and they’d absorb less heat in the process too.

Soon we’ll see the same thing being done, but it will be four times more effective. Roofs will never get too hot again. Anyone with a large roof is going to see a sharp decrease in their energy bills.

3. Low-E Windows Taking Over

It’s a mystery why these aren’t already extremely popular, but things are starting to change. Read low-E window replacement reviews and you’ll see everyone loves them because they’re extremely effective.

They’ll keep heat outside in summer or inside in winter. People don’t even have to buy new windows to enjoy the technology. All they’ll need is a low-E film to place over their current ones.

4. Magnets Will Cool Fridges

Refrigerators haven’t changed much in a very long time. They’re still using a vapor compression process that wastes energy while harming the environment. It won’t be long until they’ll be cooled using magnets instead.

The magnetocaloric effect is going to revolutionize cold food storage. The fluid these fridges are going to use will be water-based, which means the environment can rest easy and energy bills will drop.

5. Improving Our Current LEDs

Everyone who spent a lot of money on energy must have been very happy when LEDs became mainstream. Incandescent light bulbs belong in museums today because the new tech cut costs by up to 85 percent.

That doesn’t mean someone isn’t always trying to improve on an already great invention. The amount of lumens LEDs produce per watt isn’t great, but we’ve already found a way to increase it by 25 percent.

Maybe Homes Will Look Different Too

Do you think we’ll come up with new styles of homes that will take off? Surely it’s not out of the question. Everything inside homes seems to be changing for the better with each passing year. It’s going to continue doing so thanks to amazing inventors.

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IEMA Urge Government’s Industrial Strategy Skills Overhaul To Adopt A “Long View Approach”

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IEMA, in response to the launch of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper, have welcomed the focus on technical skills and education to boost “competence and capability” of tomorrow’s workforce.

Policy experts at the world’s leading professional association of Environment and Sustainability professionals has today welcomed Prime Minister Teresa May’s confirmation that an overhaul of technical education and skills will form a central part of the Plan for Britain – but warns the strategy must be one for the long term.

Martin Baxter, Chief Policy Advisor at IEMA said this morning that the approach and predicted investment in building a stronger technical skills portfolio to boost the UK’s productivity and economic resilience is positive, and presents an opportunity to drive the UK’s skills profile and commitment to sustainability outside of the EU.

Commenting on the launch of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper, Baxter said today:

“Government must use the Industrial Strategy as an opportunity to accelerate the UK’s transition to a low-carbon, resource efficient economy – one that is flexible and agile and which gives a progressive outlook for the UK’s future outside the EU.

We welcome the focus on skills and education, as it is vital that tomorrow’s workforce has the competence and capability to innovate and compete globally in high-value manufacturing and leading technology.

There is a real opportunity with the Industrial Strategy, and forthcoming 25 year Environment Plan and Carbon Emissions Reduction Plan, to set long-term economic and environmental outcomes which set the conditions to unlock investment, enhance natural capital and provide employment and export opportunities for UK business.

We will ensure that the Environment and Sustainability profession makes a positive contribution in responding to the Green Paper.”

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