European High Level Conference on Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS)

5 September, Oslo, Norway

Building on the growing recognition for the necessity of increased climate action and the emerging momentum for low carbon emission technologies in Europe, such as CCS, this European high-level conference should bring together European Ministers and CEO’s from key European industry and energy companies. The conference will be hosted by Kjell-Børge Freiberg, Norwegian Minister of Petroleum and Energy and Miguel Arias Cañete, Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy.

The conference should assess the role of CCS in the EU’s strategic long-term vision for a climate neutral economy in Europe and seek to deliver an outcome that will contribute to accelerated deployment of CCS in Europe. It should highlight the urgent need to develop early CCS-projects in order to facilitate for a wide deployment of CCS. The conference will focus on Europe, and more specifically, on the role of CCS in the EU’s strategic long-term vision, but will draw upon experiences from other countries with relevant CCS activities.

Workshop on integrated sustainable nitrogen management

30 Sept – 2 Oct, Brussels, Belgium

The European Commission and the Task Force on Reactive Nitrogen (TFRN) under the UNECE Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution are organising a workshop on integrated sustainable nitrogen management on 30 September and 1 October 2019. The workshop is organised back to back with the TFRN annual meeting on 2 October. The workshop and meeting takes place in Brussels.

The workshop takes place in follow up to the initiative launched in 2016 to develop a guidance document on sustainable nitrogen management, taking into account pollution into air, water and soil in an integrated way.

EU Arctic Forum

3-4 October, Umeå, Sweden

The EU Arctic Forum will provide an opportunity to assess recent developments in the Arctic and to discuss the challenges ahead. 
A broad range of Arctic stakeholders representing governments, international organisations, civil society, industry, research, indigenous and local communities will feed into the discussion. 

The event will build on the achievements of the EU Arctic policy in recent years and will provide a strategic outlook for the years to come. The focus will be on international cooperation, the climate-environment-ocean nexus, sustainable investments, and connectivity in the Arctic.
The EU Arctic Forum will include several keynote addresses and five panel sessions on 3 October. Foreign Ministers from EU member states as well as the Arctic Council countries will be invited to participate. 
The Annual Arctic Indigenous Peoples’ Dialogue with interactive panel discussions will be held on 4 October.

EU Clean Air Forum

28-29 November, Bratislava, Slovakia

While air quality has improved across the European Union over the past decades, air pollution continues to cause respiratory and cardiovascular diseases. Air pollution is still the number one environmental cause of premature deaths in Europe.

In November 2017 a first EU Clean Air Forum convened in Paris. This Forum concluded with a clear message: solutions to improve air quality further are within reach, but to tackle air pollution successfully, we need to work together across economic sectors, across decision-making levels, across policy areas and together with citizens.

The European Commission continues to be committed to this and is organising, in close collaboration with the Ministry of Environment of the Slovak Republic, a second EU Clean Air Forum on 28 and 29 November 2019.

This Forum will focus on three themes: air quality and energy; air quality and agriculture; and clean air funding mechanisms. It will bring together decision-makers, stakeholders and experts on the above topics in a two-day conference to reflect on the development and implementation of effective European, national and local air policies, projects and programmes.