8th Environmental Action Programme: The EU's To-Do-List for immediate action

Posted on 05 April 2022

In December 2021, the European Commission, European Parliament and Council of the EU agreed the 8th EAP following trilogue negotiations, and the law was formally adopted by the Parliament and Council in March 2022. 

The 8th Environment Action Programme contains a number of important commitments, actions and enabling conditions that the European Commission or the EU’s Member States will need to implement. 

This paper highlights the actions WWF considers to be key, and to offer ways forward for the EU on these issues, including:
1. Advance towards a Wellbeing Economy by producing a ‘beyond GDP’ report and dashboard 
2. Set a binding deadline for phasing out fossil fuel subsidies
3. Deliver the methodology to identify and assess other environmentally harmful subsidies 
4. Integrate the 8th EAP’s commitments on better regulation, notably on the cost of inaction
5. Ensure sustainable use of soil and transform the EU’s food system to protect and restore biodiversity 
6. Develop an initiative to decrease the EU’s material consumption footprints 
7. Advance towards the recognition of a right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment internationally
The actions committed under the 8th EAP to must be taken forward in a timely fashion, to ensure progress on the priority objectives as quickly as possible, and to ensure that the EU has significant progress to report on in the mid-term review due for 2024. 
Road through forest, Germany
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