The Bartlett School of Planning


Professor Catalina Turcu to advise on EU’s environmental and sustainability policy priorities

1 September 2023

Professor Catalina Turcu has been invited to take part in a high-level foresight workshop organised by the European Environment Agency (EEA) in Brussels on 12th Oct 24: Strategic outlook into EU’s 2024-2029 policy priorities: exploring alternative scenarios for the environment

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The aim of the workshop is to explore alternative future scenarios and pathways for EU's environmental and sustainability-centred policies in the 2024-2029 policy cycle. The scenarios prepared for exploration during the workshop represent alternative future configurations of the present political priorities and dimensions such as competitiveness, security, climate and environment, and fairness. The scenarios view EU’s policies in the area of environment and sustainability through these political lenses. The workshop aims to explore coherence and trade-offs between these alternative configurations while at the same time placing them in the context of the EEA’s knowledge about trends and developments in the environment and key areas of EU’s sustainability transitions. 

The  workshop will contribute to a dedicated European Environment Agency (EEA) report on the opportunities and challenges for achieving the EU long-term vision of ‘living well within the limits of the planet’ and on what strategic policy steps need to be taken in the next policy cycle. This report is due to be published in early 2024 in the run-up to the EEA’s flagship State and Outlook of the European Environment Report 2025. 

Professor Catalina Turcu is the Founder & Director of the UCL Sustainable Development Goal Research Accelerator and Professor of Sustainable Built Environment in the Bartlett School of Planning.