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The European Union's environmental policy has already achieved some beneficial results, but much more development is still needed in this field. Despite a series of common energy programmes, renewable energy sources are developing slowly because of higher costs, operating constraints and difficulties in getting beyond the trial stage. Other solutions include bio-combustibles, solar energy, forestry waste and wind-farms. Tackling climate change in an effective manner will require a high level of international co-operation. The EU is committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions. Member States and the EU face the challenge of convincing car users to leave their cars at home and choose other options. Public transport providers and local planners must provide attractive and environmentally friendly alternatives. The fight against water pollution was one of the very first policies to be taken in hand by Europe. Air pollution and water contamination can all be tackled at source, while appropriate technical measures can address the various problems they create. The European goal is to reduce domestic consumption of energy, water and transport by encouraging households to adopt habits that are more in line with the principle of sustainable development. Adopting international rules to limit waste shipments is vital if we want to prevent the most hazardous waste products from being systematically shipped to the regions with the most lax environmental regimes. Although recycling has undoubtedly been a success, the progress it has achieved has largely been cancelled out by the rapid growth in the volume of hazardous waste.

 Environment 2000 Sunset on the European coast. The earth is a fragile...
Ref: P-006395 /00-1
Date: 27/03/2000

 Environment 2000 Wind turbines in Douglas, Central Scotland - harnessing wind...
Ref: P-006395 /00-2
Date: 27/03/2000

 Environment 2000 Lorraine, France. In what condition will this pure, clear...
Ref: P-006395 /00-3
Date: 27/03/2000

 Environment 2000 Factories in Great Britain.
Ref: P-006395 /00-4
Date: 27/03/2000

 Environment 2000 City entrance, Northern Europe. The use of private cars in...
Ref: P-006395 /00-5
Date: 27/03/2000

 Environment 2000 Drought has always been one of the biggest problems in...
Ref: P-006395 /00-6
Date: 27/03/2000

 Environment 2000 Leaded petrol is condemned to disappear.
Ref: P-006395 /00-8
Date: 27/03/2000

 Environment 2000 Antarctic : no region on our planet is exempt from waste.
Ref: P-006395 /00-9
Date: 27/03/2000




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Sun 17/12
European Commission - Upcoming events The news: On Monday 18 December, MolenGeek coding school organises a press point to present their plan to scale up in Europe, with a first project in Italy: "The Padua Tech Station by MolenGeek".
Fri 15/12
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European Commission - Fact Sheet Brussels, 15 December 2017 Tobacco track and trace system: Questions and Answers Why do tobacco products on the EU market need to be tracked and traced? Tobacco use is extremely harmful to health. Smoking is the biggest cause of preventable death in the EU.
Fri 15/12
European Commission - Daily News Daily News 15 / 12 / 2017 Brussels, 15 December 2017 Investment Plan now set to trigger €256.1 billion in investment after new projects approved Following this week's meeting of the European Investment Bank (EIB) Board of Directors, the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) is...
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Fri 15/12
European Commission - Speech - [Check Against Delivery] Speech Tokyo, 15 December 2017 Speech delivered at the Keidanren Seminar EU-Japan - Privacy and Data Ladies and gentlemen, Let me first thank the Keidanren for organising this seminar.
Fri 15/12
European Commission - EUROSTAT October 2017 - October 2017 - Brussels, 15 December 2017 The first estimate for euro area (EA19) exports of goods to the rest of the world in October 2017 was €187.9 billion, an increase of 8.8% compared with October 2016 (€172.6 bn).
Fri 15/12
European Commission - Statement Tokyo, 15 December 2017 Joint statement by Věra Jourová, Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality of the European Commission and Haruhi Kumazawa, Commissioner of the Personal Information Protection Commission of Japan Commissioner Haruhi Kumazawa and Commissioner Věra Jourová held a constructive meeting in Tokyo on...
Fri 15/12
European Commission - Statement Brussels, 15 December 2017 Today the EU has taken a big step forward in combatting the illicit trade in tobacco products. The new EU-wide track and trace system adopted today will ensure that tobacco products in the EU are easily traceable with a unique identifier for...

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