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Ref: I-148756
Date: 16/01/2018

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Date: 16/01/2018

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Date: 15/01/2018

Ref: I-148978
Date: 22/12/2017

Ref: I-148979
Date: 22/12/2017
A second life for our ICT equipment
For more than a decade now the European Commission has being taking steps to tackle a number of environmental issues throughout the whole life-cycle of ICT. To keep step with constantly evolving ICT technology and enable staff to use efficient, state-of-the-art IT equipment, the Commission has enforced the policy of replacing PCs and other IT devices every 4 to 5 years on average, which results in significant environmental impacts. For this reason, a lot of effort is put into minimising the amount of e-waste generated by this practice. Oxfam-Solidarité (which is EMAS registered) has been given the task of collecting, updating and/or repairing the ICT devices in order to give them a second life through discounted resale or charitable donation. The collaboration has had outstanding results: while an average 15,784 ICT items were collected every year by Oxfam over the period 2010-2012, it increased up to 26,058 per year between 2013 and 2016 (+65%). Even more important, quantity has not been detrimental to quality. Since 2011 the target of having 70% of the collected items reused has been exceeded by a wide margin: every year, an impressive 87% to 91% of the collected items were reused. What cannot be reused gets dismantled. Some of the components are used for refurbishing and the remaining parts are transferred to operators – such as "La Poudrière" and "Out of Use"- which are approved by Récupel, the non-profit organisation in charge of WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) recycling in Belgium. The large-scale reuse of e-waste that gives a second life to more than 20,000 ICT items a year saves emissions of more than 2,500 tonnes of greenhouse gases (Oxfam's 2015 Activity Report) but it also has social and humanitarian dimensions.

Ref: I-144418
Date: 06/10/2017
Conference Our Ocean, Valletta: closing speech by Frans Timmermans, First Vice-President of the EC
On 6 October 2017, Frans Timmermans, First Vice-President of the EC in charge of Better Regulation, Inter-Institutional Relations, the Rule of Law and the Charter of Fundamental Rights, was in Malta in the framework of the 4th Our Ocean conference. He delivered a closing speech. He started his speech by thanking Joseph Muscat, Maltese Prime Minister, for the impressive conference, and John Kerry, Visiting Distinguished Statesman at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and former US Secretary of State, for his leadership in the history of this conference. Then he explained his admiration for the marine biologist, Sylvia Earle, and how she raised his awareness concerning the emergency to protect oceans. He then said that the wakeup call to the cries of our oceans is now achieved and the next challenges are to take real actions and this is why politicians, business leaders, NGOs and academics are working together in order to achieve commitments. He mentioned the research and innovation as a key issue to protect the coastal communities from the threats of storms, tsunamis and rising sea levels. He then gave details on the European investments for example in the Plastics Strategy, which aimed to to tackle the broader issue of plastics pollution. He concluded by saying that education and awareness in the border public are crucial. Our Ocean conference is the yearly appointment for leaders, public administrators and businesspeople from all over the globe to interact and find workable solutions for the planet's seas and oceans. Our Ocean 2017 addressed the themes of marine protected areas, sustainable fisheries, marine pollution, and climate change.

Ref: I-144405
Date: 05/10/2017

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Date: 05/10/2017

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Date: 13/07/2017

Ref: I-140313
Date: 19/06/2017
Environment Council, 3550th meeting: extracts from the common press conference, with the participation of Miguel Arias Cañete, and Karmenu Vella, Members of the EC
On 19 June 2017, the 3550th meeting of the Environment Council took place in Luxembourg. The Council discussed in public session the latest developments in the field of international climate change. The Ministers for the Environment expressed their views on the unilateral decision of the United States administration to withdraw from the Paris Agreement and welcomed unanimously the conclusions adopted on this matter at the Foreign Affairs Council the same day. The EU was committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40% by 2030 compared to 1990 levels. The Council also held a debate on the two legislative proposals to cut emissions in sectors not covered by the emissions trading scheme: the effort-sharing regulation and the regulation on land-use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF). The Council adopted conclusions on the EU action plan for nature, people and the economy. The plan would improve the implementation of the nature directives so that they deliver their full potential. This video shows extracts from the joint press conference given by Miguel Arias Cañete, Member of the EC in charge of Climate Action and Energy, Karmenu Vella, Member of the EC in charge of Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, and José A. Herrera, Maltese Minister for the Environment, Sustainable Development and Climate Change.

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