Magazine Environment for Europeans
Come on in – the water’s fine!12/07/2016
For four decades, the European Union has been helping to ensure that people everywhere in Europe can be confident of swimming in clean, safe waters.
Investing in coastal and fisheries communities03/06/2016
With over 40 % of the EU population living in coastal regions, and many new and traditional sectors dependent on our seas and coastal environment, local communities in these areas have a key role to play in building a more sustainable future.
Investing in our countryside03/06/2016
Nature is the bedrock of a green economy and any sustainable future. It makes our air cleaner, reduces the danger of floods, restores our ecosystems, and helps fight climate change.
A green economy offers new job opportunities. Ensuring that current and future workers have the right skills is essential for the successful transition to a circular economy, and requires significant investment.
As the EU steps up efforts to encourage the circular economy, cities across Europe need look no further than Ljubljana for inspiration on how to reduce waste and use resources in a smarter way.
How can EU funding help hotels in Spain or small companies in the Czech Republic save on energy bills and cut greenhouse gas emissions? One answer is Private Finance for Energy Efficiency, a new initiative that supports energy efficiency improvements by businesses, individuals and public bodies across Europe.
Today's investments in the 'circular economy' will pay off in the years to come, as innovative eco-design, repair, recycling and reuse technologies generate new jobs and business opportunities.
Investing in nature protection – for example to fight water pollution or to implement sustainable farming practices – is often seen as too long term or risky for private companies acting alone. The EU’s new Natural Capital Financing Facility aims to change this.
Since coming into force, the European Union’s Timber Regulation has helped to combat the illegal timber trade and ensure that wood comes from legal sources around the world.
After making his name as an international film star in the 1960s, Frenchman Jacques Perrin has dedicated much of his professional life over almost three decades to producing a series of remarkable wildlife documentaries.
Wildlife trafficking has become one of the most profitable activities for global organised crime networks. It decimates biodiversity, fuels corruption and threatens economic development in some of the world’s poorest regions. The EU has published a five-year Action Plan to address the problem.
A mid-term review of the EU's Biodiversity Strategy released in October underlines the need for increased efforts to halt biodiversity loss by 2020.
The European Commission has announced the 96 environment projects and 26 climate action projects that will receive €197.35 million co-financing from the LIFE programme, the EU’s main funding instrument for the environment and climate action.