Magazine Environment for Europeans
Green public procurement drives the circular economy05/09/2016
By buying environmentally friendly goods and services, EU governments can develop a sustainable, low-carbon and resource-efficient circular economy.
More than we can chew01/09/2016
Each year, an estimated 88 million tonnes of food is wasted in the EU, which is around 20 % of food produced. Globally, food waste is thought to consume a quarter of all water used for farming.
Raising the Green Lantern12/08/2016
Vicky Pollard, Environment and Climate Counsellor at the EU delegation in Beijing, talks green tech, international cooperation and clamping down on polluters.
Invasive alien species are a serious and growing problem across the European Union. They are a major cause of biodiversity loss, inflicting economic and social damage that costs the European economy over EUR 12 billion per year.
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. This year's bathing water report shows that after 40 years of steady improvement, 96 % of monitored bathing sites in Europe meet minimum water quality standards, with 84 % categorised as excellent.
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.
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. Innovative financial instruments can trigger more private and public investment needed to keep our countryside healthy and productive in the long run.
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.
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. Over the last eight years, the European maritime and fisheries policy has invested in supporting such a community-led transition.
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.
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.