Magazine Environment for Europeans
Fitness Check shows EU nature laws are fit for purpose21/02/2017
According to a comprehensive Commission evaluation, bird populations, other protected species and natural habitats in Europe would be much worse off without protection from the Birds and Habitats Directives.
EU makes its mark at ‘game-changing’ CITES conference07/02/2017
CITES is a global agreement designed to stop the illegal trafficking of wild plants and animals. At the last meeting of the Conference of the Parties in Johannesburg, for the first time the European Union took part as full member with full voting rights.
EU leads in implementing Paris climate commitments 27/01/2017
The European Union played a key role in brokering the world's first universal, legally binding climate deal in Paris in December 2015.
In 2017, Essen takes centre stage in the promotion of environmentally friendly urban living in Europe. The European Green Capital Award honours its remarkable success in dealing with the environmental legacy of an economy once dominated by coal and steel, and its transition to a green city 'fit for life'.
Sustainable development touches all aspects of life, from growing populations, climate change, halting biodiversity loss, to migration and youth employment. A European Commission Communication outlines the long-term vision for a truly sustainable European future.
A new integrated EU policy for the Arctic has been adopted. It focuses on strengthening international cooperation, tackling climate change, enhancing environmental protection and promoting sustainable development in this region of enormous environmental and economic importance.
Governments and businesses are discovering that protecting the environment is good for business and jobs. An economy based on green policies is innovative and resource-efficient, stimulating growth and boosting employment.
Creating a real circular economy in Europe, where natural resources are saved and nothing is wasted, means going beyond the theory to confront specific problems in individual sectors and finding the techniques to resolve them. This is now happening in the plasterboard industry.
Six months after the Paris Climate Change Conference, cities and local governments worldwide have joined forces in an unprecedented initiative to lead global climate action.
In July, the Commission presented a package to speed up efforts to decarbonise all economic sectors, including land-use and forestry, plus a more comprehensive low-emission mobility strategy.
Six outstanding environmental projects from across Europe collected the EU’s prestigious Natura 2000 Awards this year.
By buying environmentally friendly goods and services, EU governments can develop a sustainable, low-carbon and resource-efficient circular economy.
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.