Magazine Environment for Europeans
Putting plasterboard waste to good use28/10/2016
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.
Global ‘covenant’ of cities tackles climate change24/10/2016
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.
Driving Europe’s transition to a low-carbon economy13/10/2016
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.
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.
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.
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.