Energy and environment
Environmental Aspects on Unconventional Fossil Fuels
- September 2015: A Eurobarometer survey on attitudes of citizens towards shale gas in selected European regions was carried out in June 2015. Results are now available.
- June 2015: The Commission did organize a Stakeholder event on 29th June in Brussels to collect qualified comments from main stakeholder groups (industry, non-governmental organizations, labour unions, scientific community) on the effectiveness of the current Commission policy approach to unconventional fossil fuels. You can watch a recording of the event. On 30th June, a technical workshop on baseline assessment and monitoring of water resources exposed to unconventional hydrocarbon exploration and extraction activities was organized in Brussels.
- March 2015: The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) clarifies how to report substances used in hydraulic fracturing. More information...
- February 2015: The Commission published Member States' replies to the questionnaire on measures they put in place in response to the Recommendation on minimum principles for the exploration and production of hydrocarbons (such as shale gas) using high-volume hydraulic fracturing. (Overview; individual country reports) They will be taken into account by the Commission as part of the review of the effectiveness of the Recommendation scheduled in 2015.