The European Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS), a voluntary environmental management instrument, is celebrating its 20th anniversary. What’s the key to its longevity?
The European Commission has just closed a decade-long case against Ireland for multiple and systemic infringement of the EU Waste Framework Directive.
Ten years ago, the European Court of Justice found Ireland guilty of systemic failures in complying with the Waste Framework Directive. Pat Fenton, environment attaché at the Irish Permanent Representation to the EU in Brussels, looks back at a case he worked on from the start.
Eco-innovation has a key role in delivering the European Commission’s upcoming circular economy strategy. Meetings like the Eco-innovation Forum can help pioneer resource-efficient growth through international collaboration.
Industry and Technology
By joining CITES, a global agreement designed to halt the illegal trafficking of wild plants and animals, the EU is doing its bit to protect more than 35 000 endangered and iconic species.
Nature and Biodiversity
The European Commission has unveiled its proposal to revise the EU emissions trading system (ETS), to take effect from 2021. This will speed up the pace of emission reductions and help the EU meet its pledge to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40 % by 2030.
On 25-27 September, the international community came together in New York to put their final seal of approval to a historic new global framework for sustainable development.
Spain and Portugal share the honours in the 2015 European Green Leaf competition.
Urban, Noise and Health
Green Week 2015 opened with a lively debate about the urgency and the challenges of protecting nature in Europe.
Biodiversity and ecosystems are not typical targets for investors and bankers. The Natural Capital Financing Facility wants to change this by putting finance in the service of nature, as a resource worthy of long-term investment rather than an asset to be stripped.
Funding and LIFE
Domesticated bees are a familiar sight, and the threats facing honey bees are often in the news. But wild bees too are increasingly at risk. A new study of the status of all 1965 bee species in Europe hints that falling populations may be more widespread than we imagine.
Nature and Biodiversity
Launched in 2005, the EU Emissions Trading System – the cornerstone of the EU’s strategy to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases – turns 10 this year. During 2015, the Commission will also put forward a proposal for a revision of the system to be applied in the next trading phase, which starts in 2021.
The European environment has just had a five-year health check. A new report shows that over the last 10 years, EU environment policy has delivered cleaner air and water, less landfill and more recycling of resources. But it also stresses that greater effort is needed if Europe is to reach the goal of ‘living well, within the limits of our planet’ by 2050.
Economics, Strategy and Information