Magazine Environment for Europeans
Helping public authorities to ensure compliance with environmental legislation19/01/2018
Common European rules on environment matter in our daily lives – whether they improve air quality, ensure safe drinking water or take care that waste is managed properly. When they are not observed, this can cause considerable economic costs and harm human health and the environment.
Nijmegen’s “passionate vision” wins Green Capital 201819/01/2018
The Netherlands’ oldest city, Nijmegen, is this year’s European Green Capital, with “a passionate, clear and persuasive vision”, according to the judges of this prestigious comp
Breaking bag habits24/11/2017
In the EU, we currently use 100 billion bags per year. This is a tremendous waste because very often they are only used once. Many end up in our oceans and seas. One recent measure in combating this resource waste and littering is the new EU Plastic Bags Directive.
Agricultural sector must reduce emissions and help fight air pollution16/11/2017
Europe’s air quality has improved, but more progress is needed to reduce ammonia emissions, 95 % of which are caused by agriculture.
Maintaining momentum for circular economy transition13/11/2017
Eighteen months after adoption of the Circular Economy Package, delivery is on track. To bring all stakeholders together, the new European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform will be a ‘network of networks’, supporting progress across sectors.
Noise is the second biggest environmental health threat in Europe, according to the World Health Organization. While current EU legislation is broadly ‘fit for purpose’, Member States are not doing enough to implement it. Noise reduction measures are cost-effective, but awareness of the problem and implementing solutions to it remain a challenge.
The European institutions have decided to establish a new Innovation Fund for the period post-2020, to be financed through the EU's emissions trading system. Ahead of a public consultation, over 250 industry experts have given their views on how this fund could support innovative low-carbon energy solutions.
In July, the European Commission stepped up its fight against ivory trafficking and elephant poaching, with new, tighter rules on the export of raw ivory from Europe. It is now inviting individuals and organisations to submit their views on what more the EU should do to tackle ivory trafficking.
Environmental taxes can contribute to a healthier planet and healthier people, and encourage more responsible environmental behaviour among citizens. They also spur jobs and growth. Civil society organisations have a role to play in ensuring environmental taxes work, according to a new study commissioned by DG Environment.
Our Ocean is a world-leading conference, an annual event that moves to Europe for the first time this year. It's an opportunity for public and private leaders to announce actions that keep the world's oceans safe, sustainable and healthy. Leaders from governments, companies, foundations and civil society organisations will be taking part. Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries talked to Environment for Europeans about Our Ocean and how he wants people to remember it.
In the fight against climate change, everyone can contribute to the joint effort to reduce our carbon footprint. This spring, the European Commission has taken the message out to people in Brussels.
As the LIFE programme celebrates its 25th anniversary, Environment for Europeans talked to Angelo Salsi, Head of Unit in the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises which manages the LIFE programme. He has worked on LIFE since he joined the European Commission in 1994.
The EU offers a framework to protect biodiversity, wildlife and nature that is unparalleled anywhere in the world. Now, following a ‘fitness check’ of its Birds and Habitats Directives, a new Action Plan aims to ensure these fully deliver on protecting nature, improving the quality of life for Europeans and bringing economic benefits.
This year, the European Commission’s EU Green Week, the biggest annual event on Europe's environmental calendar, was dedicated to green jobs. Events in Brussels and across Europe looked at the multiple benefits of green employment. As companies move to reduce their ecological footprint, how can we avoid green skills shortages? Green Week also showcased environmental breakthroughs that are creating new green jobs, and how traditional blue collar jobs can become part of a green transition.
Recent reports of choking smog in European ‘hot spots’ and several high-profile infringement cases highlighted that EU air-quality standards need to be implemented. Better cooperation and mobilising funding for targeted projects can help Member States in this endeavour. The LIFE Integrated Project coordinated by the Małopolska region of Poland shows how.