Magazine Environment for Europeans
New LIFE funding to trigger EUR 3.2 billion for a greener world24/04/2019
Channelled through the LIFE programme for the Environment and Climate Action, the European Commission is investing EUR 116.1 million in the latest integrated projects on nature, water, air, climate change mitigation and climate change a
New rules proposed to curb microplastics24/04/2019
The build-up of microplastics is causing widespread concern: they last thousands of years, removal is nearly impossible, and the effects on human health are not well understood.
European Green Capitals call for global action24/01/2019
The European Green Capital Award scheme will celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2020.
Sharm El Sheikh and Katowice – two sides of a single coin22/01/2019
This autumn has seen two dramatic wake-up calls from scientists about the future of our planet.
Major budget boost for EU’s LIFE programme18/01/2019
On 25 October, the European Commission approved a major funding package for the LIFE programme, the EU’s funding instrument for the environment and climate action.
Environment for Europeans spoke to Professor George Papatheodorou, leader of the Greek LIFE DEBAG project. Against a backdrop of legislative change, his team are using an awareness-raising campaign to help stop plastic carrier bags ending up as marine litter.
This year, the European Commission’s Green Week, the biggest annual event on environment in Europe, is all about greening our cities. From 21 to 25 May, it explores ways in which the EU is helping cities to become better places to live and work, showcasing policy developments on air quality, noise, nature and biodiversity, water and waste management. Find out more and be part of #EUGreenWeek 2018.
Certain chemicals found in products and materials make it more difficult to reuse and recycle these products – creating a challenge to ‘closing the loop’ in the circular economy. The European Commission plans to tackle this now by focusing on the interaction between chemicals, products and waste legislation.
Europe is tackling plastics waste head-on with an ambitious new strategy that proposes to make all plastic packaging recyclable or reusable by 2030. Part of the transition towards a more circular economy, the goal is to reduce pollution whilst fostering growth and innovation – “a true win-win”, according to Jyrki Katainen, European Commission Vice-President.
New LIFE Integrated Projects in eight Member States will help them apply environment and climate laws on the ground to tackle challenges such as water scarcity, climate change, circular economy and biodiversity loss. LIFE funding will mobilise additional investments totalling EUR 2 billion, enabling Member States to use other EU funds as well as national funds and private-sector investment.
The Clean Mobility Package is the latest in a series of proposals aimed at reinforcing the European Union’s global leadership in sustainable transport. According to Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete, “The global race to develop clean cars is on”.
Environment for Europeans asked Matjaž Malgaj about the latest steps to improve Europe’s drinking water supply. He heads the DG Environment Unit that is responsible for the marine environment and water industry.
Europeans remain very concerned about the environment, with climate change, air pollution and mounting waste as their biggest worries. While they are increasingly committed to individual action, a new poll reveals they expect the EU and national governments to do more.
The Kigali Amendment to the United Nations’ Montreal Protocol, which aims to cut back the global use of harmful hydrofluorocarbon gases (HFCs), comes into force in January 2019. The EU has received a 2017 Ozone Award for its leading role in negotiating this international agreement.
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 competition. Exemplary policies in climate adaptation, cycling, waste and water management, and deep citizen involvement make Nijmegen “a true ambassador for change”, says Joanna Drake, Deputy Director-General of the Commission’s DG Environment.