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News article7 October 2021Directorate-General for Environment

Zero Pollution Stakeholder Platform: call for applications is open, new website online

The European Commission and the European Committee of the Regions are inviting stakeholders to apply to become members of the Zero Pollution Stakeholder Platform to help implement the EU Action Plan: “Towards Zero Pollution for Air, Water and Soil”.

The call for applications aims to ensure broad-ranging participation in the platform, including representatives of businesses, NGOs, academia, and local and regional authorities. Stakeholders have until 3 November 2021 to apply.

The new Zero Pollution Stakeholder Platform web page will keep citizens, stakeholders and policy makers informed about the activities of the platform and related knowledge and activities. It already provides information about funding opportunities and possibilities to get involved, such as zero pollution pledges.

The Zero Pollution Action Plan, a key deliverable of the European Green Deal, sets out an integrated vision for 2050 to reduce pollution to levels that are no longer harmful to human health and natural ecosystems, as well as intermediary targets for 2030, and actions to achieve the objectives.

The Zero Pollution Stakeholder Platform will help deliver on the flagship initiatives and actions set out in the Zero Pollution Action Plan by:

  • bringing together actors from different communities and areas of expertise to tackle inter-related challenges, e.g. strengthening a joint environment and health agenda;
  • defining a common vision on how to achieve zero pollution objectives; 
  • developing and sharing good practices on cross-cutting topics such as financing  for zero pollution innovation and jobs, boosting sustainable production and  consumption, and creating thematic hubs like the Clean Air Tech Hub.

The Zero Pollution Stakeholder Platform will also establish synergies with other relevant initiatives, such as the European Climate Pact and the Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform.

Background

Pollution is the largest environmental cause of mental and physical diseases, and of premature death, especially among vulnerable groups such as children, people with certain medical conditions and older generations. People who live in more deprived areas often live close to contaminated sites or in areas with elevated traffic flows. Pollution is also one of the main reasons for the loss of biodiversity, diminishing the capacity of ecosystems to provide services such as carbon sequestration and air and water decontamination.

For more information

Zero Pollution Stakeholder Platform webpage

Call for applications

Communication on EU Action Plan: ‘Towards Zero Pollution for Air, Water and Soil’

Zero Pollution Action Plan webpage

EU Green Week 2021 dedicated to zero pollution

European Committee of the Regions' Green Deal Going Local

 

Details

Publication date
7 October 2021
Author
Directorate-General for Environment