Targeted action is needed to better protect the poor, the elderly and children from environmental hazards like air and noise pollution and extreme temperatures, especially in Europe’s eastern and southern regions. A European Environment Agency (EEA) report published today warns that the health of Europe’s most vulnerable citizens remains disproportionately affected by these hazards, despite overall improvements in Europe’s environmental quality.
Despite successes in addressing some of the most hazardous chemicals, more attention is needed to address the danger posed by the ‘cocktail effect’ of lower concentrations of chemicals in European lakes, rivers and other surface water bodies, according to a European Environment Agency (EEA) report released today.
Indirect CO2, sector CRF 1A5 (mostly including emissions from military use) and sector 6 ‘other’ are not included in the graph and represented a combined 0.2 % of total GHG emissions in 2015. The red bars denote items not included in national GHG totals and therefore excluded from Kyoto targets. The sectoral aggregations in the top chart are: Energy supply: CRF 1A1 (energy industries) + 1B(fugitives); industry: CRF 1A2 (manufacturing industries and construction) + CRF 2 (industrial processes); transport: CRF 3; residential and commercial: CRF 1A4a (commercial) + CRF 1A4b (residential); agriculture: CRF 1A4c (agriculture, forestry and fishing) + CRF 3 (agriculture); waste: CRF 5 (waste); LULUCF: CRF 4 (LULUCF); international aviation, international shipping and CO2 biomass are Memorandum items not included in national totals.
Updated data reported by industry shows the European Union’s goal to phase-down the use of fluorinated greenhouse-gases (F-gases) remained on track in 2017, according to the latest annual update published by the European Environment Agency (EEA).
The share of renewable energy sources in the European Union’s (EU) energy use has doubled since 2005 but this growth has been slowing down in recent years, especially due to increasing energy consumption and lack of progress in the transport sector. The European Environment Agency’s (EEA) new report shows that EU Member States need to step up their efforts to reach the 2020 target on renewable energy.
European Union (EU) Member States have an opportunity to set ambitious limits for pollutant emissions from power plants. According to a new European Environment Agency (EEA) analysis, published today, setting strict but realistic emission limits for the power sector could cut emissions of key pollutants by 79-91 % by 2030. These limits are in line with EU law that establishes a flexible range of requirements, from minimum to more ambitious targets.
How many policies and measures (PaMs) did the European Member States implement or plan to implement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions? What type of policies, affecting which sectors have been primarily reported? Were the European Union policies driving the development of national policies? The European Environment Agency’s viewer explores PaMs reported by Member States under the EU Monitoring Mechanism Regulation. Member States report main characteristics of the PaMs, such as a description, objective, type, status, sectors, related EU policies etc. Where available, Member States report quantitative information on the GHG emission savings of the PaMs, both ex ante (future looking) and ex post (retrospectively), as well as the projected and realised costs and benefits. Reported information is checked by the European Environment Agency and its European Topic Centre on Climate Mitigation and Energy. Three sheets: ‘Overview’,’Reported expected effects’ and ‘Reported achieved effects’ allow users to understand more about the national climate change mitigation PaMs.
Progress on increasing the use of renewable energy and improving energy efficiency is slowing across the European Union, putting at risk the EU’s ability to achieve its energy and emissions reduction targets. Rising energy consumption, particularly in the transport sector, is to blame for the slowdown, according to preliminary data released today in the European Environment Agency’s (EEA) annual analysis on the EU’s progress towards its targets on renewables and energy efficiency.
“Battery electric cars emit less greenhouse gases and air pollutants over their entire life cycle than petrol and diesel cars, according to a European Environment Agency (EEA) report, published today. Promoting renewable energy and circular economy — including the shared use of vehicles and product design that supports reuse and recycling — will help maximise the benefits of shifting to electric vehicles.”