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Press Release: How to measure the condition of Europe’s ecosystems?

Healthy forests, soils, seas and other ecosystems form Europe’s ‘natural capital’, which is vital for our well-being and the economy. The European Environment Agency’s (EEA) new analysis, published today, looks at how to measure the condition of Europe’s natural capital and provides a first overview of the state and trends of Europe’s ecosystems. The report also highlights the need for better data on the condition of ecosystems in Europe.

Press Release: Contamination of European seas continues despite some positive progress

There is a shared vision to achieve clean, non toxic seas but their contamination with synthetic substances as well as heavy metals continues to be a large-scale problem in Europe. According to a new European Environment Agency (EEA) report, published today, between 75 and 96 % of the assessed area of Europe’s regional seas have a contamination problem.

European Union Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) data from EUTL

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EEA Data and Maps: The European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (E-PRTR), Member States reporting under Article 7 of Regulation (EC) No 166/2006

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National Emission Ceiling Directive (NECD) – National air pollution control programmes

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Report: Monitoring CO2 emissions from new passenger cars and new vans in 2017

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Press release: Better planning and methods needed to restore nature

Maintaining natural capital is vital for the function of our societies and people’s well-being. A new briefing from the European Environment Agency (EEA), published today, analyses how to plan for green infrastructure and ecosystem restoration, which in turn can enhance biodiversity, support green economy and create job opportunities.

Press Release: Industrial emissions to water decreased in Europe but current levels are still a challenge for European waters

Direct emissions released to water bodies from Europe’s large industrial sites have decreased in recent years for many pollutants. However, industrial pollution transferred through the sewer systems to urban waste water treatment plants (UWWTPs) has slightly increased, putting pressure on the waste water treatment infrastructure. While EU legislation tracks emissions from large industries, the extent of emissions from many small facilities remain largely unknown at European level. These are the key findings of a new European Environment Agency (EEA) analysis on data reported to the European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (E-PRTR) and under EU legislation on water.

Press Release: Challenges for achieving clean air — lessons from ten cities across Europe

Implementing EU air quality legislation to protect human health and the environment from pollution can be demanding for countries and cities. The European Environment Agency (EEA) has worked together with a number of European cities to better understand policy implementation challenges. The EEA’s new report, published today, summarises key findings on the cities’ progress over the past five years and highlights on-going challenges for improving air quality at the local level.

Press Release: Healthy environment is a must for sustainable economy and equitable society

Our planet is facing unprecedented challenges to its environment and climate, which together threaten our well-being. Extreme events, such as once in a 100-year storms, heat waves, flooding and droughts, have become our new reality. Yet, it is not too late to take decisive action.

Chemical risk estimates for European water bodies

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Metal pollution in the Weser catchment from mining areas in the Harz Mountains

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Press Release: Mapping Europe’s ecosystems key to ensuring their future health and resilience

Mapping Europe’s vast land and marine ecosystems is crucial to assessing the health of the continent’s biodiversity and ensuring its future survival. That is why the European Environment Agency (EEA) is currently working on enhancing the data and knowledge of Europe’s ecosystems which will support the European Union’s work on the final evaluation of the EU biodiversity strategy in 2020.

Press Release: Photo competition to profile sustainable food, energy and mobility

How we produce and consume food and energy and how we move people and goods around have an impact on our environment, climate and health. The European Environment Agency’s new photo competition, ‘Sustainably Yours’, invites Europeans to send photos of the challenges and opportunities in making food, energy and mobility choices more sustainable.

Press Release: More action needed to protect Europe’s most vulnerable citizens from air pollution, noise and extreme temperatures

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.

Total final energy intensity, 2005-2016

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Press Release: More action needed to tackle mixtures of chemicals in Europe’s waters

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.

Data on industrial waste, hazardous waste and reported transfers

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GHG emissions by aggregated sector

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.

Press Release: EU goal on phase-down of F-gases remains on track

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).

Press Release: EU Member States need more ambition to reach joint target on renewable energy

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.

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