New LIFE programme funding will unlock more than € 3.2 billion of additional support to 12 large-scale environmental and climate projects in ten Member States to support Europe’s transition to a low-carbon, circular economy.
In 2017, emissions of three main greenhouse gases generated by economic activities of EU resident units stood at 4.4 billion tonnes of CO2 equivalents which is 14 % lower than 2008.
The EU is stimulating the market for zero- and low-emission vehicles by encouraging their use in public procurement. On 11 February, the Romanian presidency reached a provisional agreement with the European Parliament on a reform which will increase market certainty and help cut down overall transport emissions. The new rules will also strengthen the competitiveness of European industry in the expanding global markets for these new technologies. The agreement will now be submitted for confirmation by member states in the Council.
Veronica Manfredi, Director of the European Commission’s Quality of Life Directorate at the Directorate General Environment, talks about EU measures to reduce air pollution and its impact on health, an issue in the global spotlight.