Emissions of key air pollutants from large combustion plants have significantly decreased in the European Union (EU) over past years. According to a European Environment Agency (EEA) assessment published today, the EU Large Combustion Plant Directive regulating this sector was the main reason behind these major emission cuts from 2004 to 2015. Understanding the reasons for past policy successes is essential to inform how new policies can be designed to ensure that Europe meets its health, environment and climate targets.
In assessing whether limit values have been complied with, the pollution level at each sampling point must be taken into account individually.
Information days on the Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2018-2020, Challenge “Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency & Raw Materials” – 2020 calls – will take place on 16 and 17 September 2019 in Brussels.
The average CO2 emissions of new light-duty vehicles registered in the EU and Iceland in 2018 stayed well below the applicable targets, according to provisional data published by the European Environment Agency. However, average CO2 emissions of both new passenger cars and new vans were higher in 2018 than in 2017. Manufacturers will have to significantly reduce emissions of their fleet to meet the upcoming 2020 and 2021 targets.
The Finnish city of Lahti is the winner of the European Commission’s European Green Capital Award for 2021. The title of European Green Leaf 2020 for smaller cities goes to the Irish city of Limerick and Belgian city of Mechelen.
Yesterday at the EU Sustainable Energy Week, Director Kopač underlined the serious situation in the coal sector of the Energy Community Contracting Parties where direct subsidies amounted to EUR 1,2 billion in 2015-2017.
Under Directive (EU) 2016/2284, the Commission and the European Environment Agency shall review the national emission inventory data reported by Member States.This contract will cover four annual reviews covering the years 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. It will consist of a 4-year contract divided into 4 phases each covering the review of specified data for the calendar years identified. The start of a subsequent phase shall depend on the satisfactory completion of the prior phase. Accordingly, the tenderer will have to submit the financial value of each phase for information, in addition to the overall financial offer. Interim payments will be made upon completion of a phase.
This briefing explores the aviation sector’s status as one of the most undertaxed in Europe and examines the supposed legal obstacles to ending this anomaly. It outlines a number of recommendations for EU governments and the EU to remedy this situation.
The European Environment Agency (EEA) is marking its 25th anniversary today with a special meeting involving senior officials and experts from the EEA’s 39 member and cooperating countries, the European Commission, and the European Parliament. The participants will contribute to a new, 10-year strategy to steer the future work of the Agency and its network in providing sound, independent and reliable environmental information amid growing demand across Europe for more action on the environment.
The European Commission has found German plans to support the retrofitting of municipal and commercial diesel vehicles to be in line with EU State aid rules. The measure should contribute to reducing nitrogen oxides emissions by 1,450 tonnes per year, while limiting distortions of competition.