November 2018 compared with October 2018
The SCHEER statement on emerging health and environmental issues draws the Commission Services’ attention to 14 emerging issues in the non-food area that Committee members have identified as having a potential impact on human health and/or the environment in the future. Among the risks identified is the increase of pharmaceuticals and illicit drug loads in wastewater as a result of rise in the use of drugs, aging population and fly tipping of waste from illegal drug manufacturing sites. The presence of antibiotics in surface water may represent a change in the functioning of ecosystems and a risk to human health.
To debate policies and initiatives to promote the use of innovative materials to decarbonise construction the ISOBIO Horizon 2020 project partners invite policy makers, industry, civil society groups and all interested stakeholders to an event on 29 January in Brussels.
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.
The warehouses forming part of the project financed by the EIB in Romania are situated on one of the five key national corridors identified by the General Transport Master Plan of Romania. They will be constructed on the basis of sustainability principles, such as energy efficiency and the reduction of carbon emissions, economic water consumption and sound management of construction waste.
From Rovaniemi, the gateway to Lapland, to the south-western tip of Turku, Finnish towns and cities are pushing forward with a national waste management plan. The 7-year LIFE Integrated Project, CIRCWASTE is helping put this plan into action.
The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, Italian plans to grant a €190 million State guarantee to Condotte d’Acqua S.p.A. in Amministrazione Straordinaria. The measure will allow the construction company to meet urgent liquidity needs while limiting competition distortions.
Horizon 2020 project EPC+ has pioneered the use of energy performance contracts (EPC) in the SME sector, which allows investments to be financed by a private energy service company and repaid through the energy savings.
On 27 and 28 November, 21 companies funded by the SME Instrument strand of the European Innovation Council (EIC) pilot presented their ideas and business models to Ferrovial at the Impact Hub Gobernador in Madrid, Spain.