Report: EEA policy evaluation: EU law on combustion plants very effective in greening the energy sector

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.

Press Release: National courts have jurisdiction to review the choice of location of air quality measuring stations and to take all necessary measures against the national authority concerned

In assessing whether limit values have been complied with, the pollution level at each sampling point must be taken into account individually.

8th Round of Mutual Evaluations – ‘The practical implementation and operation of European policies on preventing and combating Environmental Crime’

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Official Journal (L Series): Regulation 2019/1010 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 5 June 2019 on the alignment of reporting obligations in the field of legislation related to the environment

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Call for Tenders: Assistance to the Commission on Technical, Socio-Economic, Environmental and Cost-Benefit Assessments related to the Implementation and further Development of EU Waste Legislation

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UPDATED – Agenda: Law Enforcement Working Party / COPEN (14 June 2019)

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Call for Tenders: Review of National Air Pollutant Emission Inventory Data 2020-2023 under Directive 2016/2284 (National Emission Ceilings Directive)

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.

Agenda: Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention) (Geneva, 25 June 2019)

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Agenda: Working Party on International Environment Issues (Global environmental aspects of sustainable development) (19 June 2019)

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Agenda: Joint Research/Atomic Questions Working Party meeting (13 June 2019)

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Environmental Implementation Review (EIR)

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UPDATED – Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the alignment of reporting obligations in the field of legislation related to the environment

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Agenda: Working Party on International Environment Issues (UNECE Aarhus) (14 June 2019)

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Written Answer to Question: Uranium mining operations (Salamanca, Spain) with no cross-border environmental impact assessment

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Call for Proposals: The search is on to find the next European Green Capital 2022 & European Green Leaf 2021!

The European Green Capital Award (EGCA), now in its 13th year, is awarded annually to a European city with over 100,000 inhabitants that has shown itself to be a leader in environmental, social and economic sustainability. The winner of the 2022 Award will receive €350,000[1] to kick-start its year as a European Green Capital.

The European Green Leaf Award (EGLA) is open to towns and cities with between 20,000 and up to 100,000 inhabitants, to recognise and promote their efforts towards better environmental management and outcomes. The winner of the 2021 Award will receive €75,000[2] to support its activities throughout its European Green Leaf year.

Press Release: Swiss environmental impact exceeds its share of planetary boundaries

In order to manage its environmental footprint, Switzerland should act on a number of key issues identified by the ‘planetary boundaries’ framework, says a Swiss study, with priority given to the areas of climate change, ocean acidification, biodiversity loss and nitrogen loss. This quantitative framework identifies nine bio-physical limits of the Earth system that, if exceeded, may lead to societal and ecological changes unfavourable to human development and stability. These are upper thresholds rather than targets. The researchers suggest that the concept and their methodology could be used together to think differently about environmental issues, and change the way related assessments and policies are implemented at both global and national levels.

Press Release: Maximum benefit from agri-environmental measures could be gained by targeting areas with specific environmental pressures, Germany

Agri-environmental measures (AEM) are designed to encourage farmers to protect and enhance the environment on their farmland by paying them for the provision of environmental services. This study suggests that AEM would be more effective if payments were targeted to areas under the greatest environmental pressures, such as intensive agricultural regions — to gain maximum environmental benefits.

Data: Reported data on large combustion plants covered by the Industrial Emissions Directive (2010/75/EU)

The European Union established an inventory of emissions from large combustion plants in 2004. The inventory was governed by the Directive on the limitation of emissions of certain pollutants into the air from large combustion plants (LCP Directive, 2001/80/EC) until 2015 year. As from 2016 reporting year, the reporting takes place according to the Industrial Emissions Directive (2010/75/EU, Article 72). Large Combustion Plants are those with a rated thermal input equal to or greater than 50 MW, irrespective of the type of fuel used. Power plants, steel works or district heating plants are examples of these type of plants.

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