Waste management affects everybody. Recent estimates by the World Bank point to an increase of annual waste generation from 2.01 billion tonnes in 2016 to 3.40 billion tonnes in 2050. Whilst in Europe waste management and recycling have been improving, one thing is clear: status quo is not an option and more needs to be done. Today the Commission has published the latest review of how European waste management and recycling rules are applied across Europe.
European countries are making progress on tackling soil contamination. A new report from the JRC finds that over 5,000 new sites are under remediation or risk-reduction measures since 2011.
The European Commission’s action plan, aimed at improving the poor and uneven implementation of EU environmental law and governance across the EU, shows a serious lack of ambition and resources as it proposes measures that are too weak to adequately and uniformly sanction non-compliance by Member States, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has said in a recent opinion.
Agenda items include Energy, Climate & Environment policy.
A new tool aids efforts to meet the EU’s biodiversity targets. The recently launched information platform allows scientists to share data about freshwater, coastal and marine ecosystems.
The EIB launches Sustainability Awareness Bonds to finance UN sustainable development goals.
The agenda includes the Roadmap for the work during the Austrian Presidency and the Preparations for the Eighth Meeting of the Parties (MOP 8) of the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes.