On 13 October, the Environment Council agreed its negotiating position (general approach) on a regulation establishing new accounting rules and binding commitments for member states to ensure that the use of lands and forests across the EU becomes more sustainable and climate-friendly over the period 2021-2030. This will ensure that greenhouse gas emissions are reduced and the climate better protected.
On 13 October, the latest Copernicus Earth observation satellite was launched into space. Sentinel 5 Precursor – also known as Sentinel-5P – is the first Copernicus mission entirely dedicated to monitoring our atmosphere. It will contribute to aviation safety through volcanic ash monitoring, warn of high levels of UV radiation, and provide data about climate change and ozone holes.
The Council adopted conclusions on the European Union priorities for the third meeting of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-3) (Nairobi, 4-6 December 2017).
On 13 October, the Environment Council agreed its position on the effort sharing regulation setting out binding annual emissions targets for each member state for the period 2021-2030.
The agenda includes items related to energy & climate, environment, digital, trade, transport and general policy.
In wake of extreme weather events such as heatwaves, storm surges and floods, reducing risks and better adaptation will be crucial. How can Europe best meet this challenge?
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The European Commission has agreed to allow another five member states to increase advance payments to farmers affected by difficult climatic conditions in the first part of 2017. Full article…
After a request from Rapporteur Bas Eickhout the Committee voted to postpone the vote. A new date still has to be decided. They will endeavour to find a slot before the vote in the ENVI Committee (23rd October).
Most people living in European cities are exposed to poor air quality. Latest estimates by the European Environment Agency (EEA), released today, show that fine particulate matter continues to cause the premature death of more than 400 000 Europeans annually. Road transport, agriculture, power plants, industry and households are the biggest emitters of air pollutants in Europe. Full article…