Press Release: Rabobank and EIB expand support for environment-conscious entrepreneurs

Following three earlier successful operations, the Rabobank and the European Investment Bank (EIB) are launching an expanded EUR 250 million “impact loan” for SMEs in the Netherlands. So far, nearly 300 environmentally-conscious businesses in the Netherlands have already benefitted from advantageous lending conditions of the EIB-backed impact loans with the Rabobank.

Press Release: EBRD finances green investments at Poland’s Grupa Azoty

Continuing its support for green investments and in a foray into new technology, the EBRD is extending a PLN 500 million (€116 million equivalent) long-term senior loan to Poland’s Grupa Azoty, a leading producer of chemicals on the Polish and European market, to help green their operations.

Draft Report: EP ITRE and TRAN Committees on establishing the Connecting Europe Facility

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Event: Industrial Technologies 2018 – innovative industries for smart growth (INDTECH 2018) (Vienna, Austria, 29 – 31 October 2018)

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Draft Opinion: EP TRAN on the proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council on establishing the specific programme implementing Horizon Europe – the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP ENVI Committee Meeting – Presentation of the Council Presidency’s programme (10 July 2018)

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Event: High-Level Political Forum 2018 (New York, 9-18 July 2018)

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Event: Impacts of the circular economy transition in Europe (Brussels, 05 September 2018)

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Agenda: Working Party on the Environment (2, 3 & 6 July 2018)

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Product reuse and longer lifespans hold untapped potential to cut waste in Europe

Reuse of products can reduce material demand and prevent waste, which are important aspects of EU waste policy and essential for achieving a circular economy. However, current approaches to promote reuse in Member States are diverse and rely mostly on voluntary arrangements, according to a European Environment Agency report, published today. While reuse is an established market model for some products, such as cars, similar practices are still in their infancy for most other product groups.

OPP Meeting Summary: Environment Council AOB – Current Legislative Proposals (25 June 2018)

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Event: INSPIRE Conference 2018 (Antwerp, 18-21 September 2018)

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Event: ETUC/ETUI conference: The World(s) of Work in Transition (Brussels, 27 June 2018)

Climate change and the energy transition are making many occupations obsolete, while at the same time creating new ‘green’ jobs in emerging sectors and industries. So far, these transitions have been studied and reflected on independently from one another. As a result, conclusions about what the future holds, and the ensuing policy recommendations, vary according to the particular transition in question. This is one of the questions the 3rd ETUC/ETUI conference on the future of work will deal with.

OPP Meeting Summary: EP ENVI Committee – Exchange of views with Mr Erik Solheim, Executive Director UN Environment (21 June 2018)

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP INTA Committee on Harnessing globalisation: trade aspects (21 June 2018)

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OPP Meeting Summary: Agriculture and Fisheries Council – post 2020 reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (18 June 2018)

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Press Release: Clean energy from building façades

A loan supported by the InnovFin-EU finance for innovators initiative under the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme and extended by the European Investment Bank (EIB) is enabling German firm Heliatek to boost production of an organic solar energy-generating film that can be used on office blocks.

Press Release: Environmental change: knowledge is key to mitigating impacts on people and nature

Environmental policy making is not an easy task. On the one hand, Europeans want to enjoy the benefits a well-functioning economy provides. On the other, there are significant environmental and health costs attached to our lifestyle choices. A systemic understanding of how nature, economy and human health are connected is essential for identifying the best policy options available. The European Environment Agency aims to support policy making by providing exactly this kind of knowledge.

OPP Meeting Summary: EP AGRI Committee – Presentation of the legislative proposals for the CAP 2021-2027 (11 June 2018)

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Draft Council conclusions on the EU and its Member States’ medium-term priorities for the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO)

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