This year’s theme for UN World Environment Day is improving air quality. With so many avenues to explore, photocatalytic materials are seen as one way to reduce air pollution. Several LIFE projects are using real-time measurements to demonstrate their effectiveness.
A decade after its launch, the European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (E-PRTR) continues to prove its value. The online register is a widely recognised tool, used to assess pollution trends and evaluate the effectiveness of EU legislation in various areas, according to a European Environment Agency (EEA) assessment published today.
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.
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.
Transitioning to the future of EU industry will examine the many changes taking place in the EU and the world today – for instance, in environment and trade policy – and how these changes will affect not just the European steel industry, but also sectors related to it. It will look at how policy makers and business leaders intend to continue the transition to a cleaner, more circular EU economy in the coming years.
In this issue: European Maritime Day sets focus on the blue economy; Common Information Sharing Environment enters transitional phase to be coordinated by EMSA; EMSA participates in Paris MoU annual committee meeting; European Community Shipowners’ Associations gather at EMSA; IMO Member States Audit Scheme in Iceland; Croatian President pays visit to EMSA; Awareness-raising for the upcoming 0.50% cap on sulphur in marine fuel; EMSA enhances pollution response capability in the Black Sea; EMSA participates in Adriatic Spill Conference 2019; EU civil projection exercise ‘Cascade 19’ held in Portugal.
Update: the voting results have been made available.
Today, the EU has toughened the rules applicable to persistent organic pollutants, the UN-agreed list of dangerous substances. The regulation adopted by the Council today ensures that people and the environment are better protected against these chemicals.
By applying smarter water-management methods, EU-funded research has helped to ensure that high-quality drinking water continues to flow from our taps, water loss is minimised, and energy use is optimised.