Data and Maps: Heavy metal emissions

Across the EEA-33 countries, emissions of lead decreased by 93 %, mercury by 71 % and cadmium by 64 % between 1990 and 2016. The majority of the decrease in lead emissions occurred by 2004 mainly as a result of the phase out of leaded petrol across Europe. The largest emission source presently is ‘Energy use in industry’, contributing around one-third of total emissions. Since 1990 the two sectors contributing most to the decrease in mercury emissions are ‘Energy use in industry’ and ‘Industrial processes and product use’.

UPDATED – Official Journal (L Series): Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2018/1522 of 11 October 2018 laying down a common format for national air pollution control programmes under Directive (EU) 2016/2284 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the reduction of national emissions of certain atmospheric pollutants (notified under document C(2018) 6549)

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Event: Understanding Innovation Dynamics for Low-Carbon Transitions in Resource-Intensive Industries (Brussels, 29 November 2018)

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP ENVI Committee – Vote on the 2018 UN Climate Change Conference in Katowice, Poland (COP24)(10 October 2018)

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OPP Meeting Summary: ENVI Committee – Vote on persistent organic pollutants (recast) (10 October 2018)

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Press Release: The European Union and the Eastern partner countries strengthen their cooperation on environment, circular economy and climate action

Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for Environment, Fisheries and Maritime Affairs said: “Our cooperation on environment with the Eastern Partner countries is stronger than ever. We have seen numerous actions implemented as well as progress in environmental legislation. Further work on the implementation of new legislation, on mainstreaming environmental principles and the principles of a circular economy into other policy areas is still needed, and I am confident that EU assistance in this area will contribute to achieving tangible results.”

Compromise Amendments: EP ENVI Committee on persistent organic pollutants (recast)

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Agenda: 12th Meeting of the IED Art 13 Forum (27 November 2018)

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Press Release: Tracking land-based CO2 emissions under the Paris Agreement

A study published in Nature Climate Change suggests a way forward for reconciling the different methods currently used to measure land-based greenhouse gas emissions, addressing a limit also acknowledged in the IPCC special report on 1.5oC, published on 8 October 2018.

Agenda: Working Party on International Environment Issues (UNECE /PRTR) (15 October 2018)

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Study: Air Quality and urban traffic in the EU: best practices and possible solutions

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Briefing: EU policies – Delivering for citizens: Environmental protection

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Event: ARTEFACTS exhibition: How do we want to deal with the future of our one and only planet? (Berlin, 9 – 11 October)

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Press Release: Petrochemicals set to be the largest driver of world oil demand, latest IEA analysis finds

Petrochemicals – components derived from oil and gas that are used in all sorts of daily products such as plastics, fertilisers, packaging, clothing, digital devices, medical equipment, detergents and tyres – are becoming the largest drivers of global oil demand, in front of cars, planes and trucks, according to a major study by the International Energy Agency.

Agenda: Working Party on Competitiveness and Growth (12 October 2018)

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Continuously open call for applications for the selection of members of the expert group for the exchange of information pursuant to Article 13 of the Directive 2010/75/EU on industrial emissions (IED Forum)

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

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UPDATE – Merger Case: M.8444 ARCELORMITTAL / ILVA

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Agenda: Working Party on the Environment (5 October 2018)

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Statistics – Eurostat: SDG 12 – Responsible consumption and production

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Agenda: EP AGRI Committee Meeting (1 October 2018)

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Press Release – JRC: How the European pulp and paper industry can achieve a 62% reduction in annual greenhouse gas emissions by 2050

Even with increased production, by 2050 the European pulp and paper industry can reduce its energy consumption by 14% and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 62% compared to 2015 levels.

Press Release: Second European Climate Diplomacy week 24-28 September 2018

Op-Ed by Marjaana Sall, Ambassador of the European Union to the Republic of Seychelles published in the “Seychelles Nation” on 25 September 2018.

Event: ‘Low Emission, High Ambition: a Just Transition to a Net-Zero Europe’ (Brussels, 26 September 2018)

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