The European Union (EU) had close to 182 million hectares of forests and other wooded land in 2015, corresponding to 43 % of its land area. Wooded land covers a slightly greater proportion of the land than the area used for agriculture (some 41 %).
On 19 March 2019, The European Commission launched the first edition of the RESponsible Island Prize to reward islands for local renewable energy production.
Europe’s eyes on Earth is the vision for Copernicus, the European Union’s Earth observation programme. Building on this vision, the Horizon 2020 GROW Observatory is training CITIZENS’ eyes on Earth, by mobilising thousands of citizens to collect, share and make use of data on the Earth system.
Join us on 2nd of April at 10:00 in Brussels for the third “Big Data 4 Policy Making” session hosted by Dell EMC and EUROCITIES to learn about how four waterfront cities – Antwerp, Antalya, Thessaloniki and Cork County – are using large datasets to improve public policymaking.
The cities have teamed up with academic and technology partners in a Horizon 2020 research project that looks at integrating big data applications into how cities run political and administrative processes.
A summary of the policy debate is now available.
All 54 actions under the plan launched in 2015 have now been delivered or are being implemented. This will contribute to boost Europe’s competitiveness, modernise its economy and industry to create jobs, protect the environment and generate sustainable growth.
The European Commission today published a comprehensive report on the implementation of the Circular Economy Action Plan it adopted in December 2015. The report presents the main results of implementing the action plan and sketches out open challenges to paving the way towards a climate-neutral, competitive circular economy where pressure on natural and freshwater resources as well as ecosystems is minimised. The findings of the report will be discussed during the annual Circular Economy Stakeholder Conference taking place in Brussels on 6 and 7 March.