In a European first, 2 hydrogen powered bin lorries have been approved for road use and are being rolled out on the streets of Eindhoven, Best and Veldhoven in the Netherlands. With this inauguration, the municipalities are raising the game on zero-emissions waste collection and making their streets quieter and their air cleaner.
An EU-funded project is developing user-centric, smart solutions that will help Europe’s expanding urban areas boost their citizens’ quality of life and improve the environment as they grow.
The general objective of this call is to explore how to better engage local governments in delivering EU environmental policy objectives in the areas of air quality, noise, water, waste management, nature and biodiversity.
– Outcome of the European Parliament’s first reading, (Strasbourg, 25 to 28 March 2019)
Technological advances and societal changes have triggered a drastic evolution in mobility. Alongside other trends, such as digitalisation, autonomous driving and shared mobility, electric mobility is also gaining momentum. Electric mobility could help the EU to achieve its goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, air pollution, noise and dependence on oil. However, the extent of this help will depend on a number of factors, such as the share of electric vehicles in the overall vehicle fleet and how environmentally friendly electric vehicles can remain throughout their life cycle. Global sales of new electric road vehicles have been growing significantly in recent years, largely driven by the mass expansion of this mode of transport in China.
On 17 May 2018, the European Commission adopted a proposal for a new regulation on the labelling of tyres for the purposes of fuel efficiency, safety, and noise reduction. This would repeal and replace the 2009 Tyre Labelling Regulation (TLR), while maintaining and reinforcing most of its key provisions. The proposed regulation seeks to increase consumer awareness of the tyre label and improve market surveillance and enforcement of TLR provisions across the EU Member States. It would oblige suppliers to display the tyre label in all forms of purchase, including where the tyre is not physically shown in the store and where it is sold online or on a long-distance basis.
Implementing EU air quality legislation to protect human health and the environment from pollution can be demanding for countries and cities. The European Environment Agency (EEA) has worked together with a number of European cities to better understand policy implementation challenges. The EEA’s new report, published today, summarises key findings on the cities’ progress over the past five years and highlights on-going challenges for improving air quality at the local level.
Garden and outdoor power equipment and power tool manufacturers share with households, municipalities, landscapers and greenkeepers the responsibility for green area maintenance, which improves life quality. Being close to nature, we fully recognise that our job and business fully depend on the protection of the environment. Therefore, our industries push the boundaries regarding the overall environmental impact of our products and their use.
Update: a second revision has been published.
Targeted action is needed to better protect the poor, the elderly and children from environmental hazards like air and noise pollution and extreme temperatures, especially in Europe’s eastern and southern regions. A European Environment Agency (EEA) report published today warns that the health of Europe’s most vulnerable citizens remains disproportionately affected by these hazards, despite overall improvements in Europe’s environmental quality.
They may peck greedily at feeding tables – and have it easier than country birds do in the warmer urban winters – but city birds, it turns out, are in turmoil on the inside.