With the 2018 edition of the European Union’s annual Green Week taking place across Europe from 21 to 25 May it is timely to consider the contributions that the European GNSS (EGNSS) – EGNOS and Galileo – are making to improving and protecting our environment.
During EU Green Week – Europe’s biggest environmental event – Commissioner Karmenu Vella announced the winners of the 2016 and 2017 LIFE Awards. The nine winners include projects from Belgium, Greece, Spain, Italy, Austria, Poland and Slovakia. A special people’s Choice Award, in line with this year’s Green Week focus on sustainable cities, was given to a LIFE green city project, exploring solutions to reduce air pollution in cities.
The EEA Council discussed the overall functioning of the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA Agreement) and held an orientation debate on the Review of the European Supervisory Authorities.
As European elections are just a year away, Reflecting on Europe, the Committee’s campaign to collect citizen’s concerns and expectations about Europe has landed in Cagliari for a citizen’s dialogue focused on ‘actions and tools to mitigate climate change’.
The session “Governance of the Energy Union – how can cities contribute to the National Energy & Climate Plans?” has been organised in collaboration with the Directorate-General for Energy, European Commission. The panel – stakeholders from cities, EU member states, and European Parliament – will discuss on how individual cities and city networks can contribute to the goals of the Energy Union, as well as sharing thoughts and ideas regarding the planning process.
An analysis of a newly cleaned-up dataset tracking Europe’s air pollution has revealed that nitrogen dioxide levels are on a steeper downward trend than previously thought, according to Dr Folkert Boersma from the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute, who says that ensuring the quality of Earth observation data can reveal new insights into climate change.
The Council today adopted a regulation to reform the type-approval and market surveillance system for motor vehicles in the EU.
Average carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of new vans registered in the European Union (EU) in 2017 were 4.7% lower than in 2016, according to preliminary data published today by the European Environment Agency (EEA). This is the highest annual reduction reported since the regulation to reduce CO2 emissions from light-duty vehicles came into force in 2011.