Official Journal (L Series): Council Implementing Decision (EU) 2019/814 of 17 May 2019 authorising Italy to apply, in determined geographical areas, reduced rates of taxation on gas oil and liquid petroleum gas used for heating purposes in accordance with Article 19 of Directive 2003/96/EC

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Press Release: Recycled bulky urban waste gains new value

An EU-funded project has developed more efficient ways to obtain high-quality, recyclable raw materials from bulky waste. The advances contribute to Europe’s efforts to reduce landfilling, recover valuable raw materials for reuse by industry, and protect the environment.

Regulation: Amendment to the emissions type approval testing for heavy-duty vehicles with portable emissions measurement systems

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UPDATED – Report: Evaluation of the 7th Environment Action Programme

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Press Release: First multi-energy station inaugurated in Reykjavik, Iceland

The first multi-energy station in Iceland opened today, 15 May 2019, in Reykjavík. The station, built in the framework of the Hydrogen Mobility Europe (H2ME) project, is the third hydrogen station in Iceland, and the first combined station where biomethane, fast charging and hydrogen are all available under the same canopy.

Informal Meeting of Ministers and State Secretaries for Environment (20-21 May 2019)

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Event: International Sustainable Mobility Forum (Entroncamento, Portugal, 17 May 2019)

This forum aims to promote a meeting of the supply and demand of innovative hydrogen and fuel cell solutions in transport systems in the context of emissions-free mobility. The event will bring together suppliers of technology solutions, industry, transport management entities and fleet owners, urban planners, land managers and decision makers – among others – promoting mutual updating on opportunities and challenges related to the use of hydrogen. Hydrogen ecosystems, such as production, storage, distribution, refueling and end-use, are presented through innovative pilot projects carried out in the context of European projects and strategies.

Call for applications – Selection of members of the commission expert groups

Concerns the following groups: Mission Board for adaptation to climate change, including societal transformation (E03664), Mission Board for cancer (E03665), Mission Board for healthy oceans, seas, coastal and inland waters (E03666), Mission Board for climate-neutral and smart cities (E03667), Mission Board for soil health and food (E03668)

Press Release: The search is on to find the next European Green Capital 2022 & European Green Leaf 2021!

The European Green Capital Award (EGCA), now in its 13th year, is awarded annually to a European city with over 100,000 inhabitants that has shown itself to be a leader in environmental, social and economic sustainability. The winner of the 2022 Award will receive €350,000 to kick-start its year as a European Green Capital.

UPDATED – Report from the Commission: Fourth report on the State of the Energy Union

Update: A revised version of the Fourth report on the State of the Energy Union and a corrigendum for the original version have been published.

A press release, a Q&A and the speeches by VP Sefcovic and Commissioner Arias Cañete at the State of the Energy Union press conference are also available.

Press Release: Digitalisation of urban waste management

Municipal waste can be turned into a resource. Municipalities all around Europe apply Pay-As-You-Throw (PAYT) schemes geared to incentivise citizens to better sort their waste. Better sorting improves the quality of recyclable fractions and reduces residual waste.

Written Answer to a Question: Financing the fight against smog in Mazowieckie Province

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Event: Private Workshop ‘Electric vehicles rollout in Europe’ (Brussels, 14 May 2019)

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Press Release: Electric cars: EU trade surplus of € 3 billion

In 2018 the European Union (EU) exported € 4.7 billion worth of electric cars and hybrid electric cars that can be driven in combination with a petrol or diesel engine.  Imports of electric and hybrid electric cars were worth € 1.6 billion, resulting in a trade surplus of € 3.0 billion.

Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council setting CO2 emission performance standards for new heavy-duty vehicles

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Press Release: Number of electric cars is on the rise

In 2017 there were 262 million cars registered in the European Union (EU) Member States. Around 2 million (0.8 %) of these were classified as either electric cars or hybrid electric cars that can be driven in combination with a petrol or diesel engine.

Agenda: Coreper 1 Meeting (8 May 2019)

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Press Release: Electric vehicles: a new model to reduce time wasted at charging points

Over half the time (61.4%) that electric vehicles spend connected to public charging stations, they’re idly occupying a space that another car could use, according to a JRC-led study of e-vehicle charging times in the Netherlands.

Coordination in preparation for the 217th session of the ICAO Council (Montréal, 21 May – 21 June 2019)

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Written Answer to a Question: Use of eco-labels in European cities

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Question for a Written Answer: Evaluating the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) by country, year and autonomous community

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