European GNSS and the environment

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.

Press Release: EU awards best LIFE projects for nature, environment and climate action

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.

OPP Meeting Summary: EP TRAN Committee – Promotion of clean and energy-efficient road transport vehicles (24 May 2018)

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Agenda: Meeting of the EESC Section for the Single Market, Production and Consumption (7 June 2018)

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Conclusions of the 49th meeting of the EEA Council

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.

European Court of Auditor’s Special Report No 05/2018 “Renewable energy for sustainable rural development: significant potential synergies, but mostly unrealised”

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Agenda: Working Party on Energy (28 May 2018)

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UPDATED – ‘A’ Items: Education, Youth, Culture and Sports Council (22 – 23 May 2018)

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Mission Innovation: Speech by Commissioner Šefčovič during cities convening event in Malmö

Press Release: Sardinia reflects on Europe and climate change

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’.

Event: Stakeholder panel on Governance of the Energy Union at Green Week 2018 (Brussels, 24 May 2018)

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. 

Question for Written Answer: Delays in the implementation of building projects and other plans as part of a sustainable and integrated urban development strategy

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Draft Directive on end-of-life vehicles, on batteries and accumulators and waste batteries and accumulators

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Agenda: Coreper 1 Meeting (23 & 25 May 2018)

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Commission Staff Working Document: European Union (EU) cooperation with cities and local authorities in third countries

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Press Release: Cleaned-up data shows bigger-than-thought reduction in Europe’s NO2 pollution – Dr Folkert Boersma

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.

Second Draft Report: EU GPP Criteria for Public Space Maintenance

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Draft Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the approval and market surveillance of motor vehicles and their trailers, and of systems, components and separate technical units intended for such vehicles

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Press Release: New type-approval and market surveillance system for motor vehicles: Council concludes reform of the sector

The Council today adopted a regulation to reform the type-approval and market surveillance system for motor vehicles in the EU.

Press Release: 22 new circular economy, nature-based solutions, raw material and cultural heritage projects to share €218 million of EU funding

The European Commission has selected 22 projects that will receive around €218 million under Horizon 2020’s Societal Challenge “Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials”.

Digitalisation of the Energy sector

Nikos D. Hatziargyriou, Chairman of the European Technology and Innovation Platform for Smart Network for the Energy Transition, talks to SETIS about the digitalisation of the energy system.

Press Release: New vans sold in Europe in 2017: large decrease in annual average CO2 emissions

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.

Stakeholder Press Release: Open Markets for recovery: a prerequisite for the transition to a circular economy?

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Agenda: Working Party on the Environment (22 & 24 May 2018)

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