Press Release: Private consumption: Textiles EU’s fourth largest cause of environmental pressures after food, housing, transport

Includes the briefing ‘Textiles in Europe’s circular economy‘.

Consumption of clothing, footwear and household textiles in the European Union (EU) uses annually about 1.3 tonnes of raw materials and more than 100 cubic metres of water per person, according to a European Environment Agency briefing, published today. A wide-scale change towards circular economy in textiles production and consumption is needed to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, resource use and pressures on nature.

OPP Meeting Summary: Hearing of Thierry Breton, Commissioner-designate for the Internal Market (14 November 2019)

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UPDATED – Agenda: Ambient Air Quality Expert Group (main group) (8 November 2019)

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP Plenary – Commission statement on “EU steel sector: how to protect European workers and industries?” (13 November 2019)

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Commission Staff Working Document: Expression of User Needs for the Copernicus Programme

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP ENVI Committee – Presentation of the responsibilities and activities of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) – the European Medicines Agency (EMA) – the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) – the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) – the European Environment Agency (EEA) (7 November 2019)

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Question for Written Answer: Reducing environmental pollution in highly industrialised regions

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Agenda: Working Party on International Environment Issues (UNECE PRTR) (7 November 2019)

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Press Release: Taina Nikula: A new direction for the economy – more circularity, intelligent solutions and sparing use of resources

Europe is looking for new ways of mitigating climate change. While cynics say this heralds a return to the dark ages of ‘make do and mend’, others believe this is now the start of a momentous shift to a new type of economy. At the October Environment Council, the environment and climate ministers of EU member states brought their own policy positions to the table and adopted Council conclusions on the circular economy prepared under Finland’s leadership.

Event: 9th ATF seminar (Brussels, 06 November 2019)

International climate agreements, like COP21, have initiated a new era for climate policies. The livestock sector has potential to contributing to mitigating climate impact. In the EU, the sector accounts for 40% of global agricultural emissions or 7% of total emissions, producing about 2,400 Mt of CO₂ equivalent annually, but also methane and NO2. Enteric emissions, emissions from manure and land use change (LUC) due to deforestation for feed production are among the principal contributors.

The ATF seminar would like to engage discussion with farmers, industries, scientists, policy makers and with the society. It is a follow up of the EAAP & ATF Special Session held during the EAAP Annual Meeting.

Proposal for a Council Decision on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union at the 39th session of the Executive Body under the Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution

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UPDATED – SCHEER WG on Anaerobic Biodegradability of Linear Alkylbenzene Sulphonates (LAS) (2 October 2019)

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Official Journal (L Series): Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2019/1741 of 23 September 2019 establishing the format and frequency of data to be made available by the Member States for the purposes of reporting under Regulation (EC) No 166/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the establishment of a European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register and amending Council Directives 91/689/EEC and 96/61/EC

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Agenda: Working Party on International Environment Issues (Int. Chemicals / Synergies) (28 October 2019)

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Agenda: Working Party on International Environment Issues (Basel Convention) (morning only) (28 October 2019)

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Event: What Industrial Policy for the European Green Deal? (Brussels, 04 November 2019)

President von der Leyen established climate change as a top priority for her European Commission, promising to deliver a European Green Deal able to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050. To be politically and socially accepted and supported, the European Green Deal has to turn decarbonisation into an historical occasion to revitalise the European industry, and therefore ensure long-term economic growth and jobs. That is, while heading towards climate neutrality by 2050, the European economy has to remain highly competitive at global level, in view of facing increasing competition from China and other big players.

This workshop aims to look into this question, which is set to play a central role in the design and implementation process of the European Green Deal.

Agenda: Working Party on the Environment (25 October 2019)

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Press Release: Cutting air pollution in Europe would prevent early deaths, improve productivity and curb climate change

Europe’s air is getting cleaner but persistent pollution, especially in cities, still damages people’s health and the economy. The European Environment Agency’s (EEA) new analysis on air quality shows that exposure to air pollution caused about 400,000 premature deaths in the European Union (EU) in 2016.

I Item Note: European Court of Auditors’ Special Report No 16/2019: “European Environmental Economic Accounts: usefulness for policy can be improved”

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Written Answer to Question: Interpretation of the guidance on interpretation and determination of capacity under the Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control Directive

Answer given by Mr Vella on behalf of the European Commission to a question (Rule 138) by Alex Agius Saliba (S&D) on “Interpretation of the guidance on interpretation and determination of capacity under the Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control Directive”.

Event: LIFE projects at the EU Clean Air Forum (Bratislava, 28 & 29 November 2019)

This Forum will focus on four themes: air quality and health; air quality and energy; air quality and agriculture; and clean air funding mechanisms. It will bring together decision-makers, stakeholders and experts on the above topics in a two-day conference to reflect on the development and implementation of effective European, national and local air policies, projects and programmes.

Study on EU implementation of the Aarhus Convention in the area of access to justice in environmental matters

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Official Journal (L Series): Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2019/1713 of 9 October 2019 establishing the format of information to be made available by the Member States for the purposes of reporting on the implementation of Directive (EU) 2015/2193

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