The European Commission presented the European Green Deal on Wednesday (11 December), outlining the main policy initiatives for reaching net-zero global warming emissions by 2050. Hydrogen will be a key instrument for meeting the Green Deal objectives, as outlined in the paragraphs below.
A new study by the Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) summarises the contribution of its projects to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) established by the United Nations (UN). The majority of BBI JU’s projects reported a contribution to the SDG 12 ‘Responsible Consumption & Production’, SDG 13 ‘Climate Action’, and SDG 9 ‘Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure’. A high number of projects also mentioned their contribution to the SDG 8 ‘Decent Work & Economic Growth’, and SDG 3 ‘Good Health & Well-Being’.
The European Investment Bank (EIB) has agreed to provide a EUR 65m loan to KCM AD, a Bulgarian producer of lead and zinc, to raise its production output by 25%. At the same time, the company’s use of recycled materials will increase significantly, resulting in a more efficient and sustainable production process.
The new case studies present European best practises for extractive industries operating in the area of the ‘natura 2000 network’. They show, in practical terms, how to reconcile biodiversity protection with extractive activities.
Brussels, 11 December 2019 – The European aluminium industry is ready to support the European Green Deal announced by the European Commission earlier today. With a bold industrial strategy in place, the industry can cut
This list contains reading suggestions on a broad spectrum of climate-change-related topics and issues, such as agriculture, biodiversity, circular economy and foreign affairs. It includes the European Environment Agency’s latest report ‘The European environment — state and outlook 2020: knowledge for transition to a sustainable Europe’, which was published on December 4 2019, with a launch event hosted in the Europa Building, Brussels.
The Council today adopted a set of conclusions on the implementation by the EU of the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). They are considered essential for ending poverty and ensuring a peaceful, healthy and secure life for current and future generations.
2019 was one of the best years ever for solar in the European Union. The region installed 16.7 GW – a 104% increase over the 8.2 GW added the year before. Further, 2019 also showed the strongest solar growth since 2010, when the EU PV market also increased by 104% during the first European solar boom, although to a lower level, reaching 13.4 GW.
The European Commission has approved under EU State aid rules an Important Project of Common European interest (“IPCEI”) jointly notified by Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Poland and Sweden to support research and innovation in the common European priority area of batteries.
The use of paper for packaging purposes is growing every year, due to its excellent environmental performance but also to the increasing demand related to e-commerce and delivery services. There is a strong expectation from consumers, brands and retailers to have recyclable packaging material. A packaging recycling rate of 85% is already achieved today and the paper value chain continues to improve.
The European Green Deal is a programme outlined in the political guidelines of the incoming President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen. It aims to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050, while boosting the competitiveness of European industry and ensuring a just transition for the regions and workers affected. Preserving Europe’s natural environment and biodiversity, a ‘farm to fork’ strategy for sustainable food, and a new circular economy action plan are other key elements. Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans will be in charge of leading and coordinating the work on the European Green Deal. A Commission communication on the matter is expected on 11 December, ahead of the next European Council meeting, starting the following day.