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Highlight Magic or recycling? — 08 Aug 2014
Transforming a bottle into a jacket may sound like magic, but it may be easier than you think. A new video from the European Environment Agency (EEA) shows some of the ingenious ways a plastic water bottle can be reused or recycled.
Press Release The 'green economy' can encourage jobs and innovation - study — 15 Jul 2014
Europe can create jobs and encourage innovation by using resources much more efficiently, according to a new report from the European Environment Agency (EEA) which describes a range of policies with proven environmental and economic benefits.
Highlight Signals 2014: Our well-being depends on a resource-efficient, circular economy — 03 Jun 2014
How do we create a performing economy that creates jobs and ensures our well-being, yet respects the limits of our planet? This question is considered in the latest edition of Signals, an annual publication from the European Environment Agency (EEA).
Highlight Towards better tools for decision-making – EEA indicators and accounts — 02 Jun 2014
Effective environmental policy should be based on robust information on trends. The European Environment Agency (EEA) has published two reports today which demonstrate how indicators and environmental accounting support policy and decision making.
Highlight chemical/x-mdl-rdfile Environmental innovation award - winners announced — 08 Apr 2014
Winners of this year's European Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) Awards have been announced by the European Commission. The six winning organisations were selected by an independent jury for innovating to improve their environmental performance.
Highlight An artistic view of Europe's waste – EEA announces competition winners — 13 Dec 2013
After 200 entries from 29 countries, the European Environment Agency (EEA) is pleased to announce five winners of the Waste•smART competition, which invited Europeans to produce a video, cartoon or photo on the topic of waste.
Highlight chemical/x-pdb Global megatrends shaping Europe's environment — 06 Dec 2013
Surging economic growth in many emerging economies is increasing global competition for resources and the burden on natural systems. The European Environment Agency (EEA) is analysing these changes and their implications for Europe’s environment in an updated assessment of 'global megatrends'.
Highlight chemical/x-pdb Competing demands on Europe's environment undermining human well-being — 20 Nov 2013
Meeting European demands for food, water, energy and housing exerts major pressures on the environment, indirectly affecting human health and well-being. To reduce the impact of Europe's resource use, a new assessment from the European Environment Agency (EEA) reflects on integrating different policy areas and improved spatial planning.
Highlight Water: Charging full cost can encourage more efficient use — 27 Sep 2013
Flat-fee water charges are still common in parts of Europe. Such schemes, where users pay a fee regardless of the volume used, do not encourage efficient behaviour, either in households or agriculture, according to a new report from the European Environment Agency (EEA).
Highlight chemical/x-pdb An overview of EU environment policy targets and objectives — 25 Jul 2013
European Union legislation has established more than 130 separate environmental targets and objectives to be met between 2010 and 2050. Together, these can provide useful milestones supporting Europe’s transition towards a ‘green economy’, according to a report published by the European Environment Agency (EEA).
Highlight What does waste look like? Photo, cartoon and video competition — 01 Jun 2013
The European Environment Agency (EEA) is launching a new competition for artistic depictions of waste in Europe. Each European generates approximately half a tonne of household waste on average. A lot of this so-called waste is actually a useful resource, but only two fifths is recycled, according to a recent analysis.
Highlight Green fiscal reform can create jobs and stimulate innovation across the EU — 14 May 2013
Increasing some tax rates and removing subsidies on environmentally harmful products and services can boost economic growth if the revenue generated is then used to relieve the tax burden on employment and investment.
Highlight Troff document Rio+20 agreement - a modest step in the right direction — 27 Jun 2012
At last week’s Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, delegates did not agree to any ambitious treaties or deadlines for dealing with pressing issues such as climate change, food and water scarcity. However, there were many positive signs for the future global environment.
Highlight object code Rio+20 – time to rethink the way we use natural resources — 18 Jun 2012
This week the Rio de Janeiro summit on sustainable development will open. Rio+20 is an opportunity to look back at changes in our environment since the first Earth Summit in 1992, and also a time to look to the future, re-evaluating the way our economies and our societies depend on the environment and natural resources.
Highlight Europe's demand for resources reaching far beyond its borders — 07 Jun 2012
Demand for materials is so intense that between 20 and 30 % of the resources we use in Europe are now imported. With the boom in international trade, EU consumption and production damage ecosystems and human health far beyond Europe’s borders, according to a report published by the European Environment Agency (EEA).
Highlight C source code header World remains on unsustainable path – UNEP report on eve of Rio+20 Summit — 06 Jun 2012
The world continues to speed down an unsustainable path despite over 500 internationally agreed goals and objectives to support the sustainable management of the environment and improve human wellbeing, according to a new and wide-ranging assessment coordinated by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
Highlight Troff document Building the future we want – new report launched on World Environment Day — 05 Jun 2012
While much of Europe is still suffering the effects of economic recession, a new report argues that efforts to increase prosperity should not damage the environment. Indeed, Europe’s economy depends on a healthy environment, including the materials and services provided by the natural world, according to the new edition of Signals from the European Environment Agency (EEA).
Highlight Octet Stream Do we live in a 'green economy'? New report assesses progress in Europe — 16 May 2012
Despite progress in some areas, Europe must do more to create the 'green economy' needed for the continent to become sustainable, according to a new report from the European Environment Agency (EEA).
Highlight Troff document Water: how can we account for our most vital resource? — 10 May 2012
The world is entering a period of growing water scarcity: by 2030, global demand for fresh water could outstrip supply by more than 40 % if water is used in the same way that it is today. These stark figures are the background to a new report from the International Resource Panel, a group of natural resources experts hosted by the United Nations Environment Programme.
Highlight Rio 2012 is an opportunity to move towards a green economy — 30 Apr 2012
In less than two months, world leaders will gather in Rio de Janeiro for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development. It is 20 years since the last Rio conference, and Rio 2012 is an opportunity to assess the progress made toward sustainable development since 1992 and begin building a Green Economy.
Highlight Environmental tax reform: increasing individual incomes and boosting innovation — 09 Jan 2012
European governments could simultaneously reduce income tax, increase innovation and cut pollution by introducing well-targeted environmental taxes and recycling the revenues back into the economy. This was one of the findings from a pair of reports on environmental tax reform (ETR) published today by the European Environment Agency (EEA).
Highlight D source code Economic growth must be decoupled from environmental harm – the EEA evaluates findings from 2011 — 21 Dec 2011
Europe’s impact on the environment is still very much linked to the economy. This message was clear in many of the reports and datasets published by the European Environment Agency (EEA) in 2011, as analysts were able to clearly see a decrease in various emissions and types of environmental damage during the 2009 recession.
Highlight Recycling industry can boost the European economy — 05 Dec 2011
Recycling has multiple benefits for many areas of the economy – providing raw materials, creating jobs and encouraging business opportunities and innovation. These economic benefits of recycling are examined in a new report from the European Environment Agency (EEA). The report considers the recycling industry in the context of building a 'green economy', a major European policy objective.
Highlight Huge renewable energy growth this decade, if EU countries meet projections — 28 Nov 2011
Offshore wind energy capacity in Europe is projected to increase 17-fold between 2010 and 2020, while newer renewable technologies such as concentrated solar power and wave/tidal power will also increase more than 11-fold according to projections. European countries are also expected to significantly boost solar photovoltaic power, onshore wind and other renewable technologies over the next decade.
Highlight Common Agricultural Policy reform – reducing the impact of farming — 12 Oct 2011
Today, the European Commission launched its proposals for the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) after 2013. The key objective is ‘to strengthen the competitiveness, sustainability and permanence of agriculture throughout the EU in order to secure for European citizens a healthy and high-quality source of food, preserve the environment and develop rural areas’. The proposals tie financial support more closely to environmental goals.
Highlight object code From efficient water use to quitting fossil fuels – survey shows different approaches to resource efficiency across Europe — 11 Oct 2011
Resource efficiency is a policy priority for Europe. However, across the region there are many different approaches to ‘doing more with less’, as shown by a survey of countries’ policies, carried out by the European Environment Agency (EEA).
Highlight Environmental information network extends across Europe, Central Asia and Russian Federation — 23 Sep 2011
Government ministers and delegates from 53 countries agreed to extend the European network for sharing environmental information across the pan-European region. The commitment was made at the seventh Ministerial Environment for Europe summit in Astana, Kazakhstan, which concluded today.
Press Release Troff document Pan-European assessment asks: 'What do we know about water and green economy?' — 21 Sep 2011
Ministers will meet in Astana, Kazakhstan, today to discuss water issues and greening the economy at the seventh 'Environment for Europe' Ministerial Conference, running from 21 - 23 September 2011. To support the Conference, the European Environment Agency (EEA) is launching an innovative Assessment of Assessments report, which recommends ways that environmental information and policy making can be more closely aligned.
Highlight Green budgets: the potential for economic instruments to power environmental change — 16 Sep 2011
The budget is one area where governments can influence our interaction with the environment – encouraging beneficial behaviour, and discouraging environmental destruction. As a conference on environmental fiscal reform opens at the European Environment Agency (EEA), we consider the potential for using financial carrots and sticks to improve the environment.
Highlight Octet Stream Changing environmental governance in a changing world — 22 Jul 2011
Climate change, growing consumption and urbanisation, spiralling resource use and new health risks are just some of the global pressures the world will face in the 21st Century. These are the findings from the Assessment of Global Megatrends, launched in November 2010 as part of the State and Outlook of the European Environment Report (SOER) and now published in a new book version.
Press Release Globalisation, environment and you — 28 Jun 2011
New EEA report highlights connectivity between global issues
Highlight The search is now on for European Green Capital 2014 — 20 Jun 2011
How green is your city? That’s the question being asked by the European Green Capital Award (EGCA), which is now searching for an exemplary city for 2014. The competition was launched by the European Commission on 14 June.
Highlight Using resources more efficiently: Green Week 2011 — 24 May 2011
Rethinking the way we use and manage resources is the subject of this year's Green Week, the European Commission's annual conference on environmental policy from 24-27 May, 2011.
Highlight Greening the economy – preparing for a new Earth Summit in Rio — 09 May 2011
European Environment Agency (EEA) Executive Director Jacqueline McGlade will be in New York this week, working towards a historic environmental summit next year.
Highlight UNEP report maps the pathways to a green economy — 21 Feb 2011
The EEA welcomes the publication today of UNEP's report 'Pathways to a green economy'. It represents a valuable contribution to the current debate on moving the world to a sustainable path in the 21st century.
Highlight text/texmacs Disasters in Europe: more frequent and causing more damage — 12 Jan 2011
The number and impacts of disasters have increased in Europe in the period 1998-2009, a new report by the European Environment Agency (EEA) concludes. The report assesses the frequency of disasters and their impacts on humans, the economy and ecosystems and calls for better integrated risk disaster management across Europe.
Highlight Pascal source code Beyond GDP — Brussels Conference — 23 Nov 2007
'Gross domestic product, regularly used as an indicator of the size of a country's economy, does not factor in the benefits from nor the costs to the ecosystem,' said EEA Executive Director Prof. Jacqueline McGlade in her presentation at the expert workshop preceding the 'Beyond GDP' conference in Brussels this week.
Press Release Summer smog levels exceed critical threshold on two days in three — 26 Oct 2001
This report provides a first evaluation of ground-level ozone pollution in Europe during spring and summer 2001. Based on data submitted to the European Commission under the EU Directive on air pollution by ozone, it details observed exceedances of the Directive's thresholds for information and warning of the population in 25 European countries

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