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Highlight Building stronger links for sharing environmental data — 13 Dec 2010
What we know about Europe’s environment comes from data collected by countless data providers. The Belgian Presidency of the European Union and the European Environment Agency (EEA) organised a conference to facilitate the sharing of environmental information.
Press Release Deep emission cuts give the EU a head start under the Kyoto Protocol — 12 Oct 2010
A new report by the European Environment Agency (EEA) shows that large drop in emissions seen in 2008 and 2009 gives EU-15 a head start to reach and even overachieve its 8 % reduction target under the Kyoto Protocol. Austria, Denmark and Italy, however, need to step up their current efforts until 2012 to ensure that their contribution to the common EU-15 target is delivered. The EEA report also shows that EU-27 is well on track towards achieving its 20 % reduction target by 2020.
Highlight Biodiversity in Europe: policy scope must be widened for effective conservation — 04 Oct 2010
Europe is still far from meeting its 2010 target and we risk missing future targets unless we change the way we are managing our environment. The European Environment Agency’s new biodiversity report based on SEBI 2010 indicators assesses the state of biodiversity in Europe and makes recommendations for improving policy effectiveness.
Highlight Europe's coasts: reconciling development and conservation — 25 Aug 2010
Europe’s coastal zones are under increasing pressure from erosion, pollution, climate change, urbanisation and tourism. Such pressures threaten entire ecosystems — vital not only for wildlife but also for the economy and human well-being. The European Environment Agency (EEA) takes a closer look at the state of coastal ecosystems and policy responses to the pressures affecting them.
Highlight BISE and baseline: new tools to combat biodiversity loss in Europe — 01 Jun 2010
At the opening session of the Green Week conference in Brussels, the European Commission and the European Environment Agency (EEA) unveiled two new tools to combat biodiversity loss: BISE (the Biodiversity Information System for Europe) and 'Biodiversity baseline'. BISE is a web portal centralising information about European biodiversity in a single location. The baseline offers a comprehensive snapshot of the current state of biodiversity and will be used to monitor progress in the renewed efforts to halt biodiversity loss.
Highlight Troff document Europe to exceed air pollutant emission limits – NOx in particular — 04 May 2010
In 2010, around half of the European Union's Member States expect to miss one or more of the legal limits set by the National Emission Ceilings Directive. According to recent data compiled by the European Environment Agency (EEA), 11 countries expect to exceed their ceilings by significant amounts — some missing NOx targets by more than 40 %.
Highlight application/x-troff-me How can waste policy contribute to a resource-efficient economy? — 20 Apr 2010
Some countries are frontrunners on waste recycling and prevention; others could be inspired by these experiences. The European Environment Agency (EEA) and its European Topic Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production (ETC/SCP) have compiled a set of fact sheets presenting information on national strategies, targets and instruments for prevention and better management of waste.
Highlight Everything about fresh water in Europe — 22 Mar 2010
Clean fresh water is essential to life. Unfortunately, almost all human activities affect water quality. On World Water Day, 22 March, the European Environment Agency (EEA) is enriching the information on the web-based Water Information System for Europe (WISE) with two new sets of data on urban waste water and pollutant releases.
Highlight Better targeted agricultural spending could enhance biodiversity protection — 09 Mar 2010
Continuous change in agricultural land use directly affects Europe's biodiversity. A new report by the European Environment Agency (EEA) finds that Common Agricultural Policy payments could be used more effectively to support High Nature Value farmland and help halt biodiversity loss.
Highlight EEA kicks off public activities in the run-up to COP15 — 09 Oct 2009
On the occasion of Copenhagen Culture Night, the European Environment Agency (EEA) unveils today a webpage on its activities related to the international climate conference 'COP15'. The new webpage explains the EEA's role in the context of the international climate conference. It allows the public to explore the role of the EEA as leading European body providing authoritative information on the effects of climate change mitigation policies and the impacts of climate change.
Highlight chemical/x-pdb Effectiveness of EU cohesion spending on the environment — 03 Sep 2009
Structural Funds and the Cohesion Fund are the European Union's main financial instruments to reduce the gap between poor and rich regions. In its new report, the European Environment Agency evaluates the effectiveness of these funds in achieving environmental goals by focusing on investments in wastewater treatment, biodiversity, and energy efficiency and renewable energy in three pilot countries: Austria, Italy and Spain.
Highlight EEA awarded for its contribution to environment policy — 28 May 2009
The European Environment Agency yesterday received the WWF award for Conservation Merit 2009. The award is given in recognition of long-standing commitment to local, grassroots conservation. The Agency was presented the award in recognition of its consistent excellence in collecting, analysing, interpreting and communicating environmental data to improve decision making in Europe and globally.
Highlight Troff document Cherishing the variety of life on our planet — 22 May 2009
Today, 22 May, is the International Day for Biological Diversity. To help policy-makers, civil society and the public tackle biodiversity loss, the European Environment Agency has placed biodiversity and ecosystems at the heart of its strategy and work programme for 2009–2013.
Highlight C source code header Biodiversity loss and climate change: the need for an ecosystem approach — 06 May 2009
Biodiversity loss and climate change are now a part of our lives. Both are rooted in overexploitation of natural resources. Both require a coherent policy response. The Syracuse Charter and the Athens Conference underline the strong political commitment to take action. To ensure our society and economy have a healthy future, we need a way to assess our impacts on the natural world. The European Environment Agency's European Ecosystem Assessment (EURECA) responds to that need.
Highlight Europe must grasp the true value of biodiversity — 27 Apr 2009
Europe clears forests, ploughs fields, drains wetlands and builds cities and roads, often at the expense of natural ecosystems. But how much does our current consumption and production affect the integrity of ecosystems? How much and how fast is the loss of biodiversity in Europe? The European Environment Agency (EEA) has provided some answers to these questions at a high-level conference organised this week by the European Commission.
Highlight Europe’s first Green Capitals: Stockholm and Hamburg — 24 Feb 2009
Stockholm and Hamburg have been named as the European Green Capitals for 2010 and 2011, respectively, in recognition of their consistent records of high environmental standards and strong commitment to further improvement. The European Environment Agency took part in the evaluation panel and the final jury.
Highlight D source code Climate change conference opens in Poland — 01 Dec 2008
A step closer to a post-2012 deal on climate change is what is at stake as over 10 000 participants from governments, non-governmental organisations, and science and business communities gather for a two-week UN conference in Poznań, Poland. The European Environment Agency (EEA) is hosting a side event on 'Impacts of and adaptation to climate change in Europe' on 11 December 2008.
Highlight chemical/x-pdb EEA wins award for its environment friendly management — 21 Nov 2008
The European Environment Agency has won a national EMAS (Eco-management and audit scheme) award for its efforts in reducing energy consumption and increasing energy efficiency.
Highlight Consumption patterns need to change to cope with growing cities — 20 Sep 2008
Urban areas are spreading, minimising the time and distances between and in-and-out of cities. The International Planning Congress in Dalian, China, addressed this ‘urban sprawl’ and sought ways to achieve sustainable urbanisation. The European Environment Agency contributed to this debate by urging policy makers to tackle underpinning consumption patterns.
Highlight Kopernikus to take environmental monitoring one step further — 16 Sep 2008
The Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) initiative is today being re-launched under a new name: Kopernikus. To mark the start of its pre-operational phase, a major Conference on this initiative is taking place under the French Presidency of the EU at Lille. Kopernikus will contribute to the better collection and dissemination of environmental data, core tasks of the European Environment Agency (EEA).
Highlight Reducing the environmental impact of our activities — 23 Jul 2008
Do we really need to print everything? Could we replace travelling for meetings by video-conferencing? How could we increase energy efficiency in our offices? For the fourth consecutive year, the European Environment Agency has successfully passed an external audit, certifying its compliance with the rules of the Eco-Management Audit Scheme (EMAS).
Highlight Environmental taxes on aggregate materials in the EU: towards sustainable construction — 27 Jun 2008
Environmental taxes on construction materials can be a key element in achieving better sustainability in the construction sector, says a report presented today by the European Environment Agency. The study reviews taxation schemes for extractive activities in the Czech Republic, Italy, Sweden and the United Kingdom, focusing on a EUR 15.2 billion industry producing essential materials for the construction sector.
Highlight Biodiversity indicators SEBI 2010 among the 'best ideas to save nature' — 17 Jun 2008
SEBI 2010 (Streamlining European 2010 Biodiversity Indicators) has received an award from the Spanish magazine 'Red Life' and the Fundación Caja Rural del Sur as 'one of 10 best ideas to save nature in 2008'. The European Environment Agency is coordinating this pan-European initiative to measure and help achieve progress towards the target of halting biodiversity loss by 2010.
Highlight Sharing environmental information to improve policy — 21 Feb 2008
Public authorities across Europe collect a vast range of environmental data but different practices of classification and reporting make it difficult to access them and use them for cross-border analyses.
Highlight Pascal source code New website connects European EPAs — 18 Dec 2007
A new website connecting environmental protection agencies (EPA) across Europe has been launched with the support of the European Environment Agency (EEA) today.
Highlight chemical/x-pdb No 'one size fits all' solution for European municipal waste management — 22 Oct 2007
Waste management strategies must be customised to individual national conditions if they are to prove effective, according to a new EEA brochure released today. The brochure, 'The road from landfilling to recycling: common destination, different routes' is accompanied by a set of online national factsheets on waste management covering the EU-25.
Press Release Ministers must join forces to achieve a healthy environment for the pan-European region — 10 Oct 2007
Environmental policy across the pan-European region is hampered by gaps in information and implementation according to a new European Environment Agency (EEA) report, released today.
Highlight Counting down to Belgrade — 25 Sep 2007
The countdown to the Sixth 'Environment for Europe' Ministerial Conference has started. The conference, taking place from 10–12 October 2007 in Belgrade, Serbia, is organised by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). The launch of the EEA report 'Europe's environment — The fourth assessment' will be a key event on the first day. The report assesses environmental progress in 53 countries — an area with a total population of more than 870 million people.
Highlight text/texmacs St Andrews Prize for the Environment 2008 still open to entrants — 12 Sep 2007
The St Andrews Prize for the Environment is still accepting applications for its 2008 annual prize worth $ 50 000. The prize, which is one of the biggest environmental prizes worldwide, celebrates its 10th anniversary next year.
Highlight D source code Agency's new eco-management ideas appreciated — 22 Aug 2007
The European Environment Agency has successfully passed the Eco-Management and Audit Scheme for the third consecutive year. The EEA was the first EU body to gain registration under EMAS. In 2004, the Agency introduced its own environmental management system to make sure it continued improving its environmental performance.
Highlight D source code European environmental technology atlas launched — 02 Jun 2007
A web-based navigation tool, the environmental technology atlas, was presented today during the EU informal council meeting in Essen, Germany.
Highlight text/texmacs EEA offsets emissions by funding 'Gold Standard' carbon projects — 19 Apr 2007
Setting a trend in the way organisations deal with their carbon footprints, the European Environment Agency has introduced its own carbon offsetting scheme. The Agency bought EUR 13 500 carbon offsets corresponding to 673 tonnes of CO2 emissions for its air travel in 2006. This sum covers both air travel of staff attending meetings and conferences outside Denmark and invited guests coming to the Agency.
Highlight chemical/x-pdb Green tax reform can boost eco-innovation and employment — 19 Mar 2007
A gradual shift of today’s taxes away from personal income and capital towards taxes on consumption, pollution, and inefficient use of energy and resources can boost employment, eco-innovation and protect the environment. This is the message Jacqueline McGlade, Executive Director of the European Environment Agency, will deliver today at Brussels Tax Forum 2007.
Highlight EEA reaches European environmental management award finals — 16 Nov 2006
The European Environment Agency was pipped at the post for the 2006 European EMAS Award in Athens on 13 November. The Agency qualified for the European finals ceremony after receiving the Danish national prize for the best EMAS communication by a medium-sized enterprise.
Highlight Octet Stream EEA member countries delivering more environmental data — 23 Oct 2006
Latvia and Austria topped the list for delivering environmental data to the European Environment Agency (EEA), followed by Sweden, Bulgaria and Slovakia, according to a new report released today. Overall performance by countries was up by 5 % compared to the previous reporting cycle. Many of the new EU Member States performed particularly well.
Highlight The road from Dobříš to Belgrade — 13 Sep 2006
This September the EEA celebrates the 11th anniversary of the publication of 'The Dobříš Assessment', the first Pan-European report on the state of the environment.
Press Release Europe's energy policies must be environmentally sound — 27 Jun 2006
Europe requires an integrated policy framework balancing the goals of energy security and competitiveness with environment policy, says a new report released today by the European Environment Agency (EEA), based in Copenhagen.
Press Release CAP needs to be more targeted for better environmental effectiveness — 21 Mar 2006
Environmental efforts pursued through the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) need to be better targeted geographically to maximise their effectiveness according to a new report from the European Environment Agency (EEA), based in Copenhagen.
Press Release Europe feels the heat as climate change tops the list of environmental challenges — 29 Nov 2005
Policy makers, businesses and individuals must act now on a range of environmental matters or pay a heavy price later
Highlight EPA network calls for greater environmental regulation — 17 Nov 2005
Good environmental regulation in Europe can support a clean, competitive economy and a healthy environment in which to work and live, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) network's first joint paper, launched today.
Press Release Europe's environmental future demands more action in key sectors — 11 Sep 2005
Policy makers must better integrate environmental issues across EU policies
Press Release EEA unveils first digital map of Europe's changing landscapes — 17 Nov 2004
The first digital map of the multiple changes that have occurred in Europe's landscapes since 1990 was unveiled today, enabling policy-makers to draw lessons from how their decisions in areas such as agriculture and transport are impacting on the region's finite land resources and the wider environment.
Press Release C source code Arctic faces drastic change without EU policy action — 15 Mar 2004
The Arctic's unique environment and indigenous peoples are under increasing threat from industrial activities and the region is likely to change drastically unless decision-makers in the European Union and elsewhere address the challenges seriously.
Press Release Environmental scientist appointed to lead European Environment Agency — 26 Feb 2003
Professor Jacqueline McGlade, an environmental scientist active across a broad spectrum of the life sciences, is to be the next Executive Director of the European Environment Agency (EEA), the main European-level provider of environmental information to policy makers and the public.
Press Release EEA draws key lessons from history on using precaution in policy-making — 10 Jan 2002
Press Release Environmental signals 2001 — 29 May 2001
Latest environmental signals highlight Europe's public policy challenge.

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