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We need to change the way we produce goods and services. We need to ‘green’ our economy. But this does not consist of developing just a number of selected sectors, such as renewables, eco-innovation, corresponding to 5 or even 10 percent of our economy. It requires greening the entire economy. The question is: ‘How do we create a performing economy that creates jobs and ensures our well-being, and yet respects the limits of our planet?’
There are several methods for accounting for carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. The European Environment Agency (EEA) explains the key characteristics of different emissions accounting methods, highlighting the need for methodological improvements as well as better data coverage and quality.
In 2012, the average new van sold in the European Union emitted 180.2 g of carbon dioxide for every kilometre travelled, which is close to the 175 g CO2/km target to be gradually phased in between next year and 2017.
The European economy is still feeling the impact of the economic crisis that started in 2008. Unemployment and pay cuts have affected millions. When new graduates cannot find jobs in one of the richest parts of the world, should we talk about the environment? The European Union's new environmental action programme does exactly this, but not only. It also identifies the environment as an integral and inseparable part of our health and our economy.
The EU PVSEC is the largest international Conference for Photovoltaic Research and Technologies, Industries and Applications, and at the same time a leading international PV Industry Exhibition. It gathers the global PV community to conduct business, to network and to present and discuss the latest developments and innovations in Photovoltaics.
This global event uniquely combines scientific, technological industrial and market issues from the perspective of research and development, industry, finance and politics. It is considered to be the world’s leading science-to-science, business-to-business and science-to-industry platform for the global PV solar sector.
The Technical Programme is coordinated by the European Commission, DG Joint Research Centre.
Conference: 22 - 26 September 2014 (Monday - Friday),
Exhibition: 23 - 25 September 2014 (Tuesday - Thursday)
The 2013 annual conference of the European Urban Knowledge Network (EUKN) “Energy Efficiency Cities” will present the main challenges and opportunities for cities to contribute to the energy efficiency targets. It will take place in Oradea, Romania, on 6 - 7 of November 2013. The conference will be in English but simultaneous translation to Romanian will be available during the Plenary Session and one of the workshops.
Discuss innovative approaches within interactive panels on environmental taxation and Emissions Trading at Swiss, EU and international level; meet more than 140 key experts from politics, businesses, the research community, national and international organizations and civil society!
Join us for the award ceremony for Professor Frank Convery to become "2013 GBE Environmental Fiscal Reformer of the Year".
The laudation will be given by Moritz Leuenberger, former Swiss Minister for the Environment.
We hope your participation can help drive forward discussion of green taxation and emissions trading at national, European and global level!
We live in a world of continuous change. How can we steer these on-going changes to achieve global sustainability by 2050? How can we strike a balance between the economy and the environment, the short-term and the long-term? The answer lies in how we manage the transition process without locking ourselves into unsustainable systems.
European Union Member States are showing mixed progress towards three climate and energy targets for 2020, even though the EU as a whole could reduce greenhouse gases emissions by 21% in 2020 with the set of national measures already adopted. These findings come from new European Environment Agency (EEA) assessments.
Fluorinated gases, otherwise known as F-gases, are a range of industrial gases which have a powerful effect on the climate. As EU policy makers consider further proposals to limit the use of these gases, the European Environment Agency (EEA) has published data on their production, import and export.
Data reported by companies on the production, import and export
of fluorinated greenhouse gases in the European Union
Our knowledge and understanding of air pollution is growing every year. We have an expanding network of monitoring stations reporting data on a wide range of air pollutants, complemented with results from air quality models. We now have to make sure that scientific knowledge and policy continue to develop hand in hand.
Air pollution is not the same everywhere. Different pollutants are released into
the atmosphere from a wide range of sources. Once in the atmosphere, they
can transform into new pollutants and spread around the world. Designing and
implementing policies to address this complexity are not easy tasks. Below is an
overview of air legislation in the European Union.
Many of us might spend up to 90 % of our day indoors — at home, work or school. The quality of the air we breathe indoors also has a direct impact on our health. What determines indoor air quality? Is there any difference between outdoor and indoor air pollutants? How can we improve indoor air quality?
Our climate is changing. Many climate-changing gases are also common air
pollutants that affect our health and the environment. In many ways, improving
air quality can also give a boost to climate change mitigation efforts and vice
versa, but not always. The challenge ahead is to ensure that climate and air
policies focus on win-win scenarios.
Europe has improved its air quality in recent decades. Emissions of many pollutants were curbed successfully, but particulate matter and ozone pollution in particular continue to pose serious risks to the health of Europeans.
The atmosphere, weather patterns and seasonal variations have long been an object of fascination and observation. In the 4th century B.C., Aristotle’s treatise Meteorology compiled the great philosopher’s observations not only on the weather patterns, but on earth sciences in general. Until the 17th century, air symbolised ‘nothingness’. It was assumed that air had no weight until Galileo Galilei scientifically proved that it has.
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).
The 'green economy' has emerged as a priority in policy debate in recent years. But what does the concept mean in practice and how can decision-makers measure progress towards this strategic goal? This report provides some answers, presenting a detailed overview of the key objectives and targets in EU environmental policy and legislation for the period 2010
2050. It focuses on selected environmental and resource policy areas, specifically: energy; greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and ozone-depleting substances; air quality and air pollution; transport sector emissions of greenhouse gases and air pollutants; waste; water; sustainable consumption and production (SCP); chemicals; biodiversity and land use.
1st Product Environmental Footprinting (PEF) World Summit
(formerly known as PCF World Forum) is a neutral platform for companies and their stakeholders to reflect and act on challenges, practical experiences, initiatives, tools and insights towards climate-conscious and environmentally sound value chains.
On 8-9 October 2013 the PEF World Forum will host the 1st PEF World Summit in Berlin. At its heart: the EU Environmental Footprinting initiative, its selected pilot projects, its implications for businesses and updates from a range of international carbon footprinting and product sustainability initiatives. Topics addressed at the summit:
1. Comparing sustainability performance of products and suppliers
2. Product category and sector level benchmarking
3. Communicating environmental footprints to business partners and consumers
4. Implications on international trade
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