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.
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?
The average car sold in the EU in 2012 was 9 % more fuel-efficient than the average three years before, according to a new report from the European Environment Agency (EEA). Improved technology and an increase in the share of diesel cars are the main reasons behind the fall in average CO2 emissions.
This report provides policymakers across Europe, at different levels of governance and stages of policy formulation, with information that can be used to support adaptation planning and implementation. Specific parts of the report are therefore targeted at different audiences.
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.
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.
Improving air quality in Europe: Signals 2013 focuses on Europe’s air. This year’s edition tries to explain the current state of air quality in Europe, where they come from, how air pollutants form, and how they affect our health and the environment. It also gives an overview of the way we build our knowledge on air, and how we tackle air pollution through a wide range of policies and measures.
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.
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This report, prepared within the broad framework of EEA work on environmental accounts, presents and describes the tool of environmentally extended input-output analysis and illustrates its potential uses. The report aims to: present the tool of environmentally extended input-output analysis of EE-IOT and assess its potential for answering key SCP policy questions; make use of the tool and the latest data available in Europe to identify the environmental 'hotspots' and leverage points in European consumption and production; and identify weaknesses and potential for improvement in the current application of the tool.
Road charges for heavy goods vehicles (HGVs or lorries) should reflect the varied health effects of traffic pollution in different European countries. This means charges should be much higher in some countries compared to others, according to analysis from the European Environment Agency (EEA).
The SUSTAINABLE URBAN & TRANSPORT PLANNING International Conference (SUTP 2013) is organized in Belgrade on 16-17 May 2013, within the project „Support to Sustainable Transport in the City of Belgrade“, as a final step of the preparatory phase of Sustainable Urban Transport Plan of Belgrade.
The purpose of the conference is to present and exchange advanced knowledge and practice in the fields of urban planning, transport and mobility among national and international experts.
The event seeks to explain and promote SUTP approach to the local professional and wider public stakeholders, and enhance the dialogue between participants across different sectors, disciplines and countries. Therefore, it is an ideal opportunity for urban, transport, mobility and planning experts to share ideas, findings and set future directions of good practice and research.
The conference is built around three main blocks: Integrated Urban Development, Sustainable Urban Transport Planning (SUTP), and Financing Mobility Measures.
We aim at discovering synergies, enforcement of collaboration and promotion of a holistic planning approach. The conference is bilingual (English/Serbian), however papers and presentations are accepted only in English. For more information, please visit www.beoland.com/sutp2013, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ozone pollution still exceeded target levels in Europe during summer 2012, but the number of exceedances of the alert threshold was lower than in any year since monitoring started in 1997. However, almost all EU Member States failed to keep levels of the pollutant within targets set to protect human health.
The 7th European Conference on Sustainable Cities and Towns “A green and socially responsible economy: a solution in times of crisis?" will focus on governance and finance for sustainable development aiming to find lasting solutions to the current crisis both from an economic and an environmental point of view. During the three-day conference plenary sessions featuring high level speakers and interactive breakout sessions will take place at the International Conference Centre Geneva (CICG), where participants will have the opportunity to mingle with those at the forefront of sustainable thought, practice, policy, and implementation as well as exchange experience and best practices. Following the success of the previous editions, the event aims to gather more than 1000 participants from local and national governments, UN and European institutions as well as NGOs, research institutes and businesses. In addition to the rich programme, workshops on site in the area of Geneva will show the latest innovative activities in urban sustainability.
In 2011, average CO2 vehicle emissions for most carmakers were below target levels estimated for 2012. This was the situation for 47 carmakers, responsible for 95% of the new cars registered in the EU in 2011, according to the latest European Environment Agency (EEA) analysis.
Water pollution and physical modifications are still affecting the ecology of many of Europe’s lakes, rivers, transitional water bodies and coastal waters. These problems are likely to prevent the water bodies reaching ‘good’ status by 2015, a target set by the EU’s Water Framework Directive (WFD).
Emissions of greenhouse gases in the European Union (EU) fell on average by 2.5 % from 2010 to 2011, although several countries increased emissions. Almost all European countries are individually on track towards their commitments under the Kyoto Protocol compared to last year, according to two reports published today by the European Environment Agency (EEA).
"Green taxation as key for sustainable fiscal reform - The French context and European perspectives". This year's GBE annual conference will be organised in partnership with the Institut du développement durable et des relations internationales (IDDRI). The multi-stakeholder event brings together experts from academia, civil society, EU decision makers, the European Commission, and national decision makers to discuss Environmental Fiscal Reform opportunities in France and in Europe.
Due to the Eurozone crisis, states and banks still have a long way to go in consolidating their budgets and deleveraging. In this context, several voices have called for broad-based fiscal reform in EU Member States to reduce budget deficits and put European economies on a more sustainable path. Two dimensions emerge from the current situation: environmental and broader fiscal reform, and national / European tax reform.