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How to make textile consumption and production more sustainable?
People are increasingly aware of the impacts our consumption has on nature and climate. One of the key consumption categories is clothing and other textiles. We spoke to Lars Mortensen, EEA expert on circular economy, consumption and production, who has worked on several assessment on textiles and their impacts on the environment.
Determined and committed to Europe’s sustainability
Editorial published in EEA newsletter, March issue, no.1/2023. Year 1972: I remember walking home with my father from the Antwerp book fair with loads of books. Three stayed with me: a book about endangered species, the Times Atlas of the World, and Limits to Growth. Over the years, my father continued stimulating my curiosity in nature , a world much bigger than our immediate surroundings, and the type of science that opened critical debates about the future of society .
Pollution in Europe’s rivers: the ecological disaster of the Oder
Endless quantities of dead fish in the Oder hit the media headlines in July and August 2022, making it one of the largest ecological disasters in Europe in recent memory. Two questions followed: what caused the fish to die? And how can such catastrophes be prevented from happening again?
Climate, nature and people: a shared future for our planet
Editorial by EEA Executive Director, published in the EEA Newsletter, no 4/2022, December 2022 The stakes have never been higher. Our planet is warming and losing species at an alarming rate. Two global conferences over the past two months brought people from across the world around a common topic — climate and biodiversity. The challenges in both areas are symptoms of the same problem: our unsustainable production and consumption. Despite the complexity of the negotiations, these conferences are crucial for global awareness, consensus and urgent action.
Interview — Methane gas emissions: a greenhouse gas crucial to mitigation efforts
Interview published in the EEA Newsletter, no 4/2022, December 2022 Reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are crucial to tackling the impacts of climate change, especially methane gas emissions which are seen as a priority area for action by the EU. The EEA recently published a briefing on methane emissions in the EU which includes a new data visualisation tool. We sat down with Ricardo Fernandez, EEA climate change mitigation expert and coordinator of the EU’s GHG inventory to the UNFCCC, to explain the briefing and why reducing methane emissions is so crucial to wider mitigation efforts.
Interview — Prosumers and the energy crisis: citizens contributing to Europe’s energy transition
Interview published in the EEA Newsletter, no 3/2022, September 2022 What are energy ‘prosumers’ and what role can they play in boosting the use of renewable energy across Europe? We sat down with EEA energy and environment expert, Javier Esparrago to talk about how citizens, institutions and businesses can help tackle the current energy crisis by becoming prosumers who both produce and consume renewable energy. The EEA published a report earlier this month which provides an overview of the role of renewable energy prosumers and its growing practice in the wake of better and cheaper technology and policies that promote it.
Summer 2022: Living in a state of multiple crises
Editorial by EEA Executive Director, published in the EEA Newsletter, no 3/2022, September 2022 It seems as if we have been living through one crisis after another — a pandemic, extreme heatwaves and drought due to climate change, inflation, war, and an energy crisis. This winter is likely to be marked by continued uncertainty, high volatility in global markets like energy and food, which will affect some countries and groups more than others. Tackling these crises, especially in the long term, requires steadfast policy commitment and investments in sustainability to strengthen our societies’ resilience.
Interview — Making transport more sustainable in Europe
Transport connects people, places, cultures and economies but it also exerts major pressures on the environment and climate. We spoke with two of European Environment Agency's (EEA) transport and environment experts — Rasa Narkeviciute and Tommaso Selleri — about the challenges and opportunities in making Europe's transport system more sustainable and about the report we have recently published.
Health in focus: Moving towards zero pollution means healthier lives in Europe
Editorial published in the EEA Newsletter, June 2022 Environmental pollution impacts our health and quality of life. The European Environment Agency’s assessments have highlighted these impacts and the potential gains we could get from a cleaner environment. We can prevent some cancer cases; we can improve our quality of life with every action we take towards zero pollution in Europe.
Interview — How does Europe get to zero pollution?
The European Union has embarked on ambitious plans to drastically reduce emissions and pollution over the coming decades. Part of this includes the recently launched Zero Pollution Action Plan which will focus on cutting air, water and soil pollution to levels no longer considered harmful to human health and the environment. We sat down with Ian Marnane, EEA environment, health and well-being expert working on an upcoming EEA report on Zero Pollution, which is expected to be published later this year.
Solidarity in Europe in times of war
Editorial by EEA Executive Director, published in the EEA Newsletter, no 1/2022, March 2022 The Russian military aggression in Ukraine changed the lives of Ukrainians from one day to the next. The impacts of this unjustified war are felt not only in Ukraine but also well beyond the borders of Ukraine and will continue to impact us all for years and even for generations to come.
Interview — Western Balkan countries play a valuable role in partnering with EEA to tackle environmental and climate challenges
The European Environment Agency cooperates with a large number of countries, including those in the Western Balkans. How does this cooperation further the EU’s work on the environment and how does it benefit Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia and Kosovo? We sat down with Luc Bas, head of Coordination, Networks and Strategy Programme, to discuss how the EEA is working with these countries to improve the environment.
Solidarity key to Covid-19 recovery and a better, sustainable future
Editorial by EEA Executive Director, published in the EEA Newsletter, no 1/2021, December 2021 2021 was marked by Covid-19 and climate change impacts. Faced with higher energy prices and health concerns, Europe’s recovery requires difficult decisions in 2022. Delayed action or lower ambitions are more likely to have higher social and economic costs in the long run. Addressing social inequalities in this sustainability transition is the key to a better future for us all.