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EEA Air quality animation

Air – it’s all around us. It’s what we breathe, and it’s vital to our health and well-being. Economic activities, such as transport, industry and agriculture, release air pollutants, harmful to the environment and human health. SHOW MORE

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Shaping the future of energy in Europe - Clean, smart and renewable

Our quality of life depends, among other things, on a reliable supply of energy at an affordable price. We still burn fossil fuels to obtain most of the energy we use and combustion of fossil fuels affects us all in one way or another. It releases air pollutants into the atmosphere and harms our health. It also releases greenhouse gases and contributes to climate change. We are at a critical decision point in time: the negative impacts of our current energy choices on the one hand, and the opportunities that clean energy sources offer on the other. Signals 2017 looks into Europe’s transition towards clean, smart and renewable energy.

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The electric car comes of age

The electric car is on the verge of breaking through, offering a realistic choice for innovative and clean mobility.

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Climate change — time to act

Climate change is a real and current threat. To avoid major irreversible impacts on society and ecosystems, we must act now.

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Ecodriving, a cleaner and cheaper solution

These few simple, practical and free reflexes can be adopted by all drivers. With climate change increasingly in the news and oil prices hitting ever higher records, EcoDriving not only offers the advantage of reducing emissions, but also gives consumers the opportunity to cut their fuel costs by 15 % to 30 %.

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Energy and environment: democratisation of power

European Parliament - Joint Parliamentary Meeting on "Energy and Sustainable Development", presentation by Prof. Jacqueline McGlade, Executive Director, European Environment Agency. Strasbourg, November 20 2008.

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Sustainable cooling helps fight global warming

In Europe, summer heat waves are becoming harder to bear. The demand for air conditioning is on the rise, especially in office buildings. Yet buildings alone represent 40% of the EU's energy consumption, and air conditioning accounts for a significant part of it. In addition, air conditioning produces greenhouse gas emissions, aggravating global warming and putting at risk European climate protection commitments. The solution: reduce the energy requirements of existing air conditioning systems and change the way buildings are designed and used to achieve sustainable summer comfort without active cooling.

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Intelligent shopping: energy efficient appliances

European consumers aren’t fully aware of the advantages to be gained by new and efficient electrical appliances. When buying new appliances, it is essential for the consumer to be able to make a well-informed choice. The industry, pushed by the European Commission, has invested in products able to provide a high performance while reducing the environmental impact.

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Making the switch, promoting energy efficient lighting in the EU

With the nights drawing in, the question of lighting our homes and public places is once again on people's minds. This video shows how the European Union encourages schemes to switch to energy efficient lighting in private homes, at the workplace and on the streets.

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