EEB believes that the EU has yet to meet expectations on 6EAP’s obligations and commitments. Only with climate change, itself a highly important field, has the EU delivered what it promised. Elsewhere, important opportunities have been missed, such as new rules for EU spending, and time was lost in producing the Thematic Strategies. EEB even perceives signs of roll-back, of weakening existing legislation, particularly with waste management and air quality. However, we also note that over the past year, environmental issues have risen up the political agenda, especially when they are related to climate change. EEB hopes this positive trend will continue, and calls on Council and Parliament to reinforce the trend by insisting that the Commission provides a set of initiatives as presented in this paper.
- European Environmental Bureau
- EEB response to the mid-term review of the sixth community ...
The ‘ins and outs’ of air quality monitoring
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recently issued draft guidance on ‘Air pollution - outdoor air quality and health.’ In the following article Jim Mills, Managing Director of Air Monitors Ltd, explains why there will need to be more funding for monitoring if the mitigation measures mentioned in the guidance are to be implemented effectively. Jim also highlights the close relationship between outdoor air quality and the (often ignored) problems with indoor air quality. The...
Can European Policies Be Dismantled?
A recent Pew Research Center poll found that 42 per cent of Europeans were keen for some ‘powers’ to be returned to the national level, with only 19 per cent favouring further centralisation at EU level. The idea of ‘less Europe’ is not new: calls for it date back to the great subsidiarity debate of the 1990s that followed the Danish ‘No’ vote on the Maastricht Treaty. But have these repeated demands led to anything? Does the European Union have a reverse gear, or is ‘more...
EC Commissioned Study Finds Increased ILUC As A Result Of EU 2020 Goals
On March 11, 2016, a consortium made up of Ecofys, the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), and E4tech announced that the final report on the Land Use Change (LUC) study is now available online. The study was commissioned and funded by the European Commission (EC) and was focused on using the GLOBIOM model to determine ILUC associated with the ten percent renewable energy use target for transportation mandated by the European Union`s (EU) 2020 goals. The report, The land use change impact...
Approximated EU GHG inventory: proxy GHG estimates for 2014
Objective of the report This report provides estimates of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the European Union (EU) and its Member States for the year 2014, covering the full GHG inventory (all sectors, except land use, landuse change and forestry (LULUCF), and all gases). These estimates are also referred to as approximated (`proxy`) estimates or inventories in this report as they cover the year for which no official GHG inventories have been prepared yet. The proxy inventories in this report are based on GHG...
Air quality issues drive vehicle alternatives
Vehicle exhaust systems remain a major source of air pollution in cities, despite the progress being made to reduce emissions from new models. Energy World takes a look at efficiency improvements, and the alternative fuel alternatives to petrol and diesel.In early April, the south of Britain woke to a hazy blanket of smog. A few weeks earlier, Paris had choked and spluttered through its own shroud. Tales of the nightmare air of Beijing have gone global. The World Health Organisation estimates that in one in eight...