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  • POPs have decreased significantly thanks to regulation, EU study reveals

    Quantities of dioxins and furans (PCDD/F), and hexachlorocyclohexane (HCH), in air and water decreased significantly between 1990 and 2000, according to a recent study evaluating the effectiveness of regulations governing the release of persistent organic pollutants (POPs).  Modelling future scenarios suggest further decreases in these and other POPs through 2020. POPs are toxic substances that ...

  • Questions and answers on the EU Clean Air Policy Package

    1. Why is air pollution a problem? Poor air quality is a major health risk, causing lung diseases, cardiovascular diseases, and cancer. Children, the elderly and citizens suffering from asthma and respiratory conditions are most affected. As well as negative effects on health, air pollution has considerable economic impacts, cutting short lives, increasing medical costs, and reducing ...


    By Europa Press Room

  • EU Request UK to bring the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006 into line with EU Law

    On the 16th of February 2011 the European Commission issued a press release stating that they had asked the UK to change provisions that exempt some maintenance and repair activities from the application of the EU directive1 on protection of workers from asbestos. This decision was taken as a result of a complaint made by the Asbestos Removal Contractors Association (ARCA) in 2006 to the ...

  • Questions and answers on the EU Clean Air Policy Package

    1. Why is air pollution a problem? Poor air quality is a major health risk, causing lung diseases, cardiovascular diseases, and cancer. Children, the elderly and citizens suffering from asthma and respiratory conditions are most affected. As well as negative effects on health, air pollution has considerable economic impacts, cutting short lives, increasing medical costs, and reducing ...

  • Keeping the EU eco-competitive

    A new EC-commissioned study makes ten key policy recommendations for improving Europe's competitive position within the eco-industries. As well as harmonising regulation and standards across Europe, the report recommends providing funding and skills development schemes specifically for the sector. The eco-industries, whose core sectors include air pollution control, waste treatment, renewable ...

  • Soil management in China and the EU

    Following rapid urbanisation, management of contaminated soil has become a political priority in China. In this study, researchers reviewed the current system in China as compared to Europe and provide recommendations for the sustainable management of soil. China’s rapid economic growth, and the accompanied urbanisation, has come at a considerable cost to the environment. In the late 1990s, ...

  • The Coming ‘Air War’ in Europe - US airlines battle EU carbon cap

    The European Union's plan to bring all non-EU airlines flying into or out of the bloc under its Emissions Trading System (ETS) is being challenged by the US airline industry. Appearing before the European Court of Justice (ECJ) this week, the Air Transport Association of America (ATA) argued that aviation greenhouse gas emissions should be regulated globally, not on a regional basis. It ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • EU Approves New Rules For Member States To Drastically Cut Air Pollution

    When fully implemented, the Directive will reduce by almost 50% the negative health impacts of air pollution, such as respiratory diseases and premature death, by 2030. Even if air pollutants are invisible killers, people are increasingly aware and concerned at the quality of the air they breathe and the agreement of stricter limits in the NEC is therefore an important achievement. It will also ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • Questions and answers on EU Mercury Policy

    What is mercury? Mercury is familiar to many as a silver-coloured liquid which expands and contracts in a thermometer to show the temperature. It is also known as “quicksilver” or "hydrargyrum" (i.e. liquid silver) and is represented by the symbol Hg. Mercury is the only metal that is liquid at ambient room temperature. It is a chemical element and therefore indestructible. ...

  • More hydrogen cars on EU roads

    The European Commission welcomes this week's support of the European Parliament for its proposal to simplify the approval of hydrogen powered vehicles. This will mark a step forward in the development and marketing of clean and safe hydrogen vehicles. As a result, they will be seen more often on Europe's streets and the European automotive industry could become more competitive by taking the lead ...

  • Newly found health effects of air pollution call for stronger EU air policies

    Long-term exposure to fine particles (PM2.5) can trigger atherosclerosis, adverse birth outcomes and childhood respiratory diseases, according to a World Health Organisation (WHO) review released today. REVIHAAP – the “Review of evidence on health aspects of air pollution” – also suggests a possible link with neurodevelopment, cognitive function and diabetes, and ...

  • Production and imports of fluorinated greenhouse gases fall in the EU

    Production of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), perfluorocarbons (PFCs) and sulphur hexafluoride (SF6) decreased by 5% within the EU in 2011, compared with 2010, when measured in absolute, metric tonnes, according to a recent report from the European Environment Agency (EEA). Imports and sales of these powerful greenhouse gases (GHGs) also fell, by 6% and 12% respectively, ...

  • EU allergy and asthma network marks its achievements

    The Global Allergy and Asthma European Network (GA2LEN)1, established in 2005 to facilitate excellence in allergy research across clinical and research institutions in Europe, has recently published a report on its major achievements. Funded by the EU, GA2LEN is composed of a multidisciplinary research network centred on scientific projects in allergy and asthma. It integrates research on ...

  • The EU fuel cells and hydrogen joint technology initiative

    The Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Technology Initiative (JTI) is a public private partnership with joint funding from the Community and from industry with industry in the lead. The Fuel Cells and Hydrogen JTI was established as a Joint Undertaking by Council Regulation (EC) 521/2008[1]. It is officially launched at the First Stakeholders General Assembly in Brussels on 14-15 October 2008. The ...

  • EU and China together explore the benefits of green growth

    Business opportunities from resource efficient production is the focus of today’s visit to China by European Commission Vice-President Antonio Tajani, Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship, and Janez Potočnik, Commissioner for Environment. Green growth is now high on the political agenda for the EU and China – both are interested in achieving sustainable growth while ...

  • Croatia joins the EU in July… Are you ready?

    Enhesa’s compliance tools are now available for Croatia. Are your operations prepared for the wave of regulatory changes happening this summer? For more information on Croatia coverage, contact us today. Beginning on 1 July 2013, Croatia will officially become an EU Member State. The second half of this year and ...

  • EIB financing of EU municipal waste management projects

    Within the last 8 years period (2000-2007), the EIB signed loans of around EUR 1,5 billion dedicated to investments in municipal waste management facilities. Nearly EUR 1 billion of the signed amount involves incineration. This represents some 0. 3% of total signed loans of EIB during that period. The projects are located mainly in EU-15, notably FR, DK, IT, NL, UK and often involve efficient ...

  • Council adopts regulation on fluorinated greenhouse gases

    The Council today adopted1 a regulation on fluorinated greenhouse gases (F-gases) (PECOS 1/14, PE-CO#6;S 1/14 COR 1, 7929/14 ADD 1). The new regulation will allow to reduce F-gas emissions in the EU by two-thirds of today's levels by 2030. The use of F-gases in some new equipment, such as refrigerators and air conditioners, will be banned where viable and more climate-friendly alternatives are ...


    By EU Council of Ministers

  • Noise pollution: separate regulations needed for construction

    In a new study, Spanish researchers describe a method specifically designed for measuring and characterising noise from building sites. They claim the method could help shape future policy related to noise pollution caused by the construction industry and provide important information to help reduce construction noise. Several EU directives are concerned with noise pollution and focus on reducing ...

  • EU Adopts World’s First Test for Diesel Car Emissions ‘On the Road’

    EU regulators have today agreed new test procedures that will, for the first time, measure the ‘real world’ emissions of diesel cars under the Euro 6 air quality standard. It will require vehicles to be tested on roads rather than in laboratories, overcoming obsolete tests and ‘cycle beating’ techniques used by carmakers to achieve results in tests many times lower than ...

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