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  • EU call for regulation of wood ash fertilisers

    Wood ash may not be an ideal fertiliser for the forest after all, according to new research, which found high natural levels of toxic trace elements in wood ash. In addition, the study showed that adding wood ash could affect the forest soils in such a way that toxic elements are more rapidly released into the receiving waters. Wood ash is a by-product of wood burning which is classed as a form ...

  • Pew Urges Reforms to EU Deep-Sea Fishing Regulations

    The Pew Environment Group today encouraged the European Commission to implement significant reforms to EU deep-sea fishing regulations. The Commission is preparing to release its deep-sea access regime proposal before the end of the first quarter of 2012. In a new policy analysis, " ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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, ...

  • Regulators in the EU and US Call upon International Oil and Gas Companies to Raise Global Safety Standards

    Just days before European rules on offshore safety for European companies abroad enter into force, and just a few months before additional requirements for companies operating in US waters take effect, the European Commissioner for energy, Guenther Oettinger, has called for operating and drilling companies to deliver the highest standards including when operating outside of American and European ...


    By European Commission

  • 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. ...

  • What next for biodiversity protection in the EU?

    The European Commission marked the opening of the International Year of Biodiversity with a paper setting out future options for biodiversity policy. Despite past efforts, species extinctions are continuing at alarming rates, and a new vision is required to halt these losses. The Communication sets out a vision and outlines four possible targets to reach it, with different levels of ambition. The ...

  • Nitrate pollution prevention regulations: Help available for farmers to prepare for regulations

    A national package of advice and support for farmers preparing for the new Nitrate Pollution Prevention Regulations has been launched by Defra. The regulations come into force on 1 January 2009 and update the UK’s implementation of the 1991 EU Nitrates Directive. Around 60 per cent of nitrate pollution in water is caused by agriculture, and it is vital that this is tackled to protect and sustain ...

  • EU environmental liability directive soon to become law

    The European Union’s Environmental Liability Directive (ELD) will come into force in England from 1 March and will have an impact on waste management activities, according to international law firm Freshfields. The Environmental Damage (Prevention and Remediation) Regulations require operators not only to take preventative action to avoid environmental damage occurring in the first place, but ...

  • New regulations loom for land remediation

    Could the remediation industry be facing another steep learning curve as regulators tackle legislation overload by bringing about a variety of new directives? The subject of land remediation has long been cloaked in confusion with contradictory regulations, confusion over permits and most legislation remaining open to interpretation. Recently some issues – such as the definition of waste - ...

  • 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 ...

  • Premier Water Research Institute Selects STARLIMS to Meet Stringent German and EU Drinking Water Standards

    HOLLYWOOD, FLORIDA – STARLIMS Corporation, a front-running global provider of Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS), announced today that it has been selected by IWW Water Centre, Muelheim, one of the leading water research institutes in Germany. Compliance with Stringent German and International Quality StandardsBy implementing the entirely web-based STARLIMS V10 ...


    By STARLIMS Corporation

  • 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

  • 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 ...

  • Carmakers still way off EU climate targets

    Car manufacturers only reduced their CO2 emissions by 1.7% over the past year – a far cry from the average 17% cut they will have to achieve within the next four years to comply with planned European legislation, according to data published today by Transport & Environment, a green NGO. German carmaker BMW made the largest step forward, recording a 7.3% cut in its fleet's emissions last year ...


  • The EU comes through with climate change package

    It was much like the magician pulling a rabbit from the hat. On the day before the end of its 2008 sessions, the European Parliament approved a climate change package aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent by 2020. This was the last hurdle to approval of the union’s ambitious climate plan, which only days earlier seemed doomed to fail. 'We have sealed the climate package,' said ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • 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 ...

  • Premier Water Research Institute Selects STARLIMS to Meet Stringent German and EU Drinking Water Standards

    STARLIMS Corporation, a leading global provider of Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS) has been selected by IWW Water Centre, Muelheim, one of the leading water research institutes in Germany. Compliance with Stringent German and International Quality Standards By implementing the entirely web-based STARLIMS V10 system, IWW will ensure full compliance with stringent water ...


    By STARLIMS Corporation

  • European Parliament approves Invasive Alien Species regulation

    Wetlands International and the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust welcome today’s adoption by the European Parliament of a new Regulation to address the impacts of invasive alien species on EU biodiversity. The European Parliament has approved a new Regulation on the prevention and management of the introduction and spread of invasive alien species. Invasive alien species are one of the biggest ...


    By Wetlands International

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