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EU falls short in applying #airpollution, waste laws: Commission

EU falls short in applying #airpollution, waste laws: Commission

| February 6, 2017 | 0 Comments

European Union nations could save 50 billion euros ($53.68 billion) a year by fully carrying out existing environmental laws in areas such as air pollution and waste, the European Commission said on Monday (6 February), writes Alister Doyle. Twenty-three of the 28 member states were breaching air pollution quality standards, according to the Commission’s Environmental Implementation […]

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#Europol cracks down on  illegal trafficking of endangered animal and plant species

#Europol cracks down on illegal trafficking of endangered animal and plant species

| February 3, 2017 | 0 Comments

Europol Director Rob Wainwright met with Steven Broad, Executive Director of TRAFFIC (pictured), at Europol’s headquarters in The Hague on 2 February to discuss further co-operation in fighting environmental crime, following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two parties in 2016. The scope of the MoU is to facilitate the exchange […]

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Faced with US retreat on #ClimateChange, EU looks to China

Faced with US retreat on #ClimateChange, EU looks to China

| February 2, 2017 | 0 Comments

Faced with a US retreat from international efforts to tackle climate change, European Union officials are looking to China, fearing a leadership vacuum will embolden those within the bloc seeking to slow the fight against global warming, writes Alissa de Carbonnel. While U.S. President Donald Trump has yet to act on campaign pledges to pull […]

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Protecting the #Arctic: MEPs push for a sustainable policy

Protecting the #Arctic: MEPs push for a sustainable policy

| February 1, 2017 | 0 Comments

MEPs on the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs and Environment Committee have today adopted a report addressing the European Union’s policy towards the Arctic, calling for steps to be taken to avoid the militarisation of the region and for a strategy to promote sustainable development, environmental protection and to limit the impact of human activities. ALDE […]

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#EU set to meet green energy goal; #UK trails: document

#EU set to meet green energy goal; #UK trails: document

| January 31, 2017 | 0 Comments

The European Union is on track to meet its goal for renewables to supply up 20 percent of its energy by 2020, the EU executive said in a report seen by Reuters, although Britain, Ireland and Luxembourg are lagging behind. In a stock take on the bloc’s climate targets, due to be published on Wednesday, […]

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The European Commission’s communication on the role of  Waste-to-Energy in the #CircularEconomy

The European Commission’s communication on the role of  Waste-to-Energy in the #CircularEconomy

| January 31, 2017 | 0 Comments

ESWET welcomes the publication of the Communication, since we believe that waste management policies, in order to bring benefits to all EU citizens, should be based on efficient and sustainable solutions. Waste-to-Energy (i.e. thermal energy recovery of waste) is one of them: it complements Circular Economy by dealing with waste not suitable for recycling that would be […]

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Waste: Boost #recycling, cut landfilling and curb food waste, say MEPs

Waste: Boost #recycling, cut landfilling and curb food waste, say MEPs

| January 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

The share of waste to be recycled should be raised to 70% by 2030, from 44% today, while landfilling, which has a big environmental impact, should be limited to 5%, said Environment Committee MEPs on Tuesday, as they amended the draft EU “waste package” legislation. They also advocate a 50% reduction in food waste by […]

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