Action to reduce waste from single-use plastics

The Commission is taking legal steps against 11 Member States, calling on them to step up the implementation of the Single-Use Plastics Directive in order to reduce the impact of certain plastic products on the environment and on human health. Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Ireland, France, Croatia, Latvia, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, and Finland – have not communicated to the Read more about Action to reduce waste from single-use plastics[…]

What is asbestos and why do we need to be protected from it?

Asbestos is a highly dangerous substance which can cause cancer and other illnesses. Environmental and occupational exposure to asbestos is known to contribute to the high burden of cancer, causing many avoidable deaths. 78% of cancers recognised as occupational cancer in the EU are related to asbestos. In 2019 alone, more than 70,000 workers died from Read more about What is asbestos and why do we need to be protected from it?[…]

€1 billion worth of commitments to protect the ocean

At the Our Ocean Conference (OOC) in Palau, the EU has renewed its pledges towards international Ocean governance. Presenting a list of 44 commitments for the 2020-2022 period for an amount of almost €1 billion, the EU has brought forward its most important commitments ever offered during an Our Ocean Conference, in terms of value. The Our Read more about €1 billion worth of commitments to protect the ocean[…]

Launch of ‘NEB LAB’ with new projects and call for Friends

The Commission is launching the NEB LAB: a ‘think and do’ tank to make the New European Bauhaus a reality through concrete and tangible projects. By connecting the initiative’s growing community and sharing ideas, it will bring about beautiful, sustainable, and inclusive changes on the ground. The launch of the ‘NEB LAB’ starts with a call Read more about Launch of ‘NEB LAB’ with new projects and call for Friends[…]

Over €1 billion for the EU climate transition

The Commission signed grant agreements of €1.1 billion with seven large-scale projects via the EU Innovation Fund, funded by revenues from the EU’s Emissions Trading System (ETS). These projects aim to reduce emissions by over 76 Mt of CO2eq during the first ten years of operation. The seven projects are deploying innovative low-carbon technologies at Read more about Over €1 billion for the EU climate transition[…]

What is the Construction Products Regulation about?

The Construction Products Regulation aims to ensure that construction products can freely circulate within the Single Market. To achieve this, the Construction Products Regulation lays down harmonised rules for putting construction products on the EU market. The existing harmonised rules focus on how to express the performance of construction products in relation to their essential Read more about What is the Construction Products Regulation about?[…]

Towards a green, digital and resilient economy

The European Commission has put forward a Communication on the European Growth Model. It recalls the common objectives the EU and its Member States have committed to with respect to the green and digital transition and to strengthening social and economic resilience. It acknowledges that the European economy is undergoing unprecedented transformations in the context Read more about Towards a green, digital and resilient economy[…]

How energy taxes, carbon pricing and energy subsidies contribute to achieving the EU’s climate objectives

Energy taxation can support efforts to combat climate change, but current tax levels do not reflect the extent to which different energy sources pollute. A review published today by the European Court of Auditors outlines how energy taxes, carbon pricing and energy subsidies contribute to achieving the EU’s climate objectives. Even though renewable-energy subsidies almost Read more about How energy taxes, carbon pricing and energy subsidies contribute to achieving the EU’s climate objectives[…]

What are Intelligent Transport Systems?

To support the transition to cleaner, greener, and smarter mobility, in line with the objectives of the European Green Deal, the Commission today adopted four proposals that will modernise the EU’s transport system. By increasing connectivity and shifting more passengers and freight to rail and inland waterways, by supporting the roll-out of charging points, alternative refuelling Read more about What are Intelligent Transport Systems?[…]

What is the EU-Catalyst partnership?

The EU-Catalyst partnership brings together the Commission, the European Investment Bank and Breakthrough Energy Catalyst. It was first announced at the Mission Innovation Ministerial Conference in June 2021 by Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Bill Gates, founder of Breakthrough Energy. The partnership will mobilise up to €820 million ($1 billion) between 2022-2026 to accelerate the deployment and rapidly commercialise innovative Read more about What is the EU-Catalyst partnership?[…]

How to climate-proof future infrastructure projects

The European Commission has published new technical guidance on climate-proofing of infrastructure projects for the period 2021-2027. The guidance will help mainstream climate considerations in future investment and development of infrastructure projects from buildings, network infrastructure to a range of built systems and assets. That way, institutional and private European investors will be able to make Read more about How to climate-proof future infrastructure projects[…]

Funding available for research on clean steel and coal

The European Research Executive Agency has launched the 2021 call for proposals under the Research Fund for Coal and Steel programme. The programme supports research and innovation projects that work towards low-emission steelmaking and a just transition  for coal regions, thereby contributing to the European Green Deal. For the period 2021-2027, the European Commission proposes to increase the Read more about Funding available for research on clean steel and coal[…]