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EEA highlights

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  • Stronger joint efforts needed to achieve cleaner Mediterranean
    [released on: 21/09/2020]

    Achieving a cleaner Mediterranean Sea requires better implementation of policies and enhanced environmental data and information, according to a joint report by the European Environment Agency (EEA) and United Nations Environment Programme’s Mediterranean Action Plan (UNEP/MAP), published today. Cumulative effects of waste and marine litter, and wastewater and industrial emissions remain key challenges for the region.

  • Sharpest decrease of the decade in EU’s greenhouse gas emissions in 2019, before impacts of COVID-19
    [released on: 17/09/2020]

    The European Environment Agency’s (EEA) preliminary data on the European Union’s (EU) greenhouse gas emissions in 2019 show close to a 4 % decrease, compared with 2018. The only time EU emissions decreased more since 1990 was during to the economic crisis in 2009. In addition, new EEA data for 2019 show that EU stays on track to end the use of chemicals harming the ozone layer.

  • New debate series by EEA: How does COVID-19 impact the environment and climate?
    [released on: 09/09/2020]

    The European Environment Agency together with the network of the heads of Environmental Protection Agencies (EPA Network) today launch the first in a series of online high-level panel debates focusing on the impacts of COVID-19 and the challenges the pandemic poses in meeting long-term climate and environment goals.

  • Tackling pollution and climate change in Europe will improve health and well-being, especially for the most vulnerable
    [released on: 08/09/2020]

    Air and noise pollution, the impacts of climate change such as heatwaves, and exposure to dangerous chemicals cause ill health in Europe. Poor quality environments contribute to 13 % (one in every eight) of deaths according to a major assessment on health and environment released today by the European Environment Agency (EEA).

  • Better awareness of biodegradable, compostable plastics disposal would help tackle Europe’s plastics problem
    [released on: 27/08/2020]

    Biodegradable, compostable and bio-based plastic products like shopping bags, packaging or drinking cups are being increasingly promoted as greener solution than traditional plastic products for consumers. But how environmentally-friendly are they? A European Environment Agency (EEA) briefing released today says clearer labelling and better public awareness will improve the correct disposal of these plastics so that they don’t end up doing more harm than good.

  • Europe’s Eastern Partnership countries make significant progress in expanding protected nature sites
    [released on: 26/08/2020]

    The six Eastern Partnership countries are making significant progress in expanding their networks of nationally protected areas, giving a boost to local nature, according to an assessment released today by the European Environment Agency (EEA) under a dedicated EU-funded project.

  • Emissions of most harmful air pollutants dropped in 2018, marking EU progress under UN Convention
    [released on: 23/07/2020]

    Emissions of the five most harmful air pollutants, including particulate matter (PM), nitrogen oxides (NOx) and ammonia (NH3) reduced across the European Union between 2017 and 2018 according to updated data published today by the European Environment Agency (EEA). The data is from the annual EU emission inventory report sent to the UNECE Air Convention (Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution - CLRTAP).

  • Greater circularity in the buildings sector can lead to major cuts in greenhouse gas emissions
    [released on: 09/07/2020]

    Improving efficiency and reuse of materials to construct houses and other buildings can open significant new opportunities to further reducing greenhouse gas emissions, according to a European Environment Agency (EEA) briefing released today.

  • Connecting protected areas with green infrastructure would strengthen Europe’s ecosystems
    [released on: 02/07/2020]

    The European Union’s (EU) network of protected sites, Natura 2000, could be further connected with green infrastructure to create a trans-European nature network. According to a European Environment Agency (EEA) briefing, published today, highways and other infrastructure currently disconnect about 15 % of the Natura 2000 sites from other nature areas, reducing their capacity for ecosystem services.

  • EU met air pollution limits for four key pollutants, including ammonia, in 2018
    [released on: 30/06/2020]

    In 2018, the European Union met all air pollution limit ceilings set for total emissions of the four key pollutants monitored under EU rules. Emissions of ammonia levelled off after five years of increases, according to updated data released by the European Environment Agency (EEA) today.