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EU Environment Policy

Latest news on the environment policies of the European Union.

New EU rules on power adaptors come into force
A new EU regulation on external power supplies aimed at making a range of household appliances, from laptops to electric toothbrushes, more energy efficient entered into force on 1 April.

EU's Circular Economy plan to clamp down on waste
The EU's Circular Economy action plan, launched Wednesday by the European Commission, outlines measures to reduce waste along the entire life cycle of products we produce, consume and dispose of.

EU Circular Economy Action Plan
The European Commission has adopted a new Circular Economy Action Plan - one of the main blocks of the European Green Deal, Europe’s new agenda for sustainable growth. The new Action Plan announces initiatives along the entire life cycle of products, targeting for example their design, promoting circular economy processes, fostering sustainable consumption, and aiming to ensure that the resources used are kept in the EU economy for as long as possible. It introduces legislative and non-legislative measures targeting areas where action at the EU level brings real added value.

Circular Economy Action Plan - background guide
The European Commission adopted on 11 March a new Circular Economy Action Plan - one of the main building blocks of the European Green Deal, Europe's new agenda for sustainable growth.

New EU strategy to decarbonise Europe's economy
The EU Commission unveiled a new industrial strategy for Europe Tuesday to help industry's transitions towards climate neutrality and digitalisation, and boost its competitiveness and strategic autonomy.

EU paves way for greener partnership with Africa
The EU's foreign policy chief and the Commission set out the basis for a new, 'green' strategy with Africa Monday, focusing on green and digital transformation, and promoting sustainable investment and jobs.

European Climate Law puts EU on course for net zero emissions
The Commission proposed Wednesday to set Europe on an 'irreversible path to a more sustainable future', enshrining in legislation the EU's political commitment to be climate neutral by 2050.

The European Climate Law and Climate Pact
The European Commission presented on 4 March a proposal to enshrine in legislation the EU's political commitment to be climate neutral by 2050, to protect the planet and our people.

Global coalition for biodiversity launched on World Wildlife Day
On World Wildlife Day, and ahead of October's CoP 15 Convention on Biological Diversity, the EU Commission called Tuesday for stronger mobilisation in raising awareness of the need to protect biodiversity.

EIB and UNEP strengthen cooperation on climate and environmental actions
The European Investment Bank (EIB) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) agreed Monday to deepen their cooperation to enhance climate and environmental actions.

LIFE Integrated Projects
The European Commission announced on 17 February an investment of EUR 101.2 million for the latest projects under the LIFE programme for the Environment and Climate Action.

EU invests EUR 100m in projects to combat climate change
The European Commission announced funding of EUR 101.2 million under the EU's LIFE programme Monday for new projects to support 10 major environment and climate projects in nine Member States.

Green light for cleaner EU tap water
EU Member States' ambassadors cleared the way Wednesday for final adoption of a proposal to revise the drinking water directive, ensuring that tap water across the European Union is safe to drink.

EU action on pesticides has made limited progress: auditors
The EU offers few incentives for farmers to reduce their dependency to pesticides, and has been unable to substantially reduce and control risks associated to pesticides use by farmers, says a new report.

BlueInvest Fund to unlock potential of EU's blue economy
The EU Commission with the European Investment Fund launched the BlueInvest Fund Tuesday, to provide financing to equity funds that support economic activities related to oceans, seas and coasts.

BlueInvest platform
The BlueInvest platform supports investment readiness and access to finance for early-stage businesses, SMEs and scale-ups in the blue economy.

Green deal at centre of EU Commission's 2020 work plan
The EU's key challenge in 2020 is to grasp opportunities offered by the ecological and digital transitions, its chief Ursula von der Leyen said as she set out her Commission's new Work Programme Wednesday.

MEPs call for end to lead in recycled PVC
MEPs on the European Parliament's Environment Committee objected Tuesday to a Commission proposal allowing lead in recycled PVC, citing the need to protect human health and the environment.

MEPs call for legally binding targets on biodiversity
The European Parliament called Thursday on the upcoming 2020 UN biodiversity conference COP 15 to agree on legally binding targets, as was the case for the Paris agreement on climate change.

European Green Deal
Becoming the world's first climate-neutral continent by 2050 is the greatest challenge and opportunity of our times. To achieve this, the European Commission presented the European Green Deal, the most ambitious package of measures that should enable European citizens and businesses to benefit from sustainable green transition. Measures accompanied with an initial roadmap of key policies range from ambitiously cutting emissions, to investing in cutting-edge research and innovation, to preserving Europe's natural environment. Supported by investments in green technologies, sustainable solutions and new businesses, the Commission says the Green Deal can be a new EU growth strategy. Involvement and commitment of the public and of all stakeholders is crucial to its success.

European Green Deal Investment Plan + Just Transition Mechanism
The European Green Deal's Investment Plan - the Sustainable Europe Investment Plan - presented on 14 January will mobilise public investment and help to unlock private funds through EU financial instruments, notably InvestEU, which would lead to at least €1 trillion of investments.

EU sets out plans to finance green economy
The EU unveiled plans Tuesday to finance its new European Green Deal, which it says would lead to more than EUR 1 trillion of public investment through EU financial instruments, as well as private funds.

INSPIRE conference 2020
The 2020 edition of the INSPIRE conference will take place in Dubrovnik, Croatia 12-15 May 2020. The motto of this year's event is "Bringing sustainability and digitalisation together"!

EV Charging Infrastructure Forum
In 2020, the 3rd Edition EV Charging Infrastructure Forum will be hosted by Porto, Portugal on May 21-22.

Stricter C02 emissions standards for new cars and vans come into force
A new EU Regulation setting stricter CO2 emission performance standards for new passenger cars and for new light commercial vehicles (vans) in the EU came into force on 1 January 2020.