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Guides on the Environmental policy of the EU.
Communication on forests
The European Commission adopted on 23 July a comprehensive Communication setting out a new framework of actions to protect and restore the world's forests, which host 80% of biodiversity on land, support the livelihoods of around a quarter of the world's population, and are vital to our efforts to fight climate change.
National energy and climate plans
The European Commission published on 18 June its assessment of Member States' draft plans to implement the EU's Energy Union objectives, and in particular the agreed EU 2030 energy and climate targets.
EU firefighting fleet launched for next forest fire season
To prepare for the risk of forest fires during the upcoming summer, the Commission is launching today the first fleet of firefighting aircraft under the new rescEU system to tackle natural disasters.
Sustainability criteria for biofuels specified
The European Commission adopted on 13 March a delegated act on sustainability criteria for biofuels as requested by the European Parliament and Member States.
Strategic approach to pharmaceuticals in the environment
The European Commission adopted on 11 March a Communication outlining a set of actions addressing the multifaceted challenges that the release of pharmaceuticals poses to the environment.
Circular Economy Package Report
The European Commission adopted a Report on 4 March on its 2015 Circular Economy Action Plan to stimulate Europe's transition towards a circular economy which aimed at boosting global competitiveness, fostering sustainable economic growth and generating new jobs.
Innovation Fund Delegated Regulation
The Commission announced on 26 February an investment programme worth over €10 billion for low-carbon technologies in several sectors to boost their global competitiveness.
Strategy for a climate neutral Europe by 2050
The European Commission presented its strategy for a climate neutral Europe by 2050 on 28 November.
New Ecodesign rules for light bulbs, applicable from September 2018
As of 1 September 2018 energy intensive and inefficient halogen light bulbs can no longer be sold across the European Union.
EU Pollinators Initiative
The European Commission launched on 1 June the first-ever EU initiative to address the rapid decline of wild pollinators Friday, insects such as bees, bumblebees, butterflies and other insects.
New EU rules to ban single-use plastics
The European Commission proposed on 28 May new EU-wide rules to target the 10 single-use plastic products most often found on Europe's beaches and seas, as well as lost and abandoned fishing gear.
Commission proposals on financing sustainable growth
The EU Commission delivered on 24 May the first concrete actions to enable the EU financial sector to lead the way to a greener and cleaner economy.
EU Action Plan on financing sustainable growth
The European Commission presented on 8 March an Action Plan on sustainable finance and financial technology.
Safer drinking water for Europeans
Revised European legislation proposed by the European Commission will improve the quality of drinking water and access to it as well as provide better information to citizens.
A European strategy for plastics
The European Commission set out on 16 January 2018 a European strategy on Plastic Waste.
New EU rules on organic farming
The EU Council endorsed on 20 November 2017 the co-legislators' agreement on the new rules on organic production and looks forward to the final steps leading to the adoption of the new Regulation. Once adopted, the new rules will enter into force on 1 January 2021. This will give enough time for producers, operators and trade partners to adapt to the new framework.
Driving Clean Mobility: Questions & Answers
The European Commission proposed on 8 November 2017 new targets for the EU fleet wide average CO2 emissions of new passenger cars and vans to help accelerate the transition to low- and zero emission vehicles.
COP23 UN climate change conference
The 2017 UN Climate Change Conference opened on 6 November 2017, with the aim of launching nations towards the next level of ambition needed to tackle global warming and put the world on a safer and more prosperous development path.
New mandatory car emissions tests
From 1 September 2017, new car models have to pass new and more reliable emissions tests in real driving conditions ("Real Driving Emissions" – RDE) as well as an improved laboratory test ("World Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure" – WLTP) before they can be driven on European roads.
Endocrine disruptors
EU Member States representatives voted on 4 July in favour of the European Commission's proposal on scientific criteria to identify endocrine disruptors in the field of plant protection products. This is seen as an important step towards greater protection of citizens from harmful substances.