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In a groundbreaking bill approved by Irish parliament on Thursday 12th of July, the Irish government is set to completely divest its Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF) from companies with shares in the fossil fuel industry. The move makes the Irish government the first government in the world to divest from fossil fuels. The Fossil… » read more

  Posted by Arthur Wyns - environmental journalist

Guest post by Matthew Spiegl, lawyer and the legal counsel for the Free Morgan Foundation (Netherlands) and Dr. Ingrid N. Visser, whale biologist and the co-founder of the Free Morgan Foundation. Words matter; the arrangement of words, the grammatical structure of sentences, the syntactical separation of subject and the disjunction of dissimilar provisions by paragraphs,… » read more

  Posted by The Guest Blog

Next month, on Tuesday 10 July to be precise, the European Parliament’s Committees on industry (ITRE) and transport (TRAN), will each cast key votes on the European Commission’s proposal for future CO2 targets for passenger cars and light commercial vehicles, the latter better known as vans or LCVs. While the Commission’s proposal for post-2021 CO2… » read more

  Posted by Secretary General of the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA)

On 17 May, the European Commission presented a new Mobility Package entitled ‘Sustainable Mobility for Europe’ with which it seeks to promote safe, connected and clean mobility across the EU. This third and last Mobility Package by the Juncker Commission contains various legislative and non-legislative proposals that will affect the EU automobile industry. Given that… » read more

  Posted by Secretary General of the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA)

All economic activities related to research, development, production, trade and consumption of plants, animals and all other living things are defined as “bioeconomy”. Scientifically bioeconomy aims at producing economical gains by generating surplus values using new methods such as biotechnology with the targeted profits of improved health, increased productivity and higher quality in agricultural and… » read more

  Posted by Nacikgoz

The UN expects the world temperature to rise of about 2.7°C, well above the target maximum of 1.5°C to 2°C agreed upon in Paris. Even if countries manage to match this ambition with results, people in many parts of the globe still face a future of more frequent flooding, drought and storms. Urban population growth… » read more

  Posted by Kaj Embren

Guest blog post by Margit Schratzenstaller, Austrian Institute of Economic Research In a few days the European Commission is going to launch its proposal for the post-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework, which is eagerly awaited by policy makers on the European and on Member State level alike. The documents released by the European Commission during the… » read more

  Posted by The Guest Blog

            Dionisio González is the Advocacy & Outreach Director at UITP, the International Association of Public Transport. UITP is a passionate champion of sustainable urban mobility and it is the only worldwide network to bring together all public transport stakeholders and all sustainable transport modes. Cities around the world are… » read more

  Posted by International Association of Public Transport

In the context of shaping the Future of Europe, the health community can bring the Wind of Change to the EU institutional renewal process by making the case for the added value of EU action on air pollution at European, national and local level, by pointing out the health benefits. Why is air pollution the… » read more

  Posted by My European Civil Voice - Zoltán Massay-Kosubek @EU_ZMK

  Guest post by Richard Samans and Simon Messenger. Richard Samans is Chairman of the Climate Disclosure Standards Board and Managing Director and member of the Managing Board of the World Economic Forum. Simon Messenger is Managing Director of the Climate Disclosure Standards Board. Expectations of investors and regulators are changing regarding the obligation of… » read more

  Posted by The Guest Blog

Last week the European Commission released new information that Czech Republic and 8 other member states are behind schedule on reducing emissions. All countries in question; Germany, France, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, Romania, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, have until mid-March to deliver documents proving genuine effort to meet the quotas. If there… » read more

  Posted by EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy

Certifiable sense

  In Sweden, the circular economy is already a reality. The REVAQ certification system, which started in 2008, recycles nutrients back to agricultural land To ensure high quality digestate from the anaerobic digestion of sewage sludge in Sweden, REVAQ, a certification system, was established in 2008. REVAQ is operated by the Swedish Water & Wastewater… » read more

  Posted by EurEau

  Cost recovery, further investment and asset management plans will ensure the long term development of Spanish water services Ever since the International Conference on Water and the Environment, held in Dublin in 1992, water has been considered an eco-social asset, satisfying economic, social and environmental functions. Currently, it is evident that integrated water resources… » read more

  Posted by EurEau

Is the Portuguese water sector prepared for periods of extreme weather? A number of projects have been developed but an integrated strategy is needed According to the most recent reports, southern Europe and the Mediterranean Basin – including Portugal and Spain – are among the main areas that are vulnerable to climate change impacts with… » read more

  Posted by EurEau

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