Etihad Ecoflight to Brussels

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, yesterday operated a special ‘eco-flight’ from Abu Dhabi to Brussels, featuring a range of initiatives designed to illustrate the airline’s broad commitment to sustainable practices in the air and on the ground. Flight EY 57, which arrived in Brussels at 7.00am, was operated with a…

EU Climate Neutral By 2050

The European Union says it is committed to becoming the first climate-neutral bloc in the world by 2050.  This requires significant investment from both the EU and the national public sector, as well as the private sector, it says. The European Green Deal’s Investment Plan – the Sustainable Europe Investment Plan – presented today will mobilise…

Modernisation of Grupo Ruiz

The European Investment Bank (EIB) is set to finance the modernisation of Grupo Ruiz’s bus fleet by facilitating €27.5 million for the introduction of 173 safer, less polluting and more modern vehicles.  EIB Vice-President Emma Navarro and Grupo Ruiz CEO Gregorio Ruiz signed the agreement in Madrid. The project is supported by the European Fund…

Green Deal: No More Investment in Fossil Fuels

Frans Timmermans, Executive Vice-President for the Green Deal, visited the premises of the European Investment Bank in Luxembourg yesterday where he addressed the EIB staff. The commission said that to achieve the ambition set by the Green Deal there are significant investment needs.  “We will only be able to meet these investment needs if we mobilise both the public and…

New Regulation for Car Safety

The EU’s revised General Safety Regulation will enter into force this week. The new rules require that, as of July 2022, all new vehicle models introduced on the European market are equipped with advanced safety features. These include technology to detect drivers’ drowsiness and distraction, improved impact zone to mitigate the risk of injury to pedestrians and…

Agreement Reached on Drinking Water Directive

The Commission says it welcomes the provisional agreement reached by the European Parliament and the Council on the recast Drinking Water Directive.  The agreement is based on the proposal adopted by the Commission in February 2018, as a direct follow-up to the Right2Water European Citizens’ Initiative. It aims to improve the quality of drinking water and access…

Sweden and the Baltic countries may receive multi-billion compensation for Russian nuclear waste burial in the Baltic Sea

We publish here in full, with the permission of the authors, the text of a report first published on 23 December) by the Institute for Global Threats and Democracy Studies (www.igtds.org). The bottom of the Baltic Sea may contain nuclear waste burial sites made by the Russian military in the early 1990s. This complements the…