Stop EU Water Shortages

To prevent water shortages in the EU, the European Parliament has approved a Water Reuse Regulation. The new law defines minimum requirements at European level for the first time for reclaimed water (i.e. urban wastewater that has been treated in a reclamation plant) to be used for agricultural purposes in a safe way, protecting people…

Soros calls for Bond Issue to tackle COVID-19

George Soros has called for countries including Germany and the Netherlands to “think again” and consider his proposal that the EU should issue perpetual bonds to fund the two trillion Euros needed to tackle COVID-19 and climate change.  The financier and philanthropist says these threats are the “crisis of my lifetime” that “endangers the survival…

Making Business More Climate Friendly

A total of 68 large German and international companies from all sectors of the economy call upon politicians on the occasion of the Petersberg Climate Dialogue to combine economic measures to deal with the Corona crisis with ambitious climate policy. At yesterday’s launch of the 11th edition of the Petersberg Climate Dialogue, a broad alliance…

Europe’s Recovery Plan

Last week on 23 April, EU heads of state and government met via video conference to address the development of economic measures to recover from the coronavirus crisis. However, instead of proposing ambitious measures, in particular coronabonds, a mutualised debt instrument, EU Leaders decided not to decide. The European Commission is instead tasked with the…

Austria Goes Coal-Free

Austria has shut down its last coal-fired plant in Mellach (Styria) thereby ending its energy generation from coal.  This makes Austria the eighth coal-free EU member state. The Mellach 246 MW coal plant was commissioned in 1986 and provided the city of Graz with heat. It has closed after this winter’s heating season.  “The end of…

Managing Waste Disposal During the Pandemic

The European Commission has published guidelines to support Member States in their waste management in these difficult times of coronavirus.  The continuity in providing those services also during the coronavirus crisis is crucial for our health, for the environment, and for the economy.  Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, Virginijus Sinkevičius, said: “In this unprecedented crisis, we…

European Alliance for a Green Recovery

The Confederation of European paper industries and its members across Europe, says it strongly support the initiative of Pascal Canfin, Chair of the Environment Committee at the European Parliament, to launch a European alliance for a Green Recovery.  Cepi joins 180 political decision-makers, business leaders, trade unions, NGOs, and think tanks who have come together to…

COVID-19 lockdowns may reduce outdoor air pollution but what about the indoor pollution threat?

Many European capital cities are reporting reduced air pollution due to the COVID-19 pandemic meaning traffic greatly reduced as many Europeans are staying at home due to national measures to limit the spread of the virus. However, the easing of air pollution caused by the pandemic goes against the general trend. Just before the “lockdowns”, the European…

Plan To Prevent Extinction

A draft global plan to halt the collapse of nature will not protect vulnerable communities or stop the Earth’s sixth mass extinction, claims Friends of the Earth. The call comes as governments meet in Rome for the first time today to work on a “Paris-style” United Nations agreement that will eventually be agreed in October. …