Op 19 februari vond de internationale conferentie ‘Climate Change and Oceans Preservation’ plaats op initiatief van de twee Belgische ministers van Energie, Leefmilieu en Duurzame Ontwikkeling en van de Noordzee. De Verklaring van Brussel werd enthousiast ontvangen op de conferentie en de steun blijft komen. 33 landen en 11 organisaties hebben de verklaring ondertekend.
Sinds enkele weken komen geregeld tienduizenden Vlamingen op straat om hun bezorgdheid over de klimaatopwarming te uiten. Vooral jongeren zijn de gangmakers van deze ‘call to action’. Van bij zijn aanstelling als klimaatminister stelde Koen Van den Heuvel herhaaldelijk de nood aan dialoog en overleg centraal. Het mag dan ook niet verwonderen dat hij onmiddellijk de hand reikte aan de bezielers van de klimaatmarsen. Hun gesprek leverde enkele concrete engagementen op.
Brussels, 18 December 2018 - New rules for making the EU's electricity market work better have been provisionally agreed by negotiators from the Council, the European Parliament and the European Commission.This concludes the political negotiations on the Clean Energy for All Europeans package and is a major step towards completing the Energy Union and combatting climate change, delivering on the priorities of the Juncker Commission. Negotiators were able to reach political agreement on the new Electricity Regulation and Electricity Directive. This agreement follows previous agreements on the Governance proposal, the revised Energy Efficiency Directive, the revised Renewable Energy Directive, the Energy Performance in Buildings Directive and the Regulations on Risk Preparedness and the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER).
The European Parliament and the Council yesterday reached a political agreement on strong rules to decarbonise and modernise the mobility sector. They provisionally agreed on new CO2 emission standards for cars and light vans in the EU for the period after 2020, emissions from new cars will have to be 37.5% lower in 2030 compared to 2021 and emissions from new vans will have to be 31% lower.
The IEA released a pair of reports on energy transitions in G20 countries, describing progress and challenges along the path towards modernising and diversifying our economies, improving energy security, securing energy access, improving air quality, and of course mitigating climate change.
Europe's freshwater and marine resources may seem limitless but they are under increasing pressure from pollution, over-exploitation and climate change. The European Environment Agency's (EEA) Signals 2018 explores the state and trends of Europe’s waters, asking how we can ensure healthy rivers, lakes, groundwater resources and seas for future generations.
Most national policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Europe target energy consumption and energy supply, while economic and regulatory instruments are the most common means of cutting emissions, according to a European Environment Agency (EEA) report. The report also reveals that EU Member States report the actual effects and costs for only a small number of their policies and measures.
Eurostat, the Statistical Office of the European Commission, and the European Investment Bank (EIB) are launching a new Practitioner's Guide on the Statistical Treatment of Energy Performance Contracts today.
Emissions of carbon dioxide from new passenger cars have dropped in a number of European countries where a range of taxes, subsidies and other incentives are used to encourage consumers to purchase lower-carbon-dioxide (CO2) emitting vehicles. The number of countries offering incentives for electric vehicles in particular, continues to grow, according to European Environment Agency (EEA).
Nature-based solutions are playing an increasingly important role to better protect Europeans against floods, droughts and water pollution. On World Water Day 2018, the European Environment Agency is highlighting the importance of clean water and how nature can help protect this valuable resource for generations to come.