Tag Archive for 'European Commission'

Road traffic pollution contributes to chronic childhood asthma

March 22nd, 2013 by European Lung Foundation

Research conducted in ten European cities has estimated that 14% of chronic childhood asthma is due to exposure to traffic pollution near busy roads. The results are comparable to the burden associated with passive smoking: the World Health Organization estimates that between 4% and 18% of asthma cases in children are linked to passive smoking. […]

WWF report on EU achieving 100% renewable energy supply by 2050

February 14th, 2013 by WWF

The WWF has produced the report ‘Putting the EU on Track for 100% Renewable Energy‘, which shows where Europe needs to be by 2030 in order to reach a fully renewable energy system by 2050. It is comes just as the European Commission is beginning to consider post-2020 climate and energy plans. By 2030, the […]

European Commission publishes European shale gas studies

September 10th, 2012 by European Commission

The European Commission has published three studies on shale gas. Potential shale gas extraction has become a topical issue in Europe, attracting the interest of several market players and giving rise to a number of public concerns. The studies look at the potential effects of these fuels on energy markets, the potential climate impact of […]

Global carbon dioxide emissions reached all-time high in 2011

July 26th, 2012 by European Commission Joint Research Centre

Global emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) – the main cause of global warming – increased by 3% in 2011, reaching an all-time high of 34 billion tonne. In China, the world’s most populous country, average emissions of CO2 increased by 9% to 7.2 tonnes per capita. China is now within the range of 6 to […]

Maritime spatial planning required for increased number of sea users

June 30th, 2012 by The European Wind Energy Association

The report “Seanergy 2020 delivering offshore electricity to the EU” finds that the European Commission needs to encourage EU Member States to carry out maritime spatial planning, and co-operate on how they use their sea space, due to the growing number of users of Europe’s seas, including offshore renewable energy. The Seanergy 2020 report, which […]

Upward revision of greenhouse gas emission projections increases prospect of greater temperature rise

May 1st, 2012 by PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency

The United Nations climate negotiations in Cancún in 2010 and earlier in Copenhagen in 2009, called for urgent action to limit global warming to 2° Celsius. In order to reach this climate goal, 42 industrialised countries submitted quantified economy-wide emission reduction targets for 2020, and 45 developing countries submitted nationally appropriate mitigation actions. All these […]

New EU on-line tool to help adapt to climate change

March 25th, 2012 by European Commission

The European Climate Adaptation Platform (CLIMATE-ADAPT), an interactive web-based tool on adaptation to climate change, went online on the 23 March 2012 at the European Environment Agency (EEA) in Copenhagen. Connie Hedegaard, European Commissioner for Climate Action, joined Ida Auken, Denmark’s Minister for the Environment, and the EEA’s Executive Director Jacqueline McGlade for the launch. […]

Waste management and recycling can make a big contribution to economic growth and job creation

January 15th, 2012 by European Commission

Full implementation of EU waste legislation would save €72 billion a year, increase the annual turnover of the EU waste management and recycling sector by €42 billion and create over 400,000 jobs by 2020 according to a European Commission study. Illegal waste operations in EU Member States are causing missed opportunities for economic growth, but […]

Increased European public concern about climate change & awareness of economic benefits of action

October 10th, 2011 by European Commission

More than two Europeans in three see climate change as a very serious problem and almost 80% consider that taking action to combat it can boost the economy and jobs, a special Eurobarometer survey published on 7 October 2011 shows.

Photovoltaics among fastest growing industries in the world

September 9th, 2011 by European Commission Joint Research Centre

The tenth edition of the JRC PV Status Report indicates that in 2010, the photovoltaic (PV) industry production more than doubled and reached a world-wide production volume of 23.5 gigawatt (GW) of photovoltaic modules. Since 1990, photovoltaic module production has increased more than 500-fold from 46 megawatts (MW) to 23.5 GW in 2010, which makes […]