The magazine Environment for Europeans has been one of the most popular publications received in the European Documentation Centre here in Taylor Library. However, it has been announced that there will be no more print editions of this tri-annual publication produced by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Environment. Instead those wishing to keep up to date with European environment and climate policy can subscribe to receive more frequent electronic updates. These bulletins will contain features, news articles, facts and figures, video clips and information on upcoming events. The bulletins will be available in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Polish and Romanian.
On 23 May 2018 the LIFE Awards will celebrate the most successful projects from the LIFE programme, the EU’s financial instrument supporting environmental, nature conservation and climate action projects.
There are four categories: nature conservation and biodiversity, environmental technologies and solutions, climate action, and the people’s choice.
The People’s Choice Award is where you can vote for any of the nominated six green city projects.
The six projects are:
URBANCOWS, Estonia: the project restored the conservation status of boreal Baltic coastal meadows and coastal lagoons, as well as the characteristic species of these habitats, in the Pärnu Coastal Meadow Nature Reserve Natura 2000 network site.
PEHRT, Italy: How can people and goods move within historic towns in a more sustainable way? The PERHT project reduced traffic congestion in small and mid-sized towns like Treviso, for example, by setting up green urban mobility hubs.
Climate Proofing Housing Landscapes, UK: The project worked with local residents to design and implement climate change adaptation measures in London Borough of Hammersmith, making social housing fit for the future.
EKO-LIFE, Austria: Although many people are aware of environmental problems, individual contribution to CO2 emissions remains very high. The project addressed the environmental consequences of global warming and our lifestyles, particularly related to nutrition and mobility.
Clean Air, Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark, Hungary, Poland: Every day, a person breathes in about 15,000 litres of air. Besides the essential oxygen, a lot of dangerous pollutants end up in people’s lungs. Any reduction in air pollution contributes significantly both to general health and to climate protection – in the end cleaner air means better quality of life.
AIRUSE, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain, UK: Air pollution is a major environmental and health problem. The project identified cost-effective measures for ensuring better air quality in southern European cities such as Barcelona (Spain), Athens (Greece), Toscana (Italy), Porto (Portugal) and West Midlands (UK).
The deadline for voting is 25 April 2018.
A discussion event will take place in the Sir Duncan Rice Library this month entitled EU Renewable Energy Post 2020 – Can We Promote Renewable Energy In Europe Without Binding Targets?
Speakers include Olivia Woolley (School of Law University of Aberdeen) and Morag McCorkindale (Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group (AREG))
Here’s an excerpt from the description on the Facebook event page:
Currently, under the 2009 Renewable Energy Directive, EU Member States have binding targets to meet for renewable energy development. These targets expire in 2020, and any further policy framework is non-binding as of now. The past experience with non-binding renewable energy targets (2001 Renewable Electricity Directive) has demonstrated limited effectiveness. However, the binding targets form renewables may hamper other low-carbon energy developments, such as nuclear energy or CCS (carbon capture and storage).
The event will be held on Wednesday 25th October in the Sir Duncan Rice Library at the University of Aberdeen from 5pm – 7pm.
The event is free but booking is advised to avoid disappointment.
The implications of Brexit for the fishing industry are highly uncertain. Prior to the introduction of a new Fisheries Bill, the House of Commons Library has produced a briefing paper entitled “Brexit: What next for UK fisheries?” on how negotiations with the EU and future UK Government policy may affect fishing in the UK. It is available here.
An earlier briefing paper by the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) called Implications of leaving the EU: Fisheries examines issues for the Scottish sea fishing sector. It is available here.
What does nature mean to you? To highlight the important role nature plays in all our lives The European Environment Agency (EEA) is organising a photography competition ‘NATURE@work’, which invites you to capture how nature benefits you.
The competition is open to all European citizens over the age of 18 and invites them to submit photographs that illustrate any of the following three themes:
- NATURE provides:
- NATURE protects:
- NATURE inspires:
The winners in each category above will be awarded a cash prize. The closing date is 15th August 2017. Find out more here.
Earlier this week the House of Lords EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee published its report on Brexit: environment and climate change recommending key actions to ensure the environment is as well protected post Brexit as it is now.
The report discusses how policies and standards relating to the environment and climate change are deeply embedded in EU Law and points out the complexity and scale of the task ahead.
Aberdeen University staff and students can access the full report on Public Information Online here.
If you are interested in how EU environmental policies and laws are put into practice across Europe and seeing where there are implementation gaps, you may wish to have a look at the European Commission’s new tool to improve implementation of EU environmental law called The Environmental Implementation Review.
While the review shows that that environmental policies in general work, it identifies the most pressing implementation gaps across EU Member States are in waste management, nature and biodiversity, air quality, noise and water quality.
The European Commission has produced this short video below.
The European Commission have released a new infographic highlighting the causes and consequences of air pollution and the steps the Commission proposes to take in order to tackle the issue. See the explanatory text from the Commission below and click here to view and interact with the infographic.
Every year, more than 400,000 people in the EU die prematurely due to the consequences of air pollution: this is more than 10 times the toll of road traffic accidents. Another 6.5 million people fall sick as air pollution causes diseases such as strokes, asthma and bronchitis. Air pollution also harms our natural environment, impacting both vegetation and wildlife: almost two-thirds of Europe’s ecosystems are threatened by the effects of air pollution. This interactive infographic explains how the European Commission proposes to address air pollution in Europe. Among others, the infographic explains what the main air pollutants and their effects are, where air pollution comes from, what action needs to be taken and what the benefits would be. All the graphics included in the infographic can be downloaded as image files.
LIFE is the EU’s financial mechanism supporting environmental, nature conservation and climate action projects in the EU. The successful projects for last year fall into four categories. Click on the links below to find out more.
- Environment & Resource Efficiency (56 new projects in 10 countries worth €71.9 million)
- Nature & Biodiversity (39 new projects in 19 countries worth €95.6 million)
- Environmental Governance & Information (15 new projects in 10 countries worth €13.8 million)
- Climate Action (34 new projects in 10 countries worth €41.5 million)
One of the supported projects is TRiFOCAL London Transforming City Food Habits for Life on ways to promote a reduction in food waste.
The European Documentation Centre in Taylor Library receives some LIFE publications in hard copy. Recent titles include:
The European Commission has announced the 2016 finalists in the Natura 2000 Awards celebrating and promoting nature conservation in Europe and highlighting the importance of protecting biodiversity. There are 5 categories including the Citizens Award which has 24 finalists, including 4 from the UK, with the winner voted for by the public. Why not have a look and vote now.
If you have not come across Natura 2000 before, it is a network of sites for rare and threatened species and habitats. Stretching across all 28 EU countries it covers 18% of the EU’s land area and almost 6% of its marine area and is the centrepiece of the EU’s nature and biodiversity policy.
The wildlife, documentary film maker, Jacques Perrin has used 16 different Natura 2000 sites in his latest work, Seasons capturing the lives of 28 mammal and bird species. Watch a trailer for the film (in French) below.