Designing Safe and Sustainable Products Requires a New Approach for Chemicals

The recent European Union chemicals strategy for sustainability aims to ensure that chemicals make a positive contribution to society without harming the environment and people’s health. A European Environment Agency (EEA) briefing, published today, describes key approaches to make chemicals and products safe and sustainable by design, before they enter …

Still Insufficient Progress in Making Transport Fuels More Climate Friendly

The European Union is behind its objective to reduce the greenhouse gas emission intensity of fuels sold for road transport to 6 percent below 2010 levels, as set out in the EU’s 2020 climate and energy targets. According to the EEA’s fuel quality data indicator, the emission intensity decreased by …

Energy Community Prepares to Tackle Gas Sector Methane Emissions

European Commission published the EU Methane Strategy to establish a harmonised framework to reduce methane emissions in the gas upstream, midstream, downstream as well as the coal sector and abandoned sites. The strategy envisages the establishment of an international methane emissions mechanism to compile, verify and publish global methane emissions …

Renewables Could Cover More Than One-Third of Energy Demand in CESEC

Within ten years, the economies of Central and South Eastern Europe could cover 34 percentage of their rising energy demand cost-effectively with renewables, a new report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) finds. The Renewable Energy Roadmap for the Central and South Eastern Europe Energy Connectivity initiative (CESEC), released …

A Future in Recycling: From Street Waste Collector to Entrepreneur

Young people on parts of the African continent sometimes turn to waste management as an ad hoc or extra job to make small money when they are struggling with unemployment, but often opportunities are scarce to learn how to grow in this sector and turn it into real business. Here’s …