Sustainability: What Are the Alternatives to Economic Growth?

The EEA briefing ‘Growth without economic growth‘ presents an overview of the various ideas about progress beyond economic growth. Economic growth is closely linked to increasing production, consumption and resource use, which has negative effects on nature, climate and human health. Moreover, current research suggests that it is unlikely that …

Water, Our Ally in Adapting to Climate Change in the Western Balkans

In times of crisis, such as the one we are facing right now due to COVID-19, proper hygiene and access to clean water are crucial. Just as important is a set of measures that adequately addresses the challenges faced by society. This holds true for emergencies of public health as much …

Joint Cross-Border Renewable Energy Projects Are Feasible and Beneficial

The EEA briefing Cross-border cooperation for deployment of renewable energy, which looks at the challenges posed by cross-border cooperation on renewable energy, found that several key barriers exist deterring EU Member States from launching joint projects. These include the complexity of setting up agreements, potential conflicts with national measures, uncertainty …

Climate Action in Europe: EU ETS Emissions See Big Drop in 2019, Latest EEA...

Greenhouse gas emissions from stationary installations covered by the European Union’s Emissions Trading System (ETS) dropped by 9.1 percent in 2019 from 2018 levels, the largest drop in a decade, according to the latest European Environment Agency (EEA) briefing on trends and projections in the EU ETS released today. The …

Human Activities Put Pressure on Every Part of Europe’s Seas

The EEA briefing Multiple pressures and their combined effects in Europe’s seas summarises the results of a spatial pressure assessment by the EEA and its European Topic Centre on Inland, Coastal and Marine waters (ETC/ICM), which shows that a wide range of human activities at sea and on land cause …

Use of Climate-Warming Fluorinated Gases Continues to Drop Across EU

The EEA report ‘Fluorinated greenhouse gases 2020’ confirms the trend of continued reduction in the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) by European industry under both the EU-wide regulated phase-down of HFCs and the global HFC phase-down, which began in 2019 under the so-called Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol. F-gases are …