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Global: E-Waste Volume Hits New Peak in 2014 according to UNU Report

21 Apr 2015

The amount of global e-waste — discarded electrical and electronic equipment — reached 41.8 million tonnes in 2014, according to a new United Nations University report. And the volume of e-waste is expected to rise by 21% to 50 million Mt in 2018. The new figures were released this week in the Global E-Waste Monitor 2014, compiled […]...
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94 per cent of Irish bathing waters meet new stricter EU Standards

21 Apr 2015

Ireland’s bathing waters continue to be of a very high standard, with 94 per cent of identified bathing areas meeting new stricter EU standards. These new standards are almost twice as strict as those previously applied. A new category of ‘Excellent’ quality has been introduced and three quarters of Irish bathing waters met this new classification. Seven bathing […]...
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Environment committee backs compromise on cleaner biofuels

15 Apr 2015

MEPs and ministers moved a step closer on Tuesday to an agreement on plans to cap the production of traditional biofuels and accelerate the shift to alternative sources, such as certain types of waste and residues and new sources such as seaweed, with the environment committee’s vote backing a deal struck by legislators. The plan […]...
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Environment and Energy Ministers focus on energy efficiency and biodiversity

13 Apr 2015

Under the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, a three-day informal meeting of Environment and Energy Ministers will take place on 14-16 April 2015 in Riga. The informal meeting of the Environment Ministers will take place on 14 April. The meeting will bring together environment and climate ministers from the EU Member States […]...
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Germany to Court over coal power plant in Moorburg

31 Mar 2015

As part of its infringements package the European Commission is taking Germany to Court over its failure to apply the requirements of the Habitats Directive in relation to the authorisation of a coal power plant in Hamburg/Moorburg. The project in question risks having a negative impact on a number of protected fish species including salmon, […]...
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Slovenia fails to clean up highly flammable waste tyres according the European Commission

31 Mar 2015

The European Commission is taking Slovenia to Court for its failure to comply with the requirements of EU waste legislation. The case concerns an illegal landfill in Lovrenc na Dravskem polju, where more than 40 000 tons of highly flammable waste tyres have been stored since 2006. Large fires broke out at this location in […]...
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