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Waste prevention: decoupling waste generation from economic growth

17 Dec 2014

Preventing waste is a top priority of waste policy in the European Union with potential economic and environmental benefits. A new European Environment Agency (EEA) report, published today, reviews the state of play in the EU Member States, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. The EEA report ‘Waste prevention in Europe’ shows that by the end of 2013, […]...
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Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions lower in 2013, however, increases recorded in agriculture, transport and households

03 Dec 2014

The Irish EPA released provisional greenhouse gas emissions figures today which show that total greenhouse gas emissions fell by 0.7% to 57.81 million tonnes in 2013. While the overall reduction in greenhouse gas emissions is welcome, the picture in individual sectors is mixed; specifically, those sectors not part of the EU emissions trading scheme all […]...
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EU Court issues financial penalties for not complying with the EU Waste Directives

03 Dec 2014

On 2 December the European Court of Justice issued high fines againgst Italy and Greece for failing to comply with the obligations under the EU Waste Directive. Greece In addition to a lump sum of €10 million, the Court orders Greece, until the 2005 judgment is complied with in full, to make a penalty payment, the actual amount […]...
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INTERPOL environmental working group meetings enhance collaboration

02 Dec 2014

LYON, France – Designing a joint international strategy to tackle environmental crime is the focus of a series of Environmental Crime Working Group Meetings being held at the INTERPOL General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon. The 25th Wildlife Crime Working Group Meeting, the 19th Pollution Crime Working Group Meeting and the 3rd Fisheries Crime Working Group Meeting […]...
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New EU-Eurojust report reveals organised crime groups behind environmental crimes

24 Nov 2014

A new report by Eurojust, the EU’s judicial cooperation body, reveals that organised crime groups (OCGs) are behind cross-border environmental crime. At the same time, paradoxically, despite huge profits from these crimes (estimated at USD 30-70 billion per year. Source: OECD), statistics show that environmental crime is seldom prosecuted by national authorities. The number of […]...
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The Court clarifies Member States’ obligations as regards respecting the limit values for nitrogen dioxide

20 Nov 2014

When a Member State finds that the limit values cannot be respected before the deadline fixed by  the Air Quality Directive and wishes to postpone that deadline for a maximum of five years, that  Member State is required to make an application for the postponement of the deadline by drawing  up an air quality plan […]...
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