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Rural Inspiration Awards 2022: Submissions closed!

Bron: enrd.ec.europa.eu België: 2022-07-29 14:59:12 , ENRD News [ad_1] The submission period for the fourth edition of the ENRD Rural Inspiration Awards is now closed.  For this year’s awards, we are pleased to have received 112 entries from 24 Member States.   Experts will now assess the entries and shortlist finalists per thematic category: Green Futures, Digital Futures, Resilient Futures and Socially Inclusive & Innovative Futures. The jury will nominate a winner for each of the four thematic categories. Additionally, the Popular Vote which will open in mid-September will reward a project that involves young people in rural areas, via online voting. The award ceremony will take place in Brussels in early October 2022.Stay tuned for more information! [ad_2] Lees dit artikel en meer van enrd.ec.europa.eu

Rural Energy Community Advisory Hub

Bron: enrd.ec.europa.eu België: 2022-07-28 17: 03: 08 , ENRD Upcoming Events [ad_1] The Rural Energy Community Advisory Hub will launch a programme of direct technical assistance to rural energy communities. The event will explain the application process and what you will need to do to be considered as a beneficiary. It will take you through a step-by-step guide on applying for technical assistance. [ad_2] Lees dit artikel en meer van enrd.ec.europa.eu

Organics Europe youth event

Bron: enrd.ec.europa.eu België: 2022-07-28 17: 09: 25 , ENRD Upcoming Events [ad_1] The Organic Europe’s Youth Event (OEYE) is an event for youth interested and active in organic. It will provide a platform to discuss and learn about the potential and challenges of organic production and its role as a sustainable food system. [ad_2] Lees dit artikel en meer van enrd.ec.europa.eu

Rural Connections 2022 available in 6 languages

Bron: enrd.ec.europa.eu België: 2022-07-28 11: 19: 17 , ENRD News [ad_1] Rural Connections 2022 is now available in 6 languages! This edition of Rural Connections includes updates on the work of the ENRD in recent months, including new Thematic Groups and events. Rural development stakeholders from across the EU share their views and experiences with successful projects that are breathing new life into EU's rural areas. [ad_2] Lees dit artikel en meer van enrd.ec.europa.eu

Fraud risks in CAP payments

Bron: enrd.ec.europa.eu België: 2022-07-27 14: 39: 49 , ENRD News [ad_1] Potential fraud risks in CAP payment schemes have been analysed by the European Court of Auditors (ECA). This centres on direct payments, market measures and rural development, examining data from the 2007-2013 and 2014-2020 programme periods.  Auditors considered that key risks include those that are linked to: beneficiaries concealing breaches of eligibility conditions; complexity of the financed measures; and illegal forms of ‘land-grabbing’. See the full ECA report and European Commission replies for all the facts and figures. [ad_2] Lees dit artikel en meer van enrd.ec.europa.eu

New CAP data collection systems for environmental and social results

Bron: enrd.ec.europa.eu België: 2022-07-27 14: 44: 34 , ENRD News [ad_1] The EU Member States’ Farm Accountancy Data Network (FADN) is to be converted into a Farm Sustainability Data Network (FSDN). This will help better address sustainability challenges thanks to increased data knowledge on EU agriculture. The FADN is a unique annual source of microeconomic and accountancy data from more than 80 000 EU farms. It monitors farm incomes and business activities to help understand the CAP’s impact. This data is instrumental for economic analyses on EU agriculture, as well as for supporting sound evidence-based policymaking.  Reflecting the CAP’s evolution towards more environmental and social policies, the future FSDN will add sustainability data on environmental and social matters to its economic analysis. In addition to collecting new data, the system will be modernised to increase data sharing. This will make it possible to provide additional information for advisory services and feedback to farmers with the aim to improve agricultural sustainability. Read the European Commission press release for more insight. [ad_2] Lees dit artikel en meer van enrd.ec.europa.eu

Video: financial instrument supports French young farmer

Bron: enrd.ec.europa.eu België: 2022-07-27 14: 48: 44 , ENRD News [ad_1] See a success story video showcasing how a young farmer from France has received the financing he needed to grow his business using preferential conditions from the CAP-funded Alter’NA subsidised agri-credit scheme. The CAP financial instrument helped Rémi Labescau purchase livestock and equipment as well as modernise the family farm. He also has other development plans for his business venture including planting more tree cover to provide shelter for his cattle herd and capture carbon. Watch Rémi’s story on the European Commission’s fi-compass video gallery. [ad_2] Lees dit artikel en meer van enrd.ec.europa.eu

Auditors question the outcome of the EU’s Community-Led Local Development approach

Bron: enrd.ec.europa.eu België: 2022-07-27 14:50:32 , ENRD News [ad_1] A special report published this month by the ECA considers that there is a lack of evidence to suggest that the benefits of the LEADER approach outweigh the costs and risks involved. Auditors examined the LEADER approach and compared findings against a previous ECA assessment in 2010. Improvements have been identified in some areas and the report confirms that the LEADER methodology can facilitate local engagement in community development. However, the report does not provide significant evidence that LEADER’s benefits are sufficiently demonstrated and recommend a comprehensive cost benefit analysis of the approach. For more details, see the full report and replies from the European Commission. [ad_2] Lees dit artikel en meer van enrd.ec.europa.eu

Pollinator Park language versions | The European Network for Rural Development (ENRD)

Bron: enrd.ec.europa.eu België: 2022-07-27 14: 52: 34 , ENRD News [ad_1] DG Environment’s interactive Pollinator Park tool is an entertaining and educational virtual reality experience designed to raise awareness about the decline of pollinators.  Using an interactive digital format, Pollinator Park aims to foster public understanding of the threat of environmental degradation and engage different actors to protect and restore nature. Currently the countries covered by the language versions are: Ireland, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany, Austria, France, Spain. More language versions will also become available. [ad_2] Lees dit artikel en meer van enrd.ec.europa.eu

Pesticides: new rules to protect health and biodiversity

Bron: enrd.ec.europa.eu België: 2022-07-27 12:38:56 , ENRD News [ad_1] A new legal framework has been proposed to reduce the use and risk of pesticides in the EU. These new rules demonstrate the EU’s commitment to protect health, halt biodiversity loss, and build sustainable food systems that ensure lasting food security.  Key elements on the new pesticide proposals cover legally binding targets, stricter new rules to enforce environmentally friendly pest control, a ban on the use of all pesticides in sensitive areas, and exceptional EU support. Find out more about this latest outcome from the Farm to Fork Strategy. [ad_2] Lees dit artikel en meer van enrd.ec.europa.eu

Direct sales of nutritious food support farmers and consumers

Bron: enrd.ec.europa.eu België: 2022-07-27 14: 54: 18 , ENRD News [ad_1] A short supply-chain initiative in Romania is using a communication campaign that advocates healthy food choices to increase customer interest and loyalty. Nutritional advantages of local fruit are explained in the Livezile Tasnadului project’s online outlet (which operates with the help from the Sud – Vest Satu Mare Local action Group). The communication campaign highlights the health attributes from antioxidants in apples and the mineral mix in dry or processed plumbs. Customers can order online providing more direct sales for the farmers involved and you can check out their website to see how something similar to this type of multi-benefit initiative might be possible to establish near you. [ad_2] Lees dit artikel en meer van enrd.ec.europa.eu

Measuring, reporting, and verifying carbon capture

Bron: enrd.ec.europa.eu België: 2022-07-27 14: 56: 05 , ENRD News [ad_1] Seqana is a German project using EU funds to improve knowhow about increasing carbon sequestration. It is one of many new ventures exploring how carbon capture can become a sizable rural and sustainable development opportunity. Soils hold the largest portion of active carbon on earth. This standpoint is the driving force behind a climate action project that has been highlighted by the ENRD Thematic Group on Carbon Farming. Monitoring, verification, and reporting of carbon capture results sits at the heart of Seqana’s strategic ambitions to enable communities around the world to identify, manage, and certify their sequestered carbon - from the comfort of their homes. [ad_2] Lees dit artikel en meer van enrd.ec.europa.eu

GIs Podcast: value throughout the EU food system

Bron: enrd.ec.europa.eu België: 2022-07-27 12: 42: 04 , ENRD News [ad_1] Geographical Indications are the topic for DG AGRI’s most recent episode of its Food for Europe podcast series. This highlights how GIs add value for farmers, producers and communities, as well as provide assurance to consumers.  Aceto balsamico di Modena is a typical product benefiting from a GI. Food for Europe team travelled to Modena to speak to a leading producer of this condiment about the opportunities and challenges associated with the GI system. Podcast content also features DG AGRI’s Head of Unit responsible for GIs talking about a new consolidated legislative proposal to update the way the system works. The European Parliament’s rapporteur on the dossier provides a further perspective on the GI proposal. [ad_2] Lees dit artikel en meer van enrd.ec.europa.eu

EU Code of Conduct on Responsible Food Business and Marketing Practices: latest figures

Bron: enrd.ec.europa.eu België: 2022-07-27 12: 45: 12 , ENRD News [ad_1] Numbers of signatories committing to the EU Code of Conduct on Responsible Food Business and Marketing Practices has increased from 65 to 124, including major European and international food industry traders.  The EU Code of Conduct on Responsible Business and Marketing Practices in Food is a key element of the Farm to Fork Strategy and signatories to the code have almost doubled during its first year of operations. Such commitments include promoting healthy and sustainable diets by reducing the sugar content of products and improving resource efficiency via reducing greenhouse gas emissions along the value chain. The European Commission has now launched a study to map companies’ commitments and the areas they cover in order to better visualise the efforts made by the food industry and where it is on the road to sustainability. The findings of the mapping study of the 2021 reports will be available at the end of this year. Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans said: “Food production and consumption is one of the main causes of climate and biodiversity crises. I therefore encourage all companies to adhere to the Code of Conduct. The rapid increase in the number of signatories shows that the sector is becoming increasingly aware that sustainable food production is the only way to achieve this." [ad_2] Lees dit artikel en meer van enrd.ec.europa.eu

1st meeting of the ENRD Thematic Group on Strengthening the position of farmers in the organic food supply chain

Bron: enrd.ec.europa.eu België: 2022-07-27 11: 19: 59 , ENRD Upcoming Events [ad_1] This will be the first meeting of the ENRD Thematic Group on Strengthening the position of farmers in the Organic Food Supply Chain . More information will follow soon. [ad_2] Lees dit artikel en meer van enrd.ec.europa.eu

Elektrische steps: nieuwe regels voor veiliger verkeer

Bron: www.belgium.be België: 2022-06-28 11: 25: 53 , [ad_1] Elektrische steps komen steeds vaker voor in het straatbeeld. Het vlotte vervoermiddel is bij verkeerd gebruik echter gevaarlijk. Vandaag is de nieuwe regelgeving voor dergelijke vervoermiddelen van kracht. Leeftijdsgrens, verboden op het trottoir, parkeerregels: hier vindt u alles wat er vanaf vandaag verandert.   De onderstaande nieuwe regels zijn van toepassing op alle gemotoriseerde voortbewegingstoestellen, d.w.z. alle motorvoertuigen met één of meer wielen met een door de constructie bepaalde maximumsnelheid van 25 km per uur. Daartoe behoren niet alleen elektrische steps, maar ook monowheels, elektrische skateboards, elektrische rolstoelen, enz. Gebruikers van elektrische steps gelijkgesteld met fietsers Voortaan worden gebruikers van elektrische steps of andere gemotoriseerde voortbewegingstoestellen gelijkgesteld met fietsers, ongeacht de snelheid waarmee ze zich verplaatsen. Ze zullen dan ook steeds de regels voor fietsers moeten volgen. Concreet betekent dit dat ze gebruik moeten maken van de fietspaden of op de weg moeten rijden, en dat ze dus niet langer op het trottoir mogen rijden. Er zijn echter uitzonderingen voor personen met beperkte mobiliteit die gebruik maken van gemotoriseerde voortbewegingstoestellen die uitsluitend voor hen bestemd zijn, en die zich stapvoets verplaatsen: zij worden gelijkgesteld met voetgangers. In voetgangerszones wordt met verkeersborden aangegeven of fietsers (en dus ook elektrische steps) al dan niet toegelaten zijn. Zo ja, dan moeten zij stapvoets (5 km/u) rijden en altijd voorrang verlenen aan voetgangers. Verbod onder de 16 jaar Omdat het gevaarlijk kan zijn dat kinderen of jonge tieners met een elektrische step aan het verkeer deelnemen, is het gebruik van de elektrische step voortaan verboden voor personen jonger dan 16 jaar. Al zijn er wel uitzonderingen: in woonerven, erven, voetgangerszones (als fietsers er zijn toegelaten), speelstraten en op voorbehouden wegen. Geen passagiers vervoeren Steps zijn niet erg stabiele toestellen: met z’n tweeën (of zelfs drieën!) op één step is dan ook gevaarlijk, vooral in het verkeer. Daarom is het voortaan uitdrukkelijk verboden om op een elektrische step passagiers te vervoeren. Nieuwe parkeerregels Wie is er nog nooit geconfronteerd met steps die midden op de weg geparkeerd staan en zo de doorgang voor andere weggebruikers belemmeren? Om dit probleem te verhelpen, zijn er aangepaste parkeerzones en zones met parkeerverbod voor elektrische steps, beide aangeduid met specifieke verkeersborden. Op plekken zonder specifieke signalisatie blijft parkeren op het trottoir toegelaten, op voorwaarde dat het toestel de doorgang voor andere weggebruikers niet belemmert. [ad_2] Lees dit artikel en meer van www.belgium.be

22nd NRN Meeting: Highlights report

Bron: enrd.ec.europa.eu België: 2022-07-20 10:01:31 , ENRD News [ad_1] The meeting report of the 22nd National Rural Networks Meeting (5 May 2022) is now available in English. The ENRD Contact Point, jointly with the Austrian National Rural Network, organised the 22nd National Rural Networks meeting in Austria.  Aims of the meeting: To take stock of lessons learned and discuss networking best practices from the current programming period to be used in the future. To explore the role of NRNs in implementing AKIS under CAP Strategic Plans.  To provide update on rural networking activities. [ad_2] Lees dit artikel en meer van enrd.ec.europa.eu

Cooperation fosters food chain resilience

Bron: enrd.ec.europa.eu België: 2022-07-18 15: 32: 07 , ENRD News [ad_1] This Policy Insights article looks at key resilience lessons related to the benefits of cooperation between food chain actors who can receive various forms of support from the EU. Our food systems have been shocked in recent times by unexpected pandemic difficulties. Whilst these problems have posed considerable new challenges for food security, they have forced our food industry to adapt and learn valuable lessons. The Policy Insights articles bring you updated, practical information about the latest developments in the EU agri-food policy world in a catchy format. Find all the articles in our Publications library.  [ad_2] Lees dit artikel en meer van enrd.ec.europa.eu

Programma Nationale feestdag 2022 | Belgium.be

Bron: www.belgium.be België: 2022-07-18 12:30:04 , [ad_1] Naar aanleiding van de Nationale feestdag op 21 juli organiseren de FOD Kanselarij van de Eerste Minister, het ministerie van Defensie, de FOD Binnenlandse Zaken, de federale en lokale politie en de Vereniging ter Bevordering en Promotie van Brussel (SIBP) een heleboel activiteiten voor het grote publiek in Brussel. De Nationale feestdag mag dit jaar eindelijk nog eens een groots volksevenement worden en nu ook met enkele nieuwe evenementen.Hieronder vindt u een overzicht van de activiteiten die de federale overheid (mee) organiseert: 20 juli 2022Vanaf 19 uur – Bal national – VossenpleinHet Bal national palmt het Vossenplein in. Dit evenement in de Marollen start om 19 uur. Het grootste volksbal van België begint met een dansinitiatie, gevolgd door een reeks gratis concerten. Op de affiche staan dit jaar onder anderen Lou and the Hollywood Bananas en The Amazing Flowers.  Meer info op de website Balnational.be 20 uur – Concert preludium tot de Nationale feestdag – BOZAR – uitverkocht – live televisieDit klassieke muziekconcert wordt georganiseerd door de Internationale Koningin Elisabethwedstrijd, samen met het Belgian National Orchestra en Bozar, dankzij de steun van de FOD Kanselarij van de Eerste Minister en de Nationale Loterij. Plaats van het gebeuren is de prachtige Henry Le Boeufzaal van het Paleis voor Schone Kunsten van Brussel die akoestisch tot de vijf beste concertzalen ter wereld behoort. De Koning en de Koningin zullen het concert bijwonen. Dit jaar is de gastmuzikante de Amerikaanse violiste Stella Chen, eerste laureate van de Koningin Elisabethwedstrijd in 2019. Zij wordt begeleid door het Belgian National Orchestra onder leiding van Antony Hermus. Dit concert is uitverkocht, maar u kunt het live volgen op televisie. Meer info over de uitzenduren en kanalen op televisieMeer info op de website van Bozar 21 juli 2022 10 uur – Te Deum – Sint-Michiels- en Sint-Goedelekathedraal  Het Te Deum van 21 juli wordt gevierd in aanwezigheid van de Koning en de Koningin en de hoge gezagsdragers in de Sint-Michiels- en Sint-Goedelekathedraal. Vanaf 10 uur – Feest in het park – Warandepark/Regentschapsstraat en omgeving  Van 10 tot 20.30 uur is het feest geblazen tussen het Justitiepaleis en het Paleis der Natie (federaal parlement) en meer bepaald in de Regentschapsstraat, op de Zavel, op het Koningsplein, op het Poelaertplein, op de Coudenberg en in het Warandepark van Brussel. Op het programma staan een heleboel gratis, ludieke en folkloristische animaties. Musea en kerken in die zone zijn open voor het publiek. In het Warandepark en op de Zavel zal de hele dag muziek weerklinken. De FOD Binnenlandse Zaken, het ministerie van Defensie, de federale en lokale politie, de Europese instellingen en verschillende federale overheidsdiensten zijn opnieuw van de partij. U vindt ze hier: Politiedorp - Poelaertplein Defensie - Koningsplein, Coudenberg en Regentschapsstraat Veiligheidsdorp FOD Binnenlandse Zaken - Zavel B-Fast, Rode Kruis, BPS, SIAMU, Douane - Regentschapsstraat Meer info en een kaartje vindt u op de website 2107.be16 uur – Militair en burgerlijk defiléHet traditionele militaire en burgerlijke defilé vindt plaats vanaf 16... Lees meer

The European Commission has launched a call for tenders for setting up and managing a “Support Office” that will assist it in facilitating the Rural Pact

Bron: enrd.ec.europa.eu België: 2022-07-15 13: 37: 45 , ENRD News [ad_1] The Contractor will provide an EU-level support office to assist DG AGRI with the facilitation of the Rural Pact done in close coordination with the Directorate-General for Regional and urban policy (DG REGIO). It will provide facilitation services to the Rural Pact community to help them achieve their objectives, therefore contributing to the shared goals of the long-term Vision. The Rural Pact support office will interact with the Rural Pact community, evaluate their needs and support the work of the community as a whole. It will also need to build synergies with networks and governing bodies, such as the future EU CAP Network governing bodies, the Broadband Competence Office support facility, and bodies running the Territorial agenda for the EU  and the future network activities of the Commission’s Communication on ‘Attracting and retaining talents in EU regions-from brain drain to brain gain’. It will also interact with stakeholder networks such as the European Rural Parliament.   [ad_2] Lees dit artikel en meer van enrd.ec.europa.eu

Hadja Lahbib vervangt Sophie Wilmès in de federale regering

Bron: www.belgium.be België: 2022-07-15 14: 36: 26 , [ad_1] Sophie Wilmès verlaat de federale regering. Zij wordt vervangen door Hadja Lahbib die minister van Buitenlandse Zaken, Europese Zaken, Buitenlandse Handel en Federale Culturele Instellingen wordt.Minister David Clarinval wordt vice-eersteminister en minister van Middenstand, Zelfstandigen, KMOs en Landbouw, Institutionele  Hervormingen en Democratische Vernieuwing.   [ad_2] Lees dit artikel en meer van www.belgium.be

ENRD Workshop on Implementing the CAP Green Architecture

Bron: enrd.ec.europa.eu België: 2022-06-29 12: 57: 38 , ENRD Upcoming Events [ad_1]   As part of the International Conference ‘It’s time to fly’, hosted by the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, the ENRD Contact Point is organising a workshop to support the fine-tuning of relevant interventions within the new green architecture of the CAP, with a view to their effective implementation once the CAP Strategic Plans enter into force in January 2023. The European Green Deal includes environment and climate targets set by the Farm to Fork Strategy and the EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030, such as reducing chemical pesticide use by 50%, reducing nutrient losses from agriculture by 50%, increasing organic farming coverage to 25%, and at least 10% of agricultural area containing high-diversity landscape features. The CAP Strategic Plans must demonstrate and explain how they will contribute to those targets, dedicating at least 25% of their direct payments budget to eco-schemes and at least 35% of EAFRD funding to environment, climate and animal welfare interventions. The meeting primarily aims to explore approaches and possible solutions for maximising environmental and climate ambition through the range of interventions Member States are planning to use within their CSPs. Key actors such as Managing Authorities, Paying Agencies and other relevant national experts involved in the drafting and implementation of the CSPs are the target audience. Aims Discuss key issues faced relating to the design and future implementation of conditionality, eco-schemes and EAFRD-funded agri-environment-climate interventions, and how to overcome them, to inform the fine-tuning of the CAP Strategic Plans to enable their effective implementation. Present and discuss approaches to designing conditionality, eco-schemes and EAFRD interventions in synergy, to address key environmental, climate and animal welfare challenges. Encourage further exchange between Member States’ representatives and European Commission officials on the practical aspects related to the implementation of the new green architecture of the CAP, with a focus on identifying key obstacles, possible solutions and need for additional support. Collect and share opinions, ideas and other useful input  Background documents [ad_2] Lees dit artikel en meer van enrd.ec.europa.eu

‘België viert feest’: groots concert en vuurwerk in het Jubelpark

Bron: www.belgium.be België: 2022-07-11 14: 43: 30 , [ad_1] Op donderdag 21 juli 2022 hult onze nationale feestdag zich in zijn oorspronkelijke kleedje: het is weer feest! Na twee moeilijke jaren door de gezondheidscrisis, leiden de vieringen van de nationale feestdag 2022 een terugkeer naar het normale leven in. Nieuw dit jaar is echter dat de hele bevolking uitgenodigd wordt voor een groots gratis concert in het Jubelpark in Brussel. Vanaf 21 uur volgen tal van Belgische artiesten en enkele verrassingen elkaar op tot een afsluitende dj-set die het traditionele vuurwerk zal begeleiden. De vzw S.I. Brussels Promotion (SIBP) zal dit jaar het vuurwerk vanaf 23 uur afvuren vanop de esplanade van het Jubelpark. In het park zullen foodtrucks en bars staan opgesteld om de magen te spijzen en de dorst te lessen. De concerten en het vuurwerk zullen worden uitgezonden op de nationale televisiezenders: Eén, VTM, Play4, La Une en RTL-TVI.  Artiesten Zijn aangekondigd voor het concert: Alice on the roof • Coely • Typh Barrow • Niels Destadsbader • Salvatore Adamo • Netsky • Henri PFR • Laura Tesoro • Charles • Ruben Block • Jérémie Makiese • Noémie Wolfs • Delta • Pommelien Thijs • JeanJass • Yong Yello • Mentissa • Berre • Doowy • Grace Presentatoren De presentatie zal in het Jubelpark verzorgd worden door: Kobe Ilsen (VRT) • An Lemmens (VTM) • James Cooke (SBS)Joëlle Scoriels (RTBF) • Sandrine Corman (RTL) Nationale Apero Een ander nieuw initiatief dit jaar is de ‘Nationale Apero’. Cafés, bars en restaurants kunnen laten weten dat er ook bij hen gefeest zal worden op 21 juli.  Ze kunnen een activiteit naar keuze organiseren en de concerten op hun schermen uitzenden. Beelden van de deelnemende horecazaken zullen tijdens het concert en via sociale media gedeeld worden. #aperonational Meer info: https://2107.be/concert-vuurwerkPartner room: https://www.partnerroom-concert-2107.be/nl  Het concert wordt georganiseerd door de FOD Kanselarij van de Eerste Minister.    [ad_2] Lees dit artikel en meer van www.belgium.be

Which European cities have the best air quality? — European Environment Agency

Bron: www.eea.europa.eu België: 2022-07-11 12: 56: 55 , News [ad_1] Over 340 cities are included in the European city air quality viewer. Cities are ranked from the cleanest to the most polluted based on average levels of fine particulate matter (PM2.5). The data behind the ranking was collected from over 400 monitoring stations across EEA member countries over the past two calendar years. From 2020 to 2021, air quality was good in only 11 cities, meaning that levels of PM2.5 were below the World Health Organization’s (WHO) health-based guideline for long-term exposure to PM2.5 of 5 micrograms per cubic meter of air (5 μg/m3). The guideline was exceeded in 97% of the 343 European cities included in the viewer. In contrast, the European Union’s (EU) annual limit value for PM2.5 of 25 µg/m3 was only exceeded in the three most polluted cities, including Nowy Sacz, Poland, and Cremona and Padova in Italy, highlighting the difference between the WHO guideline and the EU standard. The European city air viewer can be used to check how the air quality was in European cities over the past two years. The viewer focuses on long-term concentrations of PM2.5, as long-term exposure to air pollution causes the most serious health effects, and PM2.5 is the air pollutant with the highest impact on health in terms of premature death and disease. More information and link to European City Air Quality Viewer Mixed progress in meeting EU emission reduction commitments Under the National Emission reduction Commitments (NEC) directive, EU Member States are required to meet national commitments to reduce emissions for five air pollutants in order to deliver clean air for human health and the environment. Under the Directive, the year 2020 saw a transition to a new, more ambitious set of national emission reduction commitments. In 2020 (latest available information), just under half of Member States met all their national emission reduction commitments according to annual EEA report released today, which looks at Member State progress in cutting key air pollutant emissions. Based on the analysis of the data provided by Member States and not yet fully checked by the Commission, the report found that the biggest challenge remains reducing emissions of ammonia from agriculture, with 11 Member States needing to cut their emissions levels. Only 13 Member States met their commitments for each of the five main pollutants (nitrogen oxides, non-methane volatile organic compounds, ammonia, sulphur dioxide and PM2.5). Fourteen Member States failed to meet their emission reduction commitments for at least one of the five main air pollutants. The EEA analysis is based on the latest air pollutant emission inventory data, as reported by Member States in February 2022. It constituted the first opportunity to assess emission reduction performance against the 2020-29 emission reduction commitments. More information and link to National Emission reduction Commitments Directive reporting status 2022 briefing  Reporting under UNECE Air Convention Along with the EEA briefing on the NEC Directive, the EEA also published the annual EU emission inventory report 1990-2020, which... Lees meer

Stookoliecheque: hoe krijg ik de toelage van 225 euro?

Bron: www.belgium.be België: 2022-07-08 09: 38: 17 , [ad_1] Elk gezin aan wie een leverancier tussen 15 november 2021 en 31 december 2022 huisbrandolie (stookolie) of propaan in bulk heeft geleverd voor de verwarming van het hoofdverblijf, kan de toelage van 225 euro netto aanvragen. Deze toelage kan slechts eenmaal per gezin worden aangevraagd en wordt zowel toegekend aan gezinnen die in een eengezinswoning wonen als aan gezinnen die in een mede-eigendom (bijvoorbeeld een appartementsgebouw) zijn gehuisvest. De toelage van 225 euro wordt enkel toegekend als je een formulier invult. Dat kan zowel online als op papier. Meer informatie vind je op de website van de FOD Economie.   [ad_2] Lees dit artikel en meer van www.belgium.be

FarmDemo policy dialogue and conference: Sharing innovation for sustainable agriculture

Bron: enrd.ec.europa.eu België: 2022-07-07 11: 50: 09 , ENRD News [ad_1] FarmDemo project organised two events in May 2022 on innovation and sustainable agriculture. Three H2020 projects (NEFERTITI, IPMWORKS and IPM Decisions) jointly organised a Policy Dialogue event and the 2nd FarmDemo Conference on 10 and 11 May 2022. Presentations and discussions were combined with a visit to a demonstration farm that implements holistic Integrated Pest Management during the first day. The objectives of the second day were to showcase the networks of demo farms, the associated tools supporting the improvement of farming practices, and the specific approach to promote peer-to-peer exchange of knowledge and experiences. [ad_2] Lees dit artikel en meer van enrd.ec.europa.eu

System dynamic modelling for enhanced rural planning

Bron: enrd.ec.europa.eu België: 2022-07-07 11:06:58 , ENRD Upcoming Events [ad_1] This webinar organised by PoliRural will be dedicated to System Dynamic Modelling for enhanced rural planning. This webinar will explain in more detail how the SDM tool was built, how it works, and how it is being used by stakeholders in PoliRural regions to improve rural planning. [ad_2] Lees dit artikel en meer van enrd.ec.europa.eu

Circularity can enhance greenhouse gas emission savings when renovating Europe’s buildings — European Environment Agency

Bron: www.eea.europa.eu België: 2022-07-07 11: 00: 48 , News [ad_1] Buildings consume a lot of material resources and energy, and therefore play an important role in Europe’s environment and climate policy. Embedded emissions, which account for emissions released from the extraction of natural resources and their processing to building materials, make up almost a quarter of the life cycle emissions of the current EU building stock.   The EEA briefing ‘Building renovation: where circular economy and climate meet’ analyses the benefits of using circular economy principles in Europe’s renovation wave, which means keeping materials and products in use as long as possible and efficiently reusing or recycling all waste. According to the EEA briefing, avoiding the use of new building materials holds a great potential for climate change mitigation. The most effective circular renovation actions to save CO2 emissions and material use include extending the lifespan of existing buildings, for example through repairs and retrofitting instead of demolishing, and using buildings more efficiently, for example by making spaces multifunctional. These actions would reduce demand for new construction, which requires much more materials than renovations. Moreover, ambitious circular renovation strategies, such as using materials that are recycled or designed for disassembly, could cumulatively reduce approximatively 650 million tonnes of materials and save substantial amounts of CO2 from 2022 to 2050, if the strategies are implemented through renovating the EU building stock. EU action on buildings The European Commission is currently developing an EU Roadmap for the reduction of whole life carbon of buildings. Life cycle emissions are also addressed in proposals to revise the Construction Products Regulation and the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive. Location field [ad_2] Lees dit artikel en meer van www.eea.europa.eu