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Sylva Nurseries: Grading machine for forest and hedging plants

Bron: enrd.ec.europa.eu België: 2022-09-08 11: 48: 22 , ENRD Projects and Practice [ad_1] More than 25 million plants were graded during 2019, 2020 and 2021. This helped the company’s performance through increased professional efficiency. The machine had to be made very durable. The products are very difficult to automatise as there is a lot of ground, leaves and humidity so all machinery parts had to be protected from the products. As a lot of unexperienced young people work in the company, the vision and detection of quality had to be developed to grade a wide variety of plants. [ad_2] Lees dit artikel en meer van enrd.ec.europa.eu

Cities can offer new opportunities for prosumers of renewable energy — European Environment Agency

Bron: www.eea.europa.eu België: 2022-10-28 10: 59: 25 , News [ad_1] Around three quarters of the EU’s total population live in cities and suburban areas, and this proportion is projected to increase. Cities are also responsible for a large proportion of carbon emissions. The dynamism and density of cities mean that they have great potential to become models for low-carbon lifestyles. Urban prosumers can make a critical contribution to decarbonising their communities. The EEA briefing ‘Energy prosumers and cities’ builds on recent EEA work on prosumption by focusing on challenges and opportunities that urban areas present and how local authorities can promote prosumption in their cities. Cities have a role to play Municipalities can support prosumers by providing publicly owned spaces or encouraging other private building or landowners to offer spaces that can be used for citizen-led energy generation. These can include rooftops of schools, hospitals, apartments or unused lands which can be used to install solar panels or other renewable energy technologies. Local authorities can also offer targeted financial incentives for companies to promote citizen participation and encourage public involvement in energy planning. Municipalities can also act as information hubs and contribute to building the right skills to help those interested in installing renewables. Each city is unique but they have some common attributes that establish a setting for prosumption that is distinct from more rural areas, for example: Establishing prosumption in cities is more challenging than in rural areas because of the limited space available for energy generation and the more complex arrangements for the ownership of surfaces (such as rooftops in apartment blocks). Cities are more densely populated than rural areas, making rooftop solar technology the renewable technology of choice. High population densities also make heat grids more profitable, offering potential to develop prosumer initiatives related to heat grids in cities. More people live in apartment blocks, which opens opportunities for collective action but makes it harder to coordinate investment. Short travel distances make cities ideal for using electric vehicles, both private and public. Urban prosumer concepts are more likely to involve coupling with mobility. Cities can offer opportunities for developing integrated energy districts, for example, when areas within a city are redeveloped or new areas are added. Generating electricity outside the city (off-site generation) opens up possibilities for prosumers to overcome the lack of space. Location field [ad_2] Lees dit artikel en meer van www.eea.europa.eu

limited rebound in EU emissions amid post-pandemic recovery and energy crisis — European Environment Agency

Bron: www.eea.europa.eu België: 2022-10-26 01: 00: 00 , News [ad_1] Following a long period of falling greenhouse gas emissions in Europe, economic recovery from the Covid-19 lockdowns has led to an increase in emissions, particularly in the transport, industry and energy supply sectors, according to data reported for the EEA report Trends and Projections in Europe 2022. With a looming energy crisis and in particular a high gas price, the energy supply sector saw a partial switch to more carbon-intensive energy fuels, while the strong growth in renewable energy observed in recent years lost pace in 2021. To counter this development, it is crucial that energy infrastructure decisions today take into account the climate neutrality target of the future to avoid carbon lock-in effects. “Critical action will be needed in the coming months and years to ensure EU Member States can put in place ambitious emission reduction plans to meet EU climate targets. While short-term measures to boost energy supplies are needed this winter, these investments should not lock Europe into many more years of fossil fuel dependency. Saving energy and strengthening renewable energy sources are critical not only to tackle the immediate energy crisis but also to achieve climate neutrality,” said Hans Bruyninckx, EEA Executive Director. Emissions rebound; energy consumption goes up According to preliminary data reported by EU Member States, greenhouse gas emissions rose by 5% in 2021 from 2020, including international aviation. The emissions, however, remain well below the pre-COVID level of 2019. Estimates suggest energy consumption increased in 2021 in both primary and final energy consumption, of 6% and 5% respectively, compared to 2020. Primary energy consumption measures energy demand, while final energy consumption refers to what end users actually use. This increase in energy use can be largely attributed to the economic recovery. In 2021 the effect of rising energy prices on the annual consumption figures was not yet visible, it can be expected that this will be more apparent in 2022. Preliminary data suggest that Europe’s total share of renewable energy sources remained at 22% of energy consumption in 2021, pausing the otherwise strong growth in recent years. This can be explained by lesser contributions from wind power and hydro power in 2021, alongside rebounds in energy consumption. Critical year ahead for progress on 2030 targets In coming years, substantial emissions reductions will need to be sustained year-on-year to achieve climate neutrality in the long term. With the European Climate law, the 2030 reduction target was increased to at least 55% net greenhouse gas emission reductions by 2030, compared to 1990 levels. At this moment the European Parliament and the member states are negotiating the comprehensive Fit for 55 package, while also taking into account the proposed RePower EU plan of 2022. To reach the 2030 target of 55% net GHG emissions, emissions would need to decline by 134 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (MtCO2 eq) per year on average from the 2021 estimated levels. This is more than twice the average yearly reduction that... Lees meer

Pick the Public Choice Award winner of this year’s EEA photo competition — European Environment Agency

Bron: www.eea.europa.eu België: 2022-10-24 10: 55: 00 , News [ad_1] The EEA has shortlisted 50 finalists in this year’s competition which asked avid photographers to submit their best nature photos in any of the four competition categories — air, water, land and sound.  This year’s contest received the highest number of photo submissions ever. Water was the biggest category followed by land.   The winner of each category will receive a cash prize of €1,000. Additional prizes are awarded to the best youth entry as well as the public’s favourite photo. Citizens across Europe now have the opportunity to choose their favourite photo.  You can vote for as many photos as you want but each person is only allowed to vote once.   The Well with Nature photo competition highlights our connection to nature, how much we care for it and how it can keep us emotionally and physically healthy. It aims to raise awareness about the benefits we can all receive by taking action towards zero pollution.   [ad_2] Lees dit artikel en meer van www.eea.europa.eu

Publieke raadpleging van Elia | Belgium.be

Bron: www.belgium.be België: 2022-10-17 14: 47: 14 , [ad_1] Elia, de beheerder van het Belgische transmissienet voor elektriciteit, organiseert een raadpleging over het ontwerp van federaal ontwikkelingsplan voor de periode 2024-2034 en het bijbehorende milieueffectenrapport. Het plan stippelt de toekomstige investeringsprojecten van Elia uit voor de elektrische spanningsniveaus van 110 kV tot 380 kV.  Het ontwerp ontwikkelingsplan van Elia en het bijhorende milieueffectenrapport moeten beide het voorwerp zijn van een raadpleging. Die raadpleging wordt georganiseerd van 2 november 2022 tot en met 16 januari 2023. Meer info over deze raadpleging op de website van FOD Economie   [ad_2] Lees dit artikel en meer van www.belgium.be

Beveilig je smartphone: “OK is niet altijd OK!”

Bron: www.belgium.be België: 2022-10-14 15: 14: 22 , [ad_1] Jong en oud, iedereen heeft tegenwoordig een smartphone op zak. We gebruiken hem dagelijks voor steeds meer toepassingen. Criminelen en oplichters ruiken hier hun kans: ze ontwikkelen alsmaar meer virussen die specifiek bedoeld zijn om mobiele toestellen te treffen en ze gaan vol in de aanval. Preventie is mogelijk en eenvoudig: download enkel apps uit officiële appstores. Je kan je smartphone ook veilig houden door de volgende tips te volgen: Wees altijd heel voorzichtig wanneer je een e-mail of een smsje ontvangt waarin gevraagd wordt om een app te downloaden. De kans is groot dat je via een weinig beveiligde appstore een gevaarlijke app of zelfs een virus installeert. Krijg je een waarschuwing dat je een onbetrouwbare app wil installeren? Stop dan onmiddellijk met het installeren van de app. Als je een app installeert wordt er vaak toegang gevraagd tot andere gegevens, bv. je fotos, je contacten of je locatie. Geef enkel toestemming als dat nodig en nuttig is voor het gebruik van de app. Krijg je de vraag om updates uit te voeren? Doe dat dan zo snel mogelijk. Het Centrum voor Cybersecurity België en de Cybersecurity Coalition slaan de handen in elkaar en gaan samen met meer dan 500 partners de strijd aan tegen oplichters, met de slogan: “OK is niet altijd OK!”   [ad_2] Lees dit artikel en meer van www.belgium.be

MOVING EU MAP webinar | European Quality schemes: the added value for mountain value chains

Bron: enrd.ec.europa.eu België: 2022-09-14 10: 10: 48 , ENRD Upcoming Events [ad_1] The MOVING Community of Practice is a European-wide Science-Society-Policy interface to engage different stakeholders around resilience to climate change and social change of mountain value chains. [ad_2] Lees dit artikel en meer van enrd.ec.europa.eu

1st meeting of the ENRD Thematic Group on Landscape Features and Biodiversity

Bron: enrd.ec.europa.eu België: 2022-08-03 10: 41: 12 , ENRD Upcoming Events [ad_1] The farmed landscape has a large role to play in conserving and restoring biodiversity levels across Europe. Continued ecosystem degradation has led to the European Green Deal calling for sustainable food systems in the Farm to Fork Strategy and enhanced protection of natural resources in agricultural landscapes in the Biodiversity Strategy 2030. The latter sets the target for 10% of agricultural land to incorporate landscape features, or non-productive areas which provide ecosystem services and support biodiversity. The proposed Nature Restoration Regulation also targets the maintenance and creation of landscape features, such as “buffer strips, rotational or non-rotational fallow land, hedgerows, individual or groups of trees, tree rows, field margins, patches, ditches, streams, small wetlands, terraces, cairns, stonewalls, small ponds and cultural features”. The CAP Strategic Plans will be a key tool to promote improved maintenance and creation of landscape features in agricultural landscapes through conditionality (Good Agricultural and Environmental Condition (GAEC) 8) and additional funding within eco-schemes under Pillar 1 and EAFRD-funded agri-environment-climate measures under Pillar 2 targeting various landscape features. This first meeting of the ENRD Thematic Group on Landscape Features and Biodiversity will focus on sharing examples of European good practices and promising approaches to encourage landscape features, discussing how these can be better supported using various interventions under the CAP and what the key enablers and barriers are to doing this. Aims of the meeting To explore how greater maintenance, restoration and creation of landscape features can be achieved via the CAP through the identification of the key enabling conditions that must be in place.   To identify ways in which the range of CAP interventions can be used to support different types of landscape features and what other support is required to promote more diversity and higher-quality landscape features for biodiversity and ecosystem services. Share experiences and lessons learnt from Member States’ previous programming period supporting landscape features and discuss how these may inform approaches under the CSPs. Please, find the agenda, background material and updated information about this event in the new EU CAP Network website. [ad_2] Lees dit artikel en meer van enrd.ec.europa.eu

Organic Innovation Days 2022: Organic living labs and lighthouse farms

Bron: enrd.ec.europa.eu België: 2022-09-14 10: 29: 37 , ENRD Upcoming Events [ad_1] As the only EU event on organic and agroecological research and innovation, the Organic Innovation Days provide a unique opportunity to meet members of TP Organics, network with EU stakeholders and decision-makers. [ad_2] Lees dit artikel en meer van enrd.ec.europa.eu

Just Transition Platform Conference | The European Network for Rural Development (ENRD)

Bron: enrd.ec.europa.eu België: 2022-09-14 10: 21: 14 , ENRD Upcoming Events [ad_1] The Conference will be co-hosted by the Commission’s Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy (DG REGIO) and the Directorate-General for Energy. The conference will also include the Multilevel Dialogue organised by the European Committee of the Regions. [ad_2] Lees dit artikel en meer van enrd.ec.europa.eu

2nd meeting of the Forum on Best Practices in the Agri-Food Supply Chain

Bron: enrd.ec.europa.eu België: 2022-09-29 12: 50: 23 , ENRD Upcoming Events [ad_1] In the framework of the Farm to Fork Strategy, the European Commission launched a Forum on Best Practices in the Agri-Food Supply Chain to enhance the cooperation between primary producers, improve their position within the food supply chain and increase market transparency.  Building on the results of the first edition of the Forum (December 2021), this ENRD workshop will discuss the transition to a sustainable food system and key challenges from the perspective of farmers, producer organisations and retailers, as well as Member States and the European Commission. The event will discuss the transition to a sustainable food system, explore opportunities to further promote cooperation along the agri-food supply chain, discuss approaches to strengthening the role of the producer in the organic value chain and exchange experience, ideas and views on how to support and improve market transparency in the EU's food supply chain. The event will take place in person at the Marriott Hotel in Brussels. The working language will be English.  The event is free of charge; however, participants will need to organise and pay for their own travel and accommodation. Exceptionally, travel and accommodation costs related to the event may be covered for a number of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) or similar bodies representatives. Further information will follow. We invite you to check this page regularly for updates. Background information [ad_2] Lees dit artikel en meer van enrd.ec.europa.eu

De federale beleidsverklaring | Belgium.be

Bron: www.belgium.be België: 2022-10-11 16: 22: 33 , [ad_1] De eerste minister legde op 11 oktober 2022 de federale beleidsverklaring af in de Kamer van volksvertegenwoordigers. In de beleidsverklaring maakt de regering duidelijk welke haar beleidsprioriteiten zijn voor het volgende jaar. Lees de beleidsverklaring op de website van de eerste minister. [ad_2] Lees dit artikel en meer van www.belgium.be

Post-pandemic recovery offers European cities chance to boost shift to sustainability — European Environment Agency

Bron: www.eea.europa.eu België: 2022-10-10 10:59:54 , News [ad_1] The COVID-19 pandemic has had wide-ranging impacts on cities and may influence the transition to more environmentally sustainable cities for years to come. Added to the pandemic are other pressing crises, including new, urgent European Union policies to tackle climate change and environmental degradation and the impacts of the war in Ukraine. These, along with the energy crisis, are contributing to accelerated action but also present new challenges to ensure ambitious urban sustainability targets stay on track, according to the EEA report ‘Urban sustainability in Europe — Post‑pandemic drivers of environmental transitions.’ The report is an update on a previous EEA report on urban sustainability and is linked to a series of related studies published in 2020-2021. It seeks to compare the experiences of cities immediately before the pandemic and as they emerge from it and to assess whether there are areas where the pandemic has already led to changes in key drivers of change as well as barriers, too. Research for the report included surveys and interviews involving 64 cities across Europe. Among the key lessons outlined in the report, the study found that the pandemic highlighted social inequalities and the need that any shift to sustainability does not leave anyone behind. Cities will need to ensure new green policies do not further alienate certain social groups. The report highlights that transitions will need to be tailored to individual cities and their unique qualities and circumstances. Trigger for action According to survey results, the COVID-19 pandemic has acted as a significant trigger for environmental and sustainability efforts. The EEA report notes a shift since the pandemic, particularly around issues of sustainable mobility and green spaces. Related to this, public opinion and awareness of the environmental challenges faced also seems to be an important trigger as was the crucial role of political vision to drive sustainability action. Air pollution, traffic, lack and loss of green space, severe storms and flooding, stormwater management and noise pollution were identified as the top six environmental challenges facing the cities in the survey and interviews. The lack and loss of green spaces was listed as the lowest challenge pre-pandemic. Cities are also facing a wide range of socio-economic challenges. The top six most important challenges are apart from the prominence of the COVID-19 pandemic and other communicable diseases, lack of affordable housing, urban sprawl, road congestion, demographic change and social exclusion. EEA’s work on urban sustainability The report is part of a series of products the EEA has published over the past year on urban environmental sustainability. Work explored climate resilience, quality of life, accessibility, healthy environment, food security, circularity, clean energy and sustainable buildings — at urban level. The main objectives of the latest report are to generate in-depth knowledge about the drivers and barriers to sustainability and explore how they may have been influenced by the pandemic, ongoing European recovery efforts and recent European policy shifts including the European Green Deal, the EU urban... Lees meer

Serious challenges in Europe’s agri-food systems — European Environment Agency

Bron: www.eea.europa.eu België: 2022-10-06 13: 00: 09 , News [ad_1] The need for a sustainable food system is already recognised in Europe, but in light of increased impacts of climate change and continued high emissions from agriculture, this shift must be accelerated, according to three related EEA briefings. The transformation of Europe’s agriculture sector and food system has never been more important amid the recent COVID-19 pandemic, the war in Ukraine and impacts of climate change, all of which raise concerns over food security and resilience. ‘Rethinking Agriculture’ looks at agriculture from different angles exploring the root causes of unsustainability and possible paths forward. The European Green Deal and its Farm to Fork Strategy treat agriculture as more than an economic sector: it also contributes to sustainability goals such as social well-being, ecosystem health, and food and nutrition security. But efficiency gains have not halted the degradation of the environment in Europe or globally, the report notes. Despite significant investment in the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and other relevant EU policies, agriculture’s contribution to biodiversity loss, water overconsumption and greenhouse gas emissions continues. Notably on biodiversity, recent findings confirm the major roles climate change and intensive agriculture play in driving the decline of insect biodiversity worldwide. Moreover, rural abandonment and rural heritage loss are still challenges in Europe. ‘Reimagining the food system through social innovations’ examines how social innovation can play a pivotal role in transforming our food systems into ones that are economically and socially feasible and sustainable. The study offers insights into the experimentation taking place around alternative ways to produce, trade and consume food. It notes, however, that transforming production and consumption systems towards social, economic and environmental sustainability will require huge shifts in lifestyles and patterns of consumption and production. These changes are likely to disrupt existing investments, jobs and power structures as well. Current efforts in the agriculture sector While total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the EU have fallen by a third since 1990, reducing emissions in the agriculture sector has been a slower process and has largely stagnated since 2005. Between 1990 and 2000, the agriculture sector achieved a notable drop — of 15% — in emissions of two key greenhouse gases, methane and nitrous oxide, stemming from animal and crop production. But the rates of reductions slowed after 2000 and have been almost stagnant since 2005. Based on EU countries’ current policies and measures, this trend is projected to continue through 2040, with only a 1.5 % decrease expected between 2020 and 2040 according to the third EEA briefing ‘Progress and prospects for decarbonisation in the agriculture sector and beyond’. Policies and efficiency gains have reduced the emission intensities of some agricultural products, but this has been offset by an increase in agricultural production. Further emissions reductions can be achieved by addressing the full lifecycle of food production, including transport, packaging, food processing and retail. Opportunities for change The European Green Deal and its Farm to Fork Strategy contribute to sustainability goals such... Lees meer

2nd meeting of the Thematic Group on Sustainability Agreements – report available

Bron: enrd.ec.europa.eu België: 2022-10-04 13:23:30 , ENRD News [ad_1] The highlights report of the 2nd meeting of the Thematic Group (TG) on Sustainability Agreements (1 June 2022) is now published. This second and final meeting built on the discussions flowing from the first meeting and the examples collected further exploring how the added value of Sustainability Agreements is being realised by businesses and consumers alike. [ad_2] Lees dit artikel en meer van enrd.ec.europa.eu

Wijzigingen aan de wegcode: meer verkeersveiligheid voor de actieve weggebruikers

Bron: www.belgium.be België: 2022-10-01 14:43:30 , [ad_1] Vanaf 1 oktober 2022 treden nieuwe wijzigingen aan de wegcode in werking. De nieuwe verkeersregels hebben als doel om gebruikers van actieve en/of duurzame vervoermiddelen meer verkeersveiligheid te bieden. De wijzigingen hebben betrekking op de volgende drie pijlers: Meer veiligheid voor fietsers Door de beperktere zichtbaarheid van velomobielen en ligfietsen, krijgen bestuurders van deze voertuigen nu de keuze tussen het fietspad en de weg, daar waar de snelheid beperkt is tot 50 km/u.  Daarnaast mogen de fietsers gebruik maken van kleine vlaggetjes of reflecterende strips om hun zichtbaarheid in het verkeer te vergroten. Nieuwe inrichting van de openbare weg Wanneer wegbeheerders dit wenselijk achten, kan vanaf nu een centraal rijvak ingericht worden met daarnaast laterale rijvakken voorbehouden aan meer kwetsbare weggebruikers. De automobilisten moeten op het centrale rijvak rijden, en dit met aangepaste snelheid. Nieuwe parkeerregels voor elektrische voertuigen De parkeerregels voor elektrische voertuigen werden verduidelijkt. Een voertuig geparkeerd op een plaats voorzien om op te laden moet verplicht aan de laadpaal gekoppeld zijn. Het parkeren is beperkt tot de duurtijd van het opladen. Bovendien wordt een voertuig dat oplaadt, beschouwd als een geparkeerd voertuig. De bestuurder moet dan aan de normale parkeerregels voldoen. Lees meer over de nieuwe verkeersregels op de website van de FOD Mobiliteit en Vervoer. [ad_2] Lees dit artikel en meer van www.belgium.be

23rd NRN Meeting – Presentations available

Bron: enrd.ec.europa.eu België: 2022-09-30 17: 08: 09 , ENRD News [ad_1] The 23 NRN Meeting took place online on 20 and 21 September 2022. Presentations from the day are available on the event page.  The ENRD Contact Point, jointly with the Dutch Rural Network, organised the 23rd National Rural Networks meeting in the Netherlands as part of the International Conference: It’s time to fly.     [ad_2] Lees dit artikel en meer van enrd.ec.europa.eu

ENRD Workshop on Implementing the CAP Green Architecture – Presentations available

Bron: enrd.ec.europa.eu België: 2022-09-30 17: 11: 04 , ENRD News [ad_1] The ENRD Workshop on Implementing the CAP Green Architecture took place online on 20 and 21 September 2022. Presentations from the day are available on the event page.  The aim of the workshop was 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. [ad_2] Lees dit artikel en meer van enrd.ec.europa.eu