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Methane emissions on a downward trend, but accelerated cuts needed to meet EU climate targets — European Environment Agency

Bron: www.eea.europa.eu België: 2022-11-30 13:00:12 , News [ad_1] The EEA briefing ‘Methane emissions in the EU: the key to immediate action on climate change’ provides an updated review of the key sources of methane (CH4) in the EU and looks at projections, policies and measures implemented as well as relevant EU legislation. The briefing also includes a methane emissions visualisation tool where users can see country CH4 emissions as reported in their greenhouse gas inventories. A downward trend According to the latest available official data, emissions of CH4 is down by 36% in the EU in 2020 compared with 1990 levels, furthering a 30-year downward trend. The largest reductions in emissions occurred in energy supply, which includes energy industries and fugitive (leaked or uncaptured emissions) (-65%), waste (-37%) and agriculture (-21%). Overall, reductions in methane emissions have been significant and reflect: a decrease in agricultural livestock numbers and increased efficiency in the agricultural sector; lower levels of coal mining and post-mining activities; improved oil and gas pipeline networks; less waste disposal on land, and an increase in recycling, composting, landfill gas recovery, and waste incineration with energy recovery. The observed emission reductions have contributed not only to climate change mitigation but also to better air quality, because of synergies in the reduction of greenhouse gases and air pollutants. More to be done Still, despite the progress, methane concentrations are increasing rapidly and reductions need to be stepped up across all sectors. Methane is substantially stronger at trapping heat than carbon dioxide (CO2) and also has an average shorter lifetime than CO2.  Reducing CH4 emissions globally is a low hanging fruit for the current generation, using existing practices and technologies. Policies aimed at CH4 emission reductions will deliver faster benefits from the climate mitigation perspective in the short term. Reducing CH4 emissions will also lead to lower ozone formation and local air pollution, which would bring health-related benefits thanks to cleaner air. Continued reductions in other greenhouse gases (GHG) are also essential to achieving the long-term climate goals. The EEA briefing notes the EU has put in place overarching and sector-specific policies to reduce GHG emissions, including methane emissions representing 12% of total EU emissions in 2020 — half of which are from agriculture. As countries implement EU and national legislation, GHG emissions will decrease further. However, to help achieve the EU’s 2030 and 2050 climate objectives, the EU needs to reduce emissions more rapidly, including via policies and measures aimed at reducing methane emissions. The EEA briefing also notes several policy options and technologies are available to reduce emissions and improve not only the climate and environment but also energy security. For example, landfill gas recovery from waste or biogas produced from agricultural manure can be used to produce electricity and heat in the energy sector. Preventing and addressing leaks from oil and natural gas systems remain a challenge and have become urgent especially in wake of the recent leaks due to explosions in the two Nord Stream natural gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea. International frameworks and... Lees meer

Organic eggs from Saaremaa | The European Network for Rural Development (ENRD)

Bron: enrd.ec.europa.eu België: 2022-10-25 16: 12: 07 , ENRD Projects and Practice [ad_1] CAP funding enabled this young farmer to establish a successful business with 3 000 chickens producing organic eggs. The annual turnover forecast for 2022 was over 200,000 euros. Results boosted EU organic production and provided food security benefits for Estonia, as well as income for the young farmer, and helped to safeguard the viability of the Saaremaa Island community. [ad_2] Lees dit artikel en meer van enrd.ec.europa.eu

Purchase of equipment to ensure biosecurity in a mountainous swine farm

Bron: enrd.ec.europa.eu België: 2022-10-25 16:18:37 , ENRD Projects and Practice [ad_1] This project helped to protect the farm business and security of food supplies by minimising risk of animal health problems. The farm has achieved Level III biosecurity standards and now safely manages some 4,000 animals. The new equipment has improved biosecurity, reduced costs, and raised standards, while the purchase of an electricity generator helps to ensure the farm’s energy autonomy. [ad_2] Lees dit artikel en meer van enrd.ec.europa.eu

The Linen Project in the Netherlands

Bron: enrd.ec.europa.eu België: 2022-10-25 16:25:59 , ENRD Projects and Practice [ad_1] The Linen Project was a learning-by-doing project that brought together various stakeholders to develop and reactivate vital knowledge required for linen production. It focused on the cultivation and production of organic flax and linen in EU countries. Actions involved setting up a stewardship initiative and developing a consortium for future small-scale flax spinning facilities. The project also funded an open-source knowledge exchange to help facilitate localised linen value chains. [ad_2] Lees dit artikel en meer van enrd.ec.europa.eu

Bonita – Introducing a new, resistant club variety of apples in Slovenia

Bron: enrd.ec.europa.eu België: 2022-10-25 16: 37: 53 , ENRD Projects and Practice [ad_1] Thanks to this project, new plantations of ‘Bonita’ apples were planted across 40 ha in three Slovenian regions. More than 200 Slovenian fruit growers participated in knowledge transfer events and workshops, which were delivered by Slovenian fruit growing associations and experts. The variety has achieved higher prices and brought higher incomes to its producers. It is also associated with lower input costs due to a 20% lower use of plant protection products. Demand for the variety currently exceeds supply. [ad_2] Lees dit artikel en meer van enrd.ec.europa.eu

Giovani Dentro – Opportunities and challenges faced by youth in Inner Areas of Italy

Bron: enrd.ec.europa.eu België: 2022-10-25 16: 42: 00 , ENRD Projects and Practice [ad_1] ‘Giovani dentro’ was a research project focused on young people living in Italy’s inland, remote rural areas. The research aimed to investigate their quality of life, their access to job opportunities, their aspirations, and the challenges that they face. [ad_2] Lees dit artikel en meer van enrd.ec.europa.eu

Chrysoloras Winery – Winery establishment and farm modernisation

Bron: enrd.ec.europa.eu België: 2022-10-25 16: 53: 43 , ENRD Projects and Practice [ad_1] A new organic vineyard of 0.43 acres was planted by a young farmer in 2021 on the small Greek island of Serifos with help from CAP funds. Other rural development co-finance was used to help purchase machinery and equipment for the modernisation of vine production, including a motor cultivator, a woodchipper, a grass trimmer, and a chainsaw. Different CAP funds were also involved with the beneficiary’s wider business plans. These included income support from Pillar 1, organic farming aid for participation in quality schemes and payments for areas with natural constraints. [ad_2] Lees dit artikel en meer van enrd.ec.europa.eu

EIP-AGRI Operational Group: Farmers4Safety – Managing Risk Together Project

Bron: enrd.ec.europa.eu België: 2022-10-25 16: 58: 41 , ENRD Projects and Practice [ad_1] The project’s innovative peer-to-peer ‘Buddy’ approach led to effective networking and open lines of communication within the farming community. ‘On the ground’ actions by the Farm Mentors resulted in increased levels of innovative thinking within the farming community in an effort to help address farm accidents and fatalities. Surveys clarified the diverse needs and challenges facing farmers and their families towards farm safety, health and wellbeing. [ad_2] Lees dit artikel en meer van enrd.ec.europa.eu

Introducing the Sámi food culture into public kitchens

Bron: enrd.ec.europa.eu België: 2022-10-31 16: 21: 03 , ENRD Projects and Practice [ad_1] The Sámi people inhabit the region of Sámi, which incorporates most of northern Norway, Sweden, and Finland as well as parts of North-western Russia. The Sámi have their own traditional food culture which was not well known to the public kitchens of Sweden’s Sámi region, where many Sámi live and where this project was based. In cooperation with the municipal authorities, food kitchens and Sámi food businesses of the region, an educational services company implemented a project that would bring all parties together to solve the issue of how to get Sámi cuisine onto the menu of public kitchens. [ad_2] Lees dit artikel en meer van enrd.ec.europa.eu

Moving towards sustainability in times of multiple crises and uncertainty — European Environment Agency

Bron: www.eea.europa.eu België: 2022-11-28 13: 00: 35 , News [ad_1] Europe is recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic, faced with a war in Ukraine and committed to ambitious goals of the European Green Deal for protecting the climate, nature and people’s health. ‘EEA Signals 2022 – Staying on course for a sustainable Europe’ provides a snapshot of the Agency’s assessment and data that are linked to this context and making Europe’s energy system more secure and sustainable. The ‘EEA Signals’ is a based on a series of short articles based on previously published EEA data, information, and expert interviews.  EEA Signals 2022 editorial and articles look at the state of play in the energy sector, moving towards more renewables, saving energy and links with the transport sector. Jorge Cabrita, research manager at Eurofound, discusses the concept of ‘just transition’ and tells about Eurofound’s work towards that goal. Eva Mayerhofer, lead biodiversity and environment specialist at the European Investment Bank, Andreas Barkman, and EEA’s lead expert on sustainable finance, tell about the challenges and opportunities in accelerating Europe’s green transition through sustainable financing.   Building a sustainable energy system for Europe requires time, and the decisions that we take now will define our options for decades to come. This is especially true for expensive energy infrastructure. Given the current circumstances, Europe needs to react quickly but also in the right direction to avoid lock-ins on solutions that are not compatible with what we want to hand over to future generations. Hans Bruyninckx, EEA Executive Director (See Editorial) The ‘EEA Signals’ is an annual, easy-to-read web publication, that looks at key issues related to the environment and climate. Recent EEA Signals reports have looked at nature (2021) pollution (2020), soil (2019) and water (2018). Location field [ad_2] Lees dit artikel en meer van www.eea.europa.eu

Premature deaths due to air pollution continue to fall in the EU, more efforts needed to deliver a toxic-free environment

Bron: www.eea.europa.eu België: 2022-11-24 01: 02: 49 , News [ad_1] The EEA has published its full ‘Air quality in Europe 2022’ assessment, presenting the status of air quality in Europe, assessing the impacts of air pollution on health and ecosystems, and identifying sources of emissions to air. According to the EEA analysis, air pollution continues to pose significant risks to health in Europe, causing chronic illness and premature deaths. In 2020, 96% of the EU’s urban population was exposed to concentrations of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) above the WHO guideline level of 5 microgrammes per cubic metre (µg/m3) of air. Air pollution also harms biodiversity and damages agricultural crops and forests, causing major economic losses.   At least 238,000 early deaths from fine particles in the EU Poor air quality, especially in urban areas, continues to affect the health of European citizens. According to the EEA’s latest estimates, at least 238,000 people died prematurely in the EU in 2020 due to exposure to PM2.5 pollution above the WHO guideline level of 5 µg/m3. Nitrogen dioxide pollution led to 49,000, and exposure to ozone to 24,000 early deaths in the EU. As well as premature death, air pollution causes ill health and adds significant costs on the health care sector. For example, in 2019, exposure to PM2.5 led to 175,702 years lived with disability (YLDs) due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease across 30 European countries. Note: As with previous years, the health impacts of different air pollutants should not be added together to avoid double counting due to some overlaps in data. This is the case for both mortality and illness. From 2005 to 2020, the number of early deaths from exposure to PM2.5 fell by 45% in the EU. If this trend continues, the EU is expected to deliver on the zero pollution action plan target of a 55% reduction in premature deaths by 2030. Nevertheless, further efforts will be needed to meet the zero pollution vision for 2050 of reducing air pollution to levels no longer considered harmful to health.   Loss of biodiversity, damage on forests, crops Air pollution also harms land and water ecosystems. In 2020, damaging levels of nitrogen deposition were seen in 75% of the total EU ecosystem area. This represents a 12% reduction since 2005 while the EU zero pollution action plan’s target is to reach a 25% reduction by 2030. According to the EEA analysis, 59% of forested areas and in 6% agricultural land were exposed to damaging levels of ground-level ozone in Europe in 2020. Economic losses due to the impacts of ground-level ozone on wheat yields totalled about EUR 1.4 billion across 35 European countries in 2019, with the biggest losses seen in France, Germany, Poland, and Türkiye.   More than half of fine particle emissions from energy use in buildings The main source of particulate matter pollution in Europe is from fuel combustion in the residential, commercial and institutional sector, the EEA analysis shows. These emissions are mainly linked to... Lees meer

Water Biodiversity Training Programme for Duhallow Communities

Bron: enrd.ec.europa.eu België: 2022-10-25 10: 33: 08 , ENRD Projects and Practice [ad_1] This capacity building initiative equipped community groups across 38 parts of the project area with skills and knowledge to develop strategies for increased local action in the areas of biodiversity, habitat conservation, protection and development, and habitat mapping. The training involved the creation of a habitat conservation and (biodiversity) development plan for each of the participating communities/groups. These plans contain proposals designed to be compatible with different funding sources and the WFD. [ad_2] Lees dit artikel en meer van enrd.ec.europa.eu

‘Schule am Bauernhof’ (Farm School Austria): Meadow Orchards Mariazell

Bron: enrd.ec.europa.eu België: 2022-10-25 12:35:53 , ENRD Projects and Practice [ad_1] 40 orchard trees (old, more resilient varieties of apple, pear, plum, and creeper) planted by 60 children from the Mariazell elementary and secondary school. In a few years time, the trees will bear fruit and the school programme will be further adapted to include the processing of the harvested fruit. [ad_2] Lees dit artikel en meer van enrd.ec.europa.eu

Energy transition education and animation

Bron: enrd.ec.europa.eu België: 2022-10-25 12: 42: 50 , ENRD Projects and Practice [ad_1] The range of activities offered by the organisation has expanded, reaching more young people, and incorporating the topics of climate change and environmental protection. A wide variety of stakeholders including young people, associations, families and producers were able to meet and share their thoughts about the energy transition. [ad_2] Lees dit artikel en meer van enrd.ec.europa.eu

OROMINERVA – Investments in agro-food processing

Bron: enrd.ec.europa.eu België: 2022-10-25 16: 47: 24 , ENRD Projects and Practice [ad_1] Revenue growth reached an average of +30% annually following the project. Thanks to the acquisition of new machinery, the company is now able to create new types of recipes that were not previously possible. In 2022, Orominerva obtained the quality certification FSSC22000 for Food Safety Management Systems. In the same year it won the Gambero Rosso Award for the best artichokes in olive oil in Italy. [ad_2] Lees dit artikel en meer van enrd.ec.europa.eu

New chairpersons to EEA Scientific Committee — European Environment Agency

Bron: www.eea.europa.eu België: 2022-11-22 10:26:21 , News [ad_1] The EEA Scientific Committee has elected new chairpersons amongst its members. The role of the Committee is to support the EEA Management Board and the Executive Director by providing scientific advice and delivering professional opinion on scientific matters related to the Agency’s work. The new Chair of the EEA Scientific Committee is Professor Claire Dupont, Department of Public Governance, Ghent University, Belgium. Professor Dupont has been a member of the Committee since 2016. The two new Vice-Chairs are Professor Theodoros Zachariadis, Energy, Environment and Water Research Centre, The Cyprus Institute (EEA Scientific Committee member since 2016), and Professor Louis Meuleman, Visiting Professor Public Governance, Leuven University, Belgium (member since 2020). The three outgoing chairpersons have all served the EEA Scientific Committee for eight years, from 2014 to 2022. Outgoing Chair, Professor Per Mickwitz, is Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research, Sustainability and Campus development, Lund University, Sweden. Outgoing Vice-Chairs are Professor Mikael Skou Andersen, Department of Environmental Science and Department of Agroecology, Aarhus University, Denmark; and Professor Malgorzata Grodzińska-Jurczak, Institute of Environmental Sciences, Jagiellonian University, Poland. During the past eight years, all three helped steer EEA knowledge development in support to EU policies, including the European Green Deal and the EU Horizon Europe research programme. They brought many insights to the Scientific Committee’s efforts, most notably in the fields of EU policy analysis and evaluation, sustainability transitions and science communication. The EEA would like to sincerely thank Per, Mikael and Malgorzata for their work and dedication in advising the Agency to deliver on its mandate to support EU policy ambitions through sound, independent information on environment and climate. [ad_2] Lees dit artikel en meer van www.eea.europa.eu

Verlaag uw energierekening via de website energywatchers.be

Bron: www.belgium.be België: 2022-11-10 16: 20: 33 , [ad_1] De dienst Klimaatverandering van de FOD Volksgezondheid, Veiligheid van de Voedselketen en Leefmilieu lanceerde de nieuwe website energywatchers.be die u kan helpen uw verbruik en dus uw energierekening te verlagen.De website biedt meer dan 115 energiebesparende tips rond gebruiksgedrag, aankopen, milieu en premies en geeft het investeringsniveau van de tips weer. Via 28 calculators kunt u zich het energieverbruik of de gerealiseerde besparing concreet voorstellen in kWh, in euro of in kg CO2-uitstoot. U kunt zowel de door de website voorgestelde gemiddelde cijfers gebruiken als zelf de cijfers personaliseren volgens uw profiel.Ook zonder grote investeringen kunt u honderden euro’s besparen op uw energiefactuur en dat is ook goed voor het milieu. Heel veel Belgen doen al inspanningen die samen een groot verschil maken … doet u ook mee?Bezoek de website energywatchers.beLees het persbericht van de FOD Volksgezondheid, Veiligheid van de Voedselketen en Leefmilieu    [ad_2] Lees dit artikel en meer van www.belgium.be

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Winners of EEA 2022 Well with Nature photo competition announced — European Environment Agency

Bron: www.eea.europa.eu België: 2022-11-11 10:59:14 , News [ad_1] Other winners included a dramatic closeup shot of two great crested grebes in a courting ritual exchanging plastic instead of seaweed on Lake Garda, a wide and dusty view of Turkish herders moving their cattle, a person becoming ‘one with nature’ with a downed tree trunk, a butterfly pausing on a person’s hand to rest and a firefighter looking at the destruction caused by a still smouldering forest fire in Istanbul.  The aim of the ‘Well with Nature’ competition was to highlight our connection to nature, how much we care for it and how it it affects our emotional and physical wellbeing. It aims to raise awareness about the benefits we can all receive by taking action towards zero pollution.   Environmental communication experts from the European Environment Information and Observation Network (Eionet) and the public selected the winners in four categories from a shortlisted 50 finalists. The four thematic categories were air, water, land, and sound. There were an additional two categories including the public choice award and best youth photo.  The winner of each thematic category will receive a cash prize of EUR 1,000. Additional prizes of EUR 500 are awarded to the best youth entry as well as the public’s favourite photo. This year’s contest received the highest number of photo submissions ever. Water was the biggest category followed by land.    Air: The dusty journey of the herds in the wind in Bitlis, by Ali ihsan Öztürk, Türkiye  Water: The plastic gift, by Roberto Melotti, Italy  Land: One with nature, by Gert Lammerts, The Netherlands  Sound: Fire, by Onur Doğman, Türkiye  Youth Award: Calm Butterfly, by Patryk Stefaniak, Poland   Public Choice Award: Summer in Zeeland, by Alice van Kempen, The Netherlands  You can view all the 50 finalists here. [ad_2] Lees dit artikel en meer van www.eea.europa.eu

Livestock emissions and the COP26 targets – ATF Seminar

Bron: enrd.ec.europa.eu België: 2022-06-15 14:54:13 , ENRD Upcoming Events [ad_1] The ATF seminar aims to bring together animal science with practice of animal production and connect researchers, policy makers, industry representatives and societal organisations. Discussion will focus on the needs in R&I to help the livestock sector to adapt to climate change and mitigate its emissions. [ad_2] Lees dit artikel en meer van enrd.ec.europa.eu

EUSALP Forum 2022

Bron: enrd.ec.europa.eu België: 2022-07-07 10:57:45 , ENRD Upcoming Events [ad_1] Save the date for the EUSALP Annual Forum. The agenda will include thematic sessions on cross-cutting themes and policy areas for Action Groups. [ad_2] Lees dit artikel en meer van enrd.ec.europa.eu

Final conference of the Smart Rural 21 project

Bron: enrd.ec.europa.eu België: 2022-09-14 10: 17: 16 , ENRD Upcoming Events [ad_1] The conference will present the final outcomes of the Smart Rural 21 project that is the result of intensive collaboration with rural communities and other relevant stakeholders across Europe to realise Smart Villages on the ground over more than two years. [ad_2] Lees dit artikel en meer van enrd.ec.europa.eu

The 2022 EU Agricultural Outlook conference

Bron: enrd.ec.europa.eu België: 2022-09-14 10:42:24 , ENRD Upcoming Events [ad_1] The EU Agricultural Outlook conference is the flagship annual event for broad exchanges among stakeholders on market prospects in agriculture. This includes discussion of the political framework and uncertainties surrounding market developments in the next 10 years. [ad_2] Lees dit artikel en meer van enrd.ec.europa.eu

How to keep buildings cool sustainably? — European Environment Agency

Bron: www.eea.europa.eu België: 2022-11-10 10: 59: 46 , News [ad_1] The EEA briefing ‘Cooling buildings sustainably in Europe’ analyses how to best alleviate heat stress in buildings and its potential impacts on vulnerable groups, health and inequalities and at same time decrease the energy use. Heatwaves, urbanisation and ageing populations can prompt a heavy use of active cooling in buildings, which is inefficient, socially inequitable and increases energy use. Prioritising passive cooling solutions, improving energy efficiency of buildings, communicating on individual good practices and promoting urban cooling solutions, such as green and blue public spaces, are more sustainable solutions to address heat stress, the EEA briefing states. Moreover, targeting vulnerable groups would minimise negative health impacts from heat stress and reduce inequalities and energy poverty. When active cooling is necessary, cooling systems should be as efficient as possible, low carbon and equitably accessible by vulnerable and other groups. According to the EEA briefing, current EU policies development and the renovation wave offer key opportunities to ensure low-carbon cooling solutions that are socially just and strengthen societal resilience. Recent EEA report shows that more frequent heatwaves and increasing vulnerability of the population will lead to a substantial increase in adverse health impacts in Europe unless adaptation measures are taken. An earlier EEA analysis showed that heatwaves caused about 77 000-129 000 deaths in Europe during the past 40 years, representing about 90% of all climate-related fatalities. The new EEA briefing is based on a study conducted by Ramboll for the EEA, as well as past EEA work and contributions from the EIONET network. Location field [ad_2] Lees dit artikel en meer van www.eea.europa.eu

Heatwaves, spread of infectious diseases due to climate change growing health threats to Europeans — European Environment Agency

Bron: www.eea.europa.eu België: 2022-11-09 00: 55: 00 , News [ad_1] While the need to address the impacts of climate change on human health is increasingly recognised, the time is now to move from planning to action and to improve awareness among public health and healthcare practitioners to make Europe’s population more resilient, according to the EEA report ‘Climate change as a threat to health and well-being in Europe: focus on heat and infectious diseases.’ The EEA report focuses on the impact high temperatures are having on the population, which leads to the largest number of fatalities associated with natural hazards in Europe. Due to climate change, these fatalities are projected to increase substantially unless adaptation measures are taken. Climate-sensitive infectious diseases — another emerging threat — are projected to further spread northwards and cause a higher disease burden in Europe. The report draws on knowledge developed for the European Climate and Health Observatory, which provides access to a wide range of relevant data, tools, publications and other resources informing about climate change impacts for human health. Action to protect vulnerable groups to heatwaves Increasingly frequent, long and intense heatwaves in combination with an ageing population and growing urbanisation mean that more vulnerable populations are exposed to high temperatures, particularly in southern and central Europe. The location of many schools and hospitals in areas experiencing the urban heat island effect, further exacerbating high temperatures, calls for urgent adaptation of those facilities. The rise in temperatures also affect occupational health and safety, resulting in an average annual loss of 16 hours per worker in highly exposed sectors, with the largest losses in southern Europe. Reducing the health impacts of heat requires implementing a wide range of solutions, including effective heat health action plans, creating more green and shaded areas in cities, appropriate building design and construction, and adjusting working times and conditions so people are less exposed.  Climate conditions more welcoming to infectious diseases Changing climate conditions are becoming more suitable for the emergence and transmission of climate-sensitive infectious diseases like malaria, dengue fever or West Nile fever, also expanding the risk of transmission to previously unaffected areas of Europe, like northern regions. The projected lengthening of the transmission season and wider distribution of mosquito species that act as carriers for malaria and dengue, combined with the growing number of travel-imported disease cases, increases the likelihood of local outbreaks. People working in agriculture, forestry, or emergency services may be at higher risk of catching one of these diseases, while the elderly, young children and those with compromised immune systems may suffer more if they catch a disease. Warming sea waters are also increasingly suitable for the dangerous Vibrio bacteria found in fish and shellfish, in particular along the Baltic Sea coastline. Exposure to the bacteria can cause serious illness. Effective monitoring of species that carry or transmit these diseases and disease surveillance would help the development of early warnings and better targeted control of carrier species or vaccination. Prevention, coordination is crucial Monitoring and surveillance of... Lees meer

Energie: op welke steunmaatregelen heb je recht?

Bron: www.belgium.be België: 2022-11-07 13:18:40 , [ad_1] De federale regering heeft een aantal steunmaatregelen genomen om de energiefactuur te verlichten. Het gaat onder andere om het federale basispakket energie, de verlenging en verhoging van de stookoliecheque en de verlenging van de termijn voor het aanvragen van de federale verwarmingspremie. Sommige premies worden automatisch toegekend, andere kan je via de FOD Economie aanvragen. Meer weten? Raadpleeg alle informatie over de energieprijzen op de website van de FOD Economie.   [ad_2] Lees dit artikel en meer van www.belgium.be

Persistente organische verontreinigende stoffen: jouw mening telt!

Bron: www.belgium.be België: 2022-11-03 13: 05: 53 , [ad_1] Van 21 november 2022 tot en met 20 januari 2023 organiseert de FOD Volksgezondheid, Veiligheid van de Voedselketen en Leefmilieu een openbare raadpleging over het ontwerp van het vierde nationaal implementatieplan van het Verdrag van Stockholm inzake persistente organische verontreinigende stoffen (POP’s).POP’s zijn uiterst giftig voor mens en milieu. Ze stapelen zich op in de vetweefsels van levende organismen en kunnen via moedermelk en eieren worden doorgegeven. Ze zijn gedurende jaren of zelfs decennia persistent en verspreiden zich over lange afstanden, waardoor ze zones ver van hun bron van herkomst besmetten.Het Verdrag van Stockholm van 2001 inzake persistente organische verontreinigende stoffen is een internationale overeenkomst die tot doel heeft de productie of het gebruik van bepaalde chemische verontreinigende stoffen, te beperken of te verbieden en de onbedoelde vorming en uitstoot van andere chemische stoffen te beperken of te beëindigen.De toetreding van België tot het Verdrag van Stockholm heeft geleid tot de ontwikkeling van een nationaal implementatieplan voor het Verdrag van Stockholm inzake persistente organische verontreinigende stoffen.Dit nationaal plan, dat het resultaat is van een nauwe samenwerking tussen de regionale en federale overheden die bevoegd zijn voor de materies die onder het Verdrag van Stockholm vallen, wordt regelmatig herzien om rekening te houden met de wetgevende en technische vooruitgang op dit gebied.Het plan geeft een geactualiseerd overzicht van de programma’s en acties op federaal en regionaal vlak ten aanzien van een vermindering van POP’s.Deze openbare raadpleging komt voort uit het Verdrag van Aarhus, dat u het recht geeft op inspraak bij beslissingen over het milieu.Meer informatie vindt u vanaf 21 november 2022 op www.consult-leefmilieu.beVoor meer informatie, zie ‘Het beheer van POP’s in België’   [ad_2] Lees dit artikel en meer van www.belgium.be