European Environment Agency

Renewables successfully driving down carbon emissions in Europe

18 Feb 2015

Wind, solar, biomass and other renewable energy technologies has continued to grow. New data shows they have been an important driving force in reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Europe.


Without the deployment of renewable energy since 2005, greenhouse gas emissions in 2012 could have been 7% higher than actual emissions, according to the EEA report Renewable energy in Europe – approximated recent growth and knock-on effects.


Europe’s green economy and other stories: what you may have missed in 2014

6 Jan 2015

As 2014 comes to a close, the European Environment Agency (EEA) looks back at some of the interesting findings from its work throughout the year.


In 2014 the EEA had a special focus on green economy and resource efficiency, looking at how Europe's economy can generate increasing prosperity while maintaining the natural systems that sustain us. New innovations could help the EU make such a transition, the EEA found.


Building a resource-efficient and circular economy in Europe

9 Oct 2014

The European Environment Agency has published the report Signals 2014: Well-being and the Environment focusing on resource-efficient and circular economy in Europe. The report warns that we are extracting and using more resources than our planet can produce in a given time.


Green economy can encourage jobs and innovation

16 Jul 2014

Europe can create jobs and encourage innovation by using resources much more efficiently, according to a new report from the European Environment Agency which describes a range of policies with proven environmental and economic benefits.


The report 'Resource-efficient green economy and EU policies' considers how European economies can drive more efficient material resource use as part of the transition towards a 'green economy', a recently stated aim of the EU.


Resource efficiency becomes EEA's topic for 2014

22 Jan 2014

This year sees the European Environment Agency (EEA) start a new five-year work programme and establish a new set of environmental policy priorities. The Multi Annual Work Programme will run from 2014 to 2018 and seeks to improve knowledge in areas related to EU environmental and climate policies already in place, and monitor progress towards the objectives and targets in Europe’s 2020 agenda.


Report illustrates effect of green economy on human well-being

10 Dec 2013

The European Environment Agency (EEA) has launched its new Environmental Indicator Report 2013, examining the implications of a transition to a green economy. The report draws upon a sub-set of the EEA’s environmental indicators that consider a vast range of environmental indicators. The publication coincides with the launch of the 7th European Environment Action Programme (7th EAP). Both documents are aimed at supporting policymakers to shape a healthy environment and ensure human well-being.


Front-running cities changing transport, improving quality of life

3 Dec 2013

Many cities in Europe are changing, according to a new EEA report which points to rapid transformations in urban transport in some areas. While cycling and efficient public transport are becoming the norm in some urban areas, Europe’s transport sector is still a major contributor to excessive levels of greenhouse gases, air pollution and noise, the report says.


Climate and energy targets – EU largely on track but mixed picture across Member States

17 Oct 2013

European Union Member States are showing mixed progress towards three climate and energy targets for 2020, even though the EU as a whole could reduce greenhouse gases emissions by 21% in 2020 with the set of national measures already adopted. These findings come from new European Environment Agency (EEA) assessments.


Towards a green economy in Europe

26 Jul 2013

European Environment Agency has published the report "Towards a green economy in Europe" that provides comprehensive overview of European Union environment policy targets and objectives.


EU legislation has established more than 130 separate environmental targets and objectives to be met between 2010 and 2050. Together, these can provide useful milestones supporting Europe’s transition towards a ‘green economy’.


Green fiscal reform can create jobs and stimulate innovation across the EU

17 May 2013

Increasing some tax rates and removing subsidies on environmentally harmful products and services can boost economic growth if the revenue generated is then used to relieve the tax burden on employment and investment.


The findings come from a series of studies from the European Environment Agency (EEA) looking at the potential for fiscal reform in four EU countries affected by the current economic crisis.