7 December 2017

National inaction and Commission delays undermining EU air quality protections

More than ten months after calling out five Member States for their failure to tackle air pollution, the European Commission has missed another opportunity to hold […]
7 December 2017

Curtailing methane emissions long overdue, say MEPs

Methane is 86 times worse for global warming than carbon dioxide. And today MEPs on Parliament’s Environment and Industry committees have called on the Commission to […]
2 November 2017

Challenge to EU leaders: It’s time to move Europe Beyond Coal

Health, environment and climate groups are calling on the European Union to hasten the move away from coal and other fossil fuels and towards clean renewable […]
2 November 2017

Most EU countries failing to ensure effective access to industrial pollution information

More than half of the EU’s Member States are failing to share crucial information about highly-polluting activities effectively online.  Many are failing to meet even the minimum […]
26 October 2017

Switzerland must enact full mercury export ban say environmental groups

Fifty environmental groups are calling on Switzerland to match their words with action by fully banning mercury exports. Just weeks after Switzerland held the first COP […]
11 October 2017

Farming contributes to deadly levels of air pollution, new report

400,000 Europeans die every year as a result of air pollution from several sources – including from agriculture. That’s the main finding from a new European […]
28 September 2017

As new global mercury treaty enters into force, worldwide mercury production skyrockets

This week 156 countries convened for the first meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on mercury — yet at the same […]
12 September 2017

Germany can cut coal emissions, but regional leaders’ “untrue and desperate” claims threaten progress on air quality

German government ministers are being warned not to believe “untrue and desperate” claims about new EU measures to reduce air pollution. Instead, eight environmental groups have […]
17 August 2017

The clock is ticking: new rules set deadline for dirty plants

The European Commission has today published new standards for Europe’s most polluting power plants, including many large coal-fired power stations. Plants now have four years to […]
16 August 2017

New treaty’s entry into force set to curtail global mercury crisis, say NGOs

Today’s entry into force of the Minamata Convention establishes the first new multilateral environmental agreement in over a decade.  The Zero Mercury Working Group* has been […]
31 July 2017

New rules hasten end for Europe’s dirtiest power plants

Europe’s most polluting power plants, including many large coal-fired power stations, will be forced to clean up or close down thanks to new EU rules adopted […]
28 July 2017

National governments must not use legal loopholes to hide failure on air quality

Nine EU Member States have asked the European Commission for permission to pollute above national limits set in EU law. Austria, Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Spain, Finland, […]