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Binding waste-reduction targets, revamped ecodesign legislation and measures to break the link between growth and the use of natural resources are the chief demands set out in a resolution passed on Wednesday by environment MEPs,who call on the Commission to table new legislation by the end of 2015. (Read more: Circular economy: “systemic change” needed to address resource scarcity )

 
 

Europe is an important market for drugs, supported by both domestic production and drugs trafficked from elsewhere, according to the 2015 report by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA). The report will be discussed by the civil liberties and justice committee and EMCDDA Director Wolfgang Götz on Wednesday 17 June from 9.00 CET. Watch it live online and check out our infographic and article for the report's main findings on drug use in Europe. (Read more: 2015 drug report: cannabis still popular in Europe, heroin use declining )

 

Climate change agreement: from Kyoto to Doha and beyond

Plenary Session Environment08-06-2015 - 16:53
 

December's climate change conference in Paris aims to come up with an international agreement to help limit global warming after 2020, but it is far from the first one. MEPs are this week voting on a recommendation to ensure that the Doha climate agreement, setting targets for emissions reductions up to 2020, is still ratified by the end of the year. Read on to find out more about the first climate change agreements and the efforts to come up with a new global deal to help fight global warming. (Read more: Climate change agreement: from Kyoto to Doha and beyond )

 

A reform of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), informally agreed with the Latvian Presidency of the Council of Ministers, was backed by the Environment Committee on Tuesday. The reform aims to reduce the surplus of carbon credits available for trading in order to support the price of the emission rights. The scheme would start operating in 2019. (Read more: CO2 market fix: Environment Committee MEPs back deal with Council )

 

MEPs propose blueprint for safer healthcare

Plenary Session Public health19-05-2015 - 13:01
Patient Safety illustration  

Suggested ways to improve patient safety, including tackling growing resistance to human and veterinary antibiotics, using today’s treatments more responsibly and promoting innovation, are set out in a resolution voted on Tuesday. MEPs note that 8 - 12% of patients in EU hospitals suffer adverse events, such as healthcare-related infections, which are implicated in 37,000 deaths a year and place a heavy burden on limited health service budgets. (Read more: MEPs propose blueprint for safer healthcare )

 

MEPs vote to cap emissions of medium combustion plants

ENVI Environment07-05-2015 - 12:37
A city view with a cimney ©BELGA_AGEFOTOSTOCK  

EU countries would have to enforce sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emission limits upon medium-sized combustion plants, such as electricity generators or heating systems for domestic, residential or industrial use, under draft plans approved by the Environment Committee on Wednesday. MEPs voted to adapt the scheme to match the plants’ thermal input, so as to reduce the administrative burden on small businesses. (Read more: MEPs vote to cap emissions of medium combustion plants )

 

ETS market stability reserve: MEPs strike deal with Council

ENVI Consumers06-05-2015 - 12:11

A draft law to reform the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), by reducing the surplus of carbon credits available for trading into order to support the price, was informally agreed upon by MEPs and the Latvian Presidency of the EU Council of Ministers on Tuesday. The surplus reserve would start operating in 2019. (Read more: ETS market stability reserve: MEPs strike deal with Council )

 

Alcoholic drinks should state calorie content, say MEPs

Plenary Session Public health29-04-2015 - 14:37

Plans for labelling the calorie content of alcoholic beverages should be tabled by the European Commission at the latest in 2016, said MEPs on Wednesday. The resolution calls for a new EU Alcohol Strategy focusing on alcohol consumption by minors and EU-wide labelling to discourage drink driving and drinking while pregnant. (Read more: Alcoholic drinks should state calorie content, say MEPs )

 

Parliament supports shift towards advanced biofuels

Plenary Session Environment28-04-2015 - 13:41
Agriculture - Harvested grain corn and a flask of corn oil, used both as a cooking oil and a feedstock used for biodiesel  

A draft law to cap crop-derived biofuel production and accelerate the shift to alternative sources was voted by Parliament on Tuesday. It aims to cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions caused by the growing use of farm land for biofuel crops. (Read more: Parliament supports shift towards advanced biofuels )

 
Forest strategy: making the most of Europe's natural resources Infographic - Environment28-04-2015 - 13:19

Forests and woodland not only cover more than 40% of Europe's land mass, but industries linked to them also employ about 3.5 million people. On Tuesday 28 April MEPs approved a new EU strategy for them. The resolution stresses the importance of sustainable management and the forestry sector's social and economic value. Check out our infographic to learn more about the vital role Europe's forests play. (Read more: Forest strategy: making the most of Europe's natural resources )