New EEA report on the feasibility of Europe achieving the zero pollution action plan’s noise reduction target

About 18 million people suffer long-term annoyance from transport noise in the EU. The European Commission’s zero pollution action plan aims to reduce the number of people chronically disturbed by transport noise by 30% by 2030, compared to 2017 levels. According to the European Environment Agency’s assessment, published this week, reaching this target is unlikely … Continue reading New EEA report on the feasibility of Europe achieving the zero pollution action plan’s noise reduction target

New EEA report on need to ensure soils are no longer a net source of GHG emissions in Europe

Soils can both remove carbon from the atmosphere or emit greenhouse gas emissions. According to a European Environment Agency (EEA) briefing, published recently, European soils are currently a net source of greenhouse gas emissions and, if not addressed, this could pose a risk to the EU climate targets. Mitigation actions can reduce the loss of … Continue reading New EEA report on need to ensure soils are no longer a net source of GHG emissions in Europe

New technology and skills needed in the era of net zero infrastructure change

Princeton University and Worley published a net zero report that calls for a more rigorous approach. The report is discussed on the renews website.   'Standardisation needed for renewables boom' Standardisation in renewable energy project is not where it needs to be, according to a new net zero report by Princeton University in collaboration with … Continue reading New technology and skills needed in the era of net zero infrastructure change

How solar power can help your gardening

With the rising price of groceries, gardening is becoming more important than ever. Many households are creating gardens in their backyard to grow their own food and cut down on some of their spending. Jane Marsh writes on the Renewable Energy Magazine of the benefits of solar panels in your garden. What is your experience? … Continue reading How solar power can help your gardening

New study shows benefits of construction using timber rather than concrete and steel

No doubt globally we need new construction. A new study from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research shows the benefits of timber construction. Environmentalists, however, say replacing natural forests with wood plantations to realise shift in construction practices is ‘bonkers’ In an article on The Guardian website, Arthur Neslen discusses the study and the … Continue reading New study shows benefits of construction using timber rather than concrete and steel

European mayors pledge sustainable rebuilding of Ukrainian cities

Mayors from European cities travelled to Kyiv on Friday 19 August to sign a political agreement to support the sustainable rebuilding of Ukrainian cities. The accord outlines plans to match rebuilding needs in Ukraine with capabilities of other European cities. The pact is backed by the city network, Eurocities, and signed by Ukraine’s Congress of … Continue reading European mayors pledge sustainable rebuilding of Ukrainian cities

Companies in Europe not living up to their commitments to reduce plastic packaging

Two-thirds of pledges to go greener on plastic fail or are dropped, a DW investigation has found. Here's how European food and drink companies break their own commitments, and how legislation might hold them accountable. Kira Schacht discusses the findings of the investigation in an article on the Deutsche Welle website.   European food companies … Continue reading Companies in Europe not living up to their commitments to reduce plastic packaging

“Change can take time, but I believe this latest declaration of human rights will support climate and environmental justice across the world”

The UN General Assembly voted overwhelmingly on July 28, 2022, to declare the ability to live in “a clean, healthy and sustainable environment” a universal human right. It also called on countries, companies and international organizations to scale up efforts to turn that into reality. In an article on The Conversation website, Joel E. Correia, … Continue reading “Change can take time, but I believe this latest declaration of human rights will support climate and environmental justice across the world”

Today the legend of autobahns is associated with Germany’s failure to meet its climate obligations

Germany's long love affair with its high-speed freeways could hit a dead end as calls grow to stop autobahn extensions to combat climate change. Stuart Braun discusses latest developments in an article on the Deutsche Welle website.   Autobahns speed up climate crisis When German electronic band Kraftwerk released the iconic song "Autobahn" in 1975, … Continue reading Today the legend of autobahns is associated with Germany’s failure to meet its climate obligations

Claims that using concrete will reduce the “whole life” carbon emissions from buildings are often exaggerated

The cement and concrete industry is encouraging the use of cement, by claiming that using concrete will reduce the “whole life” carbon emissions from buildings. Alice Moncaster, Senior Lecturer in Engineering at The Open University, in an article on The Conversation website, challenges those claims.   Three reasons concrete doesn’t live up to its environmental … Continue reading Claims that using concrete will reduce the “whole life” carbon emissions from buildings are often exaggerated