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Dessislava Yougova

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Benefits of EU environmental and climate action

EU environmental action aims to preserve, protect and improve the quality of the environment. It contributes to protecting human health and ensures the sustainable utilisation of natural resources. Continue reading

Effort Sharing Regulation

Written by Dessislava Yougova, The European Union aims to reduce at least 40% of its greenhouse gases emissions by 2030 compared to 1990 levels. The main instruments to achieve this target are the EU ETS and the effort sharing exercise that covers the non-ETS sectors, mainly transport, buildings, waste and agriculture. On 20 July 2016 … Continue reading

Microplastic pollution

Written by Dessislava Yougova, Microplastics, items smaller than 5mm in diameter, are widespread in the marine environment. They enter directly as fragments from a variety of sources (cosmetics, clothing, industrial processes) or indirectly as a result of the disintegration of larger plastic pieces. Microplastics are of environmental concern because their size renders them accessible to a wide range of … Continue reading

Water use in the EU

Written by Dessislava Yougova and Eulalia Claros Water stress is steadily increasing, as a result either of droughts – a temporary decline in water resources due to low rainfall – or situations of water scarcity, where demand exceeds the level of sustainable use. Assessment of the global use of water resources is hampered by the … Continue reading

Circular economy: the second round

Written by Dessislava Yougova, This dossier is an update to the previous version published in June 2014, in the context of the first Commission proposal on the circular economy. The aim is to provide a selection of recent and relevant studies on the topic. On 2 December 2015, the European Commission presented a new circular economy … Continue reading

EU industrial policy

Written by  Dessislava Yougova, One of the main challenges for the EU economy to stimulate economic growth is to kick-start the ‘industrial renaissance’ of Europe. In the current international context urgent action is needed to enhance industrial competitiveness; to promote innovation and sustainability as well as corporate social responsibility; to support the internationalisation of EU businesses; … Continue reading

Energy poverty in the EU

Written by Dessislava Yougova Two important studies on energy poverty in the EU were published in 2015 (see below), testifying to the importance of the problem on a European scale. According to the European Commission, around 11% of the EU population may experience energy poverty (see press release ). Energy poverty means that households cannot heat their … Continue reading

Are we ready for the 2015 Conference in Paris? – EU and Member States preparedness for COP21

Written by Dessislava Yougova The 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will take place in Paris from 30 November to 11 December 2015. The objective is to reach a new international agreement on the climate, ‘a protocol, another legal instrument or an agreed outcome … Continue reading

EU Biodiversity strategy to 2020: mid-term assessment

Written by Dessislava Yougova In 2011, the EU adopted a Biodiversity Strategy to 2020 aiming ‘to halt the loss of biodiversity and the degradation of ecosystem services in the EU by 2020 and to restore them as far as feasible, while stepping up the EU contribution to averting global biodiversity loss’ . The strategy has … Continue reading

Environmental taxation in the EU

Written by Dessislava Yougova The concept of environmental tax has several interpretations. The term is often taken to refer to taxes with an environmental, rather than a fiscal motivation, promoting protection of the environment and natural resources. Environmental taxes are key instruments for achieving sustainability in the economy, by increasing the prices of environmentally harmful … Continue reading

ETS market stability reserve

Written by Dessislava Yougova Policy makers and stakeholders agreed that the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) needs to be reformed. After more than a year of discussions, the European Commission published in January 2014 its legislative proposal for a market stability reserve (MSR) in the EU ETS. The measure, to be introduced as … Continue reading

Plastic bags, forever?

Written by Dessislava Yougova Updated in April 2015 Plastic bags save energy and reduce CO2 compared to alternative materials, are useful in transporting food and prevent food waste by keeping food products fresh. They are part of a flourishing industry. But plastics can persist in the environment for hundreds of years and plastic waste is … Continue reading

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