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  1. Start of International Year of Soils 2015
  2. Plus-energy farmyard and printer manufacturer receive award for commitment to the environment
  3. “Blue Angel” cooperating with eco-labels in China and Japan
  4. Environmental protection provides employment for 2 million

Eight years of REACH – an overall success but still much work ahead

Erklärung des Begriffs REACH: Europäische Chemikalienverordnung zur Registrierung, Bewertung, Zulassung und Beschränkung chemischer Stoffe

The Federal Ministry for Environment (BMUB) and the Federal Environment Agency (UBA) have drawn positive conclusions after eight years of REACH: The EU chemicals regulation REACH has made important progress towards the improved and sustainable use of chemicals, both in Europe and around the world. However, practice has also shown that the regulation presents new challenges every day. read more


Hazardous substance in marinas

little sailing boats and motorboats in a marina

The water in some of Germany's marinas is very polluted and poses a threat to the natural aquatic flora and fauna. The concentrations of so-called antifouling agents are noticeably high. read more


Ammonia emissions from intensive rearing of pigs at high levels

rearing pig

Extensive emissions of Ammonia into the air remain a well-known problem for years. This has resulted in oversupply with nutrients, processes of acid deposition and the loss of biological diversity in ecosystems. The largest part of ammonia emissions in Germany is generated in the agriculture sector (95 %), with 52 % stemming from cattle farming and 20 % from intensive rearing of pigs. read more


First Blue Angel eco-label for 'mobility cards'

three man holding a document with the "Blue Angel" edolabel, in the background a bus

The Greater Hannover Transport Association (GVH) has become the first transport operator to receive the Blue Angel ecolabel for its 'HANNOVERmobile' mobility card. Mobility cards combine the classic monthly pass for buses and trains but also offer its users at least two other forms of mobility – for example access to car sharing, rent-a-bikes, or a rail discount card (BahnCard). read more


Noise: not for the ears of small children

comic drawing: a head of a child, sourrounded by noisy things, like an ambulance, a radio and a loud speaker

Sleep disorders, increased blood pressure or even ringing in the ears (tinnitus) – noise can make people ill, even as early as childhood. A new interactive brochure from the UBA teaches third and fourth-year pupils about acoustics and noise in a playful way and aims to raise awareness of the problem of noise. read more



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  2. Poster: Boden des Jahres 2015
  3. Modellierung und Kartierung atmosphärischer Stoffeinträge und kritischer Belastungs-schwellen zur kontinuierlichen Bewertung der ökosystem-spezifischen Gefährdung der Biodiversität in Deutschland - PINETI (Pollutant INput and EcosysTem Impact). Teil 2
  4. Innovative techniques: Best available techniques (BAT) in selected industrial areas - Subproject 3 - Foundries Vol. 1
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