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  1. Raw material consumption increases once again – to 16.1 tonnes per capita and year
  2. High costs when environmental protection is neglected
  3. Only few waste household appliances are properly collected for recycling
  4. EU member states need to step up the fight against antibiotics in the environment
Press release on Sustainability | Strategies | International matters

Federal Government strengthens relations between urban and rural areas

Kind auf einem Feld schau auf die entfernte Stadt.

The city and the countryside are closely interlinked, for example through daily flows of traffic and goods. In everyday practice, however, problems are common. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is now launching the “Stadt-Land-Plus” funding measure and already providing support for twelve collaborative projects between science and practice across Germany to implement new ideas. read more

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News on Climate | Energy and Sustainability | Strategies | International matters

UBA Key Prioirities for the new EU Long-term Climate Strategy

solar park, wind energy plants, sun flowers

Since the Paris Agreement invites parties to provide their low carbon development strategies by 2020, the European Union is currently preparing its respective mid-century long-term climate strategy. Within a public consultation the German Environment Agency (UBA) provided recently its submission on key priorities relevant for the new EU strategy. read more

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News on Soil | Agriculture and Water

EU Commission proposes regulation for the reuse of water

irrigation on a field

The reuse of treated waste water can help to reduce water shortages. Reused water can contain pathogens and harmful substances, however. On 28 May 2018, the EU Commission proposed a regulation, on minimum requirements concerning the reuse of water. It aims to protect health and the environment. The UBA considers there to be a need for improvement. read more

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