Press release from | No. 42/2021

Electrical waste: falling far short of collection target of 65 percent

used electrical and electronic equipment in a container, for example monitors, computers and household appliances

A new evaluation by the German Environment Agency (UBA) reports that municipalities, retailers and producers in Germany collected 947,067 tonnes of electrical waste in 2019. The amount corresponds to a collection rate of 44.3 percent, which means the minimum collection target of 65 percent which was set for all EU member states in 2019 was missed and fell short of some 443,000 tonnes. read more

Press release from | No. 38/2021

German Environment Agency proposes expanded cross-regulatory approach for European Commission’s “Zero Pollution Action Plan”

A bridge over water in a city park.

In May 2021, the European Commission presented the Zero Pollution Action Plan, which aims to show how air, water and soil can become pollution-free. The Action Plan must be expanded to include a cross-regulatory approach that considers the entire life cycle of pollution, including its most important sources and effects on humans and the environment. read more

Press release from | No. 37/2021

European Mobility Week: Safe and Healthy with Sustainable mobility

EMW-figures on zebra crossing

Sustainable mobility can promote health and safety. Walking, cycling or using public transport improves mental and physical health and keeps people fit. Low speeds and a traffic system which is geared towards pedestrians and cyclists are all part of greater safety in transportation. European Mobility Week which takes place from 16 to 22 September features citizen actions in towns and cities. read more

Press release from | No. 36/2021

Bundespreis UMWELT & BAUEN 2021 – Progressive building and refurbishment for more climate protection and social cohesion

Schriftzug "Bundespreis Umwelt & Bauen" und Bild einer Trophäe aus Holz

The vocational school centre in Mühldorf am Inn wins the Federal ENVIRONMENT & BUILDING 2021 Award for its innovative energy concept. The building generates more energy than it consumes and stores waste heat in an ice storage. In addition to the main prize winner, another four projects were awarded recognitions, including two in the newly created category "climate-friendly refurbishment". read more

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