Designers can also contribute to solving the problem of marine litter – with the right choice of materials when designing products, for instance. This was the topic of a workshop that was initiated by the UBA in June 2018 with approximately 30 participants from the Baltic Sea Region. The results and specific recommendations for action have now been published. read more
Can product design prevent marine litter?
EU Commission proposes regulation for the reuse of water
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
New funding priority: Innovative wastewater engineering
Operators of municipal and industrial wastewater treatment facilities can apply for funding under the Environmental Innovation Programme until 15 April 2019 read more
UBA Position on EU minimum requirements for Water Reuse
The EU Commission is seeking to adopt EU wide minimum quality requirements for water reuse for agricultural irrigation and groundwater recharge by the end of 2017. As the current draft falls short to set standards that are rigorous enough to protect the environment and human health, UBA has published a Scientific Opinion Paper to express its concerns and recommendations. read more
Boat hull paints – a problem for our waters
Copper emissions from antifouling paints should be reduced read more
Discussion in Brussels: materials in contact with drinking water
With Karl-Heinz Florenz (member of the European Parliament, European People's Party), Ingrid Chorus, director of the department for drinking water at the UBA, opened a breakfast session on the topic of materials in contact with drinking water. On 7 June 2018, 50 experts from EU institutions, the EU member states and associations discussed the controversy surrounding the proposal by the Commission. read more
Environmental performance of agriculture sector: still too many nutrients and chemicals
CAP reform offers chance for more environmentally friendly agriculture on a broad scale read more
Drinking water in Germany again rated "very good"
Limit values only seldom exceeded – nitrate in drinking water not present in high concentrations read more