To achieve better results on the ground, the European Union has also launched initiatives to improve national compliance with these laws. Engaged citizens are also key to improving compliance and a healthier environment. Therefore, environmental governance covers both compliance with environmental rules and active public engagement.
Commission support for compliance assurance at national level complements the Commission’s role in overseeing the implementation of EU environmental laws through infringements procedures.
With over 200 legal acts to monitor in 27 countries, this is a major task in the environmental field.
Chemical releases from coatings on durable water-resistant clothing suggests a need for wide-ranging regulation
Issue 590: Several per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) are regulated internationally and within the EU, however existing restrictions focus on individual substances or small chemical groups
Extreme decentralisation of water production: environmentally sustainable and economically feasible?
Issue 590: Water from ‘off-grid’ supply and treatment systems for individual buildings may be cheaper to supply than water from conventional systems, new research suggests.
Climate change: warming may extend some tree growing seasons and compensate for reduced carbon uptake during drought
Issue 590: A Swiss experiment on two tree species indicates that global warming may lead to extra carbon uptake in some trees due to an extended growing season. This effect may compensate for reduced growth during dry periods.