The largest annual conference on European environment policy, ‘Green Week’ (4-7 June), is approaching; it will offer opportunities for debate and exchanges of experience on the topic of air quality/pollution with representatives from the European Commission, NGOS, universities and scientific bodies. “Air quality - taking care of the air we breathe” is available to help journalists cover this topic. It highlights two of the sectors that play a key part in contamination – transport and agriculture – and illustrate the risks, as well as some solutions to reduce polluting emissions.
A new Video News Release (VNR) which offers unusual footage explores how the EU is helping to promote clean energy projects in Africa and sustainable development in the wider world. With a focus on e-waste recycling in India and renewable energy in Morocco, the VNR presents the green economy and global poverty eradication in practice.
Focusing on a project in India, co-financed by the EU through the framework of the European Commission’s SWITCH-Asia programme, the VNR considers one of the burning environmental topics of the 21st century: e-waste. With the proliferation of technology on a global scale, disposing wisely of the technologies that have revolutionised day-to-day lives around the globe is becoming an ever more pertinent issue. E-waste is a world-wide concern and both Europe and the USA regularly export these waste materials to Asia. However, the European Union has made impressive progress in tackling many such environmental and development-related problems over recent decades. Nevertheless, significant challenges remain and ensuring that, globally, a transition is made from unsustainable modes of production and consumption to a greener and fairer paradigm has never been more important.
As well as the case of India, the VNR features an EU-funded project in Morocco. The Melloussa wind farm is the largest of its kind in North Africa and forms part of a larger renewable energy project by the Moroccan government worth around USD 3 billion. A cutting-edge, profitable green project, the Melloussa wind farm draws on local as well as EU expertise, creates jobs in both Morocco and the EU, and represents a landmark in the development of the green economy in North Africa. With more than 2.3 million jobs having been created globally in the renewable energy sector over recent years as well as the great potential of renewables in North Africa, this project represents a golden opportunity for both the EU and the entire North-African region.