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.
At the start of the 21st century, three of the main challenges for Europe are: creating jobs, boosting the economy and protecting the environment. Fortunately, these are rarely conflicting goals. In fact, numerous studies show that investments in green technologies – such as recycling waste, renewable energies or insulating houses - leads to a net increase in jobs. One of the key features of the EU's response to the current economic crisis is to emphasise the job-creating potential of the green economy, both as part of the European Recovery Plan and the European Commission's proposals to tackle the impact of the crisis on employment.