08.02.2018 - Article

The Division for Environment is among others dealing with the following topics:

  • Climate Policy, Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation
  • Emissions Trading
  • Environmental and Climate Aspects of the Energy and Climate Package 2030
  • Water Protection and Air Pollution Control, Soil Conservation
  • Circular Economy, Waste Management
  • Fuel Quality, Biofuels
  • Resource Efficiency
  • Sustainable Consumption and Product Policy
  • Noise Abatement (apart from Technical Harmonization)
  • Emission Control and Safety of Installations
  • Environment and Transport
  • Chemical Policy
  • Nature Conservation and Biodiversity
  • Access to Justice in Environmental Matters

Environmental problems do not stop at national borders. Therefore, it is important to coordinate environmental policy with the European neighbours. Environmental policy became indeed one of the core topics of the European Union. Most of today’s environmental issues are nowadays covered by Union law, in order to tackle transboundary problems such as air and water pollution, but also to create a level playing field for the industry inside the European internal market.

In the Council of the European Union, the Member States work on finding solutions that are sustainable from a social, economic, and ecological point of view. The EU’s 7th Environmental Action Programme (7th EAP) defines the environmental agenda for the years 2014 – 2020.

One topic of extraordinary importance is climate protection. Here, the Division for Environment is working on ambitious goals of the European Union for reducing greenhouse gases and developing renewable energy sources. Other important topics are the protection of our natural resources, such as air and water, as well as the biodiversity. All these issues request cooperation and a joint approach in Europe.

The Division for Environment is part of the Department for Economics.

Luisa Rölke

Head of Division
Climate Policy, Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation, Emissions Trading, CO2 Emissions from Vehicles, Chemical Policy

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