Green Week

The view from Europe's environmental professionals on the future of the EU Nature Directives formed the centre piece for ENEP's presence in Green Week 2015.  As the European Commission's principle environmental policy event, Green week focused on the REFIT, the Commission's consultation and evaluation of the impact and benefits of EU nature legislation.

In April 2015 the European Commission will launch a 12-week consultation with the aim of reviewing the Birds and Habitats Directives. Publications that might contribute to the review are currently collated in collaboration with the public affairs consultancy Milieu.

This coincides with the proposal by CIIEM to set up a new Thematic Task Force that aims to monitor the review and ensure that the voices of environmental professionals are heard. The review also coincides with ENEP’s preparation for Green Week 2015, which will fittingly focus on nature and biodiversity this year.

The 2015 edition of Green Week, the biggest annual conference on European environment policy, will take place from 3 to 5 June at The Egg Conference Centre, Rue Bara, in Brussels. The theme will be nature and biodiversity.

Europe's largest environment conference – Green Week – focused on the economic debate this year. Under the banner “Circular economy – saving resources, creating jobs” over 3000 participants debated how Europe must move from its current linear economic model towards a more circular one.

Green Week 2014 took place in Brussels between 3 and 5 June under the theme Circular Economy, Resource Efficiency & Waste. During the conference, there was a clear consensus that binding waste targets set at EU level are necessary to drive the change from a linear to a circular economy.

Green Week is the biggest annual conference on European environment policy. The 2014 edition of Green Week will take place from 3 to 5 June 2014 at The Egg Conference Centre in Brussels. This year's theme is ‘Circular Economy, Resource Efficiency & Waste’. ENEP will be among the around 40 exhibitors displaying, among others, green business solutions, NGO activities and local and regional authorities. Our stand will provide delegates with information about ENEP and the opportunities to work with other professionals throughout Europe on waste and resource efficiency issues.

ENEP members were invited to a presentation of the South Sweden Sustainable Business Hub where some excellent contacts were made with their representatives at Green Week 2013. Sustainable Business Hub is a non-profit organisation that helps network for SMEs in the Malmo area with a high environmental profile.

Transparency was the hot topic at Thursday’s 4.30pm session ‘Air Quality & Industrial Emissions: BAT Conclusions and their Impact on Air Quality’. BAT conclusions are used in writing BREFs, which are documents whose purpose is to keep technical legislation up to date without having to restart any lengthy process for new legislation in Brussels. Essentially it is like changing the small text on a contract without signing a new one. Unsurprisingly the conference centered on explaining how the IPPC ‘Sevilla Process’ for BREFs is fully inclusive and fair to all stakeholders.

The Wednesday 5th 2.30pm session ‘Only One Air: Better Indoor Air for Better Health’ features a presentation by Marianne Stranger of the EPHECT Programme. EPHECT tests the read world health effects of domestic cleaning products on indoor air quality. It acts as a complimentary set of empirical data to the EU REACH legislation framework which is concerned with data-basing harmful chemicals to be phased out of use. READ MORE

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