European standards for chemicals in Serbia

Experts from the Environment Agency Austria will assist the Serbian authorities in the implementation of European chemicals and biocides regulations and in the management of biocidal products in the next two years.


On the Road to Paris

In view of COP 21 the Austrian Environment Agency compiled a study for the European Parliament covering the issues for the upcoming international climate negotiations.


Strengthening nature protection in Croatia

The Environment Agency Austria and Croatian partners improved procedures for ecological network impact assessment. At the official closing event of this cooperation project on 24 November 2015 in Zagreb the results achieved during the last six months were presented.


Climate change: EU shows leadership ahead of Paris with 23% emissions cut

The European Union is on track towards meeting and overachieving its 2020 target for reducing greenhouse emissions by 20%, according to a report published today by the European Environment Agency.


Supporting Macedonia in reducing emissions from industrial installations

Since October the Environment Agency Austria has been managing a new project in Macedonia. The aim is to assist the environmental authorities of the Western Balkan state in transposing the EU Industrial Emissions Directive into national law.


Serbian Environment Minister makes a flying visit to Vienna

On 28-29 September, Snezana Bogosavljević-Bošković, the Serbian Environment Minister, came to Vienna to have a meeting with Andrä Rupprechter, the Austrian Environment Minister, in order to exchange views about biological agriculture and waste themes. A meeting with Georg Rebernig, Managing Director of the Environment Agency Austria, was also on the agenda.


A network committed to stopping plastic pollution

On 24-25 September the heads of the European Environment Agencies met in Reykjavik (Iceland) to discuss current issues of environmental protection and encourage active networking. One of most pressing issues at this EPA meeting (Network of Environmental Protection Agencies – EPA Network) was the reduction of plastics and microplastics in the environment.


Partners from the Western Balkans visit Vienna

In September high-ranking representatives from environment agencies and ministries of the Western Balkan countries met in the Environment Agency. Additionally Snezana Bogosavljević-Bošković, Serbia’s Environment Minister came to Vienna.


Strengthening environmental protection in Israel

Kick off in Tel Aviv: In the next two years, German, Austrian and Irish experts will be supporting the Israeli Ministry of Environmental Protection in the improvement and implementation of the Environmental Regulatory and Management Framework for Industry and Business.


United against plastic in the environment

The Austrian Minister for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management, Andrä Rupprechter, and Managing Director of the Environment Agency Austria, Georg Rebernig, handed over the pilot study on investigations of plastics in the Danube to the president of the EU Environment Council, Carole Dieschbourg.


Umweltbundesamt joined EU civil protection mission in Guatemala

Following two incidents this year, a high number of dead fish floating in Rio La Pasión was reported by local people in Guatemala’s north. The European Civil Protection Mechanism was activated upon a UN OCHA request to support the national and local authorities with expertise for a rapid environmental assessment.


Special mention for TRANSDANUBE project

The Internationale Transport Forum awarded the project “TRANSDANUBE – Sustainable Transport and Tourism along the Danube” with a Special Mention on the occasion of the awarding of the annual Achievement Award.


Successful project completion in Croatia

With a closing event in Zagreb the Environment Agency Austria concluded a six-month partnership project with the Croatian authorities. Aim of the project was to make the proceedings against environmental crime more efficient and to better coordinate them.


High quality of Austrian bathing sites

99,2% of Austrian bathing sites meet the standards for water quality, says the new report. Within the European Union ninety-five per cent of the monitored bathing sites met minimum standards for water quality in 2014. Water quality was excellent at 83% of the sites, an increase of almost 1 percentage point compared to 2013.


Kick-off meeting of waste project in Serbia

With a kick-off meeting in Belgrade on 15 May the Environment Agency Austria started a new administrative partnership with the Serbian environmental authorities.


Plastic in waters: European responses needed

Environment Ministry initiates conference in Brussels - Rivers do not stop at national borders. Neither do the plastic particles which float in them. When it comes to pollution sources and their identification, to water pollution measurement methods and their harmonisation, or to the EU-wide comparability of data, an EU-wide approach is needed.


Award of contract for nature protection project in Croatia

At the end of April the Environment Agency Austria was awarded a contract for a new administrative partnership project with the Croatian authorities. The aim of the project is to improve the environmental impact assessment of protected sites as required by the Habitats Directive.


Results of the Joint Danube Survey

The Joint Danube Survey 3 (JDS3) was the world’s biggest river research expedition of its kind in 2013. Its results were published in a comprehensive report in early 2015, which can be downloaded.


30 years of the Environment Agency Austria

Climate change, resource scarcity, energy transition: 450 experts in 55 scientific disciplines are developing solution strategies for politics and the economy


Greenhouse Gas Balance 2013

Short-term trend positive, high demand for action in the medium and long term. The results of the current greenhouse gas inventory prepared by the Environment Agency Austria show a decline in emissions for 2013.


International soil sciences establish permanent headquarters in Vienna

From 2015, the International Year of Soils, the International Union of Soil Sciences, the global union of national soil science societies with more than 20,000 members (scientists from 70 countries), is to have permanent headquarters in Vienna.


Plastics in the Danube

A study on Plastics in the Danube that is unique in Europe reveals that about 40 tonnes of plastic are carried away from Austria along the River Danube each year. Most of it comes from “diffuse” sources.


Europe's environment 2015

Future prosperity depends on bolder steps in policy, knowledge, investments and innovation. The European Environment Agency's five-yearly assessment 'The European environment – state and outlook 2015' (SOER 2015) was published on 3 March 2015.


Biodiversity in crisis

The global loss of biodiversity is increasing dramatically. The effects of environmental changes such as habitat fragmentation and climate change are often underestimated and not recognised until much later – with alarming consequences.


Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals

The European Commission has launched a public consultation to receive information relevant for the upcoming impact assessment regarding different criteria options for endocrine disrupting chemicals.


Environment Agency Austria strengthens environmental inspection in Croatia

On 15 January, at an official kick-off event in Zagreb, the Environment Agency Austria presented a new project to improve environmental inspection in Croatia.


European Topic Centre on Urban, Land and Soil Systems

The work of the new European Topic Centre on urban, land and soil systems is starting in Vienna in January 2015. Under the leadership of the Environment Agency Austria, experts from eight organisations will be analysing available European data on land use and urban development.