Standardising the environmental risk assessment of genetically modified plants in the EU

Results and conclusions of a study conducted by Umweltbundesamt on behalf of the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) on the environmental risk assessment of GM-crops.


Capacity-building partnerships for environmental monitoring

The UNECE Seventh Ministerial Conference 'Environment for Europe' took place from 21 to 23 September in Astana, Kazakhstan. The Umweltbundesamt organized a workshop.


Twinning Project on Transboundary Shipment of Waste in Croatia

New project aims to build efficient structures to carry out exports, imports and transits of waste according to EU legislation in Croatia.


Public Consultation on EU air quality legislation

The European Commission is asking for views on the effectiveness of existing air quality legislation.


Austria´s Informative Inventory Report (IIR) 2011

In the Informative Inventory Report 2011 the Umweltbundesamt presents a comprehensive and detailed method description of the Austrian air emission inventory for air pollutants.


Bathing water quality remains high around the EU

The quality of bathing water across Europe declined slightly between 2009 and 2010, but the overall quality was still high. More than nine out of 10 bathing water sites now meet the minimum requirements.


Umweltbundesamt: strengthening environmental inspection in Serbia

The Umweltbundesamt (Environment Agency Austria) undertakes project activities in Serbia for the fifth time. This time it assists Serbia in developing its environmental inspection capacities.


Soil sealing in the EU threatens the availability of ecosystem services

A new report made at the Green Week 2011 by the European Commission recommends a three-tiered approach focused on limiting the progression of soil sealing, mitigating its effects and compensating valuable soil losses by action in other areas.


Umweltbundesamt supports Croatia on its way to the EU

Second project of the Austrian environment agency in Croatia The Umweltbundesamt assists the Croatian environment agency in improving environmental reporting.


Monitoring of genetically modified organisms

The monitoring of environmental effects is an important element of the regulatory framework for genetically modified organisms (GMO) in the European Union and Switzerland.


The environment in the new financial framework of the EU

The European Union has set itself high targets for 2020 for the environment, climate, as well as health & consumer protection.


Land monitoring in the EU

European authorities develop a strategy to coordinate their data on land cover and land use. Information about land cover and land cover change is important for the purpose of spatial planning, nature conservation and the protection of river basins.


The Umweltbundesamt is active in the Kosovo for the first time

Two new Projects: Development of an environmental monitoring and information system and the optimisation of sustainable forest management and hunting.


New rules for EU emission trading

Within the framework of the EU emission trading system there will be EU-wide standard rules for free allocation of emission allowances. The basics of these fully harmonised rules have been developed by the Umweltbundesamt (Austrian Environment Agency) on behalf of the EU Commission.


Greenhouse Gas Emissions 2009

In 2009, the second year of the first commitment period under the Kyoto-Protocol, greenhouse gas emissions amounted to 80.1 million t of CO2 equivalents. This corresponds to a 2.5% increase against base-year levels and a 7.8% reduction below 2008 levels.


Environmentally friendly management of end-of-life vehicles

On behalf of the European Parliament, the Umweltbundesamt identifies the challenges of the implementation of the EU End-of-Life Vehicle Directive and points out where there is a need for action.