EU Action Plan Towards Zero Pollution

Ekaterina Kasyanova, Publications Officer

11 May 2021

Initially, the European Commission presented the European Green Deal in order to become the world’s first climate-neutral continent by 2050. It is the most ambitious package of measures that should enable European citizens and businesses to benefit from sustainable green transition. Supported by investments in green technologies, sustainable solutions and new businesses, the Green Deal can be a new EU growth strategy. Involvement and commitment of the public and of all stakeholders is crucial to its success.

EU environment policy is based on the Articles 11 and 191-193 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU), in accordance with which combating climate change is an explicit objective of the EU environmental policy. Additionally, the promotion of energy efficiency and energy saving and the development of new and renewable forms of energy is perceived as one of the determined EU aims.

The Action Plan lays out a comprehensive vision for 2050 as well as a roadmap towards the future where pollution is limited to levels that are not detrimental to human health and nature. It brings together the existing strategies and EU policies that in combination are aimed at the reduction and prevention of the pollution.

Before the launch of the Zero Pollution Stakeholder platform on 4th of June 2021, the EU Green Week would be held with the special dedication to the topic of zero pollution.

To find out more:
https://ec.europa.eu/environment/strategy/zero-pollution-action-plan_en
https://ec.europa.eu/environment/pdf/zero-pollution-action-plan/communication_en.pdf
https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=CELEX%3A12016E011
https://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=CELEX:12008E191:EN:HTML
https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=CELEX%3A12012E192
https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=CELEX%3A12012E193