The following is a list of environmental related legislation documents and weblinks that are currently available on Lean Business Ireland.

Whaling
Communication from the European Commission to the European Parliament and to the Council on Community action in relation to whaling

The Commission proposes that the European Union and its Member States adopt a coordinated approach at international level to guarantee effective protection of whales, mainly by opposing commercial whaling.

Water suitable for fish-breeding [archived]
Directive 2006/44/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 6 September 2006 on the quality of fresh waters needing protection or improvement in order to support fish life

Directive 2006/44/EC lays down quality criteria applying to water-courses and lakes. Compliance with these criteria is essential in order to maintain or improve water quality and to safeguard fresh water fish species

Water – Helsinki Convention: preventing pollution in international watercourses and lakes
95/308/EC: Council Decision of 24 July 1995 on the conclusion, on behalf of the Community, of the Convention on the protection and use of transboundary watercourses and international lakes

With this decision, the EU joins the Convention on the protection and use of transboundary watercourses* and international lakes. This is known as the Helsinki convention, as it was signed there in 1992.

Water – Helsinki Convention on the protection of the Baltic Sea
94/156/EC: Council Decision of 21 February 1994 on the accession of the Community to the Convention on the Protection of the Marine Environment of the Baltic Sea Area 1974 (Helsinki Convention)

The 1974 Helsinki Convention aims to help reduce pollution in the area around the Baltic Sea.

Water – Convention for the Protection of the Rhine
2000/706/EC: Council Decision of 7 November 2000 concerning the conclusion, on behalf of the Community, of the Convention for the Protection of the Rhine

The Convention is designed to preserve and improve the ecosystem of the Rhine. This Decision seeks to strengthen cooperation between the Community and the Rhine riparian States.

Water – Civil liability for oil pollution damage: Bunkers Convention
2002/762/EC: Council Decision of 19 September 2002 authorising the Member States, in the interest of the Community, to sign, ratify or accede to the International Convention on Civil Liability for Bunker Oil Pollution Damage, 2001 (the Bunkers Convention)

It authorises EU countries to sign, ratify or accede to the 2001 International Convention on Civil Liability for Bunker Oil Pollution Damage (Bunkers Convention).

Water – Barcelona Convention for the protection of the Mediterranean

The Barcelona Convention of 1976, amended in 1995, and the Protocols drawn up in line with this Convention aim to protect and improve the marine and coastal environment in the Mediterranean, whilst promoting regional and national plans contributing to sustainable development.

Waste statistics
Regulation (EC) No 2150/2002 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 November 2002 on waste statistics

This European Union (EU) law permits the gathering of regular and comparable data on waste in EU countries and their transmission to Eurostat, the EU's statistics office.
• The statistics collected allow EU waste policy implementation to be monitored and evaluated.