The following is a list of environmental related legislation documents and weblinks that are currently available on Lean Business Ireland.
2020 climate and energy package
These "20-20-20' targets are aimed at combating climate change, increasing the EU's energy security and strengthening its competitiveness. They are also headline targets of the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.
A programme for clean and competitive SMEs
To help small and medium-sized enterprises apply EU environmental legislation as well as possible, the Commission proposes a programme aimed at improving legislation, environmental management tools, financial assistance, local expertise as well as communication and information.
A strategy for better ship dismantling practices
The EU strategy proposes a series of measures aimed at improving ship dismantling conditions as soon as possible, in particular during the interim period preceding the entry into force of the new IMO convention.
A strategy for integrating the environment into EU policies
The Cardiff process is designed to introduce a horizontal approach to environment policy by incorporating it into all Community policies.
Access to information, public participation and access to justice in environmental matters
The European Union wishes to keep citizens informed about and involved in environmental matters and to improve the application of environmental legislation by approving the Convention on access to information, public participation and access to justice in environmental matters (Arhus Convention).
Access to justice in environmental matters
This proposal establishes a set of minimum requirements on access to administrative and judicial procedures in environmental matters. It thus transposes the third pillar of the Arhus Convention into Community law and the law of the Member States.
Accounting rules for greenhouse gases emitted or absorbed by forests and agriculture
• It is the first step towards incorporating greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and removals from land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF)* into European Union (EU) GHG emission reduction commitments.
• It obliges EU countries to prepare and maintain accounts of GHGs emitted or absorbed by forests, cropland and grazing land in an accurate, complete, consistent, comparable and transparent manner in line with the International Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC's) Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories.
• Making GHG accounting and reporting more complete will enhance the EU's environmental integrity (i.e. ensure the resilience, diversity, and purity of its ecosystems).
Action plan for an integrated maritime policy
In order to protect maritime resources, the European Commission plans to put in place an integrated, horizontal and cross-sector maritime policy, encompassing all aspects of our relationship with the seas and oceans. The management framework, the objectives and the instruments proposed by the Commission are developed in this Communication which is founded on the Lisbon and Gothenburg strategies.