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The new Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety has submitted a Climate Action Programme 2020 based on the Coalition Agreement of the current government to achieve additional CO2 savings. It was decided by the Federal Government on the 3th of December 2014. One of the instruments is the implementation of the new Energy Conservation Regulations (EnEV). The EnEV standards will be raised by 25 % starting in 2016. At the same time the Alliance for Affordable Housing and Building aims to keep housing affordable and to ensure that more social housing is built, in particular in conurbations. These two goals can only be attained if we consistently implement innovative approaches in housing development and energy-efficient, sustainable building. The research initiative Future Building (Zukunft Bau) and the network plus energy houses make a vital contribution to this. © 2015 Ernst & Sohn GmbH & Co. KG.

Keppner L.,Bundesministerium fur Umwelt
Grundwasser | Year: 2011

The new German Groundwater Protection Ordinance entered into force on November 16, 2010 and implements Directive 2006/118/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of December 12, 2006 on the protection of groundwater against pollution and deterioration (Groundwater Directive). This new regulation includes the following key points: specification of criteria for identifying and assessing the chemical status of groundwater bodies, especially the specification of pollution threshold values classification of the chemical status of groundwater (acceptable or not) based on these threshold values identification and reversal of significant and increasing trends of groundwater pollutants,identification and reversal of pollution expansion trends related to contaminated sites prevention and limitation of pollutant inputs, and simplification of the description and monitoring of groundwater bodies. The German Groundwater Protection Ordinance focuses on the requirements that are relevant for the implementation of the Groundwater Directive and also takes over the provisions laid down under federal state law for specification, description and monitoring of groundwater bodies and the classification of their quantitative status. This integrates groundwater related provisions for implementing Annexes II and V of the Directive 2000/60/EC of the European Parliament and the Council of October 23, 2000. It also establishes a framework for community action in the field of water policy (Water Framework Directive) in federal state laws. The overall goal is a coherent and comprehensive enforcement of all EU legal provisions concerning groundwater protection. © 2011 Springer-Verlag.

In May 2011 the European Commission launched an EU biodiversity strategy designed to implement the European Union's headline target for 2020 as well as the global Aichi targets within the EU. It includes six targets on the following issues: implementation of EU nature conservation directives, maintaining and restoring ecosystems and their services, invasive alien species, contribution of agriculture, forestry and fisheries sector policies, global biodiversity protection. The proposed actions involve new concepts such as green infrastructure, 'No Net Loss' and a biodiversity proofing procedure for EU-funded programmes. The biodiversity goals can only be attained if they are integrated in other relevant EU sectoral policies and if sufficient funding is put in place - at EU level as well as within the Member States.

The European Union's Water Framework Directive (WFD) has introduced a uniform and systematic approach in European water management, with a focus on water ecology. The integrating perspective of the directive promotes cooperation with other sectors such as agriculture or nature conservation in order to find common solutions to reduce pressures on aquatic ecosystems. The required involvement of the public promises more transparency and acceptance. At both national and international level, states and regions need to intensify communication and cooperate in a more committed manner. This promotes common understanding and builds mutual trust, especially in the context of international river basins. However, WFD implementation is a time consuming and costly process. Many aspects have been dealt with for the first time, resulting in shortcomings in implementation which will need to be addressed in the next cycles. Nonetheless, WFD implementation up to now can already be considered as something of a success story for national and European water management.

Jaron A.,Bundesministerium fur Umwelt
Wasser und Abfall | Year: 2012

The measures for waste prevention which come into consideration will be systematically registered and assessed for the first time through the statutory obligation to list programs for waste prevention.

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