Reports and letters

Below is a list of reports and correspondence where members of the EPA Network have expressed their views.

All publications are written in the name of network members who have given their agreement.

Title Description
Recommendations on 2nd EU Adaptation Strategy (IG CCA) September 2020: This letter, sent to Director-General Raffaele Mauro Petriccione in DG CLIMA, includes recommendations from the EPA Network Interest group on Climate Change and Adaptation (IG CCA) on the second EU Climate Change Adaptation Strategy.
Response DG ENV on IG GMOs report May 2020: The letter is a response from DG ENV on the technical report on gene drive organisms from the Interest group on GMOs (March 2020).
Littering (IG Plastics) March 2020: In this discussion paper endorsed by 8 EPAs, the EPA Network Interest group on Plastics underlines the need to develop a common European understanding of the term “littering” to enable comparison of quantities, define mitigation measures, and distinguish littering from other sources of litter in the environment.
Gene drive Organisms (IG GMOs) March 2020: This technical report from the joint ENCA and EPA Network Interest group on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) delineates the potential implications of the use of Gene Drive Organisms (GDO) on the environment, including nature conservation, and addresses the uncertainties linked to gene drive applications. The report also analyses the challenges GDOs will pose to the environmental risk assessment, post-release monitoring and risk management.
Non Toxic Environment Strategy Paper A joint strategy for proactive and up-stream chemicals management would help to resolve many of the down-stream environmental issues that fall under the responsibilities of the EPAs, such as air, water and soil pollution and waste management, writes a working group of the EPA Network in this paper on an European Non-Toxic Environment Strategy, endorsed by 9 EPA Network members.
Critical noise values in EU (Summary) (IG Noise) October 2019: This technical report describes the current state of noise limits in Europe. The goal is to provide guidance on how the 2018 WHO guidelines should be implemented in national legislation.
Critical noise values in EU (IG Noise) October 2019: This technical report describes the current state of noise limits in Europe. The goal is to provide guidance on how the 2018 WHO guidelines should be implemented in national legislation.
Deposit return schemes (IG Plastics) March 2019: This working paper gives an overview of how deposit return schemes are organized in different European states. Data from 16 EPA Network members have been collected through a questionnaire.
Genetically Modified Plants (IG GMOs) February 2019: This technical report provides an overview of the experience with monitoring of spontaneous populations of genetically modified plants (GMPs).
Biodegradable plastics (IG Plastics) January 2019: This working paper presents seven recommendations on the use of biodegradable plastics based on a recent study from the German Environment Agency and a questionnaire developed by IG Plastics.
Conclusions 2018 Plastics Conference December 2018: This document contains the documentation and conclusions from the EPA Network conference "Eliminating Plastic and Micro-Plastic Pollution – an Urgent Need, 2nd Stakeholder Conference" held 20 November 2018 in Brussels.
Response European Railway Association on IG Noise letter June 2018: This letter is a response from the European Railway Association (ERA) to a letter sent by IG Noise on the EU strategy for noise abatement in freight railway traffic in February 2018.
Response DG Move on IG Noise letter June 2018: This letter is a response from DG Move on a letter sent by IG Noise on the EU strategy for noise abatement in freight railway traffic in February 2018.
Waste as Resource (IG Green and Circular Economy) June 2018: This discussion paper provides a synthesis of nine European cases where waste has been turned into secondary material and used as a resource. The original case studies are described in the working paper Secondary materials (IG Green and Circular Economy) available on the EPA Network website.
Countering Obsolescence (IG Green and Circle Economy) June 2018: This discussion paper explores ways to secure a minimum lifetime and prolong the service life of products. The focus is especially on material obsolescence.
Secondary materials (IG Green and Circular Economy) June 2018: This working paper serves as background material for the discussion paper Waste as resource (IG Green and Circular Economy). The aim of the project “From waste to secondary materials” was to increase understanding of the possibilities connected to secondary raw materials.
Letter to the European Railway Association (IG Noise) February 2018: This letter on the EU strategy for noise abatement in freight railway traffic was sent to the European Railway Agency (ERA).
Letter to DG Move (IG Noise) February 2018: This letter on the EU strategy for noise abatement in freight railway traffic was sent to DG MOVE.
Cost and benefits of noise abatement (IG Noise) February 2018: This study describes and compares different methods for cost-optimisation of decision-making for noise-abatement measures.
Recommendations towards the EU Plastics Strategy (IG Plastics Conference report) June 2017: On June 8th 2017, the European Expert Conference „Recommendations towards the EU Plastics Strategy“ took place in Brussels. The conference was organized jointly by the EPA Network, the European Commission, UBA Germany and UBA Austria.