The European Commission has launched a new edition of European Green Week 2021 #EUGreenWeek which will take place in all EU member states from May 31 to June 4. Under the slogan “Zero Pollution Ambition”, it will be an opportunity to engage organisations and the general public to work together to realise the ambition of a toxin- and pollution-free environment.

It will also analyse other relevant European Green Pact initiatives, such as climate action initiatives, the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability, and initiatives in the fields of energy, industry, mobility, agriculture, fisheries, health and biodiversity. The event is open to a very wide, broad, and diverse audience, making it a good opportunity for organisations to showcase their work and achievements in these areas.

The ICEBERG Project will take advantage of the event to present its work and explain its objectives to improve the circularity of the construction sector, by increasing the recycling and recovery of some of the most common construction and demolition waste: concrete, ceramics, wood, plaster, insulating foams and super-insulating materials.

As in previous editions, any organisation, municipal authority, environmental agency, company, association, NGO, research centre, university and technical college, citizens’ group or stakeholder from other sectors (biodiversity, nature, water, air quality, tourism, education, agriculture, transport, sustainable business) can take part by organising workshops, guided tours, fairs, exhibitions or online events related to the subject between May 3 and June 13. The deadline for applications is March 12.

“Zero Pollution Ambition” aims to focus on the consequences of environmental pollution. Pollution affects everyone, through the air we breathe, the water we drink and the land on which food is grown. It is the most important environmental cause of mental and physical pathologies and premature deaths, particularly in children, people with specific medical conditions and the elderly. But pollution does not affect everyone equally.

People who live in more deprived areas often do so near polluted sites or in areas where there is a lot of traffic. Pollution is also one of the main reasons for loss of biodiversity. It reduces the capacity of the ecosystem to carry out processes such as carbon sequestration and decontamination. European Green Week 2021 will provide an opportunity to engage with all stakeholders in a partnership towards zero pollution.

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