New EU water report examines golf

March 19, 2009

A major, new report by the European Environment Agency (EEA) confirms that, in many parts of Europe, water use is unsustainable.  The report also provides recommendations for a new approach to managing water resources. The report contains numerous references to golf, which are highlighted below. The EEA Press Release accompanying the report starts “From golf […]

Pesticide review programme completed

March 17, 2009

The European Commission has completed the review of existing pesticides that were on the market before 1993. This programme concerned about 1,000 substances, of which about 250 have passed the harmonised EU safety assessment. All reviewed pesticides have undergone a detailed risk evaluation with respect to their effects on humans and on the environment. This […]

Environmental Impact Assessment: Doonbeg

April 27, 2008

There is inevitable potential for conflict between the aims of economic development and the aims of environment policy. Over the years, the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) has evolved to counter criticisms that ERDF programmes and projects failed to take account of environmental concerns. In the 1990s, two large-scale Irish golf projects brought this question […]

What’s coming next from Brussels for golf?

April 21, 2008

The stock of EU legislation on the environment continues to grow. Golf is vulnerable to significant future changes imposed by new laws originating from the EU. Key elements of the golf industry, such as water, fertiliser, use of pesticides, waste and machinery, are all likely to be subject to further EU regulation. See Steve’s article […]

Golf and EU policies

April 21, 2008

For golf, the priority so far has been on the large and increasing stock of EU legislation on environmental issues. Much of this legislation has already impacted on golf. Water and pesticides are amongst the most important EU environment policy areas for golf: The Water Framework Directive is currently being implemented. The Directive’s environmental objectives […]

Why do sports need to focus on Brussels?

April 21, 2008

The European Commission states on its website: Although not directed specifically at sport, many of the rules, policies and programmes of the European Union have an impact on the sports world or are of interest to it. Case law from the European Court of Justice has also, since the 1970s, impacted on sport. The most […]

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