Circular economy

23-10-2017

Recycling industry and circular economy – Up to the challenge

In December 2015, the European Commission presented a new Circular Economy Package that will impact a wide range of sectors, especially the recycling sector. This package has set various targets in terms of recycling but also has introduced life cycle thinking and measurement tools such as PEF (currently in its pilot phase).

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Energy 16-10-2017

Renewable gas: 5G Energy

Natural gas can significantly reduce CO2 emissions.

22-03-2017

Packaging in the circular economy: A sustainable business ?

In December 2015, the European Commission presented a new Circular Economy Package that will impact a wide range of sectors, including packaging

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Steel for packaging

Steel for packaging: Model material for a circular economy

Steel can be used over and over again, allowing it to save resources, energy and emissions.

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Climate change 03-10-2016

Steel in the Circular Economy

Steel is a 100% recyclable, ‘permanent’ material, which loses none of its unique properties when properly processed.

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TEPPFA Forum 2016 – 25th Anniversary Edition
Climate change 13-06-2016

TEPPFA Forum 2016 – 25th Anniversary Edition

he European Plastic Pipes and Fittings Association (TEPPFA) organized the TEPPFA Forum 2016 on 4 and 5 April at the Steigenberger Hotel in Brussels, with a very special 25th anniversary concert and Gala Dinner celebration at the Concert Noble.

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Why waste your energy?
Energy 11-04-2016

Why waste your energy?

We all want to live in a clean and healthy environment. One way to achieve this is the circular economy.

Climate change 02-12-2015

Timmermans: EURACTIV’s been very active!

European Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans today launched the new Circular Economy package of waste and recycling laws – and also revealed himself to be a keen reader of EURACTIV.

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Climate change 02-11-2015

The EU circular economy: why metals matter

The EU Circular Economy needs metals, and metals need the EU Circular Economy. Why? Check out our 2 minute animation to find out.

Thierry Mallet: The Commission should focus on recycling

“The circular economy is a very important matter,” said Thierry Mallet, Executive Vice-President for Group Innovation & Business Performance at Suez Environment during the 2015 European Business Summit in Brussels.

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To “REACH” or to Recycle?!

Over the past decades the European Union has put in place a broad range of environmental legislation to reduce pollution, to better manage the natural resources and overall to contribute to sustainable development goals. Among others, the chemicals legislation has been revised and the use of certain substances has been restricted.

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Circular economy targets to stay the same, says Vella

Environment Commissioner Karmenu Vella Tuesday (31 March) signalled that the European Commission’s resubmitted Circular Economy package would encourage recycling and discourage landfill.

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Agrifood 18-12-2014

Food waste prevention: what’s packaging got to do with it?

Food waste is a largely underestimated problem: Globally, about one third of food produced is wasted. In Europe, this amounts to 90 million tonnes every year. More than 40% of European food waste comes from households, of which 60% is avoidable.

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CEWEP Waste-to-Energy Congress

Did you know that the energy content of waste incinerated in European Waste to Energy plants equals 19% of natural gas imported from Russia?

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Teppfa Forum 2014 – Circular Economy, Resource Efficiency and Waste

The EU considers its vision of a circular economy as being the logical solution for a resource-constrained world. It's a place where almost nothing is wasted, where the re-use and re-manufacturing of products has become standard practice and where sustainability is built into the fabric of society.

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Green Jobs – Safe Jobs?

The Commission wants Europe to become a ‘recycling society’ by 2020, a society that aims, in other words, to avoid waste or to use it as a resource. This ‘circular economy’ would create huge opportunities in terms of jobs and the environment but also raises important questions about the waste management and recycling practices affecting these jobs.

Towards a Resource Efficient Europe – EPR for packaging waste

The European Commission is reviewing European Waste legislation in line with the EU Resource Efficiency objectives. This review includes a revision of the waste management targets and Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) as one key policy tool to achieve existing and higher recycling and recovery targets for packaging waste.

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Extended Producer Responsibility: how does EPR contribute towards a resource-efficiency Europe?

According to the EU Roadmap to a Resource Efficient Europe, each year in the EU we throw away 2.7 billion tonnes of waste.
Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) was introduced in the 2008 Waste Review as a means to support the design and production of goods, efficiently using resources during their entire life-cycle. However, EPR is not consistently applied throughout Member States.

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Achieving Environmental and Sustainability goals – Does recycling improve air quality?

Sustainable development depends on real commitments and actions, by real people in the real world – statement from 2002 Johannesburg Earth Summit Declaration. Several voluntary commitments where mentioned at Rio +20 as good practice of industry moving towards improved sustainability. VinylPlus was one of these initiatives. VinylPlus is also referenced in the Green Paper on Plastic Waste published by European Commission on the 7th of March 2013.