EU news and policy debates across languages

29/04/2016

Unilever eyes EU research to halve its water, CO2 footprint

sustainable consumption and production


InterviewSpecial Report
Agriculture & Food 21-04-2016

Potocnik: Farmers and consumers 'equally responsible' for agricultural transformation

SPECIAL REPORT / Every food producer should help make agriculture sustainable, Janez Potočnik told EurActiv.com.
Sustainable Dev. 08-04-2016

Why recycling must be on the agenda of COP22

Those serious about tackling climate change should start recognising the huge untapped potential of recycling as a green partner, writes Ranjit Baxi.
Global Europe 01-04-2016

EU countries must not weaken plan to stop conflict minerals trade

It is a sobering fact that your smart phone might contain conflict minerals. Even more so that EU member states are in the process of scaling back proposals that can help stop this, writes Léonard Santedi.

Landfill ban wins Polish backing ahead of EU talks on waste

A European Commission proposal to ban recyclable waste going to landfill won potentially decisive support from Warsaw and the packaging industry as ministers prepare for talks on Friday (4 March) to convince hesitant Eastern European member states.

Tetra Pak: No packaging should end up in landfill

An EU-wide ban on landfill waste would provide a much-needed push for the circular economy by increasing the amount of recycled raw materials available on the market, says Erika Mink.
Sustainable Dev. 25-02-2016

Scotland’s circular economy strategy threatened by food labels

The Scottish Government has been warned that its ambitious new circular economy strategy could unravel due to confusing food labels that cause more than 50% of the UK's residents to throw away perfectly edible food. EurActiv’s partner edie.net reports.
InterviewSpecial Report
Agriculture & Food 17-11-2015

Nestlé executive: ‘We are all facing risks of having supply challenges’

SPECIAL REPORT / SPECIAL REPORT / Climate change is confronting the European food sector with an unprecedented risk related to supplies of agricultural raw materials, warns Pascal Gréverath.
Agriculture & Food 16-11-2015

Climate change and the food chain

Download PDF  

The European food and drink industry can boast a healthy track record in reducing its carbon footprint ahead of the COP21 conference, which opens in Paris later this month.
NewsSpecial Report
Agriculture & Food 16-11-2015

Food sector looks beyond factory gates for deep CO2 cuts

SPECIAL REPORT / SPECIAL REPORT / The European food and drink industry can boast a healthy track record in reducing its carbon footprint ahead of the COP21 conference, which opens in Paris later this month.
Agriculture & Food 19-10-2015

Innovation - Feeding the world

Download PDF  

The world population is increasing and the new Common Agricultural Policy should adjust to future nutritional needs.
Sustainable Dev. 16-12-2014

The environment cannot be an afterthought to the economy

How do we communicate the need for fundamental change beyond this group of environmentalists, scientists and progressive businesses? asks Luc Bas.
Agriculture & Food 28-07-2014

Commission needs to comply with promised launch of sustainable food communication

The promised launch of the Communication on Sustainable Food by the European Commission, initially planned for 2013, has once again been postponed. This is a significant set back for the much-needed reevaluation of Europe’s food system, write a group of NGOs.


Sustainable Dev. 14-05-2014

Citizens not to blame for rising consumption, scholars say

Academics say there are limits to blaming European citizens for their high levels of consumption, arguing that a societal shift is necessary for the continent to achieve a sustainable ecological footprint.
Sustainable Dev. 13-12-2013

EU resource efficiency improves but trend remains ‘volatile’

The European Union generates €1.60 of economic value for each kilogramme of material consumed, compared to €1.34 a decade ago, but progress towards resource efficiency remains “volatile”, according to the EU’s statistics office.
Sustainable Dev. 19-11-2013

Europe puts spotlight on its waste problem

This weekend saw the beginning of the European Week for Waste Reduction, a move by EU regions to draw attention to the continent’s waste problem and some of the grassroots initiatives looking for a cure.
Agriculture & Food 10-09-2013

Healthy and green diets go hand in hand

Policy makers, business and industry are starting to wake up to the idea of supporting sustainable diets. Action is already late but we can still act now to show people a way to lead healthier lives in keeping with the planet’s abundance of natural resources, writes Tony Long.

Europeans 'confused by green claims': Survey

Some 80% of Europeans are concerned by the environmental impact of their purchases but only one-quarter say they “often” buy green products, reveals the latest EU opinion poll.
Health & Consumers 05-06-2013

Eat less meat for greater food security, British population urged

People in Britain should eat meat less often, in order to help ease the food crises in the developing world, an influential committee of MPs has urged.
Health & Consumers 17-05-2013

Europe's accidental promotion of black-market alcohol

As production and sales move underground, governments lose their ability to regulate, assess and control alcohol distribution. This can result in serious public health risks, especially for the poorest and heaviest drinkers, writes Marjana Martinic.
Energy 08-05-2013

How EU subsidies inflate biofuel prices

Public subsidies constitute a powerful market intervention that indirectly inflate biofuel prices, argues Chris Charles. Industry criticisms of the International Institute of Sustainable Development’s research on the subject fall wide of the mark, he writes.
Health & Consumers 11-04-2013

Brussels unveils green performance scheme for products

The European Commission has proposed EU-wide methods for companies to measure and communicate their ‘greenness’ and the environmental footprint of their products.
Agriculture & Food 23-01-2013

Swedish experts call for tax to tame appetite for meat

Swedish agricultural authorities are recommending a tax to reduce meat consumption and say such a levy should be adopted across the European Union.
UK & Europe 20-12-2012

Unilever R&D chief: 'Cut bureaucracy in EU research programmes'

The Dutch multinational Unilever wants to increase its participation in EU research programmes to develop the breakthrough environmental technologies. But for that to happen, the level of bureaucracy needs to be drastically reduced, says Dr. Hans Dröge, senior vice president for R&D operations at Unilever.
UK & Europe 20-12-2012

Unilever eyes EU research to halve its water, CO2 footprint

INTERVIEW / The Dutch multinational Unilever wants to boost its participation in EU research programmes to develop the breakthrough technologies it needs to cut the water use and CO2 emissions of its products by half – two of its key environmental objectives.