Sustainable Development

Energy 24-10-2017

Sustainability: Renewable energy in Europe’s clean energy transition

Climate change is an urgent issue that demands global action. Following the Paris Climate Agreement, Europe has embraced the clean power transition and set itself a goal of becoming the world’s number one in renewables.

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Biofuels 01-03-2017

Biofuels in aviation: A sustainable alternative?

Current laws require EU countries to have “at least 10%” renewable energy used in transport by 2020 – including a 7% cap for biofuels. For 2030, the European Commission proposed reducing conventional biofuels in transport to 3.8% as part of a broader target to source at least 27% energy from renewables.

Energy 09-02-2017

The energy efficiency package: Boosting renovation in the EU

Euractiv has organised a workshop to discuss the EU's approach towards energy efficiency in buildings.

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03-02-2017

AFEMS: The lead issue and firearms legislation

AFEMS is the Association of European Manufacturers of Sporting Ammunition, which represents a network of manufacturers and distributors of ammunition, components, clay targets and machinery.

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Steel for packaging
14-11-2016

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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CEWEP
25-10-2016

Integrated Waste Management

There will always be residual waste that is not good for recycling. However it does not mean that we cannot recover energy and materials from it.

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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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European Youth Debating Competition

European Youth Debating Competition

The European Petrochemical Association (EPCA) and PlasticsEurope have joined forces to promote STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) as well as to inform about sustainability and resource efficiency - all of them being key ingredients for the future of both industry sectors and the overall competitiveness of the European Union.

Climate change 31-12-2015

How does climate change hit poor countries?

In 2015, the world reached a historic deal to limit the temperature rise below 2 degrees celsius.

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16-11-2015

Innovation at the heart of the energy debate

The European Union represents 28 countries and more than 500 million energy consumers. Within the EU, energy demand is growing by 1-2% per year. In ten years, we could be using 10% more energy, and in a generation we may have to import almost all of the oil and 80% of the gas we use, according to Eurobarometer.

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Health 04-11-2015

The Use of Lead in Ammunition

110 delegates, including journalists, politicians, scientists, members of environmental institutions, hunting and sport shooting organizations and food agencies met at the Symposium “The Sustainable Use of Lead Ammunition in Hunting and Sports Shooting: Facts and Emotions” held on 20 October 2015 in Brussels.

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28-10-2015

New technologies provide banking services to hard-to-reach populations

Judith Karl, Executive Secretary of UNCDF, the United Nations Capital Development Fund, speaks about her organisation's role in ensuring that suitable financial products are available to individuals, in poor and remote areas.

Agrifood 12-10-2015

Food for thought: Reducing food waste

In 2050, over 9 billion people will live on this planet and feeding them will be a challenge. Increasing food availability has always been the main solution to achieve a food secured future.

Agrifood 08-07-2015

Europe’s coffee trade: Grounds for reform?

Coffee is one of the most traded commodities in the world. 1.6 billion cups are consumed every day and the global market is worth 64 billion euros. But do coffee farmers get a fair share of the profits?

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TEPPFA Forum 2015 – Environmental Sustainability for products and buildings

Stakeholders and policymakers came together to discuss a relevant aspect of the industry: Environmental Sustainability. The technical debate originated from simple questions: “can sustainable construction products build sustainable buildings?”, “is benchmarking thinkable for construction products?”

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TEPPFA Forum 2015 – Market challenges and Policy discussion

Full day panel discussion and presentations from high level EU officials, industry representative and CEO’s. Market challenges and EU policies on the construction sector were the key issues discussed.

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Agrifood 01-04-2015

Vella: Carcinogenic pesticides ‘have to be addressed’

New research suggesting that pesticides could create cancer among humans should trigger policymakers into action, said Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries.

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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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Hedegaard: World should stay below 2 degrees global temperature increase

Speaking to EURACTIV in its #Media4EU event, former Climate Action Commissioner Connie Hedegaard said that she hopes 'there will be enough political will” to reach a global agreement on a “below 2 degrees average temperature increase” in the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris later this year

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Agrifood 22-01-2015

Bill, Melinda Gates advocate GMOs to a Brussels audience

On Thursday (22 January), Bill and Melinda Gates spoke to a Brussels audience, which didn’t appear shocked by their endorsement of GMO crops.

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Vella: Environment, maritime affairs and fisheries a “natural fit”

Karmenu Vella, the Maltese Commissioner-designate for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, failed to impress MEPs during a European Parliament confirmation hearing on Monday.

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09-09-2014

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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Sustainable chemistry: at the forefront of European innovation

A new video of interviews from the 2014 SusChem Stakeholder event features interviews with Clara de la Torre of the European Commission, Gernot Klotz of Cefic, Peter Nagler from Evonik and Louis Neltner of Solvay.