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25/06/2016

Shorter and shorter electronics product-life is ‘unacceptable’

Topic: recycling


Sustainable Dev. 20-06-2016

In the rush to get waste out of landfill, the EU risks losing sight of its recycling targets

Since 2010, billions of euros have been committed for energy from waste (EfW) infrastructure in Northern Europe. This would be sensible if recycling levels remained unchanged, writes Adam Baddeley.
Sustainable Dev. 10-06-2016

Commission’s axing of Circular Economy Package ‘stalled’ green policies across EU

EXCLUSIVE / The European Commission was accused last night of stalling national waste and recycling policies across the EU, after it emerged that only two countries have dedicated circular economy strategies.
Sustainable Dev. 03-06-2016

Circular economy way of thinking embraced across EU

According to a new survey, 70% of EU companies are implementing a circular economy strategy, but there is still work to be done on renewable energy and water consumption. EurActiv's partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.
Sustainable Dev. 30-05-2016

Circular economy: An investment that pays off

There is a new way of thinking, known as the circular economy, which means that products are designed and produced to be used for as long as possible, easily repaired and, once they reach the end of their lives, recycled or disposed of effectively, writes Karmenu Vella.

Commission fails ‘Better Regulation’ test on Circular Economy Package

Better regulation, rather than providing better protection has served as an entry point for some business lobby groups to delay and weaken one of Europe’s major environmental policies, writes Magda Stoczkiewicz.

The ultimate disruptor is Mother Nature

The Paris Agreement to tackle global warming is bigger than most realise and may be the signal that the marketplace was waiting for to unleash investment in clean technologies, writes Alice Garton.
Sustainable Dev. 29-04-2016

Commission delays ecodesign strategy for fear of offending UK businesses

Central to the Circular Economy Package, the 2015-2017 ecodesign strategy will not be presented by the Commission until autumn 2016. Some see this as an attempt not to upset UK businesses. EurActiv France reports.
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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.
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.

Commission vows tough enforcement of Circular Economy Package

The Circular Economy package of waste and recycling laws will be backed by more rigorous European Commission enforcement than previously seen, an official yesterday (5 April) told plastic industry delegates.

The hidden economic benefits of banning plastic bags

With its incremental ban on single-use plastic bags, the French government has given a substantial boost to the country's organic plastics companies. EurActiv's partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.

'Pay as you throw' cuts waste and encourages recycling, French report finds

Charging households based on the quantity of waste they produce is both an effective way to cut waste and an increasingly popular idea in France. Our partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.

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.
Energy 24-02-2016

Can our bins brighten our future?

There is energy in your bin. A large part of it is renewable. And it works even when there is no wind or sun. Why not use it, asks Patrick Clerens.

Shorter and shorter electronics product-life is ‘unacceptable’

Broken, out of fashion, replaced by a shinier version - electronic devices are being used for a decreasing amount of time before being tossed aside, according to a new study. EurActiv Germany reports.