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27/09/2016

Potocnik: Farmers and consumers ‘equally responsible’ for agricultural transformation

Topic: sustainable consumption and production


Sustainable Dev. 26-09-2016

French expert: 'Polluters should help state pay for air quality monitoring'

Societal change will prove just as important as financial investment in the effort to improve air quality. But air quality monitoring is central to this effort, Bernard Garnier told EurActiv's partner Journal de l'Environnement.
Development Policy 21-09-2016

Mimica: Europe's new plan for Africa 'could reach €88 billion'

EXCLUSIVE / One of the keynote announcements of Jean-Claude Juncker's State of the Union address last week was the European External Investment Plan. EU development aid chief Neven Mimica gives the details in an interview with EurActiv.com
Sustainable Dev. 19-09-2016

EU and New Zealand: Partnership powers in the Pacific

Small developing states in the Pacific have traditionally relied on imports of fossil fuels. The cost of the fuel, combined with its price volatility, and the islands' geographic remoteness, are all significant strains on these small economies, write Andrew Jacobs and Michalis Rokas.
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Sustainable Dev. 16-09-2016

Germany wants to scrap EU recycling targets

SPECIAL REPORT / EXCLUSIVE / Germany, the EU’s most influential country and its leading recycler, has called for recycling targets in the European Commission’s Circular Economy package of green laws to be scrapped.
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Sustainable Dev. 16-09-2016

PVC boss: ‘We will not change our reputation in one day’

SPECIAL REPORT / IKEA’s decision in the 1990s to ban PVC from its furniture and textile products had a devastating impact on the industry’s reputation. But 15 years after phasing out the most toxic chemicals, the PVC sector believes it is now ready to gain acceptance as a sustainable material, says Brigitte Dero.
Development Policy 15-09-2016

UK development minister challenged over ‘wasted aid’ claim

The new minister in charge of Britain’s overseas aid budget faced criticism on her first appearance before a Commons committee when she was unable to come up with a figure for the amount of aid that was being “wasted and stolen” – after publicly highlighting it as a significant problem.
Development Policy 14-09-2016

Oxfam questions ‘blending’ financing in SDG delivery

Oxfam has taken aim at the increasing use of ‘blending’ private sector investment with foreign aid, in a wide-ranging report looking at the future of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)s.

Lucie Sauvé: Schools avoid climate change for fear of being ‘controversial’

UNESCO has published its 2016 Global Education Monitoring (GEM) report, linking education and sustainable development. But Lucie Sauvé is "far from convinced" that this is the right approach to ending poverty and tackling climate change. EurActiv’s partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.
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Energy 13-09-2016

Workers will lose jobs in green revolution, admits EU’s energy boss

SPECIAL REPORT / Workers will lose their jobs as Europe shifts to a green economy, European Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič has admitted, amid warnings the world faces political and economic turmoil not witnessed since the 1930s.
Energy 12-09-2016

Transition to green economy

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The transition to a green economy requires nothing short of a revolution, transforming society from a culture based on extraction and consumption into one based on sustainability and low carbon energy, transport and agriculture.
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Paris Agreement drives shift to green economy but huge challenges remain

SPECIAL REPORT / When world leaders in Paris last December agreed on a landmark deal to cap global warming, it was hailed as the starting gun on an irreversible path to a low-carbon economy.
Development Policy 09-09-2016

Seven critical questions for review of 'European Consensus on Development'

There are many changes impacting the future of European development cooperation: a serious existential crisis in the European Union in the wake of Brexit, a newly agreed 2030 global sustainable development and climate change agenda, and major geopolitical shifts, writes Andrew Sherriff.
Sustainable Dev. 07-09-2016

Hans Bruyninckx: Green taxation ‘not really happening’ in Europe

Despite a “massive” body of research showing green taxation makes sense from an environmental and economic perspective, few countries are actually taking the step forward, says Hans Bruyninckx.

Clearing up the confusion around marine plastics

Contrary to popular myths, most plastic pollution at sea occurs on the seabed and on beaches, not on the surface. If we want to secure the health of our oceans, we need to start looking at preventing marine plastic litter at source, writes Chris Sherrington.
Sustainable Dev. 12-07-2016

EEB: The Slovak presidency must set higher climate and waste targets

Repatriating competences to the member states is not going to help citizens enjoy a better environment, Jeremy Wates tells EurActiv Slovakia.
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.
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Sustainable Dev. 14-06-2016

Climate Commissioner: Age of traditional energy consumers 'almost over'

SPECIAL REPORT / EXCLUSIVE / The age of traditional energy consumers is almost over, Climate Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete will say today (13 July), before outlining plans for Europeans to take control of consumption and production.
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. 07-06-2016

Sustainable consumption and Germany’s response

Moving towards a sustainable consumption model cannot rely solely on consumer habits and attitudes: the formulation of policy is where real change will be made. Germany has a golden opportunity to be a pioneer in this area, write Matthias Ruchser and Ingmar Streese.
Development Policy 06-06-2016

Flawed 'New Alliance for Food Security' initiative needs urgent reform

The European Union and several of its member states are supporting a highly-flawed development initiative. A critical resolution voted on tomorrow (7 June) by the European Parliament should be a call to action to finally engage in a comprehensive reform, write Hanna Saarinen and Isabelle Brachet write.
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.
Agriculture & Food 26-05-2016

Scrapping EU biofuels targets is the right thing to do

The biofuel lobby decries plans to scrap biofuel targets. Ending support for harmful and costly biofuels is the only right thing to do, writes Marc-Olivier Herman.

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.
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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.