Circular economy

Climate change 19-04-2017

French presidential candidates’ environmentalism often misses the point

Never before have so many presidential candidates taken such trouble to trumpet their environmental credentials. But this does not necessarily mean they know what environmentalism is all about. EURACTIV’s partner Journal de l’Environnement reports.

23-03-2017

Recyclables must be collected separately for circular economy to succeed, says panel

Separate collection of recyclable materials is the key to a successful circular economy, but some member states struggle to put the necessary infrastructure in place, policymakers told a EURACTIV event held on Tuesday (21 March).

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

Opinion leaders identify seven pillars for ‘better’ EU action

CIVICO-Europa, an informal group set up by opinion leaders and later supported by politicians, presented today (20 March) a manifesto for the future of Europe, based on “doing much better together”, rather than the traditional way of “doing more”.

17-03-2017

Better resource efficiency could be worth trillions, UN says

Almost €2 trillion would be poured into the annual global economy if resource efficiency was boosted, according to a report from the United Nations Environment Programme released today (16 March).

MEPs vote to boost recycling rates and limit food waste

After 51 organisations and 64,000 people in the EU backed a campaign to reduce food waste, MEPs voted today (14 March) in support of a 50% reduction by 2030.

Cleaning up the oceans is no solution to our plastic problem

Plastics have brought huge benefits to our society. But with those benefits come environmental problems. Too often, plastic ends up as waste, as marine litter polluting the oceans, or as litter on our beaches.

Wales continues to lead UK in recycling, announces circular economy fund

The Welsh government has unveiled a £6.5m (€7.5m) fund to help SMEs make the transformation towards a circular economy. The Principality leads the UK in recycling targets and would place 4th in the EU if it were a member state. EURACTIV’s partner edie.net reports.

Report: Brexit offers escape from over €2bn in EU waste policy costs

British businesses would lose over €2bn over the next 20 years through the EU's Circular Economy Package, according to a new report, which is calling on the UK to adopt a better waste and resource management framework post-Brexit. EURACTIV’s partner edie.net reports.

Paper boss: EU’s Circular Economy Package could have been more ambitious

The European Commission’s Circular Economy Package could have been more ambitious, the director-general of the Confederation of European Paper Industries said in an interview about recycling, Brussels red tape and the shift to a low-carbon economy.

Energy 28-02-2017

Czech regional council member: Waste-to-energy brings us closer to developed countries

Municipal waste in Pilsen used to be landfilled. "It is better to use waste for heat and electricity generation," Radka Trylčová, a member of a regional council which is trying to make the waste-to-energy process policy, told EURACTIV Czech Republic.

EU climate laws ‘cost paper recyclers 40% of their profits’

EXCLUSIVE/ EU climate legislation robs paper recyclers of at least 40% of their profits, the equivalent of at least one billion euros of lost potential investment in the green economy, a European paper industry chief has said.

Energy 27-02-2017

EU’s clean energy package gets national support

Negotiations for the third version of the Clean Energy for all Europeans package have officially begun.

Matching realism and ambition in aluminium recycling

Ambitious yet realistic targets for all packaging materials are essential to building a truly circular economy in Europe, writes Maarten Labberton.

Energy 17-02-2017

A Canadian circular economy reality

Edmonton has become the first city which turns all non-compostable and non-recyclable household waste into methanol, ethanol and green chemicals. Europe should take notice, writes Lambert van Nistelrooij.

Experts: Circular economy targets should be adapted to each member state

The essence of the circular economy is not in numbers and targets, but in changing attitudes and seeking new business opportunities, experts said at a debate organised by EURACTIV Czech Republic.

Using sewage to make Europe’s economy truly circular

Sewage sludge is a potentially vast source of nutrients for fertilisers. The Commission is missing a golden opportunity by excluding it from the Fertiliser Regulation, writes Arne Haarr.

23 EU countries are breaking European air quality laws

European air quality laws are being flouted in more than 130 cities across 23 of the 28 EU member states, the European Commission said yesterday (6 February).

Public Affairs 01-02-2017

New remanufacturing trade body launched to advise EU policy

The European Remanufacturing Council (ERC), a new industry-led body, was launched on Friday (27 January) to represent businesses currently producing £25.5bn (€29.8bn) worth of remanufactured goods that contribute to the circular economy. Euractiv's media partner edie.net reports.

MEPs bolster EU recycling and landfill targets

Members of the European Parliament’s Environment Committee yesterday (24 January) moved to increase draft EU recycling and landfill targets that had been lowered by the European Commission in its re-tabled Circular Economy Package.

24-01-2017

The Brief: Schulz springboards from Brussels to Berlin

Today, a man who won’t become the chancellor of Germany, took another step closer to not becoming Germany’s chancellor.

Brexit will cost British businesses ‘billions’ unless Circular Economy Package is replaced

Brexit will cost British businesses billions of euros in lost efficiency savings, unless the government develops strong policies to replace the EU’s Circular Economy Package, researchers warned today (23 January).

Agrifood 18-01-2017

EU proposes to halve food waste in Europe by 2030

People are being urged to support calls by a major pan-European group to halve ‘farm to fork’ food waste in Europe by 2030, on the eve of a landmark vote later this month. EURACTIV's partner The Guardian reports.

Waste reform: From environmental disaster to economic opportunity

MEPs have the chance to unlock over 800,000 jobs by improving waste management and waste prevention across the EU. If they support progressive waste reform, the benefits will be huge for citizens, businesses and governments, writes Piotr Barczak.