Circular economy

Climate change 20-09-2019

EU climate official: Innovation fund will help decarbonise metals production

The production of non-ferrous metals such as aluminium is very energy-intensive, but new technologies are being developed to decarbonise the process and the European Commission is ready to finance them, says Mauro Petriccione.
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18-09-2019

The EU should foster true circular business models

Aluminium is by nature a circular and thus permanent material. All solutions that keep aluminium in the loop are worthwhile to consider because the metal we preserve today will likely remain in service forever.
Energy 18-09-2019

Aluminium in a low-carbon world

Just as the European aluminium industry undertakes costly efforts to decarbonise, the sector is finding itself caught up in a trade war involving Chinese dumping and US tariffs that threaten to destabilise European production.
12-09-2019

First ‘millennial’ Commissioner to address challenges for Generation Z

Putting the youngest ever Commissioner-designate in charge of managing the most fearful threats for future generations of Europeans, such as environment protection and oceans' conservation, is the biggest gamble Ursula von der Leyen took in composing her team.
28-08-2019

EU paper recyclers ‘in crisis’ as China waste import ban bites

China’s ban on waste imports has thrown Europe’s paper recycling sector “in a crisis situation,” leading to a chronic oversupply of recovered paper that sent prices plummeting by 300% over the past two years, according to trade group EuRIC.
Energy 27-08-2019

How Europe’s war on plastics is affecting petrochemicals

With oil use in cars expected to peak in the mid-2020s, oil companies are seeking shelter in petrochemicals – and plastics – where demand is still going strong. However, even that notion is now being challenged because of a global plastics backlash led by Europe.
15-07-2019

Rome prepares to ship its rubbish across Europe, raising environmental concerns

The exit strategy from Rome’s current garbage crisis involves re-routing thousands of tonnes of junk to Sweden and other EU countries, with a huge financial and environmental cost in terms of CO2 emissions.
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04-07-2019

Collaboration between industry and policymakers is vital to a more circular economy

In the new EU legislative mandate, industry and policymakers need to work together to ensure innovative solutions can be implemented to reach a more circular economy, writes Fleming Voetmann.
25-06-2019

France’s newly implemented deposit-return scheme receives strong criticism

A deposit-return scheme not yet launched in France is already being strongly criticised by local authorities and recyclers, who consider it ineffective and regret not having been sufficiently consulted about it. EURACTIV's partner le Journal de l'Environnement reports.
Batteries 13-06-2019

The EU is creating a sustainability label for raw materials

An EU research group is creating a certification method for raw materials, to be completed by 2021. The project is part of a push to sustainably mine the metals needed for Europe’s clean energy transition. But critics say certification is not the answer.

France dumps 11,200 tonnes of plastic in the Mediterranean every year

600,000 tonnes of plastic are being dumped by 22 countries in the Mediterranean Sea every year, of which 11,200 tonnes come from France. EURACTIV's partner La Tribune reports.
Health 31-05-2019

Betis, the Spanish club committed to going climate neutral

Spanish football club Real Betis is well known for the colours of its T-shirt, green and white. But now they want to integrate that concept into their whole policy by leading the way in making soccer more sustainable.

Timmermans: A green candidate in the red corner

Frans Timmermans, the Socialists’ leading candidate, has promised a sustainable Europe if he is given the nod to lead the next European Commission. But how sustainable are the Dutchman’s green credentials?

How can EU members make good on new single-use plastics law?

The European Parliament and the Council gave their official green light to the Single-use Plastics Directive on Tuesday morning (21 May). Larissa Copello de Souza explains how the implementation period is a golden opportunity to raise the bar even further.
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14-05-2019

UNESDA priorities and aspirations for 2019-2024

UNESDA’s Aspirations for the 2019-24 legislative period address the three core areas of Sustainability, Responsibility and Competitiveness. They build on the priorities of the entire food and drink industry and articulate a single market purposed around: Growing sustainably, Serving consumers, and Feeding Europe’s economy.
14-05-2019

EU cities join forces for more sustainable tourism

Climate change and tourism are closely interlinked. Local and regional authorities across Europe are working together to improve waste management to make tourism more sustainable in their towns.
Batteries 03-05-2019

Tesla expects global shortage of electric vehicle battery minerals – sources

US electric car maker Tesla expects global shortages of nickel, copper and other battery minerals down the road due to underinvestment in the mining sector, the company’s global supply manager for battery metals told an industry conference on Thursday (2 May), according to two sources.
30-04-2019

Karmenu Vella on circular economy: ‘Nothing to gain from waiting’

Circular economy wrangling has kept the EU busy for the last few years, from withdrawn policies to far-reaching recycling strategies. The EU's outgoing environment boss, Karmenu Vella, insists that industry is still critical to waste-reducing efforts and that “there is nothing to gain from waiting”.
Agrifood 30-04-2019

Northern French region banks on bioeconomy

In September 2018, the Hauts-de-France region (northern France) adopted a bioeconomy roadmap. The former sugar region wants to become a leader in the sector. EURACTIV France reports.

Microplastics also travel through the air, says new study

Microplatics are not only found in the world’s oceans but can also reach isolated areas by air, according to a study published in Nature Geoscience on 15 April. EURACTIV’s partner le Journal de l'environnement reports.
Health 23-04-2019

British football clubs want to lead the way in reducing single-use plastics

Football can bring joy or frustration to supporters... but also a lot of waste. UK football teams have decided to introduce reusable cups in stadiums, as part of a joint initiative by the Premier League and British TV channel Sky News.

Franco-Dutch plastic ‘coalition of the willing’ takes shape

The French and Dutch governments have both penned national pacts that go beyond what EU rules on plastic waste stipulate. On Friday (5 April), they kicked off a process they hope will culminate in a European Plastics Summit in 2020.
05-04-2019

EU gears up for sustainability legacy handover

The outgoing European Commission has got through a lot of work when it comes to the circular economy but now attention is turning to the future and how to make sure recycling efforts really take off.
05-04-2019

A circular economy retrospective

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Recycling, reuse and all things circular are taking on more and more importance in Europe. Sustainability will remain high on the agenda of the next EU legislative cycle but what tools are in place to help the industry get it across the line?

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