Circular economy

19-11-2020

Waste incineration across Europe and the UK: profit at the expense of climate

The EU and the UK must bring waste incineration plants within the scope of emissions trading schemes (ETS) if they are to achieve net zero-emissions and comply with the Paris Agreement, writes Georgia Elliott-Smith.
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06-10-2020

Shaping together the circular economy for nonwovens

Chances are you have never heard of nonwovens before, but you are surrounded by them at this very moment; in the seat underneath you, the suit you’re wearing, as part of the insulation or roofing of your home or workplace,...

Call it by its name: Synthetic gas and oil from old plastics is not ‘recycling’, it’s ‘recovery’

The term “chemical recycling” should only be used for plastic waste reconverted into new plastics. If those plastics are transformed into fuels or petrochemical products, the process should be called “recovery” instead, write Shanar Tabrizi and Fanny Rateau.

Chemistry’s waste problem

Europe's chemical industry needs to embrace circular thinking and urgently address concerns about substances getting into the environment or risk being crushed by regulators, writes Tom Parker.
21-09-2020

Resilience: The missing link in the new Circular Economy Action Plan

EU member states need to integrate resilience into their national recovery plans in order to be eligible for recovery support, write Joke Dufourment, Natalia Papu and Yasmina Lembachar.
23-06-2020

How Europe’s top food retailers are failing to disclose food waste-based emissions

European food retailers need to widen the scope of their greenhouse gas reporting in order to account for emissions resulting from food waste across their supply chains, writes Matthew McLuckie.
04-06-2020

‘Open strategic autonomy’: A vision for Europe’s raw materials future

Europe’s “green recovery” will be based on industrial leadership in the production of computers, batteries, electric vehicles, and wind turbines, writes Anna-Michelle Asimakopoulou.
26-05-2020

EU recovery fund is a chance to accelerate the circular economy

The EU recovery fund can be used to unlock an estimated €1.8 trillion opportunity by 2030 by making better use of materials and reducing waste, write Patrick Schröder and David McGinty.

Which world do we want after COVID-19?

The coronavirus crisis has caused a lot of suffering and uncertainty, but its aftermath offers us an opportunity to break with old habits and build a circular, sustainable and highly competitive economy, write Frans Timmermans and Bertrand Piccard.

A credible industrial pillar for the European Green Deal

If done right, the industrial pillar of the Green Deal can make Europe a world leader in climate-neutral and circular technologies, products and services, writes Ursula Woodburn. Ursula Woodburn is the head of EU relations at the European Corporate Leaders...
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The EU 2030 climate target is tomorrow

The European Climate Law falls short of providing meaningful financial compensation for Member States with different starting points like Poland. This is a very unfortunate development at time when more unity and more solidarity are needed in the EU.
24-02-2020

Last year the EU slashed single-use plastics. Now it needs to do the same for all other resources

Last year the EU passed ambitious new laws to reduce the consumption of single-use plastics. That same thinking now needs to be applied to the economy as a whole, argues Meadhbh Bolger, saying Europe can get started by setting targets in its upcoming Circular Economy Action Plan.
10-02-2020

Europe must resist attempts to weaken single-use plastics laws

The EU's recently agreed laws to tackle the most polluting single-use plastics are in danger of being watered down by industry players, writes Delphine Lévi Alvarès.
08-01-2020

Business strategies for cost-saving circular economy solutions

Circular economy principles offer compelling strategic and operational benefits for the manufacturing industry. These include substantial cost savings, which companies should take advantage of, writes Rafael Go.
02-12-2019

EU Waste Regulation – Blazing a trail for circular consumer packaging?

Consumers appreciate recyclates in packaging as long as it doesn’t affect the quality, functionality and price of the product. But how do companies remain competitive in view of added costs for high-quality recycling and the low price of virgin plastics? Michael Laermann tries to find the answer.
19-11-2019

Waste incineration: An extreme carbon outlier

Meeting the EU’s 10% landfill target is possible without climate damage, writes Janek Vähk.
04-11-2019

Climate action needs better products

The EU has recently paved the way for longer-lasting products. Now we must enshrine this ambition into our future European Green Deal, write Jean-Pierre Schweitzer and Melissa Zill.
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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.

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.

Chemical recycling of plastic: Waste no more?

Plastics recycling is as much of a challenge as an opportunity for the circular economy. Michael Laermann looks at chemical recycling and whether it can make the plastics value chain more circular whilst providing a profitable new industry branch.
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04-03-2019

European innovators ready to lead change on plastic waste

The EU’s Plastics Strategy will significantly increase demand for circular business models and greener products. The EIT's Climate KIC is working with European innovators to seize the business opportunity this creates, and support them in getting from visionary idea to profitable activity, write Elléa Lhermite and Piotr Pogorzelski.
30-01-2019

Circular economy must remain a priority for Europe beyond the 2019 elections

The Circular Economy Package and Plastics Strategy have set a high-level framework to improve the resource efficiency of the European economy. But to be effective, this framework must remain a policy priority for the next European Commission and Parliament, writes Nick Molho.
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30-01-2019

Making sense of the EU’s Circular Economy Package from the metal packaging value chain

New EU waste legislation adopted last year has redefined what can be considered “recycled” and resets targets for each packaging material. Gordon Shade goes through the expected changes and remaining challenges.

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