Sustainable Development Archives

  • Sustainable chemistry: at the forefront of European innovation

    Promoted content | Economy & Jobs 01-09-2014

    A new video of interviews from the 2014 SusChem Stakeholder event features interviews with Clara de la Torre of the European Commission, Gernot Klotz of Cefic, Peter Nagler from Evonik and Louis Neltner of Solvay.

  • Commission earmarks €2 billion for clean energy projects

    Promoted content | Climate change 08-07-2014

    The European Commission announced on Tuesday a €2 billion boost for low-carbon energy projects in Europe. The Commission is awarding a total of 1 billion EUR to 19 innovative low-carbon energy projects selected under the second call of the NER300 funding programme.

  • Teppfa Forum 2014 – Circular Economy, Resource Efficiency and Waste

    Promoted content | Energy & Environment 06-06-2014

    The EU considers its vision of a circular economy as being the logical solution for a resource-constrained world. It's a place where almost nothing is wasted, where the re-use and re-manufacturing of products has become standard practice and where sustainability is built into the fabric of society.

  • Teppfa Forum 2014 – Environmental Sustainability of Construction Products

    Promoted content | Energy & Environment 06-06-2014

    Representatives of different Commission services (DG Environment and DG Industry), LCA practitioners, Industry representatives and academia debated about environmental sustainability of construction products in the Teppfa Forum 2014 - Environmental Sustainability of Construction Products Workshop.

  • Collect, Sort, Recycle! Glass is a resource, let’s not waste it!

    Promoted content 26-03-2014

    The aim of this video is to promote the dismantling, collection and recycling of end-of-life building glass (from windows, glazing and other products) and to ensure that end-of-life flat glass does not end up in landfill. Glass from building demolition and renovation should not be treated as a waste. European flat glass industry is eager to use more recycled glass into their manufacturing processes and believes that EU targets on recycling would boost the development of collection schemes at country level.Learn more at: http://www.glassforeurope.com/en/issues/recycling-of-glass-products.php

  • Towards a Resource Efficient Europe – EPR for packaging waste

    Special Report | Promoted content | Energy & Environment 25-03-2014

    The European Commission is reviewing European Waste legislation in line with the EU Resource Efficiency objectives. This review includes a revision of the waste management targets and Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) as one key policy tool to achieve existing and higher recycling and recovery targets for packaging waste.

  • EU Industrial Policy: What industry needs for competitiveness and growth

    Promoted content | Economy & Jobs 21-03-2014

    Dr. Veronique Steukers from the Nickel Institute puts forward industry's case for the framework conditions needed for  competitiveness and growth and discusses the main issues of concern that must be tackled by EU Industrial Policy.
    Learn more at: http://www.nickelinstitute.org/

  • Sustainability Conference: European Alliance for SMC/BMC

    Promoted content | Climate change 25-02-2014

    Organised for the second year, the Challenges & Opportunities for a Sustainable Future Conference provides the best opportunity to tackle the sustainability of the SMC/BMC industry within the value chain.

  • Extended Producer Responsibility: how does EPR contribute towards a resource-efficiency Europe?

    Promoted content | Energy & Environment 05-12-2013

    According to the EU Roadmap to a Resource Efficient Europe, each year in the EU we throw away 2.7 billion tonnes of waste.
    Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) was introduced in the 2008 Waste Review as a means to support the design and production of goods, efficiently using resources during their entire life-cycle. However, EPR is not consistently applied throughout Member States.

  • Eickhout: Days of economy vs. ecology are over

    Promoted content | Energy & Environment 21-11-2013

    The buildings sector is one of the largest contributors to global greenhouse gas emissions. Moreover, buildings account for about 40% of the total amount of energy consumption in the EU.
    The European Commission acknowledged this in its Energy Efficiency Directive stating that "the greatest energy savings potential lies in buildings". The chemicals sector has already significantly reduced its emissions, but there is still potential to reduce them further.

  • Energy efficiency: what role for chemicals in reducing greenhouse emissions?

    Promoted content | Energy & Environment 08-11-2013

    The buildings sector is one of the largest contributors to global greenhouse gas emissions. Moreover, buildings account for about 40% of the total amount of energy consumption in the EU.
    The European Commission acknowledged this in its Energy Efficiency Directive stating that “the greatest energy savings potential lies in buildings”. The chemicals sector has already significantly reduced its emissions, but there is still potential to reduce them further.

  • Commission seeks to cut plastic bag use

    Promoted content | Energy & Environment 04-11-2013

    Nearly 100 billion plastic bags were used in the European Union in 2010. Over 8 billion were thrown away afterwards. Many of them end up in the sea posing a huge threat for marine life.
    In an attempt to tackle the plastic waste produced across the continent and its impact on sealife, Brussels presented proposals on Monday to reduce the use of lightweight plastic bags.
    Under the new plan, member states will be encouraged to tax or even completely ban their use.

  • EURACTIV’s interview with Jean Michel Jarre – Full interview

    27-09-2013

    More than ever, culture should be one of the keys for sustainable development, but the “administrative monster” of the EU often relegates it at a second rank, world-known musician and composer Jean Michel Jarre told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview. He also praised his country France for promoting the “cultural exception”.

  • EURACTIV’s interview with Jean Michel Jarre – Extracts

    Promoted content | Economy & Jobs 27-09-2013

    More than ever, culture should be one of the keys for sustainable development, but the “administrative monster” of the EU often relegates it at a second rank, world-known musician and composer Jean Michel Jarre told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview. He also praised his country France for promoting the “cultural exception”.

  • Liberal MEP Corinee Lepage on biofuels

    Promoted content | Agrifood 10-09-2013

    A critical biofuels vote in Strasbourg on Wednesday (11 September) is expected to be tight but Corinne Lepage, the French Liberal MEP with the lead on the dossier, is "cautiously confident" of securing an agreement over an issue that has threatened to fracture the European Parliament.

  • Achieving Environmental and Sustainability goals – Does recycling improve air quality?

    Promoted content | Energy & Environment 24-06-2013

    Sustainable development depends on real commitments and actions, by real people in the real world – statement from 2002 Johannesburg Earth Summit Declaration. Several voluntary commitments where mentioned at Rio +20 as good practice of industry moving towards improved sustainability. VinylPlus was one of these initiatives. VinylPlus is also referenced in the Green Paper on Plastic Waste published by European Commission on the 7th of March 2013.

  • What do European metal, engineering and technology-based industries need from the EU?

    Promoted content 24-06-2013

    CEEMET President Sakari Tamminen discusses the policy environment European metal, engineering, and technology industries require to stay internationally competitive and profitable in today’s world.
     

    CEEMET Represents metal, engineering and technology employers in 23 countries, with 200,000 member companies directly employing over 13 million people.
     

  • Industrial Policy: Towards sustainable re-industrialization?

    Promoted content | Energy & Environment 13-07-2012

    The European Commission and Member States are working together to ensure that resources are invested effectively in order to support smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.
    With the mid-term update and review of the Europe 2020 Flagship on industrial policy, planned for this year, more sustainable and green solutions could be called for.
    Will the remaining year bring changes in policy also for abandoned industrial areas ('brownfields')?

  • EU Renewables Strategy: How can policy and industry shape strategy for the decades ahead?

    Promoted content | Energy & Environment 04-04-2012

    The further expansion of Renewable Energies is key to achieving the EU climate targets set for 2050. Following the 2009 Renewables directive and the National Renewables Action Plans determining the growth path up to 2020, discussion has now started on the post-2020 Renewables policy.
    Building on the EU Energy Roadmap 2050, the EU Commission has initiated the discussion with the recent renewables consultation followed by the Communication on Renewable Energy.
    Are 2030 renewables targets needed ?

  • World Water Day 2012 – Water Stewardship EURACTIV Workshop

    Promoted content | Climate change 26-03-2012

    Further to the 2007 European Commission's assessment of water scarcity and drought in the EU, the executive presented a set of policy options to increase water savings and to improve financing in existing sectoral policies. Five years later, the Commission is expected to table a 'Blueprint to Safeguard Europe's Water'.
    In advance of World Water Day 2012, Fondation EURACTIV is pleased to invite you to a roundtable debate to explore answers to these questions.

  • Brussels presents bio-economy plan

    Promoted content | Energy & Environment 14-02-2012

    The European Commission on Monday unveiled its new so-called "bio-economy" strategy. The plan wants to see Europe's economy make a transition to a post-petroleum era.

    By investing in innovation and technology, Europe hopes to develop cleaner and more sustainable ways to exploit its natural resources while at the same time creating jobs and staying competitive.??In the EU, the bio-economy already has a turnover of nearly 2 trillion euros and employs more than 22 million people.