About: efficacité énergétique

Philippe Orliange: ‘Cities must boost borrowing to finance climate action’

Local and regional authorities are stepping up their efforts to fight climate change, but limited access to finance often holds them back, Philippe Orliange told Cécile Barbière from EURACTIV France.
Trade & Society 16-11-2012

Waste expert: Recycled products ‘faced with the REACH regulation’

Although the REACH law on chemicals does not cover waste as such, it does affect recycled products which rely on secondary raw materials extracted from waste. At the end of the day, recycling companies might find it difficult to comply, holding back the EU's drive to consume less raw materials, says Wobbe van der Meulen.
Trade & Society 15-11-2012

Eurometaux chief: No rush job on resource efficiency

SPECIAL REPORT / Metal industries want EU member states to implement legislation on waste, recycling and sustainable development. At the same time, they are concerned about the loss of profits resulting from "rushed" laws that could force them to do business outside Europe, says Oliver Bell.
Oil and Industry 14-11-2012

Commission official: Lack of resource efficiency rules hurts industry

SPECIAL REPORT / The European Commission is working on turning resource efficiency into a political aspiration, by setting indicators to measure it and scoreboards for countries to compare their performance. This will help industry, says William Neale, responsible for resource efficiency in the Commission's environment unit.
Energy 14-03-2012

Energy expert: Not enough staff for eco-design directive

The European Commission lacks the staff to fulfill the eco-design directive, despite the huge potential it has for achieving significant carbon dioxide reductions, says Edouard Toulouse.

Gerbrandy MEP: ‘I will be proposing a sort of Schengen area for waste’

Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy, a Dutch Liberal MEP who is drafting a resolution on resource-efficiency for the European Parliament, proposes a ‘Schengen area’ for waste that would allow all sorts of second-hand resources to be traded more freely between member states. He spoke to EURACTIV about the priority actions he will try to push for in the coming months and years.
Oil and Industry 13-10-2011

UNEP: ‘Price signals needed for metals, energy, biomass’

Recycling less than 1% of high tech metals, Europe has no moral justification to blame the Chinese for restricting their exports of rare earths, Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker from the United Nations Environment Program argued in an interview with EURACTIV.com.
Energy 11-01-2011

Scientist: World heading toward ‘energy imperialism’

With the world's population continuing to grow and demand for energy rising in emerging economies, the world will face a new energy and raw material imperialism, predicts Professor Friedbert Pflüger, director of the newly-founded European Centre for Energy and Resource Security (EUCERS) at King's College, London.

Wackernagel: ‘There is only one planet’

European nations, which use more than twice the amount of resources available on their territories, need to factor ecological assets into their national accounting systems in order to prevent ecological bankruptcy, says Mathis Wackernagel of the Global Footprint Network. He spoke with EURACTIV in an interview.