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Circular economy 13-03-2019

Resource extraction responsible for half world’s carbon emissions

Extraction industries are responsible for half of the world's carbon emissions and more than 80% of biodiversity loss, according to the most comprehensive environmental tally undertaken of mining and farming. EURACTIV's media partner, The Guardian, reports.
Circular economy 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.
Circular economy 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).

Let’s design out waste for a real Circular Economy

The European Commission must wholeheartedly commit to building a Circular Economy if it is to deliver the benefits for the environment, businesses and the economy that EU citizens expect, writes Simon Wilson.

Europe can learn from Germany’s circular economy, experts say

While Germany boasts the highest EU-wide recycling rate, 85% of waste in certain regions within the bloc ends up in landfills. Analysts are worried about the European Commission’s current reevaluation of waste targets. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Benjamin Bongardt [NABU/Eric Neuling]
Energy 27-11-2014

Sustainability expert: Circular economy package will survive Commission’s cuts

If the Juncker Commission wants to strengthen trust, maintain continuity and promote sustainability, it should not only uphold the previous Commission’s circular economy package, but further develop the waste policy measure, says Benjamin Bongardt, claiming public criticism from industry should not be taken seriously.
Jan Zijderveld [Unilever]

Reinventing growth in Europe: Time for business unusual

Completing and enforcing the Single Market should be a high priority for the new European Commission as a key driver of innovation and sustainable growth, writes Jan Zijderveld.
An e-Waste collection centre in South America [Photo: Curtis Palmer, Flickr]

EU tables ‘circular economy’ package with zero-landfill goal

The European Commission issued proposals yesterday (2 July) to increase recycling and phase out landfilling, with a series of legally-binding measures aimed at nudging the EU towards a lean "circular economy".
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Teppfa Forum 2014 – Circular Economy, Resource Efficiency and Waste

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.
Fresh vegetables at a market. [Shutterstock/Sunlover].

The sustainable sourcing of materials is crucial to the circular economy

SPECIAL REPORT / The sustainable sourcing of raw materials is a crucial phase at the beginning of the economic cycle. Yet this initial sourcing phase has so far been largely neglected by targeted EU resource efficiency policies. “But it’s time for change,”, said WWF, Unilever and the Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment (ACE).
An e-Waste collection centre in South America [Photo: Curtis Palmer, Flickr]

Fitting e-waste into the circular economy

SPECIAL REPORT / Phones, computers, washing machines - integrating a few core principles, such as the waste hierarchy, into the manufacturing of these products can reduce their environmental impact and allow for a functioning circular economy, according to analysts.

EU touts 70% recycling and zero landfill law for 2030

SPECIAL REPORT / Europe could be recycling 70% of its municipal waste by 2030, if a binding proposal that would phase out the environmentally harmful practice of landfill disposal is approved by the European Commission this month, EURACTIV has learned. 
A panel at this year's Green Week event in Brussels [Photo: Aline Robert]

EU seeks common framework for Circular Economy

SPECIAL REPORT / Changing business models and throw-away habits may take time. The European Commission wants to speed up the process with binding targets for recycling and public procurement in a Circular Economy package expected in July.
The market in Brixton, London. [Flickr/firefightersdaughter].

Citizens not to blame for rising consumption, scholars say

Academics say there are limits to blaming European citizens for their high levels of consumption, arguing that a societal shift is necessary for the continent to achieve a sustainable ecological footprint.

Game on for 30% binding resource efficiency target by 2030

SPECIAL REPORT / The European Commission's environment directorate is pushing hard for a binding target to increase Europe’s resource efficiency 30% by 2030 as part of a waste review due to be published in May, EURACTIV has learned.
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Extended Producer Responsibility: how does EPR contribute towards a resource-efficiency Europe?

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.

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