2015. április 10.

The use of recycled materials needs to be incentivised across Europe, according to the recently-formed European Recycling Industries’ Confederation (EuRIC), which represents paper and metal recyclers across Europe.

The comments from the Confederation’s president, Dominique Maguin, came at a debate organised by EuRIC in Brussels on March 24 which brought together recyclers and EU policymakers to discuss the importance of moving towards a circular economy.

2015. április 10.

The European Commission’s new circular economy roadmap is likely to be narrower than its predecessor, the first priority action list indicates.

A scoping note seen by ENDS says the circular economy is an “extremely wide” subject and so it must identify priority areas to focus on.

The commission’s previous circular economy package was withdrawn last December with the promise of a “more ambitious” proposal this year.

2015. április 02.

We want the EU to put re-use and repair at the heart of the new circular economy legislation, to be published later this year.

Putting second hand first with concrete action and targets, beyond recycling, will be a major boost for the economy, society and the environment.

Read our position paper here.



2015. április 01.

As its name implies, the Green Climate Fund was created to help transform developing country economies by supporting high quality investments in clean energy and climate resilience.

Exactly what the fund would pay for in order to meet this lofty goal is still not clear.

When members of the fund’s board meet in Korea to hammer out guidelines for deciding which projects to finance, they will be considering, in large part, how to prioritize investments with the greatest potential to reduce greenhouse gas pollution.

A draft of the investment framework now publicly available includes “low-carbon strategies” for improving the way governments and companies manage waste.

2015. március 30.

A record 43% of municipal waste was either recycled or composted in the EU in 2013, according to the latest Eurostat figures published on Thursday.

Although the share of recycled waste reached 28%, 31% of waste was still landfilled and 26% incinerated.

The figures show significant differences in waste treatment methods between member states. More than two-thirds of Germany’s waste was either recycled or composted, and Slovenia, Austria and Belgium also achieved rates above 50%. By contrast, Estonia, Denmark and Sweden incinerated at least half of their municipal waste. And Romania, Malta, Croatia, Latvia and Greece landfilled more than 80%.

2015. március 27.

“We live in a disposable society. It’s easier to throw things out than to fix them.” – Neil LaBute



The problem

2015. március 27.

The current model for electronics ownership means technology companies have no incentive to provide better products.

It’s hard to deny that the smartphone has in part changed the world in favour of consumers. It helps us avoid expensive SMS costs thanks to online messaging apps, undercut taxi and hotel companies with the likes of Uber and Airbnb, and generally serves as a remote control to the sharing economy.

But when you shift the focus from what our devices help us access to how we access the devices themselves, the picture is less rosy.

2015. március 20.

There is “no point” in ambitious waste and recycling targets “if they only lead to infringements”, according to a senior European Commission official working on the new circular economy policy.

The role of targets needs to be revisited for the new package, said Sabine Weyand, director for policy coordination in the Commission’s powerful secretariat general and head of a cross-departmental steering group on the circular economy.

The more you drive up recycling targets, the higher the risk of lower quality recycled material, Ms Weyand told a briefing organised by the European Policy Centre think tank.

Targets have a role, but so do “economic instruments such as landfill taxes [and] investment projects”, Ms Weyand said.

2015. március 20.

The report Delivering Resource-Efficient Products – how Ecodesign can drive a circular economy in Europe is available for download here.

The EU should make better use of one of the most powerful tools at its disposal if it wants to reduce resource consumption in Europe and bring about a circular economy, according to a new report from the European Environmental Bureau (EEB). The Ecodesign Directive is already delivering substantial energy savings and is allowing consumers to save hundreds of euros on their energy bills each year [1]. Delivering Resource Efficient Products argues that setting requirements on resource use would be politically timely and provide further benefits to both businesses and consumers.

2015. március 19.

The world of arts and fashion maintains a very stimulating dialogue with the world of waste. Artists, eco-designers, and handcrafts professionals have found in waste materials a source of inspiration, a thrilling challenge to their creativity and even a conceptual pillar to build a whole new vision of arts, fashion and sustainability.