2014. október 02. 12:47

Representatives of Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Bulgaria and Romania agreed a joint position on the three major current EU environment dossiers at a meeting in Bratislava on Tuesday. The so-called V4+ group are strengthening their negotiating power in Europe by co-ordinating their positions on the 2030 climate and energy targets, new air pollution caps, and the ‘circular economy’ package of waste and recycling goals.

2014. október 01. 10:14

SACRAMENTO, California - Under SB270, plastic bags will be phased out of checkout counters at large grocery stores and supermarkets such as Wal-Mart and Target starting next summer, and convenience stores and pharmacies in 2016. The law does not apply to bags used for fruits, vegetables or meats, or to shopping bags used at other retailers. It allows grocers to charge a fee of at least 10 cents for using paper bags.

2014. szeptember 26. 15:23

Stefaan Vergote of the European Commission energy department's economic analysis unit welcomed the work at a time when the Commission is revising its impact assessment guidelines. Impact assessments have grown “enormously” in importance due to increasing policy interactions, he said. The work is also timely because it comes in the middle of the 2030 climate and energy package discussion, he added, and at a time when the Commission is looking to increase internal coherence by introducing “transversal” vice presidents, as well as combining portfolios such as climate and energy.

2014. szeptember 23. 15:47

The capital’s teleheating company (Főtáv Zrt.) has stated that the development will increase the efficiency of the waste incineration system, thus decreasing the dependency on natural gas and the emission of greenhouse gases. The current system is not suitable to increase the amount of the low-cost heat energy.

2014. szeptember 11. 12:20

2014. szeptember 04. 12:14

Nearly half the world’s trash is burned in the open, spewing pollutants into the atmosphere that contribute to climate change and affect human health, according to a new study.

Since such burning is largely unregulated and unreported, emissions of some pollutants have been underestimated by as much as 40 percent, said the researchers, who published their findings in the journal Environmental Science & Technology.

2014. február 19. 10:04

A Japanese company called Blest created a small, very safe and easy to use machine that can convert several types of plastic back into oil. “If we burn the plastic, we generate toxins and a large amount of CO2. If we convert it into oil, we save CO2 and at the same time increase people’s awareness about the value of plastic garbage,” says Akinori Ito, CEO of Blest.

2014. február 11. 12:31

In its article Matt Prindiville, Associate Director of UPSTREAM, tries to find the solution for the problem of packaging and paper products that don’t currently have value in recycling markets. Although producers operating in British Columbia − who are responsible for meeting a 75% waste diversion target for packaging and printed paper (PPP) − want to collect as many containers, newspapers, cans and other products as possible, they also collect non-recyclable materials in the meantime.

2014. február 06. 09:37

The European Environmental Bureau (EEB) developed a memorandum for the Greek presidency reflecting the issues that the EEB would like to see advanced during the presidency of Greece. The memorandum elaborates and expands upon the Ten Green Tests which were prepared in consultation with the EEB Board, which has representatives from 27 countries. These tests will be used to evaluate, at the end of June 2014, the performance of the Presidency in the months to come.

2014. január 31. 09:16

Although Denmark is perceived to be a green country, it is not so widely known that the waste management system of Denmark is based on incinerating waste. Denmark is one of EU countries that generate more waste per capita, and is world leader in incineration of household waste, burning 80% of it. Most household waste is not separately collected, and recycling rates are as low as 22%. Most organic waste, which is 90% water, ends up in incinerators.