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Scientists propose concept of ‘essential use’ to organize phase-out of #PFAS

Scientists propose concept of ‘essential use’ to organize phase-out of #PFAS

| June 18, 2019

In a study published on 17 June in the journal Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts [1], a group of European and American scientists proposes a definition of “essential use” as a driver to more health-protective and efficient regulation of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (or PFAS). From textiles to food contact materials, cosmetics, medical devices, or firefighting foams, PFAS […]

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New study finds climate and energy plans at odds with EU targets for #Circular Economy and #EmissionsReductions

New study finds climate and energy plans at odds with EU targets for #Circular Economy and #EmissionsReductions

| June 6, 2019

Five countries in central and eastern Europe all plan a variety of waste incineration methods in their national energy and climate plans (NECPs), jeopardizing their ability to meet mandatory European targets aimed at improving recycling rates, fostering a circular economy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the sector, finds a new report from CEE Bankwatch Network. […]

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Council adopts ban on #SingleUsePlastics

Council adopts ban on #SingleUsePlastics

| May 23, 2019

The EU is cracking down on plastic pollution. The Council has adopted a directive which introduces new restrictions on certain single-use plastic products. The formal adoption of the new rules by the Council today is the final step in the procedure. The single-use plastics directive builds on the EU’s existing waste legislation but goes further […]

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#Sibiu – Leaders must implement citizens’ consultations

#Sibiu – Leaders must implement citizens’ consultations

| May 9, 2019

The future of Europe is environmentally and socially sustainable, and it is within reach if political leaders take action now – as environment and social organizations, representing millions of Europeans, we stand together to deliver this message to national and EU leaders meeting in Sibiu on 9 May to discuss the future of Europe. People […]

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#EUVehicleEmissions laws improved since #Dieselgate, but challenges remain, warn auditors

#EUVehicleEmissions laws improved since #Dieselgate, but challenges remain, warn auditors

| February 8, 2019

EU laws on vehicle emissions have been improved since the Dieselgate scandal, but challenges remain, according to a new Briefing Paper from the European Court of Auditors. The auditors welcome the improvements in market surveillance but point out that its effectiveness depends on implementation by the member states. They also warn that manufacturers may find […]

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European Commission joins forces with world aquariums to fight #PlasticPollution

European Commission joins forces with world aquariums to fight #PlasticPollution

| October 30, 2018

The European Commission is joining forces with United Nations Environment Programme and other international partners to launch a coalition of aquariums to fight plastic pollution. Aquariums all over the world will organize permanent activities in their facilities and will be invited to change their procurement policies, for example in canteens and shops, to eliminate all […]

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#PlasticOceans – MEPs back EU ban on throwaway plastics by 2021

#PlasticOceans – MEPs back EU ban on throwaway plastics by 2021

| October 26, 2018

Single-use plastic items such as plates, cutlery, straws, balloon sticks or cotton buds, will be banned in the EU under plans adopted on Wednesday (24 October). These products, which make up over 70% of marine litter, will be banned from the EU market from 2021, under draft plans approved by Parliament. MEPs added to this list […]

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