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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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#Plastic in the ocean: The facts, effects and new EU rules

#Plastic in the ocean: The facts, effects and new EU rules

| April 1, 2019

Find out key facts about plastic in the ocean with these infographics, as well as how the EU is acting to reduce plastic litter in the seas. The results of today’s single-use, throw-away plastic culture can be seen on sea shores and in oceans everywhere. Plastic waste is increasingly polluting the oceans and according to […]

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Parliament supports plans to improve quality of #TapWater and cut #PlasticLitter

Parliament supports plans to improve quality of #TapWater and cut #PlasticLitter

| March 29, 2019

MEPs backed plans to improve consumers’ trust in tap water, which is much cheaper and cleaner for the environment than bottled water, on Thursday (28 March). MEPs propose to tighten the maximum limits for certain pollutants such as lead (to be reduced by half), harmful bacteria, and introduce new caps for most polluting substances found […]

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#CircularEconomy – Stakeholder conference takes stock of progress made since 2015

#CircularEconomy – Stakeholder conference takes stock of progress made since 2015

| March 6, 2019

The annual Circular Economy Stakeholder Conference is taking place in Brussels today and on Thursday (6 and 7 March). Day 1, hosted by the European Commission and opened by First Vice-President Timmermans, Commissioner Vella, and Commissioner Bieńkowska (via a video message), will explore the Circular Economy Action Plan, taking stock of its implementation. All 54 […]

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Parliament and Council agree drastic cuts to #PlasticPollution of environment

Parliament and Council agree drastic cuts to #PlasticPollution of environment

| December 21, 2018

Plastic products covered by these restrictions constitute 70% of all marine litter ©AP images/European Union – EP  Single-use plastic items such as plates, cutlery, straws and cotton buds, will be banned in the EU under plans provisionally agreed between Parliament and Council, on Wednesday (19 December). Lead MEP Frédérique Ries (ALDE, BE) said: “Citizens expected […]

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The French lead by example on #cigarette recycling

The French lead by example on #cigarette recycling

| July 9, 2018

Having toughened its stance at home, France is leading the way on proposals to curb the adverse environmental impacts of the tobacco industry EU-wide, placing producers at the centre of the European debate.   Last week, Younous Omarjee, a French MEP from La France Insoumise (Unbowed France) party, published a report containing 10 suggestions aimed […]

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