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Bioplastics Association Criticizes EU’s New Circular Economy Package

The European Commission’s newly adopted Circular Economy package is being criticized by industry and environmentalists alike. The package includes a revised legislative proposal on waste, which includes the following key elements: A common EU target for recycling 65 percent of municipal waste by 2030. A common EU target for recycling 75 … Read more »

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EU to Volkswagen: More CO2 Emissions Details Within 10 Days

Volkswagen has 10 days to provide the European Union with details about the “irregularities” related to carbon-dioxide emissions from its vehicles. The Wall Street Journal reports the European Commission on Monday sent the automaker a “sternly-worded letter” demanding Volkswagen provide “further clarifications” on the VW cars’ CO2 emissions. Last week … Read more »

Recycling Industry Urges Support of Circular Economy Law

The European Federation of Waste Management and Environmental Services (FEAD), which represents the European waste and recycling industry, has urged the European Parliament to put pressure on the European Commission to retain a circular economy proposal instead of ditching it. In December, the EC said it planned to dump the … Read more »

Companies Urge EU to Adopt Binding 40% Energy Efficiency Target

Companies Urge EU to Adopt Binding 40% Energy Efficiency Target

Unilever, Philips, Schneider Electric and Siemens are among the 49 companies (see image) that have signed a letter to European Council president Herman Van Rompuy, urging the council to set a binding energy efficiency target of at least 40 percent. European Union member states will meet tomorrow and Friday to … Read more »

Major Firms to EU: Adopt ‘Robust’ 2030 Climate Policies

Major Firms to EU: Adopt ‘Robust’ 2030 Climate Policies

Unilever, Ikea, Royal Dutch Shell, Coca-Cola Enterprises and General Electric are among the 57 global companies, funds and associations that have signed a letter to support a “robust 2030 energy and climate policy framework and energy security strategy that is fully in line with Europe’s long-term climate objectives and that … Read more »

EU May Face Tougher Recycling Targets

EU countries will face tougher recycling targets and a ban on burying recyclable waste in landfills under plans presented by the European Commission. The proposals are part of the Commission’s Waste Targets Review, which includes updated recycling targets of 70 percent of household waste and 80 percent of packaging waste … Read more »

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Scrap ‘Best Before’ Labels on Long-Life Foods, EU States Say

“Best before” labels add to food waste, according to several European Union states that are asking the European Commission to exempt products — such as some long-life produce — from the mandatory labels. According to a discussion paper, put forward by the Netherlands and Sweden and backed by Austria, Denmark, … Read more »

EC Begins Proceedings Against Great Britain

The European Commission today launched legal proceedings against the UK for its failure to cut excessive levels of nitrogen dioxide. The EC said the UK has broken commitments and now faces fines in the hundreds of millions of pounds. European legislation sets limits on air pollution and the NOx limits … Read more »

Carbon Futures Climbing

Carbon futures hit 13-month highs as traders reacted to the European Commission’s plan to postpone sales of some allowances. The move is fueling speculation that factories and utilities will buy more of the pollution credits. Permits for December jumped as much as 3.6 percent to the highest since Dec. 28, … Read more »

Europeans Face Carbon Permit Shortfall

Dow Chemical, Heidelberg Cement and other manufacturers face carbon permit shortages as the European Commission tries again to curb a record glut. The glut has accumulated since 2008, driving carbon permits to a record low, threatening the viability of the world’s largest emissions market. Higher permit prices would discourage fossil … Read more »

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EU to Cut Carbon Emissions 40% by 2030

Europe will reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030 as part of a deal reached today. The European Commission’s draft 2030 climate and energy package also sets an EU-wide binding target for member states to source at least 27 percent of their energy from … Read more »