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10 July 2018

EU Parliament backs microplastic bans to tackle plastic pollution

The European Parliament’s environment committee today voted to strengthen the European Commission’s overall plans to cut plastic pollution, under the so-called Plastics Strategy. On behalf of […]
4 July 2018

Bulgaria failed to prioritise nature during its EU Presidency but made good efforts on energy and circular economy

An assessment of the performance of the Bulgarian Presidency of the EU has found that it failed to prioritise and protect nature in the EU and […]
3 July 2018

More action needed to clean up rivers and lakes – EU Environment Agency report

A new report published today by the European Environment Agency shows that the vast majority of the EU’s lakes, rivers, coastal waters and groundwater fail to meet […]
29 June 2018

EEB sets Austria ‘ten green tests’ to improve Europe’s environment

The Austrian EU Presidency will be judged on climate action, the response to the ongoing biodiversity crisis and agricultural policy reforms, among other burning issues, according […]
19 June 2018

Energy efficiency compromise fails Paris Agreement

The European Union has tonight agreed to increase its energy efficiency by 32.5% by 2030. This figure falls well short of the binding target of at […]
18 June 2018

EU governments dust off rarely used treaty article to take Commission to task on environmental justice failings

EU Member States have today invoked a little-used treaty article to call on the European Commission to take steps to address the EU’s shortcomings when it […]
14 June 2018

Limited progress on renewables overshadowed by collapse of energy efficiency talks

The European Union has agreed a 32% target for renewable energy after earlier talks on energy efficiency failed to reach a deal. While a compromise agreement […]
12 June 2018

Industry spending millions to avoid warning labels for cancer-linked chemical

The chemical industry is spending millions to stop people finding out about the potential carcinogenic properties of titanium dioxide, a whitening chemical used in a wide […]
5 June 2018

European Chemicals Agency favouring microplastics industry opinion over scientific evidence of environmental damage

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has been favouring industry during its initial gathering of evidence on microplastics, prompting environmental organisations to remind ECHA not to overlook […]
31 May 2018

European Parliament sets path for better products for people and the environment

Manufacturers should place durable, repairable and recyclable products on the EU market in addition to making them energy efficient. This is the vision set by the European Parliament […]
28 May 2018

European Commission steps forward to cut down on single-use plastics – but it’s just the beginning

The European Commission has taken a leap forward in tackling plastic pollution, with new laws to reduce throwaway single-use plastics. Speaking on behalf of Rethink Plastic […]
17 May 2018

EU air quality limits breached on a ‘continental scale’, six countries sent to ECJ

Germany, the UK, France, Italy, Romania and Hungary have been sent to Europe’s top court for their consistent failure to tackle toxic air pollution. The six […]