25 September 2017

Cutting waste could boost EU furniture industry, new study finds

Improved refurbishment and remanufacture of discarded furniture can trigger up to 157,000 new jobs and save about 6 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent in the EU, a new […]
31 August 2017

Breakthrough in smartphone technology a win for consumers and environment

Modular upgrades promise to extend phone lifetimes and cut waste The first upgradeable smartphone modules were announced today, a move that could save consumers money, reduce […]
4 July 2017

Uncertainty among EU countries on waste proposals threatens transition to a circular economy

Ongoing investigation by NGOs exposes divide and doublespeak among EU countries on waste law proposals. In May, an investigation by the EEB, Zero Waste Europe and Friends […]
30 June 2017

EU report confirms Ecolabel must keep benefiting consumers and the environment

Today the European Commission decided to maintain its EU-wide Ecolabel and ensure more products display it. The European Consumer Organisation (BEUC) and the European Environmental Bureau […]
20 June 2017

EU environment ministers need to show more support for EU waste laws, says the EEB

Despite a disappointing Council position, a number of EU governments still support higher targets for waste management and prevention, a meeting between EU environment ministers revealed […]
30 May 2017

Measures to extend the lifetime of products should be compulsory not voluntary

EU circular economy policies should aim to extend the lifetime of products, the availability of repair services and spare parts, and improve consumer information and rights. […]
16 May 2017

Revealed: leaders and laggards of EU waste policy

EU countries obstructing measures that would bring the EU closer to a circular economy are revealed – and they are not your usual suspects. NGOs led […]
22 March 2017

New energy label must be introduced quickly to slash energy use and household bills

Changes to the energy label agreed between the European Commission, Council and Parliament must be introduced quickly so citizens can enjoy the long-awaited energy savings the […]
14 March 2017

European Parliament votes to strengthen waste laws to support circular economy

Members of the European Parliament voted in plenary today to strengthen resource efficiency in the EU by 2030 – a move that signals strong political support […]
10 February 2017

10th anniversary of EU recycling rules marked by green groups

On 13 February 2007, Members of the European Parliament voted in pioneering waste rules that have led to higher recycling rates across Europe. [1] They must […]
4 February 2017

NGOs call for defunding of incineration capacity in Central and Eastern European countries

Brussels, Bucharest, Ljubljana, Prague, Sophia, Warsaw, Vilnius and Zagreb Following a call from the European Commission for defunding of waste-to-energy, NGOs urge Central and Eastern European […]
26 January 2017

European Commission plastics roadmap not leading anywhere

The European Commission’s newly released Roadmap for the EU Strategy on Plastics in a Circular Economy [1] fails to get to the root of the problem […]