25 February 2021

EU microplastic ban just got closer – with major loopholes

Pollution reduction target impossible to meet without improvements, NGOs warn   25 February 2020, Brussels – EU plans to stop firms adding microplastic to almost all […]
10 February 2021

European Parliament demands first-ever EU targets to reduce over-consumption

MEPs confirm push for targets to reduce resource use by 2030 and bring EU consumption within planetary boundaries by 2050 – an unprecedented move that could […]
10 December 2020

Sustainable batteries: Revised EU laws can pave way for greener transport

EU officials want to make durable, repairable, and recyclable batteries the norm. From transport to energy storage, this is the way forward to reduce the environmental […]
3 September 2020

Europe’s strategy for critical raw materials “a double-edged sword”

From electric vehicles to solar panels, energy storage products are Europe’s way out of fossil fuels. But if left unchecked, mining for the materials needed to […]
3 August 2020

Stop funding new gas boilers – NGO and industry letter

Industry groups and NGOs condemn unfair competition and hostile market conditions for renewable heat solutions in a letter to the European Commission. The groups call for […]
23 April 2020

Coronavirus strengthens case for new EU textile laws – 65 civil society groups publish joint vision

– Companies must take responsibility for their whole supply chain – Now is the time for stricter environmental rules – Broad coalition of fair trade, human […]
11 March 2020

EU to take unprecedented steps against ‘throwaway economy’

​​The EU has unveiled its master plan to move beyond the ‘throwaway economy’ today. Despite the absence of targets to reduce the impact of our consumption, […]
2 October 2019

A European Green Deal and the 8th Environment Action Programme – 10 October 2019

The European Green Deal is a major opportunity to respond to the triple existential threats from the climate crisis, biodiversity catastrophe and risks from chemical pollution. […]
1 October 2019

EU to pull plug on wasteful, unrepairable products

Newly adopted EU laws will make several products easier to repair and more energy efficient, saving people money while reducing pollution, NGOs in the Coolproducts campaign […]
20 September 2019

The Circular Plastics Alliance: a missed opportunity

Environmental groups have decided not to sign the Circular Plastics Alliance declaration fur to a regrettable lack of ambition, transparency and NGO involvement. ECOS, the European […]
18 September 2019

Revealed: The climate cost of ‘disposable smartphones’

Extending the lifespan of smartphones and other electronics by just one year would save the EU as much carbon emissions as taking 2 million cars off […]
11 March 2019

Newly approved energy labels can transform the way we shop

EU consumers can expect significant energy savings and cheaper bills following today’s adoption of new EU energy label rules for TVs, fridges, washing machines and other […]