The transition from a linear economy to a more circular one requires systemic changes involving a wide range of actors and sectors. Such a large scale transformation of markets will have impacts on industries, value chains and, in turn, on economies. Improving the evidence base about these impacts can help policy-makers decide on priorities and weigh potential policy options against each other. It can also contribute to achieving a better integration of the circular economy in strategic policy processes such as the European Semester.
“The goal is simple: to ensure that, by 2030, all plastic packaging is reusable or recyclable, that more than half of EU plastic waste is recycled (today it is only 30%), and that demand for recycled plastics in Europe grows at least four-fold (today only 6% of the plastics used in products put on the EU market come from recycling). To support innovation in this field and guide future funding decisions, the Commission will develop a Strategic Research Innovation Agenda for Plastics. In the meantime, and by 2020, Horizon 2020 will have invested more than 350 million euros in plastics innovation.”
The proposal for the harmonised classification and labelling of hexyl 2-(1-(
ECHA is looking for comments on the harmonised classification and labelling proposals for 2-phenoxyethanol (EC 204-589-7; CAS 122-99-6). The substance is mainly used as an active substance in biocidal products and as an ingredient of various industrial, professional and consumer products including cosmetics and personal care products, laboratory chemicals, lubricants and greases, metal working fluids, polymers, coating products and inks and toners. It has an existing harmonised classification and labelling in Annex VI to CLP.
ECHA is looking for comments on the draft opinion of the Committee for Socio-economic Analysis on the restriction proposal on the manufacturing, use, placing on the market and import of C9-C14 perfluorocarboxylic acids (PFCAs), their salts and related substances (precursors), submitted by Germany in collaboration with Sweden.
The Netherlands has submitted a proposal to restrict the placing on the market of granules and mulches containing polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) above a set concentration limit for use as infill material in synthetic turf pitches or in loose form on playgrounds and in sports applications.
The German Environment Agency (UBA) is running a survey until 30 September 2018 for suppliers of consumer articles under the EU LIFE project AskREACH. The project helps companies inform consumers about harmful substances in their articles, such as furniture, textiles, toys, household goods and electric appliances.
ECHA’s Committees for Risk Assessment (RAC) and Socio-economic Analysis (SEAC) also agreed on the restriction proposal for a group of perfluorinated substances.
Incentives to collect marine litter at sea, new EU-wide standards and definitions for biodegradability and compostability, and a complete EU ban on oxo-degradable plastic by 2020 are among the proposals set out in the non-binding draft resolution, adopted on Thursday with 597 votes to 15 and 25 abstentions.
Resolving the legacy of uranium mining in Central Asia has become urgent. The countries with the support of the EU call for prompt and further action. The unprecedented release of toxic and radioactive waste must be prevented not only for the well-being of the local population, but also to avoid that the breadbasket of Central Asia: the Fergana valley is being polluted. This densely populated area in Central Asia is of crucial significance for the development of the region.