Millions of tonnes of plastic waste enter the world’s oceans each year, posing a threat to marine ecosystems and contaminating the food chain with toxic compounds. EU-funded researchers are deploying cutting-edge technologies to prevent and mitigate this growing environmental hazard.
The EU-funded S2BIOM project has provided key data to help policymakers, SMEs and industrial partners make sustainably sound decisions when sourcing non-food lignocellulosic biomass (dry plant matter). An easily accessible database of collated information and easy-to-use IT tools enable stakeholders to search for available types of non-food biomass across European regions.
This concerns a technology listed under Energy Technologies under the Environmental Technology Verification Pilot Programme.
FAO has launched today a new online platform for reporting on the status and trends of the world’s forest resources. The platform enables countries to increase the efficiency of their reporting process and improve the consistency, reliability and transparency of forest data.
Mining isn’t the only way to extract valuable metals. Soon, they could increasingly be recovered from waste, reducing the need for new raw materials and helping Europe’s transition to a low-carbon economy.