More and more communities around the world are working against marine litter and plastic pollution. A Danish initiative mobilises schoolchildren to collect plastic waste and research data that will become part of the European Environment Agency’s (EEA) database on marine litter. Better data on plastic pollution helps inform policies and tackle the problem.
The transition to a Circular Economy offers a unique opportunity to generate innovative, sustainable, resource-efficient and competitive advantages for European businesses and consumers. Circular Economy will help Europe reach its energy and climate targets, which have been agreed by the Member States and remain at the forefront of the green economy.
CEN and CENELEC Members, together with their industry partners, kindly invite you to a one-day stakeholder workshop to address the challenges linked to the circularity of material-use at every phase of the value chain, and to both discuss and identify specific standardization gaps for metal, wood, plastic and concrete circularity.
This article elaborates on two Eurostat statistical products related to the circular economy:
- a Sankey diagram of material flows in the European Union (EU); and
- the circular material use rate or circularity rate, i.e. the share of material recovered and fed back into the economy.
The EFIB 2019 programme covers the future of materials, food and feed, industrial processes in three major tracks on conference day 1 of the conference. On conference day 2 further topics include the usage of novel feedstocks such as CO2 or waste as a resource for bio-based processes. The dynamic political landscape from Brexit in UK to the growing innovation power of China will be discussed as well in an own track on global bioeconomies. A plenary session on Day 2 will also discuss the challenge of establishing a sustainable financing environment and of integrating industrial biotechnology and bioeconomy companies in financial categories which try to map sustainable businesses.
A summary of the exchange of views is now available.
The “Sustainable Development at the Black Sea” (SUST-BLACK) took place in Bucharest on 8-9 May 2019 at the House of the Romanian Parliament (and an optional field trip in Danube-Delta on 10-11 May 2019).
The Commission announced the launch of the Circular Plastics Alliance on 11 December 2018 with the support of First Vice-President Frans Timmermans and Vice-President Jyrki Katainen.
The Alliance’s aim is to boost plastics recycling in the EU. The Alliance gathers key actors of the plastics value chains. The Alliance will take voluntary action to reach the target that 10 million tonnes of recycled plastics find their way into products in 2025. In 2016, less than 4 million tonnes of recycled plastics were used in products in the EU.
The amount of municipal waste generated per person in the European Union (EU) in 2017 is estimated to amount to 486 kg. This figure is unchanged from 2016 and is 7% below the peak of 525 kg per person in 2002.
The ‘inPaper’ project aims to develop sustainable paper-based solutions to replace plastic packaging.
The presence of plastics in aquatic environments is a growing concern across the EU. This study explored the amount of microplastic particles present in raw and treated water at three water-treatment plants in the Czech Republic.