On 17 January 2018, a new FCH JU project was launched and held its kick-off in Brussels. Project REVIVE will look at advancing the state of development of fuel cell trucks for waste transportation and will deploy garbage trucks throughout seven European sites, including the town of Antwerp, Belgium. The project will also demonstrate how hydrogen refueling stations with large daily demands can be commercially viable. Full article…
This colourful and illustrated website reports on most of the 137 workshops and events held between 9 to 12 October 2017 as part of the 15th European Week of Regions and Cities.
Berlin, 17 January 2018 – The European Strategy for Plastics, published on Tuesday by the European Commission, sets clear goals to curb plastic waste, increase resource e ciency, and to create value and job growth in Europe, but falls short on presenting a comprehen- sive approach by limiting the focus of the strategy on mechanical recycling. Concrete steps towards reducing the dependency on fossil feedstock by linking the circular economy with the bioeconomy and supporting innovative bio-based plastics solutions have been further postponed. Moreover, the contributions of biodegradable plastics to a circular economy are recognised but concrete measures are still missing.
PlasticsEurope publishes its Voluntary Commitment to increase circularity and resource efficiency.
Today the European Commission adopted the first-ever Europe wide strategy on plastics. The strategy is part of the transition towards a more circular economy to protect the planet, defend our citizens and empower our industries. The new rules on port reception facilities for the delivery of waste from ships will influence in particular the maritime sector. The new rules address sea-based sources of marine litter including plastic household waste from ships and derelict fishing gear with measures to ensure that this waste is not discharged at sea, but landed in ports to adequate waste reception facilities. Also included are measures to reduce the administrative burden on ports, ships and competent authorities by aligning better with the international legal framework.
A statement by Brigitte Dero, General Manager of VinylPlus®, the EU PVC industry sustainability programme and press release are available.