Press Release: Launch of New Project Revive – for Clean and Silent Waste Collection

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…

Press Release: European Week of Regions and Cities 2017 – First full-scale eReporting website published!

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.

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UPDATED – Proposal for a Directive: Revision of Directive 2000/59/EC on port reception facilities

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UPDATED – Agenda: Customs Cooperation Working Party (11 January 2018)

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Written Answer to a Question: Dumping of waste in the Atlantic Trench

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UPDATED – Agenda: Working Party on International Environment Issues (Synergies/Int. Chemicals) (24 January 2018)

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Debate on the CAP post-2020 on the basis of the Commission Communication on The Future of Food and Farming

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Press release: Supporting EU policy-makers in the transition to the circular economy

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Update: Waste Package

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Stakeholder press release: EUBP welcomes world’s first plastics strategy – but European Commission misses chance to fully embrace circular benefits of bio-based plastics and biodegradable plastics

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.

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EU Fact Sheets – Environment policy: general principles and basic framework

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Stakeholder press release: REDII – Sustainable use of wood wins over ill-placed market distorting subsidies

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Publication: Are we circular yet? Focus on critical raw materials in circular economy

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Commissioner Karmenu Vella’s interview with Euractiv on EU Plastics Strategy

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Stakeholders reactions on the European strategy for plastics in a Circular Economy

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Reactions from the Political Groups on a European strategy for plastics in a Circular Economy

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Press Release: Proposal for a new directive on port reception facilities aims to tackle sea-based sources of marine litter

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.

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Stakeholder Press release: European Plastics Industry works towards 50% plastics waste recycling by 2040

A statement by Brigitte Dero, General Manager of VinylPlus®, the EU PVC industry sustainability programme and press release are available.

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UPDATED – ‘I/A’ Item Note: Council Regulation amending the Council Regulation (EU) No 560/2014 of 6 May 2014 establishing the Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking

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Event: Closing the Loop: Optimising the Copper Life Cycle for a Sustainable World (Brussels, 31 January 2018)

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Council Regulation amending Regulation (EU) No 560/2014 establishing the Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking

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