Report: From a drop in the ocean to a wave of change – Review of Commissioner Vella’s mandate (2014-2019)

Over the course of my 5-year mandate as the European Union’s Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, I have had many opportunities to consider this phrase. In debates, I have heard the phrase too many times: “It’s just a drop in the ocean”.

Yet after these five extraordinary and fulfilling years, I am left with hope. Why? Because I have worked with so many people who are passionate about furthering the green and blue agenda. NGOs, campaigners, yes, but also business leaders, politicians at every level, economists and many individual citizens. In addition, I am more convinced than ever that change is happening.

Press Release: Euronews OCEAN’s deep dive on marine litter and #EUBeachCleanUp

Every year, some 8 million tons of plastic enter the sea. As it slowly degrades, plastic marine litter turns into microplastics, becomes ingested by animals and in turn enters the human food chain. The EU is determined to solve this issue once and for all. But public policy and legislation alone cannot solve this problem: a clean ocean is the responsibility of all.

Press Release: Food packaging: a practical guide to environmental footprint labelling

Food packaging waste is currently under scrutiny. In the context of its Circular Economy Action Plan1 , the EU is addressing this through, among others, its Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) initiative2 , which aims to enhance the reliability of environmental claims — both in a business-to-consumer and in a business-to-business context. The initiative aims, therefore, to boost the market of green and circular products. However, a review of the methods available for assessing the environmental sustainability of packaging now highlights the difficulty of clearly characterising packaging’s environmental impact. The study suggests a new, fully quantifiable framework that could help to standardise assessment methods and bring ‘environmental footprint labelling’ to fruition.

Press Release: EU invests €240 million for nature, environment and climate action

This autumn more than 120 new projects will be funded under the LIFE programme for the Environment and Climate Action, helping Europe shift to a more sustainable and low-carbon future. Approximately €240 million will go to projects in the fields of nature and biodiversity, environment and resource efficiency, and climate action, mobilising additional investments in these areas.

Comitology Written Consultation: Programme Committee for the specific programme implementing Horizon 2020 – the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020) – Configuration ‘Nanotechnologies, Advanced materials, Biotechnology, Advanced manufacturing and processing’

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‘I/A’ Item Note: Draft Council conclusions on Oceans and Seas – Adoption

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP ENVI Committee – Presentation of the responsibilities and activities of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) – the European Medicines Agency (EMA) – the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) – the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) – the European Environment Agency (EEA) (7 November 2019)

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP IMCO Committee – Presentations of the JRC’s work on dual quality of food products and of the final report of the High Level Forum for a better functioning food supply chain (6 November 2019)

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Press Release: Commission adopts change to first compliance date for reporting to poison centres

The European Commission has adopted a delegated act amending the CLP Regulation, which will postpone the first compliance date for harmonised reporting to poison centres, for mixtures intended for consumer use, from 1 January 2020 to 1 January 2021. Other compliance dates will not be affected. The same amendment also introduces a few changes to how the information should be provided.

UPDATED – Agenda: Friends of the Presidency Group – Integrated Maritime Policy (IMP) (6 November 2019)

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Stakeholder Press Release: The Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment (ACE) Announces Increased Recycling Rate for Beverage Cartons in the European Union

ACE is pleased to announce that the recycling rate for beverage cartons in the EU28 rose to 49% in 2018. This is a small (1%), but steady increase in the EU beverage carton recycling rate from the previous year.

Briefing: Ocean governance and blue growth Challenges, opportunities and policy responses

This briefing updates an earlier edition published for the High-level conference on oceans held by the European Parliament on 19 March 2019.

Agenda: Working Party on International Environment Issues (Global environmental aspects of sustainable development) (6 November 2019)

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Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) …/… amending Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures as regards information relating to emergency health response

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Comitology Written Consultation: Committee on Standards

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Commission Communication: The annual Union work programme for European standardisation for 2020

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UPDATED – Merger Case: M.9500 LINDSAY GOLDBERG GROUP / BILCARE RESEARCH SWISS HOLDING I AND II

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UPDATED – Agenda: Environment Council (4 October 2019)

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UPDATED – Joint Meeting of the Commission’s Expert Group on Sustainable Consumption and Production & Resource Efficiency (23 October 2019)

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Event: Paper & Beyond – Our Climate Solutions (Brussels, 18 & 19 November 2019)

The incoming European Commission has made tackling climate change a top priority and announced a Green New Deal for Europe: an ambitious plan aimed at reaching a carbon neutral European economy.

We at CEPI can only applaud this decision as the European paper industry is at the forefront of climate mitigation efforts via our renewable forest resources, decarbonised production processes, and responsible products.

Join our conference to learn what we have achieved so far and discover our vision for a climate-friendly future, demonstrating that our industry is a perfect fit for the Green New Deal.

Press Release: How BBI JU is helping businesses to repurpose waste to drive new circular economic models

As a conversation piece, the circular economy is on everyone’s lips. It’s not just a buzzword. With the global population predicted to approach 9 billion people by 2030, we are using more resources than the planet can provide. Our future depends on reusing what we have in a sustainable way. Not only are we using more resources, we are producing large amounts of waste, especially municipal solid waste (MSW) as more and more people move from rural areas to urban ones to primarily seek opportunities for economic development.

Event: Polyolefin Circular Economy Platform (PCEP) 2019 Annual Conference (Brussels, 27 November 2019)

The first Annual Conference of the Polyolefin Circular Economy Platform (PCEP) will be held in Claridge Events in Brussels on Wednesday, 27 November 2019. The event is open to PCEP members and prospective members; anyone active in the transformation from a linear to a circular system for polyethylene and polypropylene.

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