OPP Meeting Summary: EP ENVI Committee – Exchange of views with the Commission on the Fitness Check of the Water Framework Directive & Evaluation of the Urban Waste-water Treatment Directive (17 February 2020)

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Press Release: EIB to support green infrastructure development and climate resilience in ASEAN countries with EUR 150 million

The European Investment Bank (EIB) will invest EUR 150m in the Catalytic Green Finance Facility (ACGF) established by Association of Southeast Asian Nations` (ASEAN) to accelerate the development of green infrastructure projects and crowd-in much needed private investments in the sector.

Event: 15th ICIS World Olefins Conference (Madrid, 4 March 2020)

2020 is looking likely to be the year where global market conditions become clearer. As we reach the culmination of US ethylene capacity, look at the growing trend towards the circular economy, new capacity investments and potential new technologies entering the market, the industry appears to be at a turning point. Are you and your business prepared for what comes next?

ICIS is pleased to announce that the 15th World Olefins Conference will be taking place on the 4th March 2020, in Madrid, Spain. This event will once again bring together the global players from the olefins value chain to discuss the latest developments in the market and to ensure that you have all the necessary information and connections to drive your business forward.

Stakeholder Position Paper: ‘Nanoplastics’ terminology in focus

Nanotechnology Industries Association (NIA) brings a spotlight to increasing use of the term ‘Nanoplastics’ in reporting of plastics, primarily within an environmental context, reflecting increasing concern on the use and inappropriate disposal of plastics.

‘Nanoplastics’ is often used by public authorities and the media, with a potentially negative impact on the perception of nanomaterials, which have little or no connection to the plastics being referenced.

Press Release: The Blue Bioeconomy Forum – A platform set out to identify and solve challenges in the European blue bioeconomy sector

Blue bioeconomy has a lot to contribute to the new EU Green Deal: Limiting coastal nuisance of green algae and use this biomass for biobased products, such as bioplastic, or edible seafood packaging can be part of the solution. However, there are still challenges affecting the sector. In response, the Blue Bioeconomy Forum developed two publications designed to tackle obstacles and provide tangible solutions.

Comitology Meeting: The Committee for the adaptation to scientific and technical progress and implementation of Directive 2008/98/EC on waste (11 March 2020)

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Stakeholder Press Release: European Parliament’s vote to block the use of recycled PVC goes against ECHA’s opinion and the Circular Economy

VinylPlus®, the voluntary commitment to sustainable development of the European PVC industry, regrets the outcome of today’s vote in the European Parliament in Strasbourg concerning the proposed derogation for the continuous use of recycled PVC containing legacy lead substances.

UPDATED – M.9593 PTT GC / ALPLA TH / JV

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Note: Green Deal and European competitiveness including EU industrial policy

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Stakeholder Press Release: Rewarding Sustainable Forest Management practices will enhance biodiversity and climate resilience of EU forests

This week, the European Commission is hosting the “International Conference on Forests for Biodiversity and Climate” in Brussels to discuss pressures on EU forest ecosystems due to, among others, climate change as well as how to best protect forests and their biodiversity for a climate neutral and climate resilient land.

Event: 2020 UfM Regional Stakeholder Conference on Blue Economy (Barcelona, 10 & 11 March 2020)

The UfM Regional Stakeholder Conference on Blue Economy on 10 and 11 March 2020 will take place at the Palau de Pedralbes, in Barcelona (Spain). The UfM Regional Stakeholders Conference on Blue Economy is a key step on the way to the 2020 UfM Ministerial Conference on Blue Economy, scheduled for the 2nd July in Malta.

The Stakeholder Conference is meant to offer the possibility to consult with a wide range of relevant actors on priority themes identified by the countries to feed the joint post 2020 Blue Economy agenda; promote dialogue and exchange of experiences on common areas of work; keep stock of the progress of the activities at regional level; and maintain a high participatory approach to ensure stakeholders involvement in pulling together capacities, mandates and resources.

OPP Meeting Summary: EP ENVI Committee – Exchange of views with Commissioner Breton (3 February 2020)

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Event: Breaking Silos – Connecting nutrition and environmental conversations (Brussels, 19 March 2020)

The conference will be moderated by Gertraud Leimüller, CEO of the consulting firm Winnovation, and include keynote speeches from Dr. Bente Mikkelsen, World Health Organization (WHO Europe), and Saskia de Pee, World Food Programme. To engage the audience and discuss in an open manner the key issues to future-proof the European food system and to improve people’s nutrition and health, Giks Weenink, Debate Academy, will lead a House of Commons debate on the ins and outs of ‘sustainability hypes’, including topics like meat versus plant-based food and natural versus processed food.

UPDATED – Merger Case: M.9410 SAUDI ARAMCO / SABIC

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Report from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions on the Implementation of Directive 2000/53/EC on End-of-Life Vehicles for the Period 2014-2017

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2020 Commission Work Programme: Energy, Environment & Climate Change

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Question for Written Answer: Ban on certain single-use plastic products

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Agenda: Working Party on International Environment Issues (Basel Convention) (30 January 2020)

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Question for Written Answer: Definition of plastic in Directive 2019/904

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP ENVI Committee – Exchange of Views with Croatian Minister of Environment and Energy (21 January 2020)

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Question for Written Answer: Own resources of the European Union

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Stakeholder Press Release: FEAD Welcomes the European Parliament Resolution on the Green Deal

Thursday, 16 January, 2020 – FEAD greatly welcomes the resolution of the European Parliament on the European Green Deal. FEAD fully supports the ambitious industrial framework expected by March 2020, highlighting the need for a robust industrial and economic vision, based on strong markets, to make the circular economy possible. FEAD particularly stresses that the key to a successful Green Deal and the shift towards a sustainable economic system is to strengthen the demand for recycled materials.

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