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Fitting e-waste into the circular economy

SPECIAL REPORT / Phones, computers, washing machines - integrating a few core principles, such as the waste hierarchy, into the manufacturing of these products can reduce their environmental impact and allow for a functioning circular economy, according to analysts.

EU proposal scraps mandatory 'dirty' label for tar sands

A mandatory EU requirement to label oil from tar sands as more polluting than other forms of crude could be scrapped altogether following years of lobbying from top producer Canada, according to a draft European Commission proposal.

EU touts 70% recycling and zero landfill law for 2030

SPECIAL REPORT / Europe could be recycling 70% of its municipal waste by 2030, if a binding proposal that would phase out the environmentally harmful practice of landfill disposal is approved by the European Commission this month, EurActiv has learned. 

EU seeks common framework for Circular Economy

SPECIAL REPORT / Changing business models and throw-away habits may take time. The European Commission wants to speed up the process with binding targets for recycling and public procurement in a Circular Economy package expected in July.

EU emissions ‘lowest on record’

The European Union’s greenhouse gas emissions have fallen by 19.2% compared to 1990s levels, according to the European Environment Agency.

EU tables proposals to tackle ‘intertwined’ challenges in Europe, developing world

The European Commission tabled proposals on Monday (2 June) for tackling the “intertwined challenges of eliminating poverty” and “ensuring progress is sustainable”, in the EU's contribution to the post-2015 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Potočnik: ‘Subsidies to energy and water use raise barriers to a circular economy’

SPECIAL REPORT / EU environment commissioner Janez Potočnik contends that a circular economy model is not just a realistic goal for the EU, but is “inevitable”. Reducing Europe’s waste using “tried and tested” methods is going to be a key issue for the next Parliament's mandate.

UN official: EU needs to encourage social movements

The European institutions need to break out of their “formalist” approach to governance, instead facilitating diversity and collective learning, if they wish to gain the trust of citizens and build sustainable societies, argues Olivier de Schutter, the winner of last year’s Francqui Prize, one of Belgium’s most prestigious science awards.

Modibo Traoré on Africa finding its own development path

There are not enough resources on the planet for Africa to follow the same path as Europe, but by investing in the right areas, the continent can develop sustainably, argues Modibo Traoré.

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Endocrine disruptors: Harmful or not?

Rising levels of cancers and fertility problems have attracted scientists’ attention to endocrine disrupting chemicals, with some calling for strict regulation of the substances, in line with the precautionary principle. Others meanwhile, stress the worthiness of those chemicals in everyday products such as plastics and warn that the foundations of science risk being turned upside down if precautionary measures are taken.

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Opinion / Analysis

The sustainable sourcing of materials is crucial to the circular economy

SPECIAL REPORT / The sustainable sourcing of raw materials is a crucial phase at the beginning of the economic cycle. Yet this initial sourcing phase has so far been largely neglected by targeted EU resource efficiency policies. “But it’s time for change,”, said WWF, Unilever and the Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment (ACE).


Is your bank financing deforestation?

Most people do not consider ethical or human rights matters when opening a bank account, writes Anne van Schaik.


Agroforestry is crucial to the food production challenge

The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has just published the world’s most comprehensive study in seven years of the impact climate change has (and will have) on the world’s natural environment. Diversified farming, including agroforestry, may help mitigate the effects and food production, writes Patrick Worms.

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