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    • Waste & Resources,Products

    Germany outlines demands for longer product life spans

    EU policy should promote products with longer life spans by setting standards for the minimum lifetime of products, starting with components, German environment agency UBA ..
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    • Waste & Resources,Chemicals,Products

    ECHA taken to court over BPA classification

    PlasticsEurope has challenged the decision by the European Chemicals Agency to classify compound bisphenol A as reprotoxic, paving the way for restrictions ..
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    • Chemicals,Products

    Opposition builds to proposed neonicotinoids ban

    The European Commission’s recent proposal for a stricter EU-wide ban on neonicotinoids is being contested by both member states and MEPs, according to sources ..
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    • Chemicals,Products,Nature

    MEPs question Brussels’ optimism with organic talks

    MEPs have disputed the European Commission’s claim that EU talks on a new organic farming law have resolved most sticking points, citing concerns over rules ..
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    • Waste & Resources,Products

    Industry pledges voluntary 74% recycling goal

    The European paper industry has vowed to reach a 74% recycling rate by 2020, close to the 75% target proposed by the European Commission for ..
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    • Products,Nature

    Researchers question green gains from biomass energy

    An EU study has challenged the carbon neutrality of energy from wood after finding that forests can take centuries to re-absorb the CO2 generated by ..
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    • Waste & Resources,Pollution,Products

    Countries urged to tackle non-municipal waste streams

    Municipal Waste Europe has urged member states discussing proposals for a circular economy to back separate targets for commercial and industrial waste ..
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    • Transport,Pollution

    Brussels mulls scrapping time-based road charging

    The European Commission is likely to propose basing EU road charging on distance rather than time and giving zero-emission technologies a discount, ENDS has learned ..
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    • Chemicals,Pollution,Products

    Global decaBDE ban adopted with aircraft exemptions

    Countries have this week approved a global ban on flame retardant decaBDE, which covers recycled materials but controversially exempts aircraft parts following an EU proposal ..
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    • Chemicals,Products

    Commission taken to court over construction standards

    Germany has brought legal action against the European Commission over poor implementation of construction standards, which it claims puts environmental protection at risk ..
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    • Products,General Policy

    Brussels still undecided on EU Ecolabel fate

    The European Commission has argued it needs more time to decide how to proceed with the “low-uptake” of EU Ecolabel and EMAS schemes after MEPs ..
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    • Waste & Resources,Products

    MEPs call for EU action on spare part availability

    MEPs urged the European Commission on Tuesday to propose measures requiring manufacturers to ensure the availability of product spare parts ..
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    • Waste & Resources,Products

    Court rules Slovenia breached EU waste law

    Slovenia breached EU law by failing to clean up an illegal tyre landfill near the country’s largest freshwater reserve, the EU court ruled on Thursday ..
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    • Energy,Products

    Study: Regulate more products to keep saving energy

    EU policies improving the energy efficiency of products could cut energy use by 16% by 2030, but progress will stall after that if further products ..
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    • Chemicals,Products

    EU rethinks decaBDE exemptions

    The EU could scrap some derogations from limits on toxic flame retardant decaBDE as part of global talks if a review finds they are no ..
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