European Commission tempers plans to reduce packaging waste

A man uses a deposit return machine in Berlin, Germany. The Commission intends to include reuse targets in its packaging waste proposal. Photo: Florian Gaertner/Photothek via Getty Images

The latest leaked draft of a Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation indicates the European Commission plans to dial back targets for reuse and recycled content.

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Infringements: Four member states warned over mercury rules delay

Belgium, Denmark, Croatia and Portugal have missed deadlines for transposing secondary legislation on the presence of mercury in lamps, the European Commission has announced.


Methane Regulation: MEPs united on tackling imports

Most political groups in the European Parliament back a call for the proposed Methane Regulation to cover oil and gas imports, but are divided over how far those measures should go.


ETS: Investment in ‘genuine climate action’ found wanting

Member states are routinely ambiguous and over-report how much of the revenue from the EU emissions trading system they invest in climate action, WWF has warned.

Politics & Law

ClientEarth withdraws legal challenge against ECB bond purchases

The EU central bank’s decision to take climate change into account in its corporate bond purchasing programme has prompted ClientEarth to withdraw a legal challenge against the Belgian central bank.


Barcelona and Munich sign up to zero waste certification scheme

Barcelona and Munich have become the largest cities to commit to moving towards zero waste after signing up to the certification scheme Zero Waste Cities developed by Zero Waste Europe and Mission Zero Academy, the NGOs announced yesterday.

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Politics & Law

Blog: Who’s afraid of the big bad wolf?

Gray wolves in the snow at a wildlife park in northern Norway, 2020. Photo: Wolfgang Kaehler/LightRocket via Getty Images

As wolves make a comeback across Europe, MEPs want to loosen legal protections they say are putting farmers’ livelihoods at risk. But not everyone is convinced.


Interview: Why the chemicals industry thinks Europe’s F-gas phase down is too much too soon

Campbell on the revised F-Gas Regulation: “The current issue… is the period from now through to 2030: what can be done in that period and what does the industry need to start and do that transition?”

Nick Campbell, head of European FluoroCarbons Technical Committee, discusses industry concerns with illegal imports, developing products with a lower climate impact, and the future of F-gases in Europe.

Politics & Law

Interview: HEAL founder on protecting the European Green Deal

Jensen: “I think there’s still a lot of support in the Commission for upholding the green deal.” Photo: HEAL

Génon Jensen, the founder and executive director of the Health and Environment Alliance, speaks to ENDS Europe about ramping up EU ambition on chemicals, air quality and climate change.


COP27: Panic, propaganda, parsimony, protest and… sewage – a week in Sharm El Sheik

Young protesters demanding climate reparations payment from rich to poor countries affected by loss and damage, in Sharm El Sheikh, 11 November. Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Ministers are set to arrive at the Egyptian beach resort next week to try and unblock talks on loss and damage, the most controversial part of this year’s climate summit, with rich and poor countries still far from a deal.


Analysis: Why REACH authorisations need a rethink

Workers are seen at a chrome ore mine in Elazig, Turkey on April 2019. Chromium-based compounds are among the most common to go through the EU authorisations process. Photo: Gent Shkullaku/AFP via Getty Images

When it comes to authorising hazardous chemicals for specific uses, green groups, industry, MEPs and the European Commission all agree that the EU system is in need of reform. But opinions differ on what should be done.

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Interview: ECB’s climate chief on greening the EU financial system

Heemskerk: “The tilting we’ve just announced is a big step in our climate action... a lot of [NGOs] didn’t expect us to go so far.” Photo: ECB

Irene Heemskerk, head of the European Central Bank’s climate change centre, speaks about what the bank can – and cannot – do to further the goals of the Paris Agreement.

Politics & Law

Analysis: Why member states’ eco-infringements are in the spotlight

Dead fish in the river Oder following a massive pollution event believed to have started in Olawa, southern Poland. Water quality rules are among those most commonly breached. Photo: Dominika Zarzycka/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

The European Commission says its ‘strategic approach’ to enforcing EU climate, energy and environment rules is bearing fruit. But critics are worried by a chronic lack of funding. Is the infringements process fit for purpose?


Interview: Textiles sustainability chief on how to green the oldest industry on the planet

Scalia: “The legislative pressure on the sector is unprecedented.” Photo: Euratex

Mauro Scalia, director of sustainability at Euratex, the group representing the textile industry in Brussels, discusses overconsumption, how to help consumers choose green garments and the need for more fibre recycling in the EU.


Mitigation, adaptation and… migration: the missing link in the climate debate

A once-flooded monastery resurfaces after drought strikes Spain, September 2022. Vince argues intolerable heat in the coming years could lead to mass migration from southern to northern Europe. Photo: Ahmet Abbasi/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Europe must start considering how to provide a safe haven for people pushed out of their homes by an increasingly extreme climate, according to a recently published book.


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