Chemicals

ECHA unveils proposed blanket ban on ‘forever chemicals’

Swedish Kanelbulle on baking paper, one of the many products that currently uses PFAS 'forever chemicals'. Photo: Natasha Breen/REDA&CO/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

The European Chemicals Agency has published a long-awaited proposal for a group restriction on PFAS, in an effort to minimise the ‘inevitable’ adverse effects of the persistent organic pollutants.

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Politics & Law

MEPs push to make ecocide a crime, but clear political divisions remain

A fourth European Parliament committee has recommended ecocide be made a serious criminal offence under EU law, increasing pressure ahead of a key vote on a proposed new directive on protecting the environment through criminal law.

Chemicals

PFAS ban proposal: 9 things you need to know

Five European agencies have proposed a sweeping ban on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances they say would slash EU emissions. Here’s what you need to know.

Waste

Global plastics production continues apace as clamp-down looms

The world produced an extra six million tonnes of plastic in 2021 compared to 2019, according to a new report that warns recycling is still a “marginal activity” for the sector.

Politics & Law

‘Arguing like children’: Acrimony as RED talks cancelled over delay to green hydrogen rules

The European Parliament’s lead negotiators have cancelled backroom talks over reform of the Renewable Energy Directive, citing the Commission’s failure to publish rules clarifying when hydrogen can be considered ‘renewable’.

Waste

Beverage packagers press for 90% mandatory collection target

The Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment is calling for a number of additions to the draft Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation, including a 90% mandatory collection target.

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Markets & Corporate

The EU member states that recorded the largest shares of tax revenue from green levies

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Environmental tax revenue in the EU in 2021 returned to the level recorded before the Covid-19 pandemic, according to figures published by EU statistics body Eurostat.

Politics & Law

Interview: Ciarán Cuffe on ‘misinformation’ around the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive

Cuffe: “I think there has been a lot of misinformation in Italy... Perhaps some people in the political world used the file as a weapon to suggest that Brussels is telling Italians what to do in their lives.” Photo: EP

Parliament’s rapporteur for the controversial ‘Fit for 55’ file speaks to ENDS Europe about the need to defend EU energy efficiency goals for the built environment.

Biodiversity

Case study: How an EU-funded project used biodiversity to support drought-prone vineyards

Sheep grazing in a vineyard planted with native wildflowers.

An EU-funded project aimed to demonstrate that it is possible to improve the resilience of vineyard ecosystems to climatic changes by establishing natural vegetation and increasing biodiversity.

Energy

Interview: Energy storage lobby chief on securing the green transition

Clerens: “We’re seeing that companies are considering or even starting to leave Europe in order to set up shop in the US.” Photo: EASE

Patrick Clerens, secretary general of the European Association for Storage of Energy, discusses the EU’s response to US green subsidies, critical raw materials, and how the sector can help drive fossil fuels off the grid.

Climate

Blog: Why the green deal ‘will not fly’ without Copernicus investment

Wildfires in Turkey seen from the Copernicus constellation, July 2021. Photo: Gallo Images/Orbital Horizon/Copernicus Sentinel Data 2021

With security worries taking centre stage at the EU space conference, Copernicus stakeholders shared concern that the satellite system will be left in the lurch, despite its role in monitoring climate action. Could the private sector fill the gaps?

Markets & Corporate

Interview: Head of fertiliser giant on meeting EU green goals

Holstether: “I think it is, from an industrial mindset, really troubling that we’re not moving faster in Europe when it comes to renewable energy.” Photo: Yara

Svein Tore Holstether, chief executive of Norwegian fertiliser company Yara, speaks to ENDS Europe about the outlook for the sector amid the war in Ukraine and the EU’s green farming transition.

Politics & Law

Briefing: How US green subsidies are shaking European climate policies

Commission president Ursula von der Leyen unveils plans for an EU clean investment initiative at the WEF meeting in Davos this week. Photo: Dati Bendo / EC

The European Commission is preparing new legislation to bolster investor confidence in the EU green economy following the US Inflation Reduction Act. But will it be enough?

Climate

Analysis: As Europe experiences record temperatures, are lawmakers feeling the heat?

Drought in France, summer 2022

After a roasting summer, a warm winter. Europe is warming faster than the rest of the world, scientists at Copernicus, the EU Earth Observation programme, warned this week. Is the growing damage from climate disruption spurring lawmakers to do more?

Politics & Law

‘We're writing history’: MEP Mohammed Chahim on CBAM and ETS reform

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The European Parliament's rapporteur on the recently approved carbon border adjustment mechanism talks to ENDS Europe about the groundbreaking deal and upcoming 'jumbo trilogue' on the broader reform of the EU emissions trading system.

Chemicals

Interview: Chemours advanced materials head on green hydrogen ambitions

Dignam: “Europe is definitely a big player, and a big driver and leader when it comes to green hydrogen.” Photo: Chemours

Denise Dignam, president of advanced performance materials at US chemicals giant Chemours, on the company’s decision to invest in green hydrogen technology in France, and the possible EU restriction on PFAS.

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