In-depth: How the Commission seeks to stem the tide of packaging waste

Frans Timmermans presenting the proposal on Wednesday: “What we need are the goods, not the waste.” Photo: Bogdan Hoyaux / EC

The European Commission hopes to stem a rising tide of plastic, paper and other trash by forcing companies to take responsibility for the packaging they use, making sure that it is recyclable,... Read more

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Commission hatches carbon removal certification framework

The European Commission has unveiled a plan to certify carbon removals, but campaigners are concerned that the legislation will encourage “climate inaction and creative accounting”.


EU edges closer to full ban on lead in hunting and fishing

Ending the use of lead shot and fishing tackle would bring net benefits to society, an expert committee of the European Chemicals Agency has said, paving the way for the European Commission to propose a ban.


ETS: Liese hails ‘major success’ in agreement on shipping

The European Parliament has beefed up plans to include shipping in the EU emissions trading system with measures that will cut the sector’s climate impact by an extra 20 million tonnes of CO2 by 2030, rapporteur Peter Liese has said.


Commission urges caution for bio-based, compostable and biodegradable plastics

Plastic products likely to be littered should not be labelled as biodegradable, while only industrially compostable plastics should generally count as compostable, the European Commission has said.


Concerns at delay to anti-greenwashing rules

Questions continue surrounding the European Commission’s long-awaited proposal to require companies to prove green claims about their products, which was expected on Wednesday but is now delayed until 2023.

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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.

Markets & Corporate

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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