Energy ministers have endorsed an emergency regulation designating the deployment of renewables as of ‘overriding public interest’, while backtracking on plans to limit expedited permitting to new... Read more
The European Commission will propose on Wednesday a second legislative package on the circular economy. Meanwhile the European Parliament committees hold a marathon session examining progress on the ‘Fit for 55’ files.
In other news this week: Commission faces another call to ban pesticides, business lobby says waste policy reform “unnecessary”, haunting animation released ahead of COP15 biodiversity summit.
The European Commission’s proposed Ecodesign Regulation does not go far enough to prevent manufacturers from destroying unsold goods, or from reducing products’ lifespan through premature obsolescence, a waste sector group has warned.
Leaked rules setting out ecodesign requirements for phones and tablets do not guarantee cheap and easily available spare parts, while still allowing manufacturers to prevent independent repairers from fixing their products, campaigners have warned.
The European Commission announced on Thursday it had formally joined a coalition of countries pushing for a ‘high ambition’ global plastics treaty that would impose legal obligations on signatories.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.