Climate

Half of EU dragging feet ahead of ‘renovation wave’ launch

As the European Commission prepares to launch a ‘renovation wave’ as part of its green deal, over half of member states are six months late in submitting long term renovation strategies, and of those... Read more

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Chemicals

Bio-based chemicals’ market share doubles in a decade

Bio-based industries such as paper, bioenergy, textiles and pharmaceuticals contributed €750bn to the EU economy in 2017, up €50bn in a year, according to an industry group

Land

Commission ramps up ‘green mining’ ambitions in raw materials plan

More mining in Europe is needed to accelerate the green and digital transitions, the European Commission has announced as part of its plans for a new raw materials alliance, raising concerns from green groups

Chemicals

EU action on microplastics ‘under threat’ from lobbyists, says green group

Efforts to cut down on microplastic pollutants risk being undermined before elected officials can have their say because of industry lobbying, according to a new report from the European Environmental Bureau

Products

UK proposals to fine companies linked to deforestation 'less ambitious than EU's'

Brussels-based campaigners have said UK government proposals for new powers to fine large businesses over possible links to illegal deforestation are less ambitious than discussions underway within the EU

Politics & Law

Covid-19: EU circular economy plan should be at heart of recovery, says commissioner

The EU’s circular economy action plan should be put at the heart of the economic recovery in the aftermath of the Covid-19 crisis, environment commissioner Virginijus Sinkevicius told MEPs on Monday

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