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MEPs support root-and-branch overhaul of rules on product sustainability

The EU should put in place comprehensive rules guaranteeing the right to repair, tackling ‘planned obsolescence’ and providing warranties that reflect the expected lifespan of a product, the European... Read more

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Member states beef up amended ecodesign rules

The European Commission has modified its draft text amending ecodesign regulations after member states voted to remove a number of amendments that campaigners warned would lessen the positive impact of the rules.

Climate

EU warned carbon border tax preparations ‘started on wrong foot’

The EU’s plan to impose new tariffs on more carbon intensive imports could face a major international backlash unless officials can show it is not simply a revenue-raising measure, according to policy experts.

Chemicals

EU launches public database of hazardous chemicals in products

Manufacturers and importers can start submitting details of substances of very high concern in their products to an EU database aimed at facilitating recycling, the European Chemicals Agency has announced.

Climate

EU tax official makes case for carbon levy on imports

A carbon border adjustment mechanism wwould protect European industry and encourage trading partners to match the EU in the ambition of their climate action, director-general for taxation and customs union Gerassimos Thomas said on Wednesday

Products

Campaigners urge reduced consumption instead of increased mining

On the launch of the new industry alliance designed to increase Europe’s secure access to critical raw materials such as lithium, green groups have raised concerns over excessive resource consumption and inadequate environmental protection

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