Italian single-use plastics ban comes under fire

The Italian government has been reported to the European Commission for allegedly breaching EU rules on single-use plastics, in a case brought by campaign groups within the Rethink Plastic Alliance,... Read more

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Commission accused of delaying phase-out of ‘harmful’ light bulbs

Green campaigners have said the European Commission delayed proposing banning fluorescent lamps for three years after being told the legal conditions for a ban had been met, costing consumers millions of euros a day in higher energy bills.


Industry warns of ‘unprecedented fragmentation’ in EU single-use plastics rules

The EU risks creating a mosaic of different national rules governing single-use plastics as member states “rush” to transpose a landmark directive covering the 10 most commonly found items, industry groups have warned.


Batteries Regulation: Debate heats up on sourcing critical raw materials

The European Commission wants to adopt the Batteries Regulation by the end of 2022 but stakeholders disagree on targets for use of primary and recycled materials.


‘Worrying’ discovery: Quarter of plastics contain chemicals of concern

Of 10,500 substances found in plastics, a quarter are either highly stable, liable to accumulate in the body or are toxic, according to Swiss researchers.


Green impact of textile industry ‘needs EU action’, say campaigners

The EU must legislate to slash the environmental impact of textile production and prevent greenwashing by the garment industry, a raft of green groups argue as the European Commission prepares a ‘strategy for sustainable textiles’.

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