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14 environmental policy and compliance deadlines to look out for in February

Important deadlines relating to chemicals labelling, restriction of hazardous substances and chemicals, plant protection products and rail freight are coming up in January and February

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Sinkevičius: ‘Green products must become the norm’

Environment commissioner Virginijus Sinkevicius has said encouraging truly sustainable products will be at the core of the new legislative proposals for the European Green Deal

Products

Waste campaigners hit out at disposable plastics ban

Green groups Zero Waste Europe and Reloop have criticised the fine print of the Single-Use Plastics Directive, warning that some single-use materials are excluded by its definition of ‘plastic’

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EU auditors flag shortcomings in ecodesign and labelling rules

While EU rules on ecodesign and energy labelling have led to efficiency gains, their effectiveness has been compromised by regulatory delays, flawed testing methodology and lax enforcement, the European Court of Auditors says in a new report

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Include raw materials planning in EU climate plans, say experts

Member states should incorporate materials planning into their National Energy and Climate Plans to help secure environmentally sustainable supplies of metals and minerals required for decarbonisation, academics have said

Land

Illegal timber rules still have ‘no teeth’

Six years after its introduction, a key illegal timber law continues to show 'severe shortcomings', says a new report by WWF Europe.

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