7 December 2016

A number of existing and emerging EU policies and initiatives to green plastics, packaging, fuels and more through plant-based sources are at risk of backfiring with big social and environmental impacts.

Substituting fossil-based products for plant-based ones is the core idea of the 'bioeconomy', which is promoted by the EU, governments and industry, with the promised benefit of reduced reliance on fossil fuels. However, this can come at a high environmental and social price. Friends of the Earth Europe outline their policy positions on the bioeconomy in this briefing.

20 October 2016

19 civil society organisations across Europe have signed a statement and launched an online petition regarding food waste. The statement was sent to key European decision-makers and highlights the need to drastically cut our food waste by introducing binding measures in EU waste legislation as part of the flagship circular economy package. 

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