The European Parliament today voted to back strong waste and recycling targets, and pushed for solutions to the fundamental problem of Europe's resource overconsumption.
The vote comes after the European Commission controversially shelved its flagship piece of waste and resource legislation – the circular economy package – last year. It has since promised to re-table it in a "more ambitious" form.
On International Plastic Bag Free Day, a coalition of environmental and waste prevention organisations urge EU Member States to take measures on environmentally damaging single-use plastic bags in accordance with new EU Directive requirements.
MEPs today sent a strong signal to the European Commission to back truly ambitious rules to reduce resource use, amid concerns that the Commission is planning on watering down its flagship piece of resource use and waste legislation.
There are proven solutions to prevent waste of natural resources, all they need is EU support, according to a new report by Friends of the Earth Europe. Preventing Waste outlines ways in which recycling has been boosted, consumption lowered and products repaired instead of being scrapped. The projects examined all contribute to making the economy more circular – keeping resources in it, rather than sending them to landfill or incineration.
Plans to reduce Europe's waste and improve its air quality are being abandoned, the European Commission announced today with the release of its new work programme. Friends of the Earth Europe severely condemned the decision to drop what it saw as vital pieces of legislation to improve citizens' health, protect the environment and ensure that Europe's recovery is sustainable and responsible.
A leaked copy of the European Commission's workplan, due to be formally announced on Tuesday 16 December, has revealed plans to abandon proposed legislation to improve resource efficiency and air quality in Europe. The workplan sets out the priorities of the European Commission – the European Union's executive branch – for the next five years under its new president, Jean Claude Juncker.
“Doing what we been doing for the last 50 years is no longer an option.” That’s how Magda Stoczkiewicz, director of Friends of the Earth Europe, expressed the urgency of changing our relationship with the Earth’s resources at a conference in Brussels today.
On the 24th November, Friends of the Earth Europe will hold a conference at the North Rhine-Westphalian EU representation in Brussels to discuss the opportunities for a stronger role of resource efficiency in current European policy processes.
A staggering 3,000 participants and volunteers gathered last week in the German city of Leipzig for the fourth International Conference on Degrowth for Ecological Sustainability and Social Equity, which sent a strong message to the EU to move away from economic growth at all costs and towards more responsible environmental stewardship.
'Zero waste' is becoming a reality in Europe according to three case studies published today by the Zero Waste Europe network, of which Friends of the Earth Europe is a member.
The successful development and implementation of 'Zero waste' is set to inspire further communities, towns and cities to transform our relationship with resources and adopt zero waste goals.