Today, the Commission is proposing new EU-wide rules on packaging, to tackle this constantly growing source of waste and of consumer frustration.
Issue 589: Can clothing be more sustainable? A new study identifies the top causes of garment failure and suggests possible solutions, informed by industry professionals.
Issue 588: Food waste is a significant global issue and in recent years a range of businesses aimed at addressing it have been established.
Understanding of the broader context is important for small and medium-sized enterprises transitioning to circular economy
Models for adopting a circular economy are largely aimed at large corporations.
E-waste: chemical processing without heat may offer efficient method of recovering metals from end-of-life products
Waste from disposed electrical products – e-waste – is one of the fastest growing solid waste streams.
Transition to a low-carbon economy will create additional demand for many raw materials, production of which will have a range of environmental impacts.
Today EU public authorities and practitioners from the waste-recycling industry gather to discuss how to divert biowaste from landfills and use it to produce bio-energy and compost.
Encouraging businesses to adopt more sustainable practices is a key element in EU environment policy. This study looks at a range of factors that influence the uptake of such measures by small- to medium-sized enterprises across the EU.
Reusing materials from existing buildings (or ‘urban mining’) has been proposed as a means to reduce demolition waste, raw material consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. This study models the opportunities for urban mining in the Netherlands under practical constraints, up to the year 2050.
District heating can provide an efficient solution to heating urban buildings, while waste-water treatment plants represent a potential source of renewable energy.