Circular economy: no silver bullet but the benefits could be significant

Tim Schauenberg writes on the Deutsche Welle website about the issues relating to moving to a circular economy. What are your views?   Circular economy: Could rethinking design transform the world? Some argue that switching to a "circular economy" is crucial when it comes to climate protection and sustainability. But what would it entail? And … Continue reading Circular economy: no silver bullet but the benefits could be significant

To meet long-term carbon emissions targets, we must stop demolishing buildings should start using the carbon spent in the past to avoid the emission of more in the present

Meeting net zero targets for buildings, an entirely new approach is needed. Charles Gillott, PhD student in Engineering at University of Sheffield, in an article on The Conversation website, says we must stop demolishing buildings and replacing them with new ones. What are your views?   We have reusable cups, bags and bottles: so why … Continue reading To meet long-term carbon emissions targets, we must stop demolishing buildings should start using the carbon spent in the past to avoid the emission of more in the present

New EEA briefing on applying circular economy principles in the renewable energy sector to address waste and resource challenges

A rapid transition to renewable energy is necessary if Europe is to achieve its climate objectives. Developing the infrastructure to enable this change will require substantial resources and generate large volumes of waste as equipment reaches the end of its service life. Applying circular economy principles in this sector provides a win-win approach to address … Continue reading New EEA briefing on applying circular economy principles in the renewable energy sector to address waste and resource challenges

Recent study shows energy-intensive industries failing to meet long-term Paris climate objectives

Only 14% of publicly listed companies in the steel, cement, aluminum, paper and mining sector are on track to meet the Paris Agreement’s 2°C climate target, according to a report by the Transition Pathway Initiative (TPI), a global investor group supported by the UN. Still, some European companies offer hope, Lukas Scheid reports on the … Continue reading Recent study shows energy-intensive industries failing to meet long-term Paris climate objectives

New EEA briefing on ensuring that chemicals make a positive contribution to society without harming the environment and people’s health

The recent European Union chemicals strategy for sustainability aims to ensure that chemicals make a positive contribution to society without harming the environment and people’s health. A European Environment Agency (EEA) briefing, published earlier this month, describes key approaches to make chemicals and products safe and sustainable by design, before they enter the market.   … Continue reading New EEA briefing on ensuring that chemicals make a positive contribution to society without harming the environment and people’s health

New EEA briefing on benefits through circular economy actions in the buildings sector

Improving efficiency and reuse of materials to construct houses and other buildings can open significant new opportunities to further reducing greenhouse gas emissions, according to a European Environment Agency (EEA) briefing released this week.   Greater circularity in the buildings sector can lead to major cuts in greenhouse gas emissions The EEA briefing, ‘Cutting greenhouse … Continue reading New EEA briefing on benefits through circular economy actions in the buildings sector

Could this be the moment for refurbishing and reusing existing equipment?

As the pandemic has impacted supply chains, some electronics manufacturers have struggled to produce new equipment. Chetna Krishna writes on the Deutsche Welle website about the issues related to reusing existing equipment.   Can the pandemic help us to embrace refurbished electronics As the pandemic has impacted supply chains, some electronics manufacturers have struggled to … Continue reading Could this be the moment for refurbishing and reusing existing equipment?

New EEA briefing on importance of extending lifetime of electronics

Extending the lifetime and delaying obsolescence of electronics can significantly reduce their environmental and climate impacts and contribute to meeting the European Union’s (EU) environment, climate and circular economy objectives. According to a European Environment Agency (EEA) briefing, published this week, smartphones, televisions, washing machines and vacuum cleaners all are used on average for shorter … Continue reading New EEA briefing on importance of extending lifetime of electronics

New EEA assessment on cutting emissions through reducing and using bio-waste

Bio-waste is one of the key waste streams in Europe and holds great potential for the circular economy. According to the European Environment Agency’s new assessment, reducing and using bio-waste could cut emissions, improve soils and provide energy. Recycling bio-waste is also key for meeting the European Union’s target to recycle 65 % of municipal … Continue reading New EEA assessment on cutting emissions through reducing and using bio-waste

EIB has updated its Circular Economy Guide

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has published an updated version of its Circular Economy Guide. The Guide aligns with the European Commission’s recently adopted Circular Economy Action Plan, one of the main pillars of the European Green Deal. It also integrates the findings of report, Categorisation system for the circular economy, drafted by the European … Continue reading EIB has updated its Circular Economy Guide