Blog from Jane Marsh: Energy Efficiency Essential for Recycling Industry Developing

We grew up with the “reduce, reuse, recycle” mantra on repeat, thanks to the EPA’s recycling-centric campaign that started in the 1990s. With a growing population that will likely reach 8 billion souls in 2023 and 10 billion by 2050, we need new solutions to manage the massive amount of waste the human race generates. … Continue reading Blog from Jane Marsh: Energy Efficiency Essential for Recycling Industry Developing

“While capturing carbon will be essential in tackling the climate crisis, it shouldn’t be used to delay action now”

Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is widely anticipated to play a key role in this transformation by helping to cut carbon emissions worldwide. But relying on CCS may overshadow solutions that focus on reducing our energy demand and making behavioural changes that put sustainability first. Avit K Bhowmik, Assistant Professor of Risk and Environmental Studies … Continue reading “While capturing carbon will be essential in tackling the climate crisis, it shouldn’t be used to delay action now”

New EEA briefings: Europe not on track to reach 2030 targets for municipal waste recycling

The European Union (EU) circular economy action plan aims to halve the amount of municipal waste in the EU that is not recycled by 2030. According to a European Environment Agency (EEA) briefing, published this week, achieving this target requires both reducing waste generation and considerably increasing recycling, possibly even beyond the binding recycling target … Continue reading New EEA briefings: Europe not on track to reach 2030 targets for municipal waste recycling

With limited supplies of key materials, the need to recycle old batteries becomes more important

Inayat Singh writes on the CBC News website about the importance of recycling old batteries as sources for lithium and cobalt become more concentrated in only a few countries. For example, 70 % of cobalt comes from the Democratic Republic of Congo alone.   Battery recycling could help make electric vehicle production more sustainable The … Continue reading With limited supplies of key materials, the need to recycle old batteries becomes more important

Blog from Jane Marsh: 10 Things to Know About Renewable Energy Recycling

When Russia invaded Ukraine, global gas prices skyrocketed. Individuals search for alternative fuel sources to meet their transportation and energy demands. Rising gas prices and the green revolution influence society’s renewable energy adoption. The solar and wind power industries effectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions. After photovoltaic (PV) panels and turbines reach their expiration dates, they … Continue reading Blog from Jane Marsh: 10 Things to Know About Renewable Energy Recycling

European Green Deal: New proposals to make sustainable products the norm and boost Europe’s resource independence

This week the Commission presented a package of European Green Deal proposals to make sustainable products the norm in the EU, boost circular business models and empower consumers for the green transition. As announced in the Circular Economy Action Plan, the Commission is proposing new rules to make almost all physical goods on the EU market more friendly to the environment, circular, and … Continue reading European Green Deal: New proposals to make sustainable products the norm and boost Europe’s resource independence

The circular economy should be everyone’s business – new report by Anders Wijkman

In the autumn of 2021 Anders Wijkman prepared a paper for the Global Challenges Foundation that was presented in Glasgow at COP 26. It was one of a series of papers with a focus on the need to improve governance in a number of areas. Anders wrote this to EiD: Among quite a number of … Continue reading The circular economy should be everyone’s business – new report by Anders Wijkman

New EEA briefings on impacts of textile consumption in Europe

Textile consumption in Europe has on average the fourth highest impacts on the environment and climate, following consumption of food, housing and mobility. Ahead of the expected EU strategy for sustainable and circular textiles, the European Environment Agency (EEA) published this week two briefings that look at measures to reduce those impacts, including on resource … Continue reading New EEA briefings on impacts of textile consumption in Europe

Using plastic is posing a threat to our healthy living

Mahfuz Anam, editor and publisher of The Daily Star in Bangladesh writes on the paper’s website about the impact plastic has in the country. A World Bank study shows that there is a fundamental threat to the country’s future growth and prosperity  It is a detailed account that all readers should learn from.   Column … Continue reading Using plastic is posing a threat to our healthy living

New EEA reports show there are clear opportunities to decouple Europe’s waste generation from economic growth

In most European countries and in the EU as a whole, waste generation is growing but at a slower pace than the economy. However, there are no signs that the overall objective of reducing the total generation of waste is close to being achieved, according to a European Environment Agency report published recently. The report’s … Continue reading New EEA reports show there are clear opportunities to decouple Europe’s waste generation from economic growth