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

Start-up makes products from waste materials, then ensuring they’re recyclable when consumers have finished with them

Can you imagine that the gold medals at this year’s upcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo will be made from e-waste?  Well, they will be.  Alex Lawson writes in the London Evening Standard about a business venture about closed loop manufacturing.  What are your views? The duo using waste to take the climate change fight upmarket … Continue reading Start-up makes products from waste materials, then ensuring they’re recyclable when consumers have finished with them

The materials used by the global economy have quadrupled since 1970

While we have realised we cannot continue to increase our consumption of energy, the same is true for all the materials we use.  Damian Carrington writes in The Guardian about the unsustainable growth in materials. EiD is reminded of the report, Come On!, written by the Club of Rome. We are doing more about resource … Continue reading The materials used by the global economy have quadrupled since 1970

New EEA briefing on construction and demolition waste

Construction and demolition waste makes up just over one third of total waste generation in the EU. Despite relatively high recovery rates of used materials, Europe’s construction sector will need to be even more ambitious in its waste management practices if it is to fully embrace Europe’s circular economy. According to a European Environment Agency … Continue reading New EEA briefing on construction and demolition waste

New EEA briefing presents the latest evidence on environmental and climate impacts from the consumption of textile products ranging from clothing and footwear to carpets and furniture in the EU

Consumption of clothing, footwear and household textiles in the European Union (EU) uses annually about 1.3 tonnes of raw materials and more than 100 cubic metres of water per person, according to a European Environment Agency briefing, published this week. A wide-scale change towards circular economy in textiles production and consumption is needed to reduce … Continue reading New EEA briefing presents the latest evidence on environmental and climate impacts from the consumption of textile products ranging from clothing and footwear to carpets and furniture in the EU

EEA briefings show reuse and recycling are key to tackling Europe’s waste problem and to foster a more circular economy

Improved circular and climate-friendly business models and policies to boost reuse and recycling, plus improved consumer awareness will help the European Union tackle the growing problem posed by plastic, battery, electronic and textile waste, according to two European Environment Agency (EEA) briefings published recently.   Reuse and recycling are key to tackling Europe’s waste problem … Continue reading EEA briefings show reuse and recycling are key to tackling Europe’s waste problem and to foster a more circular economy