Eunomia Research & Consulting will investigate potential ways to accelerate a circular economy across the European furniture industry in a project commissioned by the European Environmental Bureau (EEB).
The new Chairman of the Environmental Services Association, a trade association representing the UK’s resource and waste management industry, outlined his priorities for the association at its annual lunch for members and stakeholders.
New research by Zero Waste Scotland has revealed that nearly 1.35 million tonnes of food and drink was wasted in Scotland in 2013, a figure that will be used as a baseline for efforts to reduce food waste by a third by 2025.
Five leading fashion brands and retailers have become the first to sign up to the European Clothing Action Plan, a Europe-wide strategy to reduce the carbon, water and waste footprints of the fashion industry.
Environment secretary Andrea Leadsom says that environmental legislation won’t be ‘watered down’ following the UK’s departure from the European Union and that the government’s ‘very clear’ goals on waste are not dependent on EU membership.
A ‘world-first’ industrial-scale facility to create a chemical intermediate for plastic production from renewable sources has opened, as CEP Rapporteur Simone Bonafe calls for the mainstreaming of the circular economy approach.
Waste Minister Therese Coffey says that the government’s environmental policy following Brexit will be “focused on outcomes” and that certain elements of the Circular Economy Package could end in “perverse” results.
With the packaging industry recently promoting itself as a key part in the circular economy answer, the European Environmental Bureau’s Piotr Barczak argues that single-use packaging is not the way to avoid Europe producing waste.