EU action on food waste has been ‘fragmented’ and ‘intermittent’, despite a number of policies having the potential to make a big difference, a new report from the European Court of Auditors (ECA) has found.
As the EU's independent external auditor, the ECA works to improve the European Commission’s management of the EU budget and reports on EU finances.
The European Parliament’s Environment Committee have been urged to impose a 50 per cent food waste reduction target in a vote on food waste regulations next week that will shape the EU’s policy on the matter for the next 15 years.
The Environmental Audit Committee has called for a new Environmental Protection Act to be introduced during Brexit negotiations to ensure that environmental legislation is not weakened by the UK’s departure from the EU.
Marine preservation organisations and personal care product producers are being asked to give their views on a proposed microbead ban, which a consultation has revealed would be limited to ‘rinse-off’ products.
Funding of £400,000 from the Northern Irish carrier bag levy is to be made available to support small-scale environmental projects aimed at improving the local environment and boosting civic pride, ahead of a review of the charge next year.
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.
The EAC could seek a ban on microbeads being used in cosmetics if companies do not take action themselves, after a briefing summarised research into the environmental impact of pollutant microplastics.
The European Parliament’s Environment Committee has today set out its desired amendments to the Circular Economy Package, including increased recycling targets, the removal of TEEP exemptions to the separate collection of materials and mandatory separate food waste collection.