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EU economy greenhouse gas emissions decrease by 4.0%

| In the fourth quarter of 2023, the EU economy's greenhouse gas emissions were estimated at 897 million tonnes of CO2-equivalents (CO2-eq), a 4.0% decrease compared with the same quarter of 2022 (935 million tonnes of CO2-eq).

German companies focus on waste-to-energy

| Scrutinising the current landscape of circularity and recycling practices, Resourcify’s report “State of circularity for enterprises in Germany” quantifies the commitment and progress of 313 leading German companies.

Accelerating the circular economy in Europe

| Despite legislative steps forward over the past five years, efforts to transform Europe’s largely linear, ‘throw-away’ economy into a circular one will require further bold action and strong implementation of existing measures.

EEA: Europe not prepared for rapidly growing climate risks

| Europe is the fastest warming continent in the world, and climate risks are threatening its energy and food security, ecosystems, infrastructure, water resources, financial stability, and people’s health.

Many returned and unsold textiles end up destroyed in Europe

| Textile consumption in Europe causes significant pressures on the environment and climate.

Municipal waste down by 19 kg per person in 2022

| In 2022, the amount of municipal waste generated per person in the EU amounted to 513 kg, 19 kg or 4% per person less than in 2021 (532 kg) and 46 kg more than in 1995 (467 kg).

Global circularity rate is falling steadily every year

| Over the past five years, the number of discussions, debates, and articles related to the circular economy has almost tripled despite the global circularity rate falling from 9.1% to 7.2%. This is according to the Circularity Gap Report 2024, launched by Circle Economy Foundation today. 

EuRIC: Julia Blees becomes new Secretary General

| As the association announced today, Emmanuel Katrakis, who has held the position since it was founded in 2014, will step down at the end of March.

EU exported 32 million tonnes of waste in 2022

| This was a slight decrease of 3% compared with 2021. Imports of waste from non-EU countries decreased by 5% since 2021, amounting to 18.7 million tonnes.

EuRIC Unveils EU Recyclers’ Priorities for 2024-2029

| EuRIC has revealed its strategic priorities for 2024-2029, aimed at integrating recycling into Europe's broader industrial and environmental agenda.

EU economy emissions in 2022: down 22% since 2008

| In 2022, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions generated by economic activities of EU resident units stood at 3.6 billion tonnes of CO2 equivalents (CO2-eq), indicating a 22% decrease compared with 2008.

Meeting EU environment policy targets by 2030 will be challenging

| The EU 8th Environment Action Programme (EAP) builds on the European Green Deal and sets the framework for EU environmental policy until 2030.

Parliament adopts revamped rules to reduce, reuse and recycle packaging

| On Wednesday, Parliament adopted its position on new EU-wide rules on packaging, to tackle constantly growing waste and boost reuse and recycling.

BIR publishes first position paper on EPR

| The BIR has issued its first position paper on extended producer responsibility (EPR), calling for policymakers to ensure that EPR schemes are designed in such a way that they do not disrupt existing efficient markets.

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