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The steel sector is one of the most challenging sectors to decarbonise and has recently received special attention owing to the potential use of low-carbon hydrogen (green and blue) to reduce its fuel combustion and process-related carbon emissions. This report addresses concerns that might arise while evaluating the potential and limitations of the future role of hydrogen in decarbonising the iron and steel industries. The report provides a comprehensive overview of current technical knowledge, ...

Living in the EU: Circular economy

De un vistazo 16-03-2021

Circular economy is a production and consumption model that involves reusing, repairing, refurbishing and recycling existing materials and products to keep materials within the economy. It implies that waste becomes a resource, consequently minimising the actual amount of waste. The circular model is generally the antithesis of a traditional, linear economic model, which is based on a 'take-make-consume-throw away' pattern. This paper looks at the job creation potential and added value produced by ...

New circular economy action plan

De un vistazo 04-02-2021

Moving to a circular economy is key for achieving EU climate action, nature protection and sustainability ambitions, and also delivering benefits for innovation, growth and jobs. During the February session, Parliament is expected to vote on an own-initiative report on the Commission's proposed plan for more circularity.

Este estudio, encargado por el Departamento Temático de Derechos de los Ciudadanos y Asuntos Constitucionales del Parlamento Europeo a petición de la Comisión de Peticiones (PETI), se centra en el uso generalizado de plásticos y revisa el consenso creciente respecto a los posibles impactos ecotoxicológicos de estos materiales, en especial de las partículas plásticas más pequeñas, denominadas microplásticos. Se examinan posibles estrategias de mitigación encaminadas a reducir la prevalencia de los ...

The European Union (EU) Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) is a voluntary management instrument for companies and other organisations wanting to evaluate, report and continuously improve their environmental performance. In 2007, as part of its commitment to making a long-term contribution to sustainable development, the European Parliament became one of the few EU institutions and the first parliament in the EU to obtain EMAS certification. Through its environmental management system it is able ...

EU fertilising products

Briefing 26-06-2019

Fertilising products are used to improve plant growth, mainly in agriculture, enabling higher crop yields. However, they are associated with some challenges as regards security of supply, the environment and health. Although the 2003 Fertilisers Regulation, which aimed at ensuring an internal market in fertilisers, has been effective, it mainly addresses mineral fertilisers and deters the introduction of new types of fertilisers. In March 2016, the Commission put forward a legislative proposal on ...

En mayo de 2018, la Comisión Europea presentó una propuesta legislativa para combatir la basura marina concentrándose en los diez principales artículos de plástico de un solo uso que se encuentran en las playas europeas y en los artes de pesca, que, en conjunto, equivalen a cerca del 70 % de los residuos marinos de las playas europeas. Las negociaciones interinstitucionales con el Consejo desembocaron en un acuerdo en diciembre de 2018, que el Parlamento deberá votar en su periodo parcial de sesiones ...

Plastics in a circular economy

De un vistazo 05-09-2018

Plastics are widely used across all sectors of the economy. However, the treatment of plastic waste poses several challenges. To address these, the Commission published a strategy for plastics in a circular economy in January 2018. The European Parliament is expected to adopt an own-initiative resolution on the communication during its September 2018 plenary session.

Although waste management in the EU has improved considerably in recent decades, over a quarter of municipal waste is still landfilled and less than half is recycled or composted, with wide variations between Member States. Improving waste manage¬ment could deliver positive effects for the environment, climate, human health and the economy. As part of a shift towards a circular economy, the European Commission made four legislative proposals introducing new waste-management targets regarding reuse ...

En el marco de la transición hacia una economía circular, la Comisión Europea presentó en 2015 cuatro propuestas legislativas destinadas a mejorar la gestión de los residuos en la Unión. En las negociaciones en primera lectura con el Consejo se consiguió un acuerdo que el Parlamento debe votar durante la sesión plenaria de abril.