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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, ...

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 ...

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.

Cette étude, commandée par le département thématique des droits des citoyens et des affaires constitutionnelles du Parlement européen à la demande de la commission des pétitions (PETI), porte sur l’omniprésence des plastiques et examine le consensus de plus en plus répandu sur les éventuelles incidences écolo-toxicologiques de ces matériaux, en particulier des plus petites particules plastiques, appelées microplastiques. Elle évoque les possibles stratégies d’atténuation destinées à limiter la prévalence ...

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 mai 2018, pour lutter contre les déchets marins, la Commission européenne a présenté une proposition législative ciblant les dix principaux objets en plastique à usage unique retrouvés sur les plages européennes ainsi que le matériel de pêche, qui constituent quelque 70 % des déchets marins échoués sur les plages en Europe. En décembre 2018, les négociations interinstitutionnelles avec le Conseil ont débouché sur un accord, sur lequel le Parlement doit se prononcer lors de la session plénière ...

Plastics in a circular economy

En bref 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 ...

Dans le cadre de la transition vers une économie circulaire, la Commission européenne a présenté en 2015 quatre propositions législatives destinées à améliorer la gestion des déchets dans l’Union européenne. Les négociations en première lecture avec le Conseil ont débouché sur un compromis, qui sera soumis au vote du Parlement lors de la période de session d’avril.