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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

W skrócie 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

W skrócie 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.

This study, commissioned by the European Parliament’s Policy Department for Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs at the request of the Committee on Petitions (PETI), focuses on the pervasive use of plastics and reviews the rising consensus on the potential eco-toxicological impacts of these materials, in particular of smaller plastic particles, dubbed microplastics. It discusses possible mitigation strategies aimed at curtailing the prevalence of (micro)plastics, as well as emerging alternatives ...

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 ...

W maju 2018 r. Komisja Europejska przedłożyła wniosek ustawodawczy w celu rozwiązania problemu odpadów w morzach, koncentrując się na dziesięciu kluczowych plastikowych przedmiotach jednorazowego użytku zalegających na europejskich plażach, a także na narzędziach połowowych, które łącznie stanowią około 70 % odpadów morskich zanieczyszczających plaże w Europie. Negocjacje międzyinstytucjonalne z Radą zaowocowały porozumieniem osiągniętym w grudniu 2018 r., nad którym Parlament ma głosować podczas ...

Tworzywa sztuczne są powszechnie stosowane we wszystkich gałęziach gospodarki. Jednak przetwarzanie odpadów z tworzyw sztucznych stanowi wyzwanie. Z myślą o stawieniu mu czoła Komisja opublikowała w styczniu 2018 r. strategię na rzecz tworzyw sztucznych w gospodarce o obiegu zamkniętym. Parlament Europejski przyjmie rezolucję z własnej inicjatywy w sprawie komunikatu podczas sesji plenarnej we wrześniu 2018 r.

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 ...

W 2015 r. w ramach działań w kierunku przejścia na gospodarkę o obiegu zamkniętym Komisja Europejska przedłożyła cztery wnioski ustawodawcze mające na celu poprawę gospodarowania odpadami w Unii Europejskiej. Rezultatem negocjacji w pierwszym czytaniu było porozumienie z Radą, które zostanie poddane pod głosowanie w Parlamencie podczas kwietniowej sesji plenarnej.