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Transitioning Europe towards zero waste and a circular economy requires transforming our society. To achieve this bold vision, stakeholders and citizens need to be empowered with accessible and powerful information in order to become change agents in their communities.

 

Zero Waste Europe has been at the forefront of Europe’s transition to zero waste and circular economy since its creation in 2013. During this time, we have created resources in order to help accelerate the transition towards a zero waste Europe, which you can find in our online library, designed with you in mind.

 

Whether you are a decision-maker after policy briefings outlining the negative impacts of waste incineration, an entrepreneur searching for the latest case studies on zero waste business models, an activist looking for a guide on separate collection of waste or a journalist looking for fact-sheets on the benefits of zero waste – our library is for you.

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7 Steps to Effectively Legislate Chemical Recycling

Our latest joint statement with the Rethink Plastic alliance, and notably ECOS, EEB and HCWH outlines key steps for effective legislation of chemical recycling in the EU.

 

Available in English

Making GHG accounting work for climate – recommendations for accounting methodology for Recycled Carbon Fuels

Zero Waste Europe released a policy briefing to act as guidance for the European Commission. In light of their proposals on accounting methodology for potential greenhouse gas emissions from so called ‘recycled carbon fuels’.

Available in English

Recycled Carbon Fuels in the Renewable Energy Directive

Our latest policy briefing with Bellona EU & the Rethink Plastic alliance concerns using non-renewable plastic fuels under transport targets within REDII, making recommendations for how to maintain circular economy promises.

Building a bridge strategy for residual waste. Material Recovery and Biological Treatment to manage residual waste within a circular economy

Zero Waste Europe releases today a policy briefing which highlights the importance of defining a new strategy for managing residual waste that corresponds with the requirements of the age of climate emergency that we are living in. The report defines an approach based on Material Recovery and Biological Treatment as a bridge strategy for managing residuals within a circular economy.

Available in English, Polish & Italian.

FAQ on COVID-19 and zero waste

Zero Waste Europe analyses the impacts of COVID-19 on zero waste and suggests what can be done to keep working toward a zero waste future.

Available in English & Italian.

Joint NGOs Statement – Ten Priorities for the European Commission’s Climate Taxonomy Delegated Acts

We joined other nearly 100 NGOs, to call on the European Commission to implement an effective and science-based EU Climate Taxonomy Delegated Acts. If done properly, the Taxonomy should help end greenwashing in the finance sector by showing which investments are truly sustainable. The Taxonomy can also play an even bigger role, helping the post-crisis EU economy become more resilient by guiding the EU’s green recovery spending. Read the ten demands and full list of signatories.

Available in English.

The landfill target may work against the circular economy. Should we minimise percentages or tonnes?

This Policy Briefing which analyses in depth the new Landfill Directive, part of the Circular Economy Package adopted in 2018. Specifically, the landfill minimisation target obliges Member States to limit the amount of municipal waste due to be landfilled to 10% or less of municipal waste generated at any given year by 2035. As the briefing describes, meeting the target is extremely challenging and the way it’s defined and must be calculated (in any given year and defined as a percentage) may contradict the overarching principles of the EU Circular Economy Agenda.

 

Available in English, Spanish & French

Hidden temperatures: emissions implications of temperatures in the post-combustion zone of waste incinerators

This Case Study written by ToxicoWatch puts the spotlight on the REC Dutch waste incineration plant, highlighting current failures to provide transparency, clear policy guidance and effective implementation.

 

Available in English.

Letter to EU Commission on new subsidies for waste-to-energy plants in Poland

The European Commission approved new Cohesion Fund aid of more than €100m to build two waste-to-energy incineration plants in Poland. Our Polish member, TNZ, highlights in a letter how this contradicts other commission legislation, such as the recently approved taxonomy regulation.

Available in English

Climate Bonds Initiative criteria for waste management

The Climate Bonds Initiative (CBI) claims to be the world’s preeminent authority on sustainable finance. Yet its recently published Waste Management Criteria endorses waste incineration outside the EU as a sustainable investment. This reveals an alarming double standard in its environmental and social principles and ignores the demands of more than a hundred civil society organisations that urged CBI to protect the circular economy and the climate from this technology. Read our policy paper.

Available in English.

Counting Carbon: a lifecycle assessment guide for plastic fuels

Converting fossil plastics to fuels is sometimes marketed as a part of the solution to the environmental and waste problems the plastic industry is currently facing. This briefing shows that when full cradle-to-grave lifecycle assessments are made, the fossil carbon embedded within plastics becomes much more apparent. Policy briefing with Rethink Plastic alliance and Bellona EU.

 

Available in English

Zero Waste Europe response to the new Circular Economy Action Plan Consultation

Zero Waste Europe welcomes the European Commission’s commitment to developing its Circular Economy efforts as part of the European Green Deal and we are happy to submit our recommendations in line with our vision to create a zero waste Europe. Read our response to the new Circular Economy Action Plan (CEAP) Consultation.

Available in English.

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