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Deforestation in Tropical Countries Linked to European Diets in New Study

One-sixth of the carbon footprint of the average diet in the European Union can be directly linked to deforestation in tropical countries, according to a new study from researchers at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden. The study, due to be published in the May 2019 edition of the journal Global …

EU Grants €6m for Energy Efficient Solutions

An investment totalling €4 million (£3.4m) has been granted for further development of energy efficiency services and renewable energy solutions in Europe. Resalta offers tailored energy efficiency solutions to public and private organisations through the Energy Service Company (ESCO) model, covering everything from project design, implementation, operations and maintenance to …

The Last Straw: European Parliament Votes to Ban Single-Use Plastics

The European parliament has voted to ban single-use plastic cutlery, cotton buds, straws and stirrers as part of a sweeping law against plastic waste that despoils beaches and pollutes oceans. The vote by MEPs paves the way for a ban on single-use plastics to come into force by 2021 in …

European Commission Concludes Palm Oil Is Environmentally Damaging

The European Commission has concluded palm oil is environmentally damaging and results in excessive deforestation. The decision means it is likely to be removed from transport biofuels as it will not contribute to EU renewable transport targets for national governments. The cultivation of palm oil primarily takes place in Indonesia …

New Intelligent Technology for Clean and Connected Vehicles in EU

Manufacturers across the EU are expected to start equipping their vehicles with new intelligent technology to help accelerate the deployment of clean, connected and automated vehicles. The Co-operative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS), to be implemented in line with the EU’s clean mobility targets, will allow vehicles to “talk” to each …

EU Plastic Packaging Recycling Almost Doubled Since 2005

The recycling rate of plastic packaging in the EU stood at more than 42% in 2016, almost double the figure seen in 2005. That’s according to latest figures from Eurostat, which also reveal the recycling rate for packaging waste exceeded 67% during the same period. In total, it found the …

EU Approve Support for French Floating Offshore Wind Farms

The European Commission has given the green light for the French Government’s plans to support four demonstration floating offshore wind farms. They will consist of three to four turbines – installed in the sea on floaters – and will each have a total installed capacity of 24MW. The Groix Belle …