Public consultation on chemical, product and waste legislation – open until 29th October

The European Commission public consultation addressing the interface between chemical, product and waste legislation is open until 29th of October 2018. This public consultation follows the Commission’s analysis of the interface between chemical, product and waste legislation, published January 2018. The objectives of the public consultation is to address stakeholder reaction to these options and questions posed with regard to four issues:

  • insufficient information about substances of concern in products and waste;
  • the presence of substances of concern in recycled materials;
  • uncertainties about how materials can cease to be waste; and
  • difficulties in applying EU waste classification methodologies and impacts on the recyclability of materials.

The public consultation welcomes contribution from any interested party, including private citizens, companies, organisations, public authorities etc. The questionnaire is available here.

Circular economy – check why it is the hot topic for Horizon 2020

On the 2nd December 2015 the European Commission adopted the Circular Economy Package to address the growing challenge of the excessive use of resources and, in a long term, to develop a sustainable, low carbon, resource efficient and competitive economy in Europe.

If you want to know why circular economy is the ‘hot topic’ for the European Commission and how you, within the framework of Horizon 2020 and SC5, can support the transition of Europe into the circular economy, this article is for you!

Circular Economy – the concept

The idea behind the Circular Economy lies in closing the loop in a life cycle of a product. Currently, our economy is based on the following linear sequence: extraction of resources ->production of goods ->use-of those goods -> disposal of waste generated in the production and consumption process (approach known as ‘from cradle to grave’). In this approach, there is a substantial gap where valuable resources and materials get wasted and a tremendous amount of waste is generated, directly leading to environmental damage and climate change.

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If we close the loop, we will arrive to the following circular sequence: production of goods -> use-of those goods -> waste management -> re-use of waste in another production circuit (approach known as ‘from cradle to cradle’). The focus of circular economy is, therefore, on the re-use of waste generated in the life cycle of a product, decrease in the extraction and use of raw materials and limitation of the amount of disposed waste.

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Advanced Training Course on “Emerging biotechnologies for sustainable waste management and biorefinery development”: deadline call for abstract March 2nd, 2016

bioassort logoAn Advanced Training Course focused on “Emerging Biotechnologies for Sustainable Waste Management” organized by University of Naples “Federico II” will be held at ‘Sala
Azzurra’ in Monte Sant’Angelo (via Cintia 80126, Naples) on  April 4th-5th 2016.

The Course is addressed to Master graduates, PhD students and PhD. The participation is free of charge and it is based on abstracts evaluation and selection.The deadline for abstract submission is March 2nd 2016.

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