10 key improvements to get the Circular Economy back on track

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Eleven NGOs working on the circular economy, including the Quaker Council for European Affairs, have come together to sign a statement outlining the 10 improvements that need to be made to the European Commission’s waste proposals, to get the Circular Economy package back on track. The Commission’s revised Circular Economy Package is weaker and less […]

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QCEA response to energy-from-waste roadmap

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This response is the Quaker Council for European Affairs feedback on the recently published European Commission energy-from-waste roadmap. QCEA is concerned that this roadmap on the energy-from-waste communication could undermine the European Union’s laudable attempts to transition to a circular economy. Our response outlines a number of our concerns: overcapacity and lock-ins, waste prevention and […]

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Commission breaks “more ambitious” promise with new circular economy package

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Brussels, 2 December 2015 – for immediate release. The European Commission’s revised circular economy package, which was released today, aiming to make Europe less wasteful, but the package represents a step backwards from the Commission’s proposals in July 2014. When withdrawing the earlier proposals in December 2014, Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans promised to bring […]

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Action alert: Call on the Commission to develop an ambitious circular economy proposal!

Reduce, reuse, recycle and waste not, want not. Two common phrases, but we need to make sure these principles are incorporated into European policy. A truly ambitious circular economy can help make sure we get the maximum value from the resources we use, eliminating waste, and making the economy work within environmental limits, rather than […]

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Walking the Circle – the 4 guiding pillars for a Circular Economy

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This paper outlines four key areas that QCEA, along with 11 other NGOs, believes that European Union institutions should work on to ensure a comprehensive European circular economy. The EU must focus on efficient material management, the reduction of toxic substances, energy efficiency and economic incentives. Working ambitiously across all these areas. in conjunction with […]

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Around Europe 360 December 2014 – January 2015

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In this issue of Around Europe, Sevasti Christoforou examines the issues of identifying, recording and addressing hate crime across the European Union, and the variance between EU Member States. George Thurley discusses how citizens and local governments can act as pioneers on climate and environment issues, bypassing necessary compromises at the national and European levels. Andrew […]

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Übersicht der QCEA-Stellungnahmen zur „Europa 2020“-Konsultation

[For English, click here] Die Europäische Kommission leitet ein Konsultationsverfahren zum Thema „Europa 2020“. Bei „Europa 2020“ handelt es sich um einen- von der EU entwickelten- Plan mit den Schwerpunkten Wachstum und Arbeit zur Förderung der europäischen Wirtschaft. Dieser Wirtschaftsplan beinhaltet auch Klima- und Energiezielsetzungen. QCEA’s Antworten fokussieren sich auf diese beiden Bereiche. Die drei […]

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