Environment

  • 21 February 2024

    The RadiciGroup’s roadmap to a sustainable future

    An ambitious project, designed to enhance RadiciGroup's transparency and commitment to develop a responsible business along its entire value chain from an economic, social and environmental perspective and focus on the ever more widespread and stringent sustainability regulatory requirements. These...
  • 21 February 2024

    Greenwashing: first limitations for environmental claims from the EU

    After the European Parliament gave the green light to a directive against greenwashing and misleading commercial information by companies on 18 January, the Internal Market and Environment committees recently adopted their position on the rules on how firms can validate their environmental marketing claims...
  • 21 February 2024

    The PPWR may not be in line with EU law

    In a joint press release, EuPC (European Plastics Converters), the association of European plastics converters, Elipso, the association of French plastics packaging manufacturers, and IK (Industrievereinigung Kunststoffverpackungen), the association of German plastics packaging and film manufacturers, announced that...
  • 07 February 2024

    European plastic recycling industry growth threatened by shrinking market

    Latest figures show that the total European installed plastics recycling capacity stands at 12.5 million tonnes in 2022. Due to heavy market disruptions, the growth rate went down from 17% to 10%, year-on-year. These are the figures proposed by Plastics Recyclers Europe (PRE), the European federation of...
  • 10 January 2024

    Celanese begins carbon capture and utilization to produce sustainable materials

    Celanese, a global specialty materials and chemical company, announced it has begun running a carbon capture and utilization (CCU) project at its Clear Lake, Texas, site as part of its Fairway Methanol joint venture with Mitsui & Co. The project is expected to capture 180,000 metric tons of CO2 industrial...
  • 20 December 2023

    PPWR: EU Council adopts a “general approach”

    On 18 December the European Council has reached an agreement ('general approach') on a proposal for a regulation on packaging and packaging waste. The aim is to tackle the increase in packaging waste generated in the EU, while harmonising the internal market for packaging and boosting the circular economy...
  • 13 December 2023

    European project on the impact of micro- and nano-plastics on human health

    To assess the possible effects on human health of inhaled or ingested micro- and nano-plastics. This is the aim of the European Polyrisk project, which brings together 15 partners from 7 EU countries, including Enea and the University of Utrecht (the Netherlands) as coordinator. The study...
  • 05 December 2023

    European Parliament vote on PPWR does not satisfy EuPC

    “Packaging neutrality objectives and similar material circularity targets will create the level playing field that Europe really needs.” stated EuPC managing director Bernard Merkx in his first reaction to the vote pf European Parliament on PPWR. The European Parliament adopted its negotiating position on the...
  • 05 December 2023

    European Parliament sends mixed signals to the bioplastics sector

    European Bioplastics (EUBP) commends the European Parliament for recognising the role of compostable plastics in achieving packaging waste prevention and reaching recycling targets. EUBP welcomes a less prescriptive approach, such as the one adopted by the European Parliament in plenary...
  • 05 December 2023

    A coalition for zero emissions by 2050

    To drive the global chemical industry on a path to net-zero emissions by 2050, the Low-Carbon Emitting Technologies (LCET) initiative, incubated and hosted by the World Economic Forum for more than three years, has now officially launched as the independent Global Impact Coalition...
  • 29 November 2023

    EU vote on PPWR: common sense and scientific approach prevail

    With the approval of the amendments on the new Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation (PPWR), the European Parliament's vote on Wednesday 22 November 2023 goes in the desired direction, having accepted the proposals made forward by Italy - a leader in Europe for waste recycling capacity - on the most controversial issues of the regulation...
  • 22 November 2023

    Tighter EU rules on waste exports

    European Parliament and Council reached a provisional agreement on revising EU procedures and control measures for waste shipments. The agreed law aims to protect the environment and human health more effectively, while contributing to achieve the EU’s climate neutrality, circular economy and zero pollution goals...
  • 15 November 2023

    Art changes the approach to waste and the workplace

    Once again IMG (based in Capriano del Colle, near Brescia) becomes an art gallery. After the successful exhibition of the works of Stefano Bombardieri last April, which attracted hundreds of visitors, this time the company has decided to host an artist from Bergamo to celebrate the year of Bergamo and Brescia as Italy’s Capitals of Culture...
  • 08 November 2023

    A roadmap for the ecological transition of the European plastics industry

    European plastics manufacturers have agreed a “Plastics Transition” roadmap to accelerate the transition to make plastics circular, drive lifecycle emissions to net zero, and foster the sustainable use of plastics. Plastics Europe and its members share societal concerns about the...
  • 08 November 2023

    Reducing plastic waste: easier said than done for ECA

    EU lawmakers are currently striving to overhaul the bloc’s packaging rules for increased sustainability. The new Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation aims to reduce waste thanks to higher recycling and reuse targets. The controversial law, which covers multiple packaging sectors, is considered an...
  • 18 October 2023

    Reusable PET bottle made entirely of recycled material

    The packaging and recycling specialist Alpla and the mineral water company Privatbrunnen Tönissteiner Sprudel have developed a reusable PET bottle made entirely of recycled material. The reusable 1-litre bottle for mineral water reduces carbon consumption and also offers...
  • 11 October 2023

    Joint venture for rubber recycling

    A trio of Sumitomo companies, along with a US recycling specialist, are combining their expertise to accelerate Sumitomo's circular economy efforts and advance effective waste recycling solutions across different sectors. The joint venture between Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Sumitomo Riko Company Limited, Sumitomo Electric Industries and…
  • 10 October 2023

    In Malaysia the largest chemical recycling plant in Asia

    Petronas Chemicals Group Berhad (PCG) has reached the final investment decision to construct Asia’s largest advanced chemical recycling plant with a capacity of 33 kilo-tonnes per annum. The plant which will be located in Pengerang (Malaysia) is targeted to be operational by the first half of 2026. The investment announcement also saw...
  • 27 September 2023

    Certified carbon footprint and traceability of Mater-Bi

    In a market context characterised by an European regulatory framework that is increasingly focused on transparency and the prevention of greenwashing, as opposed to often fake ecologism, in a state of dangerous resurgence of illegality, being a Novamont partner will henceforth be synonymous with a guarantee...