News & events

  • 01 April 2021

    Register for our webinar on ecodesign for circular textiles!

    Did you know that ecodesign requirements for circular textiles can be the key driving factor towards a more environmentally friendly textiles production? Join our webinar and learn about the textiles policies and standards needed to protect our planet - before it turns into the ultimate fashion victim. 

  • 01 April 2021

    Buildings and infrastructure – the forgotten pieces of the EU’s climate strategy

    By Michael Neaves

    One by one, the European Union has been moving forward with its Circular Economy Action Plan, launched a year ago. However, the promised Strategy for a Sustainable Built Environment is nowhere to be found – and it has no defined timeline. NGOs and other concerned groups fear the Commission’s promise could come to nothing, with no meaningful action or legislation in sight.

  • 01 April 2021

    Smart standards for a smarter future – these two could change our lives

    By Luka De Bruyckere

    2021 will see the publication of two new standards essential for smart charging. Under the cryptic names ‘ISO 15118-20’ and ‘EN 50491-12’, hide the vehicle-to-grid (V2G) standard and the Customer Energy Management (CEM) standard. Both are set to boost the deployment of smart charging infrastructures, affecting the daily lives of millions of people across the world.

  • 25 March 2021

    Joint NGO letter – Current draft taxonomy opens ‘backdoor’ for fossil fuels

    By Mathilde Crêpy

    In a joint letter signed by ECOS and 10 more European NGOs sent to the European Commission Executive Vice President Frans Timmermans, we have called on the EU leadership to modify the current draft climate taxonomy as it labels as 'sustainable' any investment made in energy infrastructure converted into hydrogen- or low carbon gas-ready.

  • 17 March 2021

    EU Batteries Regulation: a once-in-a-generation opportunity – joint NGO paper

    A coalition of NGOs – Deutsche Umwelthilfe, ECOS, the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) and Transport & Environment – representing some of Europe’s largest green groups at national level call on ministers to improve the Commission’s proposal for a new EU’s Battery Regulation.

  • 12 March 2021

    ECOS is hiring! – Programme Manager, Bioeconomy

    We are looking for a highly motivated Programme Manager to join our Circular Economy team. The Programme Manager will manage our activities on bioeconomy, specifically on bio-based products, food systems, bioenergy and biodiversity.

  • 11 March 2021

    European Commission confirms lengthy delay, the end of EU strategy for sustainable buildings?

    31 signatories, representing a diverse range of stakeholders, call for delivery of EU Strategy for a Sustainable Built Environment in a letter [1] addressed to European Commission’s executive vice president Frans Timmermans, and commissioners Thierry Breton and Virginijus Sinkevičius.

  • 06 April 2021

    ECOS Newsletter – April 2021

    ECOS has just rebranded, meet the new us! In this issue, discover the new ECOS, with a new name behind the acronym. Learn about the two smart charging standards that could change our daily lives, and find out more about the missing EU strategy on sustainable buildings.

  • 02 March 2021

    ECOS Newsletter – March 2021

    On 1 March, we welcome a new set of energy labels for four product groups: washing machines, dishwashers, fridges and TVs & monitors. Nonetheless, we ask the EU to ramp up ambition to unlock game-changing savings. In this newsletter, find also links to our Annual Work Programme 2021 Annual Review 2021... and much more!

  • 26 January 2021

    ECOS Newsletter – January 2021

    The year 2021 just kicked off - a perfect moment to plan ahead and think of the policy trends to follow for the next 365 days. Sustainable batteries for electric cars, strategies to reduce our energy consumption, a renovation wave for buildings… the year will be packed with political decisions with huge potential to help us (or not) achieve a successful transition to a climate-neutral world.

  • 17 December 2020

    ECOS Newsletter – December 2020

    Warming our homes should not come at the expense of our planet. In this issue, find our latest reports on phasing out fossil-fuel heating and our vision for a clean mobility, focusing on requirements for batteries, tyre degradation and smart charging systems. On top, find out why 100% recycled-plastic claims are almost never true and read our views on sustainable product rules, textiles in protective equipment and the EU taxonomy on green investments.

  • 13 November 2020

    ECOS Newsletter – November 2020

    In this issue: 'fight' starts in Brussels to set official green finance list, new energy labels coming up for TVs and kitchen appliances, new ECOS video explaining our work and why standards are important for our planet... and much more!

  • 22 September 2020

    ECOS Newsletter – September 2020

    Join us for our conference on circularity in construction and learn more about our response to new developments in environmental sustainability such as the EU Sustainable Products Initiative, the evolution of a standard on plastic tethered caps and EU legislation for better information to consumers.

  • 13 July 2020

    ECOS Newsletter – July 2020

    Discover why portable air conditioners are a bad choice for the environment, our latest report on how to make batteries more sustainable, our answer to the latest EU hydrogen strategy, and many more news from ECOS!

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