News & events

  • 17 November 2021

    ECOS Newsletter – November 2021

    What's the battery health of this car? In a world where electric cars become commonplace, this will be the first question to ask when buying a second-hand car. However, without reliable and comparable indicators, getting a reliable answer on the 'state of health' of used batteries will be difficult. A crucial milestone on the road to European standards for sustainable batteries has been achieved: CEN and CENELEC accepted the European Commission's standardisation request for new definitions and technical specifications - one small step towards decarbonised mobility.

  • 12 October 2021

    ECOS Newsletter – October 2021

    The Sustainable Products Initiative disappeared from the Commission’s planned agenda for 14 December. Instead, this crucial initiative will be pushed to 2022 - this is not a surprise. Our recent report shows that the Commission has been actively defunding ecodesign and energy labelling, two incredibly successful policies which lie at the heart of the SPI. Delays in ecodesign and energy labelling updates are estimated to account for a total 10 million tonnes (CO2eq) of additional emissions by 2030 – as Coolproducts calculations show. Au revoir to SPI in 2021.

  • 13 September 2021

    ECOS Newsletter – September 2021

    September will be the moment of truth for the future in heating. At the end of this month, EU member states will gather to discuss the future of boilers on 27 and 28 September, during a consultation forum on ecodesign and energy labelling regulations for water and space heaters. On the table, a Commission proposal that could offer a golden ticket for fossil-fuel boilers, keeping them in our homes well beyond 2050. We can’t let that happen – there is no room for fossil-fuel heating in a net-zero world.

  • 07 July 2021

    ECOS Newsletter – July 2021

    ECOS is officially 20 – and we are in better shape than ever! To mark our anniversary, we got into a time machine… and travelled both to the past and the future. First, we revisited some of our milestones and success stories in an interactive timeline. Looking ahead, we envisioned an international standardisation system that works for the environment and wondered how sustainable products could become the norm if policymakers gave them a true push today.

  • 04 June 2021

    ECOS Newsletter – June 2021

    Standards can significantly influence how laws are applied in practice – and environmental legislation is no different. This month, we bring you a crystal-clear example: plastics. In addition, Bond Beter Leefmilieu's Angelos Koutsis explains how his organisation led 8 of the biggest Flemish cities to sign a manifesto for fossil-free home heating.

  • 07 May 2021

    ECOS Newsletter – May 2021

    In this issue, find insightful stories analysing two EU policies with an important impact on the environment: the EU climate taxonomy, and the Battery Regulation proposal. In addition, read our report: an-depth analysis of how the EU should implement ecodesign policies in textiles to boost the transition towards a circular economic model for fashion.

  • 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.

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