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Discover our work – Spotlight on plastic pellets

In the EU alone, 167 000 tonnes of plastic pellets enter the environment every year, making it the second largest source of primary microplastic pollution after tyre wear and tear. The good news is, this can easily be prevented. How? Read our one-pager and find out!

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  • 14 January 2020

    Games Consoles: Position on the Proposed Updated Voluntary Agreement

    The game console industry has proposed an update of its Self-Regulatory Initiative (SRI) under the Ecodesign Directive, following an independent review study completed in 20191. The position paper summarises the views of environmental NGOs in relation to the revision and puts forward changes that are essential in order for the proposed SRI to constitute a genuine first step towards the level of ambition expected from an ecodesign measure.

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  • 10 December 2019

    The next circular economy action plan: Priority measures for the European Commission

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  • 19 November 2019

    Review of the CENELEC Standards on Collection & Treatment of WEEE

    The CENELEC standards fulfil an important function by detailing technical requirements for the safe and environmentally sound collection and treatment of WEEE as prescribed by the WEEE Directive. However, there are several shortcomings that should be addressed for the standards to be regarded as 100% state of the art. We call for an in-depth revision of all the standards, particularly of EN 50625-1, TS 50625-4 and EN 50614. As a start, this paper lists the key aspects that need to be improved for the standards to effectively contribute to a circular economy.

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  • 20 January 2020

    Work Programme 2020

    2020 is shaping up to be a pivotal year. We will continue to help shape ambitious political, legislative and standardisation strategies to promote the urgent transition to a clean and circular economy and combat climate change. We will also keep pushing for the standardisation system at all levels to be more inclusive so as to enable effective participation of our environmental voice.

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  • 01 May 2019

    ECOS Annual Report 2018

    ECOS had a fantastic 2018! Our successes helped shape standards and laws combatting climate change, promoting clean energy and a circular economy.

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  • 20 February 2019

    ECOS Work Programme 2019

    ECOS Work Programme 2019 is now available for download! Take a look at our priorities!

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  • 24 February 2020

    Discover our work – Spotlight on plastic pellets

    In the EU alone, 167 000 tonnes of plastic pellets enter the environment every year, making it the second largest source of primary microplastic pollution after tyre wear and tear. The good news is, this can easily be prevented. How? Read our one-pager and find out!

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  • 18 February 2020

    Discover our work – Spotlight on hydrogen

    The simplest, lightest and most plentiful element in the universe, hydrogen quickly rose on the political agenda as an easy way to decarbonise energy systems. Unfortunately, it is rather far from being a clean solution. Learn about our work on hydrogen and why we need to make sure that it is sourced from renewables.

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  • 29 October 2019

    Discover our work – Spotlight on biodegradable plastics

    Biodegradable plastics are often seen as improved versions of regular plastics. There is a certain comfort in thinking that our plastic products could disappear completely, as if they had never existed. However, the reality is very different. Biodegradable plastics are not an alternative to regular plastics. It is important to keep in mind that biodegradability is only an end-of-life management option. Prevention of plastic production and use, but also reuse, rank higher in the waste hierarchy and are simply a better choice.

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