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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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  • 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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  • 18 November 2019

    Policy paper – Safe fire safety for everyone: Avoid toxic flame retardants in our furniture

    Many fire safety standards exist in the EU Member States, as part of more general product safety efforts. As a result, furniture and bedding manufacturers often need to use materials like foam or textiles treated with (or containing) flame retardants to comply with old fashioned fire safety standards. However, these substances are not proven to prevent fire and are usually toxic to humans, animals and the environment.

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  • 12 September 2019

    New position paper! Let’s keep fossil fuels out of green investments

    We call for a truly sustainable EU Taxonomy, which excludes all fossil-generated hydrogen, electricity and heat. This will allow the focus to remain on the many existing safe, efficient and economically viable ways to produce fully decarbonised electricity and heat from renewables.

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  • 22 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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  • 15 March 2018

    ECOS Work Programme 2018

    Learn about our activities planned for 2018!

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  • 28 February 2017

    ECOS Work Programme 2017

    Read all about our 2017 activities!

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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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  • 24 September 2019

    ECOS Comments on the Guidance on practical aspects of the implementation of Regulation (EU) No. 1025/2012

    We welcome further clarification of Regulation (EU) 1025/2012 in many aspects, including the legal nature of standards, the implementation of the provisions and principles of transparency and inclusiveness, and the interaction between policy-makers and standardisation organisations during the Standardisation Request process.

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  • 16 September 2019

    Discover our work – Spotlight on refrigerants

    Alternative climate-friendly refrigerants can and should be used in place of all F-gases, bringing substantial improvements in the climate performance of heating and cooling systems. This, in turn, would greatly contribute to the mitigation of climate change, one of the main points on ECOS agenda.

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