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Discover our work – Spotlight on Steel

To meet EU and global climate targets, decarbonisation of the steel industry is essential: the sector produces 200 Mt CO₂ per year in the EU1 alone, and is responsible for approximately 5% of global CO₂ emissions, a large portion of which still comes from coal-based production. Circularity, resource efficiency and decarbonisation of production processes are key to reducing these emissions.

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  • 29 March 2021

    ECOS and EEB comments on the proposed amendments to the Fertilising Products Regulation (EU) 2019/1009

    The Fertilisers Products Regulation (FRP) was a step forward and the present amendments help to improve its applicability. However, the enormous disparities between the different industries involved – from multinational mineral fertiliser producers to localised composting sites – mean that the search for a level playing-field through harmonised criteria results in a regulation much more favourable to the bigger players. It is difficult to avoid composts and digestates being penalised through a multitude of testing obligations that weigh heavily on the production costs of small installations.

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  • 17 March 2021

    Enhancing the sustainability of batteries: A joint NGOs’ position paper on the EU Battery Regulation proposal

    In this position paper, environmental civil society organisations (Environmental Coalition on Standards, Transport & Environment, Deutsche Umwelthilfe and the European Environmental Bureau) go through the measures proposed by the European Commission and point out aspects that are either missing or should be improved.

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  • 24 February 2021

    Joint position – Urgent call to improve WEEE treatment, collection, logistics and preparation for re-use in Europe

    12 environmental NGOs and representatives of waste treatment operators call for setting new European legal requirements to improve e-waste treatment, collection, logistics and preparation for reuse inspired from the existing European CENELEC standards.

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  • 10 February 2021

    Determining recycled content with the ‘mass balance approach’ – Joint paper ECOS / Zero Waste Europe / Rethink Plastic alliance

    If the label on the bottle in your hand said it was made from recycled plastic, would you believe it? Depending on the method behind the claim, the bottle might contain little to no recycled content at all. This position paper highlights recommendations to ensure that the methodologies for determining recycled content are developed in a manner which contributes to a circular economy, in a broad range of sectors: from single-use packaging to vehicles from electronics to textiles.

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  • 28 January 2021

    Ecodesign & energy labelling requirements for mobile phones and tablets – joint NGO response to European Commission inception impact assessment

    Read our feedback to the European Commission's initiative for 'Energy labelling of mobile phones and tablets – informing consumers about environmental impact'. Co-signed by ECOS, EEB, Coolproducts, Right to Repair and iFixit.

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  • 25 January 2021

    Key recommendations for the development of further EU-wide end-of-waste (EoW) criteria

    The European Commission plans to develop further EU-wide end-of-waste (EoW) criteria. Together with other 11 non-profit organisations, we give a set of recommendations to the European Commission on how to develop further the EU EoW criteria.

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  • 10 December 2020

    Five years left – How ecodesign and energy labelling can decarbonise heating

    Decarbonising heating is both necessary and entirely possible. The good news is that the barriers to doing so are not technological — they are political. The legislative tools are already in place; they simply need sufficient strengthening.

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  • 23 February 2021

    Annual Review 2020

    2020 was a year like no other. With governments concentrating on weathering the storm, it was crucial for the environmental organisations to remind policymakers and standardisers that climate crisis was not going away. Through the turmoil, we kept advocating for a green recovery with ambitious policies and robust standards at the heart of any economic stimulus following the COVID-19 pandemic.

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  • 04 February 2021

    Work Programme 2021

    2021 will see our 20th anniversary. For two decades, ECOS has been breaking down the barriers between standardisation work, environmental policy and legislation, and environmental NGOs. But 2021 will be more than just a celebration. It will be a pivotal year to address environmental emergencies.

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  • 02 March 2020

    Annual Review 2019

    In 2019, ECOS not only delivered on its objectives, but also continued to grow. Thanks to a committed team, members, external experts, and support from funders, we were able to expand our work to new policy areas and campaigns. Take a look at our Annual Review 2019!

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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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  • 15 March 2018

    ECOS Work Programme 2018

    Learn about our activities planned for 2018!

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  • 03 March 2021

    Discover our work – Spotlight on Steel

    To meet EU and global climate targets, decarbonisation of the steel industry is essential: the sector produces 200 Mt CO₂ per year in the EU1 alone, and is responsible for approximately 5% of global CO₂ emissions, a large portion of which still comes from coal-based production. Circularity, resource efficiency and decarbonisation of production processes are key to reducing these emissions.

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  • 12 January 2021

    Unbundling chargers and devices – ECOS answer to EU Commission’s survey

    A comprehensive decoupling policy could cut up to 29,000 tonnes of e-waste per year, as much as over 70 International Space Stations put together. The associated positive climate impacts would equal over 1,800 kilotonnes of CO2 equivalent spared, which corresponds to some 1 million cars being taken off our roads. We provided our views as part of a survey to inform a European Commission study assessing the sale of mobile chargers without a charger.

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  • 14 October 2020

    Discover our work – Spotlight on Electronic Waste

    Every year we generate over 10 million tonnes of e-waste in Europe ‒ it is one of our fastest growing waste streams. Only about half of the discarded appliances are collected, and just 40% are recycled ‒ far from the EU targets. Learn what we do tackle the e-problem!

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  • 22 September 2020

    Discover our work – Spotlight on cement & concrete

    Concrete is, after water, the material we consume the most. It is made of a mixture of gravel, sand, water and the key ingredient, cement, acting as the glue holding it all together. The main ingredient for common cement is the so-called “Portland clinker”. Its 3.2 billion tonnes produced each year contribute to the 8% of global CO2 emissions for which the sector is responsible. But clinker is far from irreplaceable. Read our one-pager and learn how cement impacts the environment and what we can do about that.

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  • 04 August 2020

    Discover our work – Spotlight on textiles

    We all need clothes. The way we produce and use them, however, needs to change – urgently. Today’s textile industry is far from sustainable, with enormous environmental and social impacts. It must move away from the “buy – use – throw away” pattern and adopt a real circular model. Read our one-pager to find out more!

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  • 15 July 2020

    Infographic – One Charger To Fit Them All

    A visual summary of our paper, which contributes to the ongoing policy debate on the best way forward towards achieving the objectives of the newly announced common charger initiative. It determines the reasons behind past policy failures and examines the technology trends, considering how these are likely to impact consumers, the market and the environment in the future.

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  • 27 February 2020

    Infographic – Long Live The Machine: How ecodesign & energy labelling can prevent premature obsolescence of laptops

    Our new infographic shows that the EU ecodesign and energy labelling regulatory instruments have a great potential to contribute to the reversal of the current throwaway culture, double laptop lifetimes, and save some 5 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent by 2030 – equivalent to taking nearly 3 million cars off the road.

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