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Too good to be true? A study of green claims on plastic products

Our new report examines types of online green claims consumers are faced with on plastic products, and explains how they could be misunderstood or even counter environmental objectives.

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  • 12 July 2021

    Position paper: The role of legislation and standards in mainstreaming reusable packaging

    The ongoing revision of the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive provides a crucial window of opportunity to dramatically reduce the amount of single-use packaging wasted in the EU and make eco-efficient reusable packaging systems more widespread. The possibilities for a systemic shift towards reusable packaging are analysed through a smart combination of ambitious targets for single-use packaging to be replaced by reusables, clear definitions, and harmonised sector-specific formats, systems and protocols.

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  • 08 July 2021

    Too good to be true? A study of green claims on plastic products

    Our new report examines types of online green claims consumers are faced with on plastic products, and explains how they could be misunderstood or even counter environmental objectives.

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  • 17 June 2021

    International standardisation that works for the environment – Making change happen

    Since 2001 ECOS has been working to ensure an effective participation of environmental NGOs in standardisation, and a more inclusive standardisation system. Our job is, however, still far from done: we strongly believe that the way standards are developed can be significantly improved. An area that requires particular attention is the degree to which standardisation processes ensure inclusiveness of different types of stakeholders, including those representing the environmental voice.

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  • 16 June 2021

    Wardrobe Change – Recommendations for the EU Strategy for Sustainable Textiles from Environmental Civil Society Organisations

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  • 06 May 2021

    Briefing: One step forward, two steps back – A deep dive into the climate impact of modern fluorinated refrigerants

    Attempts have been made to reduce the negative environmental impacts of refrigerants by replacing old generations of F-gases with new ones. But replacing one synthetic refrigerant with another has not proved to be a sustainable solution. Even if new refrigerants have a lower GWP, there exist a number of other climate impacts coming from their production and their degradation in the atmosphere. These impacts, however, are mostly ignored by policymakers. Information about the full impact of refrigerants is scarce, and the way it is presented is sometimes misleading. Our new briefing shows that there are more climate impacts associated with F-gases than the ones usually considered.

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  • 30 April 2021

    Recycled content in plastics: The mass balance approach – infographics

    This booklet presents infographic renditions of the recommendations from the “Determining recycled content with the ‘mass balance approach’ - 10 recommendations for the development of methods and standards” position paper, originally published on January 2021.

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  • 20 April 2021

    Infographic: Durable, repairable and mainstream: How ecodesign can make our textiles circular

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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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  • 22 July 2021

    Joint letter – NGO call for phasing out fossil fuel space heaters through the revision of the ecodesign and energy labelling regulations for space heaters

    15 environmental and professional organisations demanded EU ecodesign to ban the sales of fossil fuel boilers as of 2025 in a letter sent to the Vice President of the European Commission, Frans Timmermans, and Commissioners Simson and Sinkevičius.

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  • 15 July 2021

    Joint letter – Potentially life threatening and environmentally dangerous products are illegally imported massively through online marketplaces

    A broad alliance urges EU Parliament to protect consumers from dangerous or illegal products sold via online marketplaces of Amazon, AliExpress & Co.

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  • 30 June 2021

    NGO letter to WEEELABEX – Ensuring a high quality of WEEELABEX-audits for cooling and freezing appliances

    NGOs sent a letter to WEELABEX, raising concerns that high quality requirements of WEEELABEX audits for cooling and freezing appliances (CFA) were not fully implemented.

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  • 21 June 2021

    Letter to European Commission – Final chance to revise the Construction Products Regulation (CPR) for decade of decarbonisation

    ECOS - Environmental Coalition on Standards, and the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) have sent a letter to European Commission officials asking them to rethink the final text for the revised Construction Product Regulation (CPR) before it is scrutinised by the Commission, and presented to MEPs and the Council for approval.

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  • 10 June 2021

    Joint letter – Call to increase target for renewable energy in the Renewable Energy Directive

    Environmental groups call for a more ambitious target for renewable energy in the Renewable Energy Directive in order to achieve the Paris Agreement’s objective to limit temperature rise to 1.5°C.

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  • 09 June 2021

    Joint NGO letter to Members of the European Parliament – the EU Taxonomy Act cannot be accepted

    More than 90 environmental and consumer groups call on MEPs to suspend their analysis of EU Taxonomy rules that would allow logging & the burning of trees to be counted as green investments.

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  • 17 June 2021

    Step into the future – sustainability is the norm for our everyday products!

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  • 20 April 2021

    Infographic: Durable, repairable and mainstream: How ecodesign can make our textiles circular

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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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