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Open letter: Phasing out new fossil-fuel based boilers is vital to achieving the EU’s climate commitments

A letter – signed by 29 businesses, NGOs and city representatives – has been sent to Frans Timmermans calling for a phase-out to the sale of new fossil fuel boilers.

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  • 14 September 2021

    Delays in ecodesign implementation threaten 55% climate target and cost citizens billions

    Ecodesign and Energy Labelling policies were responsible for achieving a quarter of the EU’s 2020 emissions reduction targets, and nearly half of the EU’s 2020 energy savings – all the while generating savings for consumers, new jobs and revenue for European businesses. However, the effectiveness of these policies is significantly reduced by lengthy delays in adopting the necessary implementing measures.

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  • 06 September 2021

    ECOS views on the Roadmap for the Standardisation Strategy

    ECOS sees the Standardisation Strategy as a key opportunity to ensure standards work for the environment by delivering an inclusive and strategic standardisation system in support of high environmental ambition. Concerted proactive action is needed towards standards that are barriers to the deployment of clean technologies, environment-friendly materials or secondary raw materials. Environmentally ambitious Standardisation Requests are essential to make Europe the standards maker and support the European Green Deal. Commission control in initiating, managing and monitoring the procedure for the adoption of a harmonised standard is crucial. Inclusiveness is work-in-progress and needs continued political push at the national, international and European level, including within the European Commission.

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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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  • 07 July 2021

    Member States’ ambition to phase out fossil-fuel heating – an analysis

    28% of the total energy consumed in the EU is used in space and water heating. For the residential sector, more than 75% of the energy produced for heating currently comes from fossil fuels (gas, oil, and coal). As a result, CO2 emissions from space and water heating represent 12% of the total EU emissions: as much as all cars in Europe combined. Decarbonising heating is key if we are to meet our climate and emission reduction objectives. This briefing showcases how certain national measures are, at this stage, more ambitious than the EU regulations when it comes to phasing out fossil fuels in the building sector from 2020 to 2050. If the Commission’s ambition for the revision of the ecodesign and energy labelling regulations for space heaters remains low, it will not only compel countries wanting to achieve more and faster to align, but it will also endanger everyone’s climate goals.

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  • 17 June 2021

    Making sustainable products the norm: ECOS reflections on the review of the Ecodesign Directive

    ECOS strongly supports the intention of the European Commission to widen the scope of the Ecodesign Directive so to make products placed on the EU market fit for a climate-neutral, resource-efficient and circular economy. The Ecodesign Directive has a proven track record in successfully improving environmental performance of energy-related products by setting specific and forward-looking minimum requirements. The expansion of the framework is therefore justifiably at the centre of the EU’s ambition to gradually make sustainable products the norm.

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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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  • 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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  • 30 September 2021

    New letter: Inclusion of waste incineration in the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS)

    On July 14, the EU Commission presented its plans to expand EU-wide emissions trading. However, CO2 emissions from waste incineration plants are not to be subject to a price. With more than 95 million tons of CO2 equivalents annually, waste incinerators in the EU are driving climate change. Six organisations sent a letter to the environment ministers of all EU member states urging them to advocate for the application of the polluter-pays principle and the extension of the European Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) to municipal waste incineration at the upcoming EU Council of Ministers meeting on 6 October. 

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  • 23 September 2021

    Open letter: Phasing out new fossil-fuel based boilers is vital to achieving the EU’s climate commitments

    A letter – signed by 29 businesses, NGOs and city representatives – has been sent to Frans Timmermans calling for a phase-out to the sale of new fossil fuel boilers.

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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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  • 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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