ENVI committee adopts resolution on chemicals strategy

Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) Committee of European Parliament passes resolution calling for upcoming chemicals strategy to fully apply precautionary and polluter-pays principles; resulting legislation should address and minimize endocrine disrupting and other hazardous chemicals in products including food packaging and recycled materials

Report grades companies on responses to plastic pollution

Shareholder advocacy group As You Sow evaluates 50 largest US consumer-facing companies on their responses to address plastic pollution crisis; finds most companies too slow in adopting actions to prioritize packaging reduction and to promote reusability, recyclability, compostability; outlines key recommendations

ECHA online event discusses legislation goals

ECHA director presents interest in a single assessment approach for each substance to minimize burden, harmonize data structure across legislations; DG Environment director outlines EU goals for safer chemicals, leading transition to safe chemicals and non-chemical alternatives

Webinar on EU Circular Economy Action Plan and plastics industry

Polymer Comply Europe (PCE) to hold webinar on June 10, 2020 focusing on the action plan and upcoming challenges for the plastics industry, feature presentations from DG Environment policy officers

Governments and stakeholders reflect on toxics in recycling

Recycling association, non-governmental organization, and European Commission comment on ways to safely minimize and manage substances of concern in recycling streams during transition to circular economy; Dutch national institute publishes report identifying challenges and recommendations, describes 2050 national goal

ChemSec identifies needs for upcoming EU chemical strategy

Non-governmental organization emphasizes five important aspects for the European Commission to consider when developing chemical strategy; includes creating industry incentives, focusing on hazards from intrinsic chemical properties, supply chain transparency, and closing regulatory gaps

Zero Waste Europe webinar on FCMs

Webinar on food contact materials (FCMs) to present on the migration of chemicals and their impacts on human health, discuss improving EU policy framework in the context of the European Green Deal; deliver first results from recent project on phthalates

EU consultation on circular economy action plan

European Committee of the Regions launches stakeholder consultation to inform upcoming opinion on circular economy action plan, targets local and regional authorities and their stakeholder associations; comments due by May 29, 2020

Online circular economy program

Ellen MacArthur Foundation launches free training program split into weekly webinars and online discussion space; open to everyone, begins April 15, 2020

EEA reviews EU policies and targets for circular economy

European Environment Agency (EEA) publishes report analyzing results from survey of 32 EU countries on policies in place for transition to a circular economy; identifies lack of target setting across region, shifting role of government, broadened focus on circular economy perspective