Seven in 10 people in 34 countries support global rules to stop plastic pollution
Consumers globally believe it is important for such a treaty to incorporate five key measures to tackle plastic pollution : ban unnecessary single-use plastics, ban types of plastic that cannot be easily recycled, have rules making manufacturers and retailers responsible for reducing, re-using and recycling plastic packaging, have global rules requiring all new plastic products to contain recycled plastic and require labelling of plastic products so that it is clear how to responsibly sort them for reuse, recycling or disposal.
Small and Medium Enterprises and resource efficiency, between investment fears and the energy crisis
Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) have a tremendous collective footprint on the environment and aspire to become more resource-efficient. Yet, they have been struggling to make structural changes that can substantially impact the environment. The current energy crisis and the spectrum of the economic recession could halt new investments in resource efficiency and undermine the European SME strategy for a sustainable and digital Europe. Policymakers must navigate the crisis and keep boosting long-term investments in resource efficiency, eliminating barriers, and facilitating access to environmental expertise.