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A ‘Cradle to Cradle’ economy is Europe’s only future

Europe needs a positive agenda to define its future. We need real innovation, intelligent product design and quality, and that means we have to stop using sustainability concepts, which are only trying to correct unfixable errors in our old system. Sustainability is not innovative by definition. Innovations are disruptive and change the status quo, whereas… Read article ›

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Juncker risks killing the EU’s green leadership

Jean-Claude Juncker is definitely no Mister Green. Looking at the President for the European Union’s leadership so far he clearly doesn’t recognise the strategic importance of Europe’s green transition. The importance of resource efficiency for competitiveness and the potential for innovation and job creation of the Circular Economy has not been greatly promoted by Juncker. Although at first he targeted environmental legislation as… Read article ›

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How the EU’s experience can help climate-policy newcomers meet their Paris pledges

Over the past two decades, the European Union has gained vital experience putting in place a coherent policy mix to address climate change. With more and more countries making policy pledges ahead of December’s COP21 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, Europe is in a position to share that experience with countries just beginning… Read article ›

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Environmental regulation – more, less or different?

The introduction of the REFIT programme – the European Commission’s Regulatory Fitness and Performance Programme – and the Juncker Commission’s commitment to ‘Smarter and Better Regulation’ has been welcomed by many; but what does better regulation mean in practice? There is often misunderstanding or a lack of clarity as to what exactly better regulation means.… Read article ›