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LVOCs have a key role in the manufacturing process of many of our everyday products. LVOCs have a key role in the manufacturing process of many of our everyday products.
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Dec 07 2017
New emissions and efficiency standards will help national authorities to lower the environmental impact of Large Volume Organic Chemicals production.
RMIS illustration The RMIS is a central hub for information on raw materials
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Nov 09 2017

To ensure a secure and sustainable supply of raw materials and to better manage resource use, Europe requires comprehensive knowledge of the entire raw materials value chain. However, information is often scattered across several sources, such as ministries, agencies, geological surveys, research institutes, and universities.

Polish power plant The new standards have been developed through a transparent, evidence-based process involving 290 experts.
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Sep 14 2017

New standards on resources and emissions will help national authorities across the EU to lower the environmental impact of around 3 500 large combustion plants.

Poultry farm New standards on resources and emissions will help national authorities across the EU to lower the environmental impact of around 20 000 large poultry and pig farms.
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Feb 21 2017

New standards on resources and emissions will help national authorities across the EU to lower the environmental impact of around 20 000 large poultry and pig farms. The new specifications stem from the review of the Best Available Techniques (BAT) Reference Document for the intensive rearing of poultry and pigs (IRPP), the so-called IRPP BREF, whose conclusions were published on 21 February 2017 in the Official Journal of the EU.

The JRC tool for screening for high emission reduction potential on air (SHERPA) was used to model PM2.5 concentrations in the main cities in the Danube macro-region. The JRC tool for screening for high emission reduction potential on air (SHERPA) was used to model PM2.5 concentrations in the main cities in the Danube macro-region.
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Feb 06 2017

JRC scientists evaluated sources of air pollutants in the Danube macro-region, a necessary step for the design of action plans to improve air quality. The study showed residential heating contributed up to 35% of PM2.5 pollution in the main cities in the Danube macro-region, followed by agriculture (up to 32%), energy production and industry (up to 30%) and transport (up to 25%).

Waste at a landfill According to the JRC report, 2/3 of all the energy embedded in waste sent for incineration come from household waste, residues from mechanical sorting of waste and wood waste.
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Jan 26 2017
A JRC report on the exploitation of waste to-energy techniques found that the efficiency of waste-based energy generation in Europe could be increased by more than 25% using technical options available today.
In a circular economy resources are recycled and reused while waste and emissions go down. In a circular economy resources are recycled and reused while waste and emissions go down.
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Jan 26 2017
Progress on the implementation of the Circular Economy Action Plan listing the key milestones of the EU's work in 2016 is published.
Marseilles port A healthy diet containing meat reduces cities' water footprint by 19% to 43%; a pesco-vegetarian diet by 28% to 52% and a vegetarian diet by 30% to 53%.
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Sep 08 2016

The water used to produce food available in urban areas generally doesn’t make it into city sustainability estimates, which only take into account direct water use and parameters such as waste collection and energy efficiency of buildings.

A finger pressing the third floor button of an elevator panel Around 50% of the yearly steel production in the EU comes from recycling scrap metal.
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Aug 10 2016

Metal recycling conserves natural ore resources and supports sustainable development, hence benefitting industry, consumers and the environment. However, several accidents in the past decades where inadvertently collected scrap metal contained radioactive material resulted in stricter controls and development of new standards to detect contaminated scrap metal and protect citizens and the environment from its harmful effects.

Raw materials are essential for sustainable development. Raw materials are essential for sustainable development.
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Jul 14 2016

Diversification of supply, improving conditions for domestic production and circular use are key to ensuring the sustainable supply of raw materials in the EU. As millions of European jobs are affected by the market conditions and the availability of raw materials, the EU needs to address its future mining potential, the growing skills shortage and innovation needs and its current import-dependency.

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