Environment

  • Breakfast Workshop: Location, Location, Renovation – Building for a greener future

    On 17 April, the European Parliament formally endorsed updated rules to increase the energy efficiency of the European Union’s buildings. With these new rules coming into play, what is expected from the real estate sector? How will the EU incentivise and drive the rate of renovation? How will occupiers be impacted? How should the real estate…

  • World Water Day – Counting down the drops

    Today’s Water Day aims to raise awareness of the importance of water resources and how damaged ecosystems impact the availability of drinking water for human consumption. It’s a wake-up call to action! Water covers two-thirds of the earth’s surface, but drinking water is getting ever scarcer. Increasing pressures on global water resources due to population…

  • Agriculture & Chemicals in 2018: A Mixed Bag of New Policies

    Still in its infancy, 2018 is already gearing up to be an action-packed year for the agri-chem sector, from changing farm policies to the all-encompassing Brexit. To ensure that we have captured these developments and to reflect the evolving nature of FTI Brussels’ own agri-chem practice, this year’s snapshot will be broader than those of…

  • CLEANING UP TRANSPORT IN EUROPE – THE COMMISSION’S CO2 STANDARDS

    The transportation sector is an essential economic driver, connecting businesses and people around the world. It is inextricably linked to many other sectors including energy, tech, digital and agriculture, to name a few. It is at the intersection of urban planning, logistics, infrastructure, and personal freedom. The car as we know it today is arguably…

  • Will the grass be greener on the other side of 2017? Guide to this year’s EU agriculture policy

    2017 started with the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) as policymakers seek to finalise a number of regulations affecting the environmental impact of agriculture. In addition to the big overhaul and greening of the CAP, the EU aims to curtail emissions from agriculture and land-use by concluding the Effort Sharing Regulation (ESR) and…

  • The new kids on the block in plant breeding

    You probably haven’t heard of them – unless you’re a plant breeding researcher, an anti-GMO activist or work in the seed industry – but they’re the new kids on the block desperately trying to fit in. They’re collectively called new (plant) breeding techniques (NBTs) which is just a technical name introduced by the European Commission.[i]…

  • EU trends in agriculture 2016

    Agriculture today must both mitigate and adapt to global challenges like water shortages, climate change and food insecurity. Industry and policymakers alike are coming up with potential solutions covering a wide breadth, from innovative breakthroughs resulting from digital technologies and industry consolidation, to new laws aimed at protecting farmers and consumers alike. The UN Sustainable…

  • Towards a Circular Economy

    On 2 December 2015 the European Commission relaunched the Circular Economy Package, which is aimed at improving resource efficiency performances across manufacturing industries and along the whole value chain. The new package will move beyond recycling targets, notably by requiring products to be better designed for repair and reuse. While the circular economy is a…

  • Squaring the Circular Economy

     The forthcoming relaunch of the circular economy package will look to improve resource efficiency performances across manufacturing industries and along the whole value chain. The new package will move beyond recycling targets, notably requiring products to be better designed for repair and reuse. Companies will be held accountable through new binding resource efficiency indicators or…

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