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ECOS Newsletter - March 2020 / No. 32
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March 2020 / No. 32
IN THIS ISSUE
NEWSLETTER HIGHLIGHT
> Report: Long Live The Machine – How the EU can make our electronics last
ECOS UPDATES
> Our 2020 Work Programme now published!
> Read our Annual Review 2019!

> Call for experts - Steel
PLASTICS 
New factsheet – discover our work on plastic pellets
> CEN rejects a Standardisation Request aiming to address plastic litter on European beaches 
> 10 years to save the oceans – ECOS co-signs the Blue Manifesto
STANDARDISATION
ECOS calls for a modernised standardisation system for CEN-CENELEC’s Strategy 2030
> EN 45554: A standard that works for the environment
> M/543 series of horizontal standards on material efficiency soon to be finalised

CIRCULAR ECONOMY
Commission launches European Green Deal for a more sustainable future
What’s new with supply chain management standards?

CLIMATE CHANGE & CLEAN ENERGY
> New factsheet – discover our work on hydrogen!
> Our Rita Tedesco is a Woman in Natural Refrigerants!
> Environmental NGOs urge the EU institutions to adopt a fossil fuel free Cohesion Policy

ECODESIGN & ENERGY LABELLING
> New planning for the revision of the boilers and water heaters regulations 
> The weakness of Voluntary Agreements exposed 
Pressure mounts up for a right to repair for smartphones & computers
> ANTICSS is testing products for circumvention

NANOMATERIALS
> Get to know the RiskGONE project – register for the webinar on 19 March
MEMBER UPDATES
> Vision for a New Fashion Season: Social and Circular
> WARDROBE CHANGE’ campaign for textile transformation
PARTNERS' UPDATES
> Evidence of the availability of mercury-free alternative products to certain fluorescent lamps
> REPAIR is THE FUTURE conference 27 March 2020 I Leuven I Belgium
Report: How the EU can make our electronics last
Our new report shows that the EU ecodesign and energy labelling regulatory instruments have a great potential to contribute to the reversal of the current throwaway culture, double laptop lifetimes, and save some 5 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent by 2030 – equivalent to taking nearly 3 million cars off the road. Read more
Our 2020 Work Programme now published!
2020 is shaping up to be a pivotal year. While the EU begins to implement its Green Deal and prepares a new Circular Economy Action Plan, ECOS will take the opportunity to push for ambitious political, legislative and standardisation strategies to promote the urgent transition to a clean and circular economy. Read more
Read our Annual Review 2019!
 
In 2019, ECOS not only delivered on its objectives, but also continued to grow.Thanks to a committed team, members, external experts, and support from funders, we were able to expand our work to new policy areas and campaigns. Read more
Become an ECOS expert - Steel
ECOS is looking for one or more experts in the field of Steel as part of our work on Energy Intensive Industries to represent and defend environmental interests in the development of standards.Our experts provide us with technical and scientific input and represent us in technical standardisation and policy discussions. Read more
New factsheet – discover our work on plastic pellets
 
In the EU alone, 167 000 tonnes of plastic pellets enter the environment every year, making it the second largest source of primary microplastic pollution after tyre wear and tear. How do we work to prevent it? Read our new factsheet! Read more
CEN rejects a Standardisation Request aiming to address plastic litter on European beaches 
In December, the European Standardisation Body CEN rejected the European Commission’s request to develop a standard for caps and lids to remain attached to beverage containers. This, seemingly small, design adaptation would have helped prevent 10% of plastic litter found on European beaches. Read more
10 years to save the oceans – ECOS co-signs the Blue Manifesto
Environmental NGOs launched a new rescue plan for Europe to make our ocean healthy by 2030. The Blue Manifesto proposes actions and sets deadlines needed to turn the tide on the ever degraded and polluted ocean and coastlines. Read more
ECOS calls for a modernised standardisation system for CEN-CENELEC’s Strategy 2030
CEN-CENELEC partners were consulted on defining a vision and mission for the next decade. ECOS called for a modernisation of the standardisation system, crucial to play a role in providing a credible tool towards reaching EU objectives. Read more
EN 45554: A standard that works for the environment 
The much awaited standard EN 45554 for the assessment of repairability, reusability and upgradeability of ecodesign products has finally been published. A major step towards more circular products. Read more
M/543 series of horizontal standards on material efficiency soon to be finalised
Good news from the standardisation front: we are pleased to report on the positive formal votes on two standards: EN 45552 on assessing the durability and EN 45557 on assessing the proportion of recycled content of energy related products. Read more
Commission launches European Green Deal for a more sustainable future 
The European Green Deal will provide the framework for environmental action throughout the Commission’s entire mandate and ECOS is looking forward to helping shape ambitious regulations and standards that can deliver on climate neutrality, more resource sobriety and circular economy objectives. Read more
What’s new with supply chain management standards?
The international standard on chain of custody was formally approved at the end of last year. This is an important step towards the finalisation of this horizontal standard, suitable for any commodity, in any supply chain. Read more
New factsheet – discover our work on hydrogen!

The simplest, lightest and most plentiful element in the universe, hydrogen quickly rose on the political agenda as an easy way to decarbonise energy systems. Unfortunately, it is rather far from being a clean solution. Read more
Our Rita Tedesco is a Woman in Natural Refrigerants!
Our Programme Manager Rita Tedesco was featured in an article of the Accelerate Magazine’s January 2020 edition focusing on Women in the Natural Refrigerants sector, and highlighted the difficulties of participation in the standardisation system. Read more
Environmental NGOs urge the EU institutions to adopt a fossil fuel free Cohesion Policy
In order to exclude the support of fossil fuels from the future Cohesion Policy funding, environmental NGOs led by WWF, CAN Europe and CEE, addressed the European institutions with an open letter.  Read more
New planning for the revision of the boilers and water heaters regulations 
The preparatory study for this review was concluded in 2019 but a number of outstanding issues remain. ECOS will follow this process very closely as these particular product groups represent the largest potential for energy and CO2 savings among all the products regulated by ecodesign. Read more
The weakness of Voluntary Agreements exposed
Last December saw three Consultation Forum meetings dedicated to Voluntary Agreements, with a focus on games consoles, printers, and taps and showerheads. The meetings further exposed the weaknesses of the self-regulatory approach as an alternative to regulatory measures. Read more
Pressure mounts up for a right to repair for smartphones & computers
Aiming at setting the tone for the forthcoming Circular Economy Action Plan 2.0 and the subsequent Ecodesign Working Plan 2020-2024, the Right to Repair campaign launched a series of  actions, including a dedicated petition, an open letter to the European Commission, and stunts in Europe’s major cities. Read more
ANTICSS is testing products for circumvention
Currently, project partners are immersed in the work package focusing on the assessment of circumvention impacts in laboratory testing. The aim is to analyse and demonstrate the risks of circumvention, and to assess its impacts by means of laboratory testing. Read more 
Get to know the RiskGONE project – register for the webinar on 19 March
Are you interested in nanomaterials? The RiskGONE project, where ECOS is a partner, is organising a webinar introducing the work of the project towards solid procedures for science-based risk governance of engineered nanomaterials. Read more
Vision for a New Fashion Season: Social and Circular
Overconsumption and insufficient regulation on circularity in the textile sector have led to increased volumes of low-quality textiles, unfit for re-use, let alone recycling. Our member RREUSE presented its vison on how to achieve a more inclusive and circular textile sector. Read more
‘WARDROBE CHANGE’ campaign for textile transformation
Under the banner of the “Wardrobe change” campaign, the European Environmental Bureau and 24 civil society groups are calling for EU leaders to take urgent action in the textile sector. They are calling for radical transformation to how clothes are made, sold, worn – and re-worn. Read more
Evidence of the availability of mercury-free alternative products to certain fluorescent lamps
Swedish Energy Agency and CLASP released a report demonstrating that eliminating three common fluorescent bulbs from European markets would significantly reduce toxic mercury pollution, while also reducing carbon emissions equivalent to four coal-fired power plants and saving consumers money. Read more
REPAIR is THE FUTURE conference | 27 March Leuven, Belgium
Experts and inspirational speakers will share their views and proposals on repair as the best investment in a sustainable economy. ECOS is happy to see our Programme Manager Ernestas Oldyrevas featured in the programme. Read more
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