EU leap toward the Right to Repair needs an extra push

EU leap toward the Right to Repair needs an extra push

After having persistently pushed and advocated for measures facilitating repair[1], the RREUSE office optimistically welcomed the European Commission’s newly adopted EU Ecodesign regulations on 1 October 2019[2]. As of 2021 and for the very first time, the measures require manufacturers to produce longer-lasting products and provide professional repairers with spare parts up to 10 years after the purchase date. Added to that, spare parts will need to be replaceable using […]

Why we need to tackle food waste and what social enterprises are doing about it

With 88 million tonnes worth of food wasted annually in Europe,[1] there are strong reasons for the new Commission to keep the fight against food waste at the top of its agenda. By 31 December 2023, the EU Commission will establish food waste reduction targets for Member States, including guidelines to ensure that targets are met by 2030 in line with SDG 12.3. As part of Member States assessments, the […]

RREUSE meeting in Bologna: Four days on bio waste, textiles and social inclusion

In late May, the RREUSE network gathered in Bologna to attend conferences, network meetings and visit local social enterprise initiatives. The programme started off with a workshop on bio waste and more specifically, focused on the transformation of used cooking oils into new products such as biofuels, candles or detergents. The following two days were dedicated to sessions on the various work areas of the RREUSE network which included detailed […]

1st International Conference on the Role of Social Enterprise in a Circular Economy

1st International Conference on the Role of Social Enterprise in a Circular Economy

1st International Conference on the Role of Social Enterprise in a Circular Economy: A story of Community, Resilience and Innovation 23 – 24 November 2017 Charleroi, Belgium    Pour la version française, cliquez ici   Download the final agenda in English here (pdf) Speaker profiles (pdf)   Extending product lifetimes through re-use and repair has tremendous social and environmental impact and is at the heart of a circular economy vision. […]

MEPs back social enterprise role in waste management

MEPs back social enterprise role in waste management

The European Parliament’s Industry committee has backed several changes to the proposed Circular Economy Package which could boost re-use and repair and enhance the role of social economy actors involved in activities covered under the EU’s Waste Framework Directive. However, the suggestions are only advisory as the Environment committee has the lead role in the Parliament’s negotiations on the new laws. According to the Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) committee, […]