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The EU Waste Framework Directive aims to recycle or recover materially 70% of non-hazardous construction and demolition waste by 2020. This study evaluated the performance of the Finnish waste management system against this target. The results showed that the system generates environmental benefits and is profitable, but has not reached the 70% target. The researchers suggest ways the target could be met and recommend region-specific recycling objectives in the EU. Read more
Transitions to a green economy are never purely based on win-win solutions, but require taking into account potential trade-offs among multiple goals, across sectors and international leakage. So a broad political will and the inclusion of a broad set of different actors from society and economy are essential, conclude the researchers from five institutes of the Partnership for European Environmental Research (PEER) in a new report on implementing the green economy in a European context.