Urban Waste Water: Commission decides to refer HUNGARY to the Court of Justice over waste water treatment

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission decided today to refer Hungary to the Court of Justice for failure to comply with the requirements of the Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive (Directive 91/271/EEC). The Directive requires Member States to ensure that urban agglomerations (towns, cities, settlements) properly collect and […]

Waste less, sell more – how one startup is using AI to transform food retail

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. We each throw out 74kg (163 lbs) of food waste per person, per year. UN Sustainable Development Goals aim for 50% less food waste by 2030. AI software is shown to reduce supermarket food waste by a third. Tech […]

As the world’s waste mounts, technology is helping communities reduce, reuse and recycle

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Mark McCord, Writer, Formative Content India-based Recykal is using cloud-based web and mobile applications to track waste and promote recycling. The initiative wants to reduce the amount of recyclable material that ends up burned, dumped or in landfill. […]

Want to stop plastic pollution? Start by supporting your local zero-waste business

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Christian Kaufholz, Affiliated Programs and Knowledge Development Manager, World Economic Forum The zero-waste movement has persevered throughout the pandemic, despite weathering significant challenges. Governments, businesses and consumers are increasingly realizing that recycling is not enough to address plastic […]

Innovation and entrepreneurship can cut waste and deliver the circular economy

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kate Whiting, Senior Writer, Formative Content My five year old daughter asked me recently if could take a bag and her gardening gloves to school. I said yes, of course – but why? She replied that at recess, she […]

This is what the world’s waste does to people in poorer countries

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: David Knowles, Digital Media Specialist, World Economic Forum It’s contaminating our oceans. It’s clogging our drains and causing flooding. It’s transmitting diseases, causing respiratory infections, and harming animals. Welcome to the global trash heap. Our cities generate more than […]

Court of Auditors: EU spending infested with errors well above the materiality threshold of 2%

Last Thursday 13 October, the European Court of Auditors, the institution which carries out the audit of European Union finances, published its report on the implementation of the 2015 EU budget. In the chapter of revenue transactions the ECA found no errors. As expected though, the picture changed drastically when the Court audited the expenditure […]