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Incoming EU chief confirms date of Green Deal launch.

European Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen has confirmed that the European Green Deal will be unveiled next week on 11 December.

She was speaking at a meeting of the new College of Commissioners in Brussels this morning (4 December).

The new Commission intends to put forward this Green Deal in order to tackle climate change, clean up the environment and green the economy.

Von der Leyen confirmed that the Green Deal would get adopted on 11 December. Commenting on the Green Deal, she also said: “Only what gets measured gets done.”

She also maintained that the EU hoped to have the first every climate law in place by 2020, so the road to climate neutrality would be reached by 2050.

The EU is aiming to be the first climate neutral continent by 2050.

Von der Leyen also said that the EU was going in the right direction and that it must be “a frontrunner in this topic”.

Separately, speaking earlier this week at the COP25 conference in Madrid, Von der Leyen said the Green New deal would cut emissions, create new jobs and improve EU citizens’ quality of life.

She acknowledged that investment was needed to “pull this off” and that the EU would deliver a ‘Sustainable Europe Investment Plan’, which will support €1 trillion of investment over the next decade.

Recycling boost

Elsewhere, the EU’s ‘Circular Economy Package’ is set to be enacted next year. By July 2020, the bloc’s 28 member states will have to incorporate the Package into national law. Some say that this legislation is the most ambitious set of measures ever agreed by the EU to boost recycling and cut waste.

By 2025, EU countries will have to be recycling 55% of their municipal waste, rising to 60% in 2030 then 65% after a further five years. The new rules also target packaging, 65% of which will have to be collected for recycling by 2025, with the proportion rising to 70% in 2030. Specific targets for packaging for 2030 are also included for all packaging, plastic (55%), wood (30%) ferrous metals (80%) aluminium (60%), glass (75%) and paper and cardboard (85%).

Separately, as part of the EU’s Plastic Strategy, which forms part of the Commission’s Circular Economy Action Plan, member states will have to make incorporate at least 25% of recycled plastic in PET bottles from 2025. From 2030, they will have to contain at least 30%.

In addition, implementing the recently updated Bioeconomy Strategy and the revised renewable energy framework will be further steps towards using biological resources in a circular way, respecting the ecological boundaries and contributing to halting biodiversity loss.

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Read: USDA amends its guidelines for designating bio-based products.

Read: European Commission urges industry to do more to boost recycled plastics market.

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