Category: Sustainability

Electric cars and climate action: it’s also about payment and pricing

Electric cars can play a major role in decarbonising road transport, but only with easy payment and comparable pricing to make them more convenient to charge, BEUC Director General Monique Goyens writes.

/ October 11, 2021

Post-Covid world: new consumer realities policy makers must address

This blog reflects the speech delivered by Monique Goyens at an event marking the 30th anniversary of the Consumers and Environment category of the European Economic and Social Committee, on 1 October 2021. The COVID-19 pandemic has been for many...

/ October 6, 2021

‘All roads lead to Rome’ in the green transition; but we may need to build new ones

A well-known proverb says, ‘all roads lead to Rome,’ meaning an outcome can be reached by many methods or ideas. In European policy making, sustainable lifestyles must become our Rome: the aspired-to destination to which all roads must go. While...

/ September 23, 2021

Air pollution hot spots revealed by consumer groups in Lithuania, Poland and Slovakia

Long-term exposure to nitrogen oxide (NO2) in certain areas raises numerous questions, a citizen science project by BEUC members in Slovakia, Lithuania and Poland shows. At a time when the European Commission is about to present its Zero Pollution Action...

/ February 26, 2021

Use price to change our transport habits

We can clean up our mobility system without it feeling like an uncomfortable sacrifice. This requires fair price signals and incentives that make sustainable transport options affordable and attractive.

, and / October 30, 2020

Green labels: which ones can you trust?

Many of us have gone through quite a few changes this year. Among them is people’s accelerated take-up of more climate-friendly habits. Bike sales have skyrocketed, demand for organic food has risen, and many among us chose to travel closer to home over summer. This is good news on the climate front,...

/ October 8, 2020

A new tool to help people spend less on car fuel

We get low-quality information when buying a car. Better car labelling and a new tool for European drivers to know their fuel consumption, called MILE21, can change this.

/ March 26, 2020

How I learned to love climate change

Climate change brings an opportunity: to change our financial system to one that focuses on the long-term broad interests of society as a whole, Kęstutis Kupšys argues.

/ January 27, 2020

Thanks to the EU, we’re moving closer to a repair society

Broken washing machines, computers or tumble dryers are creating mountains of heavy household equipment waste. And to replace these broken items, we buy new products, creating a vicious cycle of more expenditure and more waste. To manufacture them, limited resources...

/ October 2, 2019

Want to go green while on holiday? Here are 5 reasons to stay in a sustainable hotel

Now that summertime is officially here, you might be in a holiday mood. But not a day goes by without the environmental crisis making the headlines, and tourism is known to add fuel to the fire, putting pressure on scarce...

/ June 21, 2019