Cyprus will miss its environmental targets for 2020 and 2030

Cyprus is expected to miss its EU 2020 and 2030 environmental targets by large margins, a damning country report of the EU environmental implementation review for 2019 showed on Tuesday.

High levels of municipal waste and increasing rates of landfilling in conjunction with slow implementation of EU environmental policies remain a source of concern, the report said, adding that as was the case with the review conducted in 2017, “there is currently no overarching policy framework for the circular economy in Cyprus.”

With the EU 2020 municipal waste recycling target of 50 per cent looming, the report showed despite a steady decrease in landfilling in 2009-2014, the rate increased again in 2016, with Cyprus now sending 76 per cent of its municipal waste to landfills. The EU average is only 24 per cent.

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