COP21 has just kicked off and while its final outcomes are not yet clearly defined, one thing is certain: it will not be a second Kyoto protocol. At this stage, the most likely outcome is a binding monitoring and 5-year review mechanism. In the meantime, the Commission has just released its long-awaited circular economy package. Whilst most EU stakeholders consider it ‘comprehensive and constructive‘, NGOs condemned it, arguing that its legally binding targets have been watered down. The Parliament has put emphasis on the fact that recycling cannot come at the expense of human health, calling on the Commission and the Council to forbid the use of the chemical DEHP in recycled PVC. Finally, the Parliament’s ENVI Committee is set to veto controversial new rules for “real world” air pollution tests for cars proposed in the wake of the VW scandal. Sonja van Renssen, leading environment journalist, has the story.