One of the most important projects of the new European Commission, and its President Ursula von der Leyen, the European Green Deal – which includes the New Circular Economy Action Plan – will be officially presented in March. New details of the plan have now become known.
The aim of the action plan is to transform the predominantly linear economic system of today into a circular economy by 2050, and contribute to making the European Union the first climate-neutral continent. This will be achieved by, among other things, higher requirements for the sustainability of products, increased waste prevention, and wider use of secondary raw materials.
The new details which have emerged include a revision of the Battery Directive, which is intended to increase the sustainability and competitiveness of the European battery industry and improve the collection and recycling of batteries. In addition, the waste shipment regulation will be amended to curb the illegal export of waste. For resource-intensive sectors such as construction or textiles, the European Commission intends to develop comprehensive strategies to improve circularity and it will also examine whether the principle of extended producer responsibility (EPR) can be extended to these and other sectors.
Landbell Group has already participated in a first consultation on the New Circular Economy Action Plan and will continue to contribute to its further development and later implementation. Please see link to previous article here.