Circular Economy

What is the circular economy model good for?

The circular economy is a resilient system that is good for business, people and the environment. It integrates every stage of a product’s lifecycle, from the moment it is designed until it becomes waste, and how its recyclable materials can be re-introduced in the manufacturing process.

Areas where the circular economy can be applied and developed are: biodiversity, city organization and management, climate, fashion, green energy, finance, food, waste and resources management.

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how does Sustainability work in an ever more populated world?

The world’s population is growing, increasing the demand for raw materials that are finite.

This scenario makes some EU countries dependent on other countries for their raw materials.

Extracting and using raw materials have a major impact on the environment as well as increasing energy consumption and CO2 emissions.

What is the EU doing to promote a circular economy?

The European Commission presented the circular economy action plan in March 2020, to promote more sustainable product design, reduce waste and empower consumers (for example by creating a right to repair). The focus is on resource-intensive sectors, such as electronics and ICTplasticstextiles, and construction.

One year later, the Parliament adopted a resolution on the new circular economy action plan demanding additional measures to achieve a carbon-neutral, environmentally sustainable, toxic-free and fully circular economy by 2050, including tighter recycling rules and binding targets for materials use and consumption by 2030.

The first package of measures was released in 2022 to speed up the transition towards a circular economy, as part of the circular economy action plan. The proposals include stimulating sustainable products, empowering consumers for the green transition, reviewing construction product regulations, and creating a strategy for sustainable textiles.

Extending the life cycles of products

The circular economy is a production and consumption model involving sharing, leasing, reusing, repairing, refurbishing, and recycling existing materials and products as long as possible.

Annually, more than 2.5 billion tonnes of waste are produced in the European Union. That’s why we urgently need to promote a more sustainable model. ERP is playing an important role through our direct involvement in waste management.

The circular economy is more than just recycling

The circular economy model challenges the linear economy, which was based on take-make-dispose, and leads to excessive and unnecessary consumption.

The circular economy focuses on sharing, repairing, refurbishing, and recycling instead. The life cycle of products is extended and waste is reduced to a minimum, as materials are kept within the economy wherever possible.

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What are the benefits of a circular economy?

1. Waste prevention, ecodesign, and reuse could save EU companies money while also reducing the total annual greenhouse gas emissions. Nowadays, the production of materials we use account for 45% of CO2 emissions.