Circular Economy Stakeholder Conference 2017
The implementation of the EU Circular Economy Action Plan (CEAP) and launching a European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform
On 9 and 10 March 2017, the European Commission and the European Economic and Social Committee co-organised a Circular Economy Stakeholder Conference with a view to discussing the implementation of the EU Circular Economy Action Plan (CEAP) and launching a European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform. This conference followed the publication by the European Commission of a report on the CEAP one year after its adoption. The report highlighted main progress made so far and the developments in the pipeline for the near future.
The first day of the conference focused on showcasing key deliverables already achieved on debating future deliverables with stakeholders.
During the second day, the process leading to a Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform was officially launched.
The Platform will contribute to achieving the transition towards a circular economy, by facilitating exchange of knowledge, processes, best practices and problem-solving solutions, as much as providing for better feedback towards policymakers. It should ensure that the deep and sometimes highly technical transformations that a circular economy requires can be put in place smoothly to the benefit of all.
Implementation of the Circular Economy Action Plan
One year after adopting its Circular Economy Package, the Commission reports on the delivery and progress of key initiatives of its 2015 Action Plan: Report on the implementation of the Circular Economy Action Plan and annex.
Together with the report, the Commission also:
took further measures by establishing a Circular Economy Finance Support Platform with the European Investment Bank (EIB) bringing together investors and innovators
issued guidance to Member States on converting waste to energy: Communication on the role of waste-to-energy
proposed a targeted improvement of legislation on certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment: Proposal for amending RoHS Directive, impact assessment and executive summary of the impact assessment.
Key iniatives for 2017
The Commission will continue to deliver on the Circular Economy Action Plan. This will include the presentation of a strategy for plastics in the circular economy, an assessment of options for the improved interface between chemicals, products and waste legislation, a legislative proposal on water reuse and a monitoring framework on circular economy.
Closing the loop – An EU action plan for the Circular Economy
The European Commission adopted an ambitious Circular Economy Package, which includes revised legislative proposals on waste to stimulate Europe’s transition towards a circular economy which will boost global competitiveness, foster sustainable economic growth and generate new jobs.
The Circular Economy Package consists of an EU Action Plan for the Circular Economy that establishes a concrete and ambitious programme of action, with measures covering the whole cycle: from production and consumption to waste management and the market for secondary raw materials. The annex to the action plan sets out the timeline when the actions will be completed.
The proposed actions will contribute to “closing the loop” of product lifecycles through greater recycling and re-use, and bring benefits for both the environment and the economy.
The revised legislative proposals on waste set clear targets for reduction of waste and establish an ambitious and credible long-term path for waste management and recycling. Key elements of the revised waste proposal include:
A common EU target for recycling 65% of municipal waste by 2030;
A common EU target for recycling 75% of packaging waste by 2030;
A binding landfill target to reduce landfill to maximum of 10% of municipal waste by 2030;
A ban on landfilling of separately collected waste;
Promotion of economic instruments to discourage landfilling ;
Simplified and improved definitions and harmonised calculation methods for recycling rates throughout the EU;
Concrete measures to promote re-use and stimulate industrial symbiosis – turning one industry’s by-product into another industry’s raw material;
Economic incentives for producers to put greener products on the market and support recovery and recycling schemes (eg for packaging, batteries, electric and electronic equipments, vehicles).
The following legislative proposals on waste have been adopted:
Benefits of the Circular Economy
The Circular economy offers an opportunity to reinvent our economy, making it more sustainable and competitive. This will bring benefits for European businesses, industries, and citizens alike. With this new plan to make Europe’s economy cleaner and more competitive, the Commission is delivering ambitious measures to cut resource use, reduce waste and boost recycling.