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Press release: Just Transition Fund got rid of fake waste management solutions, but will it use funds directly for circular solutions?

For immediate release: Brussels, December 9, 2020

Today, the European Parliament and the Council reached a political agreement on the Just Transformation Fund to support the socio-economic transformation of the most affected regions in Europe from fossil fuels and carbon-intensive industries. Activities eligible for this support include investments in activities such as waste prevention, reduction and reuse to strengthen the circular economy, and do not include investments in energy recovery and disposal.

“We welcome the political agreement reached by the European Parliament and the Council to abandon funding outdated and environmentally harmful disposal methods, such as waste incineration under the Just Transition Fund, but remind policymakers to ensure that this money is used for climate and waste initiatives Maximize material recovery, prevention and reuse. By incentivizing the design of waste solutions, we can also design the carbon emissions of these systems to bring the EU closer to achieving its climate goals." – Janek Vahk, European Zero Waste Climate , Energy and Air Pollution Coordinator

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For more information, please contact: Janek Vahk, Zero Waste European Climate, Energy and Air Pollution Project Coordinator janek@zerowasteeurope.eu | +32 49 355 3779

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Article 4(g) of the Fair Transition Fund stipulates-"Invest in strengthening the circular economy, including through waste prevention, reduction, resource efficiency, reuse, repair and recovery; Recital 10 clarifies the unqualified conditions of waste incineration...... Funded projects should contribute to the transition to a climate-neutral and circular economy, including measures aimed at improving resource efficiency. Clarify that waste incineration should not be supported because this activity belongs to the lower part of the waste circular economy hierarchy."

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