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The European Parliament shows the way to circular economy

The European Parliament shows the way to a circular economy

The committee has summer assignments: if it wants to save time and energy for the joint legislative process, it should pay attention to Sirpa Pietikäinen's report and incorporate its recommendations into future texts.

The plenary meeting of the European Parliament held in Strasbourg on July 9 adopted its own initiative report "Resource Efficiency: Towards a Circular Economy", and issued to the Committee and the Council a proposal on what kind of circular economy package should citizens represent. Strong signal is expected. Although this report is not binding, it conveys a strong political message: The European Parliament remembers that Commissioner Timmermans promised to propose an ambitious overall circular economy plan and urged the Commission to act accordingly.

Although the report was downplayed by an amendment by the European People’s Party and European Conservative Parties and Reformists, which turned the binding 30% resource efficiency target proposal into a voluntary one, it still retains Some key aspects, such as the need to measure land, materials, water and carbon footprint indicators.

The European Parliament also called for the realization of zero waste, putting forward a binding target for waste prevention by 2025, a target of 70% urban waste recycling rate by 2030, and a target of 80% packaging recycling rate by 2030. Other proposed targets are a 50% reduction in marine debris compared to 2014 levels, a 50% reduction by 2025, and a 30% reduction in food waste by 2025.

Of particular concern is that the Pietikäinen report urges strict restrictions on the incineration of non-recyclable and non-biodegradable waste by 2020. In addition, the parliament emphasized that there are loopholes in the renewable energy directive used to subsidize waste incineration and urged the phasing out of subsidies for incineration.

Zero Waste Europe welcomes the approval of the report and calls on the European Commission to pay attention to these proposals and include them in the circular economy package that is being drafted. The European Commission should enjoy the political drive and commitment to revolve around a circular economy to promote ambitious policies.

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