A new circular economy action plan for a cleaner and more competitive Europe: Parliament’s demands
In March 2020, the European Commission adopted the new circular economy action plan: the European Parliament demanded binding objectives for 2030 to make consumer goods more sustainable from design onwards.
The provisions of the plan in a nutshell
The new circular economy action plan presents measures to:
- Make products sustainable;
- Empower consumers and public buyers;
- Focus on sectors that use more resources with a high circularity potential, such as: electronics and ICT; batteries and vehicles; packaging; plastics; textiles; construction and buildings; food; water and nutrients;
- Ensure the production of less waste;
- Ensure that “circularity” is a basic concept for territorial management (regions and cities);
- Guide global policy commitments towards circular economy concepts.
The European Parliament’s demands
- binding, science-based targets for 2030 to set out a road map for the use of materials and the consumption footprint;
- introduction in 2021 of harmonised circularity indicators that are comparable and uniform;
- definition of binding targets on the "ecological footprint " of materials and consumption for the whole product life cycle for every product category launched on the EU market, to avoid waste and reduce the use of resources and energy;
- introduction of measures to counter greenwashing and false environmental statements, as well as legislative measures to end practices involving the planned obsolescence of products;
- support of the EU Ecolabel as a benchmark for environmental sustainability;
- strengthening of the role of green public tenders, establishing obligatory minimum criteria and targets;
- integration of circular economy principles into member states’ national recovery plans.