The European Commission adopted a new Circular Economy Action Plan in March 2020 – one of the main blocks of the European Green Deal, Europe’s new agenda for sustainable growth. It proposes a to introduce legislative and non-legislative measures aimed at cutting waste in areas like textiles, buildings, products, electronic equipment and municipal waste. It includes a timetable of key actions; a range of dates setting out when various legislative proposal will be published for consideration.
Comment: The European Commission will consult with stakeholders over the coming years on a range of ambitious proposals to improve the circularity of product design and sustainable waste management. These have the potential
to improve the circularity of waste in the recovery of energy, including:
- The Strategy for Sustainable Built Environment, recycled content requirements, and enhanced Green Public Procurement will enable the recovery of increasing quantities of bottom ash for construction.
- The restriction of waste exports that have a harmful impact on health and the environment will necessitate adequate waste treatment facilities within the EU.
- The Strategy on Sustainable and Smart Mobility will attempt to enhance synergies with the circular economy transition, in particular by using sustainable alternative transport fuels such as hydrogen.
- Measures such as European Commission’s plans to improve the market for secondary raw materials through the harmonisation of national end-of-waste criteria.