The new Circular Economy Action Plan in Europe

The European Green Deal (the EU new agenda for sustainable growth) has now a new Circular Economy Action Plan, adopted by the European Commission the 11th March.

The new action plan will announce initiatives along the entire life cycle of products and aims to ensure that resources being used are kept in the EU economy for as long as possible.

The main measures are:

  • Make sustainable products the norm in the EU, e. g., by making the Ecodesign framework applicable to the broadest possible range of products and introducing a ban on the destruction of unsold durable goods;
  • Empower consumers and public buyers, proposing a revision of EU consumer law to ensure that consumers receive trustworthy and relevant information on products at the point of sale;
  • Focusing on the sectors that use most resources and where the potential for circularity is high, such as electronics and ICT, batteries and vehicles, packaging, plastics, textiles, construction and buildings, food, water and nutrients;
  • Ensuring waste control, enhancing circularity in a toxic-free environment and creating a well-functioning EU market for secondary raw materials;
  • Leading global efforts on the circular economy, driving the transition through research, innovation and digitalisation.

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You can read the whole action plan text here.