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After spending 10 billion euros in 4 years, what did the "EU Circular Economy Action Plan" do?
Time: 2020-7-18 15:49:02 Source:绿凯思科GETRECYCLING Author:GET营销中心 Hits:84

Earlier, the Allen MacArthur Foundation released a policy review report on the European Union’s Circular Economy Action Plan to facilitate policymakers around the world to learn from this policy.



Inventory of the main progress of the EU "Circular Economy Work Plan"


The European Circular Economy Work Plan promotes the development of circular economy in terms of funding, policies and legislation. Up to now, it has achieved a number of work results, including providing more than 10 billion euros in funding, passing the "European Plastics Strategy", and introducing extended producer responsibility System (EPR), legislation for waste, and the goal of controlling the landfill rate to below 10% by 2035, etc. The plan also promoted at least 14 member states, 8 regions and 11 cities to propose circular economy strategies.


The following is an inventory of some of the progress and achievements of the EU's "Circular Work Plan" so far.



Provide more than 10 billion euros of financial support

The European Commission provided more than 10 billion euros in public funds between 2016 and 2020. The circular economy innovation funds originated from a number of EU projects, including "Horizon 2020" and "the Cohesion Policy". For example, provide 1.8 billion euros of "Cohesion Policy" funds to SMEs to encourage the promotion of ecological innovation technologies, and provide at least 100 million euros of financial support for more than 80 circular economy projects through the EU Innovation Fund and the Environment Fund.


Promote more circular economic activities in Europe

Driven by the "Work Plan", the European economy is becoming more circular. For example, according to Eurostat, the added value created by recycling activities such as repairs, reuse and recycling in 2017 reached nearly 155 billion euros. From 2004 to 2016, the EU's overall recycling rate (that is, the proportion of recycled and recycled materials used in production) increased from 3.4% to 11.7%.


Adopted the "European Plastics Strategy" policy

In order to solve plastic pollution and encourage innovation, the European Commission adopted the European Plastics Strategy in January 2018, which aims to improve the design, production, use and recycling of plastics, and to realize all plastic packaging recyclable by 2030 .




Introducing the extended producer responsibility system

The European Commission has also introduced an extended producer responsibility system (EPR) for many plastic products and a ban on some single-use products at the same time. It is also working hard to include recycled ingredients into the green public procurement standards.


Waste legislation

In order to promote waste recovery and recycling, the European Commission has revised its waste legislation, including biological waste and waste textiles into the waste classification and recycling obligations, and also set the total recycling of all packaging materials by 2030 The rate reached the goal of 70%.


Set recycling rate targets

The committee also set recycling rate targets for different types of materials. For example, the recycling rate of plastic packaging should reach 55%. In addition, the European Commission has also set a goal of controlling the landfill rate to below 10% by 2035.


Develop ecological design requirements

The EU's "Eco-Design Work Plan (2016-2019)" extends the eco-design requirements to the entire life cycle of products and materials on the basis of energy efficiency. Contains material efficiency requirements for several products, focusing on improving the repairability, upgradeability, durability, and recyclability of consumer products.


Remove legal barriers that hinder recycling and use of recycled materials

In order to overcome technical barriers to recycling due to the presence of certain chemical substances in products, the European Commission outlined in a policy document what actions will be taken to eliminate legal barriers that hinder the use of recycling and recycled materials. The above actions may lay the foundation for the "Sustainable Chemicals Strategy" to be introduced at the end of 2020.


Promote decision makers at all levels to implement a circular economy strategy

To promote the transition to a circular economy across Europe, the European Commission encourages decision makers at all levels to implement circular economy strategies. Since 2016, at least 14 member states, 8 regions and 11 cities have proposed circular economy strategies. Some leading countries have also introduced regulations that go beyond EU requirements. For example, in early 2020, France passed an "anti-waste law" aimed at developing a circular economy, prohibiting the destruction of unsold goods, encouraging donations and fostering a secondary market.



Signed "Memorandum of Understanding on Circular Economy Cooperation" with China

In July 2018, the EU and China signed the Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in Circular Economy. Both parties can coordinate policies to support the transformation of the circular economy and seek joint efforts to jointly release new momentum for economic growth and innovation.




Guidance on the recovery of circular economy under the epidemic

After the outbreak of the new crown epidemic, the European Commission proposed in its "European Recovery Plan" to invest circular economy stimulus funds at the EU level. It is foreseeable that the European Commission will provide guidance for EU member states to implement this measure.


Formulate a new "Circular Economy Action Plan" to accelerate transformation

The new "Circular Economy Action Plan" issued in March this year puts forward a comprehensive product policy framework for the first time, advocating the implementation of various measures throughout the product life cycle to accelerate transformation and respond to the challenges of resource-intensive industries.




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