EU agency calls for increased efforts in implementing circular economy in Europe


EU agency calls for increased efforts in implementing circular economy in Europe

Europe is being urged to take decisive action to transition its economy into a circular one, focusing on reusing or repurposing materials to reduce waste in order to meet climate targets. The European Environment Agency (EEA) highlighted the need for urgent measures to significantly reduce waste, prioritize resource reduction, improve recycling rates, and introduce products designed for circularity from the start. The EEA expressed concerns about the Union’s progress in doubling its circularity rate by 2030, indicating a low or moderate likelihood of achieving this goal in the near future.

The EEA pointed out that current business models often prioritize mass production of products with a short lifespan, leading to early breakdown or premature obsolescence. A recent study revealed that a significant amount of textiles introduced to the European market end up being destroyed without ever being used, resulting in high CO2 emissions from processing and destruction. Despite Europe leading in the use of recycled materials globally, the circularity rate remains low at 11.5% in 2022, indicating a need for accelerated progress in waste reduction policies implemented in the last five years.

To speed up the transition to a circular economy, the EEA highlighted the importance of promoting higher-quality recycling to reduce imports, maximizing the use and lifespan of products through reuse and repair, and overall reducing consumption. These measures are essential for Europe to make significant progress in transforming its economy towards circularity. Subscribe to the EU Elections Decoded newsletter for more information.

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