Ti-News n. 19 // March 2018 - page 4

The Circular Economy:
sustainable solutions for a shared future
“Our planet and our economy cannot survive if we
continue with the ‘take, make, use and throw away’
approach. We need to retain precious resources and
fully exploit all the economic value within them. The
circular economy is about reducing waste and protecting
the environment, but it is also about a profound
transformation of the way our entire economy works.
By rethinking the way we produce, work and buy we can
generate new opportunities and create new jobs.”
Frans Timmermans
First Vice-President, European Commission
The above quote was part of a statement given by Frans
Timmermans in Brussels. The occasion was the adoption
by the European Commission, of an ambitious Circular
Economy Package designed to help European businesses
and consumers to make the transition to a stronger and
more circular economy where resources are used in a
more sustainable way.
Europe has long been a proactive proponent of
environmental protection, implementing strategies to
guide governmental/industrial cooperation and create
synergies that conserve raw materials, reduce waste and
increase economic opportunities.
For example, Germany passed their Waste Disposal Act
in 1996, followed by the EU2008-Waste Directive and the
2015 platform introduced in Brussels: Closing the Loop:
An Action Plan for the Circular Economy. Key measures of
that platform included:
Actions to reduce food waste including a common
measurement methodology, improved date marking, and
tools to meet the global Sustainable Development Goal to
halve food waste by 2030.
• Development of quality standards for secondary raw
materials to increase the confidence of operators in
the single market.
• Measures in the Eco-design working plan for
2015-2017 to promote reparability, durability and
recyclability of products, in addition to energy
• A revised regulation on fertilizers, to facilitate the
recognition of organic and waste-based fertilizers
in the single market and support the role of bio-
• A strategy on plastics in the circular economy,
addressing issues of recyclability, biodegradability,
the presence of hazardous substances in plastics,
and the Sustainable Development Goals target for
significantly reducing marine litter.
• A series of actions on water reuse including a
legislative proposal on minimum requirements for
the reuse of wastewater.
Strategies for Sustainability
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