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The European Commission announced yesterday its adoption of the Circular Economy measures to be enacted through amended Directives.

These include those relating to all the Producer Responsibility regimes (Packaging, Batteries, WEEE and Vehicles). The case for the transition is made in the European Commission’s Action Plan.

ecosurety’s role as a leading producer responsibility scheme in the UK means the organisation has a keen interest on behalf of over 1,000 members, particularly regarding the potential impacts of the revised Directives.

ecosurety comment

ecosurety believes this is a big ‘ask’ from measures that appear to largely address end-of-life issues. While there are proposed measures, for example through the Ecodesign Directive addressing recyclability, perhaps we need to place more consideration as a society on the environmental and social impacts made during a product’s life.

While we welcome the fact that the European Commission wants to capture an extra 600 million tonnes of waste currently going into landfill, we need to ensure that the any legislative change is realistic, pragmatic and cost-effective, and that pursuing recycling targets per se doesn’t end up with a net environmental deficit because we will have taken our eye off the key issues of sustainability and climate change.


Mark Sayers

Principal consultant

Mark manages the technical and regulatory development at Ecosurety, working closely with numerous policy makers, stakeholders and government departments. His valued contributions and experience have been well refined over the last decade of working within environmental compliance.


Written by
Mark Sayers
Published
03/12/2015
Topics
Compliance, Sustainability

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