European trade group embraces circular economy

FEAD sets out six-year plans to drive pan-European push towards circular economy, including a wish-list of legislation that will enable some of its big ideas to happen.

The European Federation of Waste Management and Environmental Services (FEAD) has published its Driving the Circular Economy strategy paper.

From 2014 to 2020 the plans is that Europe’s waste and resource management industry, through FEAD, will work hard to develo a more circular economy that delivers Europe’s economic and environmental objectives.

FEAD president – and SITA UK chief executive – David Palmer-Jones said: “The strategy which FEAD is publishing today sets out our vision of how the resource management industry can play its full part in achieving a more sustainable, prosperous and resilient European economy.

“The first overarching theme running through our strategy is partnership working with designers, manufacturers and retailers. Joining up the start of the product cycle with its end point is the goal of the circular economy, and none of this can happen without partnership.

“The second key theme is coherence in policy making. We believe it is the duty of policy makers at all levels to assist the development of a more circular economy in Europe, which will create jobs and growth while improving resource security and protecting the environment.

“FEAD welcomes the European Commission’s proposals to revise EU waste legislation and targets, which set out an ambitious long-term vision for Europe’s resources policy beyond 2020. We look forward to working with the EU institutions on the practical steps needed to turn these ambitious targets into reality.”

FEAD wants the market for recovered materials to be stimulated through:

  1. Stronger rules on green public procurement at European level to promote the use of products with recycled content
  2. Transparency in extended producer responsibility schemes to encourage manufacturers to use recycled materials and to ensure fair and equal access to materials and resources
  3. The European Commission exploring the possibility of applying a lower rate of VAT to second hand goods and green products, to promote waste prevention and reuse
  4. Eco-labelling rules to enable consumers to choose recycled products.

Steve Clark

Non-executive director

Steve established Ecosurety in 2003 in response to the lack of flexibility, innovation and customer-focus in the compliance scheme market. He took inspiration from the mobile phone market, which continues to provide a diverse range of pick-and-mix options for the customer, and built the original business on a commitment to provide flexible, friendly and tailored support for all clients.

He is passionate about bringing the latest business concepts from other markets and industries and applying them to the environmental sector for the benefit of clients.

Written by Steve Clark Published 09/10/2014 Topics Sustainability

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