Información remitida por CEOE nacional referente a: Environment Council: Conclusions on Circular economy

Adjunto documento con las Conclusiones del Consejo de Medio Ambiente, sobre Economía Circular, adoptado el pasado lunes por los Ministros de Medio ambiente de los diferentes Estados Miembro.

Documento: 2016-06-20 ENVI Council_ Conclusions on CE

Incluyo también una nota de prensa sobre esta cuestión.

Conclusions on Circular Economy adopted last Monday by the Environment Council.

The text overall promotes integrated approaches, resource efficiency policies, support for circular innovation and business, including monitoring and cooperation in terms of industrial symbiosis within and across sectors and value chains.

On Ecodesign, concerns were expressed on the delayed timetable: the Commission has been requested to follow-up the foreseen actions without further delay, including measures to improve the durability, reparability, reusability and possibilities to use recycled materials. Also, the Environment Council invited the Commission to evaluate before the end of 2018 “for which product groups, other than energy related, it would be possible to take better into  account resource efficiency and impact on the environment and human health, building on experiences from the Ecodesign directive”.

Among other topics, the ENVI Council also called for an effective application of the Green Public Procurement, acknowledged the importance of education and training to facilitate the transition and recommended the set-up of a platform to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and experiences between Member States and Stakeholders.

Conclusions adopted by the Environment Council also included initial recommendations for a more efficient waste management system in Europe. Among the addressed aspects, the Environment Council:

  • overall called for the prevention and reduction of waste generation;
  • highlighted the importance of the waste hierarchy as functional to an increase in prevention, preparation for reuse and recycling of waste and fostering a reduction of landfilled waste;
  • called, in view of the interface between REACH and waste legislation expected by 2017, for a methodology to determine whether recycling, recovery or disposal provides the best overall outcome;
  • encouraged the definition of well-functioning and efficient market for secondary raw materials, jointly with international quality standards for secondary raw materials;
  • recommended uniformed end of waste criteria, in order to facilitate cross border movement, while safeguarding the environment and human health;
  • called for the reinforcement of controls within the EU and at its borders to prevent illegal transport of waste;
  • encouraged the application of the Polluter Pays Principle.

Lastly, the Environment Council emphasised that research and innovation are essential to develop the necessary resource efficient industrial process to stimulate the transition to the circular economy and called the Commission to support the EU industry in research and innovation, enabling coherent policy environment and legislative framework for systemic innovation.

Member states press EC over ecodesign delays

21 Jun 2016

EU member states have criticised the European Commission for continuing to delay the publication of an ecodesign work plan as part of its circular economy strategy.

EU ministers attending yesterday’s Environment Council expressed concern that the Commission had failed to deliver its pledge to produce an ecodesign work plan by December 2015. The measure was one of more than 50 non-legislative changes that the Commission had promised to publish last December alongside its circular economy action plan.

The delay prompted criticism from MEPs in March and was at the time linked by a source close to the Commission to fears over a backlash from the British public in the run-up to the EU referendum. However, the ecodesign hold-up appears to have become a concern for member states, who yesterday agreed to urge the Commission to follow up with a plan “without further delay” in the text of the meeting’s conclusions.

Ministers also urged the Commission to present “robust” measures to curb plastic litter in seas by 2017. The UK in particular asked member states to work on a common position for an EU ban on microbeads from cosmetics and other industries, a move researchers have said would be “very difficult”.

Speaking to ENDS, waste management lobby FEAD welcomed yesterday’s environment council views on the circular economy action plan, particularly their focus on the role of the private sector, the potential of green public procurement and the possible links between EU chemical, waste and product laws.

On ecodesign, FEAD said the pressure on the Commission to put forward a work plan was welcome. However, the federation was disappointed by member states’ “vague wording” on a possible review of the Ecodesign Directive, a law the Commission was only “invited to evaluate” to include resource efficiency considerations.

Green group Friends of the Earth Europe (FoEE) criticised the lack of concrete proposals from member states on aspects such as food waste and resource efficiency.

George Thurley, FoEE campaigner, said: “EU ministers missed their chance to boost the ambition of the circular economy package, and instead caved to the regulation-light ‘better regulation’ agenda.”

Follow-up:Council Session webcast and conclusions