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29 May 2015

EC opens consultation on Circular Economy

The European Commission has opened a public consultation asking the public for ideas to develop the Circular Economy. The input provided by citizens, public authorities, businesses and all other interested governmental and non-governmental parties will feed into the preparation of a new action plan, to be presented by the end of 2015.

The policy options for developing a competitive Circular Economy in Europe will look at waste policy and beyond and address the full product lifecycle. It will include actions on intelligent product design, reuse and repair of products, recycling, sustainable consumption, waste policy, recycling levels, smart use of raw materials, stronger markets for secondary raw materials and specific sectorial measures. According to the Commission, moving towards a more circular economy can promote competitiveness and innovation by stimulating new business models and technologies as well as facilitating social innovation, thus making the European economy more sustainable and competitive in the long run.

On 25 June 2015 the Commission will host a stakeholders' conference in Brussels that will also feed into the consultation process.

The consultation will be open until 20 August 2015.

For more information:

European Commission - press release

Public Consultation on the Circular Economy

Conference: Closing the Loop - Circular Economy: boosting business, reducing waste

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