EU Commission adopts Circular Economy Package

A long way ahead towards a circular economy

In future, the EU will look more intensively into the question how a functioning circular economy can be established in Europe. The VCI emphasizes that many individual steps will become necessary for implementing the ambitious package. As regards waste law, the VCI supports a Europe-wide implementation of existing waste disposal rules. Particularly concerning landfilling, the VCI sees the need to catch up in favour of recycling or energy recovery. As regards eco-design, requirements should be such that industry can adapt to them along the value chains.

The VCI on the package as presented by the European Commission: "On the way towards a circular economy in Europe with a more sustainable recovery of waste, regulation is needed that also preserves the international competitiveness of chemical companies.” - Photo: © European Commission
The VCI on the package as presented by the European Commission: "On the way towards a circular economy in Europe with a more sustainable recovery of waste, regulation is needed that also preserves the international competitiveness of chemical companies.” - Photo: © European Commission

A sustainable circular economy in the EU can improve the chances for more growth in the chemical and pharmaceutical industry. For this reason, the German chemical industry association VCI welcomes that the EU wants to look into this topic more intensively in the future. VCI director-general Utz Tillmann on the Circular Economy Package as presented today by the Commission in Brussels: “The EU sets an ambitious goal; many small steps will become necessary for its implementation. On the way towards a circular economy in Europe with a more sustainable recovery of waste, regulation is needed that also preserves the international competitiveness of chemical companies.”

Legal rules on waste constitute a large part of the Circular Economy Package. Here, the VCI supports a Europe-wide implementation of existing legislation on waste disposal. There is still a need to catch up, especially as regards landfilling. Tillmann emphasized: “Valuable resources are lost to the EU industry because of too much landfilling. For suitable wastes it would make much more sense to channel them into recycling or energy recovery. This helps reduce the consump-tion of oil and natural gas in the production of everyday goods. We hope that this aspect will continue to be taken into account in the now following procedure.”

The VCI is also ready to engage in a dialogue with the Commission on the eco-design of products. Already now, chemical industry products contribute to resource savings in many fields. Furthermore, industrial biotechnology has great potential for processing biomass into inputs for everyday goods. Tillmann: “Eco-design requirements for products need to be shaped in a manner that allows industry to adapt to them along the value chains.”


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