Commission delivers on its Circular Economy promises

One year after adopting its Circular Economy Package (sustainable use of resources), the Commission this week reported on progress and tabled new ideas on waste management and investment. In the last year the Commission has taken measures in areas such as waste, ecodesign, food waste, organic fertilisers, guarantees for consumer goods, and innovation and investment. Circular economy principles have been gradually integrated in industrial best practices, green public procurement, the use of cohesion policy funds, and through new initiatives in the construction and water sectors. Later on this year, the Commission will present a strategy for plastics that will address the significant leakage of plastics into the environment, in particular the oceans, and the high dependence on fossil-fuel as feedstock (more than 90% of plastics today are still produced from fossil fuel feedstock.
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