Europe outlines proposals for EU’s Circular Economy plan

Europe has called on the European Union to recognise the positive role of packaging for the new Circular Economy package, set to be announced at the end of the year.

A total of 29 organisations, including Europen, have unveiled a set of joint recommendations for the package, which is expected to be rolled out by the European Commission in the coming months.

The associations represent industries and sectors including major consumer goods brands, packaging producers, material producers and extended producer responsibility (EPR) organisations. These include Incpen, The Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment and Valpak.

The joint industry recommendations called on the EU to ensure that the Circular Economy Packaging

  • Safeguards the free movement of packaging and packaged goods in the EU Internal Market
  • Ensures the full implementation and enforcement of existing EU laws
  • Strengthens the EU legal framework for Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) for used packaging
  • Safeguards the free movement of packaging and packaged goods in the EU Internal Market
  • Ensures the full implementation and enforcement of existing EU laws
  • Strengthens the EU legal framework for Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) for used packaging
  • Establishes a solid, comparable and harmonised calculation method for packaging recycling rates
  • Sets realistic and achievable packaging recycling targets based on known baselines
  • Diverts packaging materials from landfill

Europen chairman Martin Reynolds said: “In order for the forthcoming EU proposals to benefit the environment as well as European competitiveness, jobs and growth, we need a holistic approach that recognises the positive role of packaging in optimising resource use, minimising product waste and protecting products all along the many and varied value chains that are concerned.

“We call on the EU to ensure that a full lifecycle approach to packaging and the Internal Market principle is firmly embedded in future EU measures, as it is today in the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive, the cornerstone of EU law for our sector.”

Virginia Janssens, Managing Director of Europen added: “The packaging supply chain has achieved considerable progress in resource efficiency, including recycling and recovery over the past 20 years, supported by the holistic approach enshrined in current EU legislation.

“We are committed to persevering along this road. The joint recommendations that we co-signed with such a broad range of sectors today point to a clear path ahead through which EU legislation can further enable our diverse industries to achieve continuous environmental improvement while continuing to contribute to a vibrant, innovative and competitive European economy.”

Source: packagingnews.co.uk

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