The European Environmental Bureau (EEB) has published a document containing an infographic and details on what the European Commission’s new Circular Economy Package, dubbed the “Circular Economy Package 2.0”, could look like.
The EEB urges the Commission to table a package that strengthens the original proposal’s waste targets and adds concrete measures related to product policy.
It refers to this new proposal, which should have both legislative and non-legislative aspects, as the “Circular Economy Package 2.0”.
In February 2015, the European Commission withdrew the Circular Economy Package, which had been proposed by the previous administration. (See CIWM Journal Online story)
The package included new EU recycling targets, measures to phase out the landfilling of compostable and recyclable material and a new, EU-harmonised methodology to calculate recycling rates.
“The EEB insists the Commission must propose a package that really is “more ambitious” to justify the original proposal’s withdrawal”
However, the Commission has promised to issue a new package by the end of the year, which is “more ambitious” and completes the loop by addressing product policy as well as the use of secondary, recycled materials in new products.
The EEB insists the Commission must propose a package that really is “more ambitious” to justify the original proposal’s withdrawal.
This “Circular Economy Package 2.0” must “strengthen the previous proposal’s waste targets” and “come forward with both legislative and non-legislative measures that cut resource use in products,” the EEB says.
In particular the new Circular Economy Package should:
- Develop a system to rate the durability and reparability of products and establish standards to measure these aspects for products placed on the European market
- Set design requirements for products to guarantee a minimum life time and ensure nondestructive disassembly of products into individual parts and components for reuse
- Provide consumers with more information about product lifetimes through provision of information on the average estimated product lifetime
- Extend minimum legal warranties to at least 3 to 10 years depending on the product category and oblige manufacturers EU-wide to prove the full functioning of their products in case of early failure during the first two years after purchase as a minimum
- Make repair information, service parts, and diagnostic tools available to all independent re-use operators
- Spare parts must be widely available and affordable for a minimum of 10 years following the last product batch and available at non-discriminatory pricing to third parties. Re-use of used and remanufactured product components must also be allowed
- Lower taxes on repair service activities and higher taxes on resource-intensive and single use products
- Establish a public communication campaign highlighting the manifold opportunities and benefits of reuse and repair of products.