The European Commission announced yesterday its adoption of the Circular Economy measures to be enacted through amended Directives.
ecosurety’s role as a leading producer responsibility scheme in the UK means the organisation has a keen interest on behalf of over 1,000 members, particularly regarding the potential impacts of the revised Directives.
ecosurety believes this is a big ‘ask’ from measures that appear to largely address end-of-life issues. While there are proposed measures, for example through the Ecodesign Directive addressing recyclability, perhaps we need to place more consideration as a society on the environmental and social impacts made during a product’s life.
While we welcome the fact that the European Commission wants to capture an extra 600 million tonnes of waste currently going into landfill, we need to ensure that the any legislative change is realistic, pragmatic and cost-effective, and that pursuing recycling targets per se doesn’t end up with a net environmental deficit because we will have taken our eye off the key issues of sustainability and climate change.
Head of policy
Having gained a wealth of experience in regulatory affairs, waste issues and secondary commodity market analysis, Robbie uses his skills internally as an operational board member and externally to influence legislation change as head of policy. He is responsible for liaising with government, regulators and industry organisations to articulate complex views and interests and to provide high-level policy expertise, industry insight and market analysis to our members.
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