The European Green Deal stresses the importance of the circular economy, and this must be strengthened in the forthcoming Action Plan currently being finalised by the Commission. The Commission calculates that only 12 % of the materials in use come from recycling. If we are to speed up the transition to a circular economy, recycling must be drastically stepped up therefore.
(*) What measures will the Commission be adopting, including co-funding of innovative projects, to ensure that waste streams that are not recycled at present will be recycled in the future?
(*) Is the Commission working on a methodology to account for the results of chemical recycling in the Member States’ recycling targets?
(*) What steps is the Commission taking to set up a monitoring or surveillance framework for the circular economy and, at the same time, establish how contributions from the various recycling technologies are to be collected and incorporated into this framework?
(*) The new Circular Economy Action Plan (CEAP)(1) provides a future-oriented agenda for achieving a cleaner and more competitive Europe. It aims at accelerating the transformational change required by the European Green Deal(2). This plan will ensure that the regulatory framework is streamlined and made fit for a sustainable future.
It presents measures along all the phases of the economic cycle looking at production, consumption, transforming waste into resources and focusing specifically on certain resource-intensive sectors where the potential for greater circularity is the highest. For instance, in addition to plastics, it will also aim to address, inter alia, packaging, textiles, construction and electronics.
(*) The innovative projects and technological developments, which are needed to bring about the necessary transformational changes in design, production, consumption and recycling, will continue to be supported by co-funded initiatives under Horizon Europe(3) and other EU programmes, such as the EU programme for the environment and climate action (LIFE)(4).
Progress in chemical recycling technologies is being closely followed by the Commission. The materials resulting from chemical reprocessing of waste can count towards recycling targets only if they are not used as fuels.
(*) The Commission will update the Monitoring Framework for the Circular Economy(5), which allows the measurement of progress and offers a snapshot of many dimensions of the circular economy.
Link to the Questions on Non-recycled waste streams and monitoring of the circular economy