European Parliament pushes for targets to reduce over-consumption


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MEPs in the environment committee are pushing to further accelerate Europe’s transition to a circular economy following a key vote in the European Parliament this week.

Amongst other measures, lawmakers called for the introduction of two binding targets to significantly reduce the EU’s material and consumption footprints by 2030. The targets would curb Europe’s consumption and material footprints, bringing consumption and production patterns within planetary boundaries by 2050.

The vote comes as part of a Parliamentary report in response to the Circular Economy Action Plan put forward by the European Commission in March last year. Hailed as one of the pillars of the European Green Deal, the Commission’s proposal was already praised for its ambition in calling for sustainability and durability in the design of textiles, electronics, packaging, batteries, and other products.

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