Resource efficiency and the circular economy

01-04-2018

Past and current patterns of resource use have led to high pollution levels, environmental degradation and the depletion of natural resources. EU waste policy has a long history and has traditionally focused on more environmentally sustainable waste management. The Roadmap to a Resource Efficient Europe and the Circular Economy package should change this trend, by transforming the EU’s economy into a sustainable one by 2050. The four new directives on waste in the recent Circular Economy package introduce new waste management targets regarding prevention, reuse, recycling and landfilling.

Past and current patterns of resource use have led to high pollution levels, environmental degradation and the depletion of natural resources. EU waste policy has a long history and has traditionally focused on more environmentally sustainable waste management. The Roadmap to a Resource Efficient Europe and the Circular Economy package should change this trend, by transforming the EU’s economy into a sustainable one by 2050. The four new directives on waste in the recent Circular Economy package introduce new waste management targets regarding prevention, reuse, recycling and landfilling.