Circular economy: Revision of waste legislation: Implementation Appraisal

17-03-2016

While the overall circular economy package is broader than the withdrawn proposals, in the area of waste the changes now presented are somewhat less ambitious when it comes to actual targets. Studies have shown that while targets are important to drive up performance, they need to be accompanied with additional measures from within Member States, such as information campaigns, financial incentives or taxes. The monitoring of Member States performance will be crucial to succeed, and while monitoring systems have been put in place, the question is whether they go far enough to address the issues around unreliable and non-comparable data which has hampered most assessments so far. There is also a question whether additional targets preventing waste should have been set.

While the overall circular economy package is broader than the withdrawn proposals, in the area of waste the changes now presented are somewhat less ambitious when it comes to actual targets. Studies have shown that while targets are important to drive up performance, they need to be accompanied with additional measures from within Member States, such as information campaigns, financial incentives or taxes. The monitoring of Member States performance will be crucial to succeed, and while monitoring systems have been put in place, the question is whether they go far enough to address the issues around unreliable and non-comparable data which has hampered most assessments so far. There is also a question whether additional targets preventing waste should have been set.