The EU’s Circular Economy strategy offers many potential opportunities to strengthen environmental objectives across chemicals, product, and waste legislation, so that it is easier to keep materials alive in the EU economy.
ECOS recently presented at a CEN-CENELEC workshop on the Circular Economy with a focus on waste management and secondary raw materials. Senior Policy Officer Doreen Fedrigo-Fazio especially emphasised the need to ensure clean materials and clean products to allow for cleaner waste streams for easier reuse, recycling, and remanufacturing and also to reduce waste.
ECOS is also participating in a CEN Working Group on Sustainable Chemicals which will map, identify, and prioritise potential needs of standardisation for sustainable chemicals from primary and secondary raw materials related to the Circular Economy Action Plan, to be delivered by early 2018.
Alongside this, ECOS is part of the CEN chemical project, working to provide tailored support for standardisers, helping them develop chemical requirements in product standards.