ECOS welcomes the European Commission’s ongoing efforts to develop an EU circular economy. We strongly encourage the EU to ensure that the circular economy respects planetary boundaries and fair share of use and access to resources, as well as avoids and minimises negative impacts of resource use including biodiversity loss, climate change, pollution, and reduced/impaired human health.
ECOS views the European Commission’s current work on EU product policy contributing to the circular economy as a continuum that began with its work on Integrated Product Policy (IPP) in the late 1990s. This work was then taken up again under the heading of Sustainable Consumption and Production and Sustainable Industrial Policy adopted in the mid-2000s. Despite this long-standing analysis and reflection on EU product policy, we regret that there has been little development on a more horizontal tool or approach to integrated, sustainable or even circular products. We therefore urge the European Commission to perform a gap analysis and to develop policy and legislative proposals to fill any gaps identified.
Read the full response to the European Commission’s Roadmap “Towards an EU Product Policy Framework contributing to the Circular Economy”.