Alexis Van Maercke, secretary general of the Association of European Producers of Steel for Packaging (APEAL), explains how the EU is taking another step towards its circular economy vision.
On 11 March, the European Commission published its long-awaited new Circular Economy Action Plan 2.0 (CEAP), one of the main building blocks of the European Green Deal, Europe’s new agenda for sustainable growth.
With measures along the entire lifecycle of products, the new CEAP aims to make our economy fit for a green future and strengthen our competitiveness while protecting the environment and give new rights to consumers. Building on work done since the launch of the first Circular Economy Package in 2015, the new CEAP focuses on design and production, with the aim of ensuring that resources used are kept in the economy for as long as possible.
The CEAP is not yet legislation in itself, more a communication that announces planned legislation. The subsequent initiatives will be developed with the close involvement of the business and stakeholder community. As such, and with a coalition of other materials, APEAL...