Cirkulær økonomi

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Omstillingen til en cirkulær økonomi står højt på EØSU's dagsorden som en løsning på, hvordan klimakrisen kan bekæmpes, og vores planet beskyttes. For civilsamfundet er det en stor mulighed, da det kan bidrage til at:

  • øge det europæiske erhvervslivs konkurrenceevne
  • fremme bæredygtig økonomisk vækst
  • skabe nye jobs.

Den "take-make-waste"-model for produktion og forbrug, der stadig præger vores økonomi i dag, resulterer ikke blot i, at ressourcer spildes, men undergraver også kampen mod klimaændringerne. Modsat den lineære økonomi er en cirkulær økonomi en regenererende og genoprettende model med fokus på at skabe og fastholde økonomisk værdi, tackle globale udfordringer som klimaændringer, tab af biodiversitet og forurening og samtidig skabe et økonomisk udbytte.

Den gode nyhed er, at den cirkulære omstilling allerede er i gang i praksis. Civilsamfundsinteressenter, herunder virksomheder, fagforeninger, den akademiske verden og vidensamfund, ungdomsorganisationer, NGO'er og andre interessegrupper, er i gang med at udvikle og gennemføre mange cirkulære initiativer på lokalt og regionalt niveau. Udnyttelse af cirkulære løsninger og lederskab fra relevante interessenter er Europas bedste mulighed for at fremskynde omstillingen til en cirkulær økonomi.

Den europæiske interessentplatform for cirkulær økonomi er et sådant eksempel. Det er et fælles initiativ, der blev etableret af EØSU og Kommissionen i 2017 for at bringe interessenter inden for den cirkulære økonomi i Europa sammen. Den interessentdrevne platform støtter Europas omstilling til en cirkulær økonomi gennem fremme af dialog, videndeling og udveksling af bedste praksis.

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Opinion
Vedtaget on 13/07/2023
Reference: 
NAT/891-EESC-2023
Plenarforsamling: 
580 -
Jul 12, 2023 Jul 13, 2023

Udvalgets udtalelse: Sustainable water management and climate emergency: circular and other solutions for the EU agri-food system in a future "Blue Deal"

Opinion
Vedtaget on 27/04/2023
Reference: 
NAT/886-EESC-2022
Plenarforsamling: 
578 -
Apr 26, 2023 Apr 27, 2023

Udvalgets udtalelse: Policy framework for bio-based, biodegradable and compostable plastics

Opinion
Vedtaget on 27/04/2023
Reference: 
NAT/854-EESC-2022
Plenarforsamling: 
578 -
Apr 26, 2023 Apr 27, 2023

Udvalgets udtalelse: Revision of Directive 94/62/EC on Packaging and Packaging Waste

Opinion
Igangværende (updated on 07/12/2023)
Reference: 
NAT/894-EESC
Plenarforsamling: 
585 -
Feb 14, 2024 Feb 15, 2024

Microplastics are persistent, very mobile, and hard to remove from nature. Microplastics are widespread in the world and in the human body, and a cause of growing concerns. Plastic pellets are found in water and soil, including agricultural lands, and harm ecosystems and biodiversity. Plastic pellets are the one of the largest sources of unintentional microplastic pollution.

For the first time, the European Commission proposes measures to prevent microplastic pollution from the unintentional release of plastic pellets.

Opinion
Vedtaget on 13/07/2022
Reference: 
NAT/851-EESC-2022

The Sustainable Products Initiative (SPI) package aims to make every aspect of the design, production, use and sale of products placed on the EU market more environmentally-friendly and circular to deliver on the sustainability and climate objectives. The proposals of the package will introduce a new era where sustainable products become the norm as well as Europe's resource independence.

Udvalgets udtalelse: Sustainable products initiative, including Eco-design Directive

Opinion
Vedtaget on 09/06/2021
Reference: 
INT/903-EESC-2020

In its own-initiative opinion, the EESC examines the extent to which existing EU company law currently serves as an "expedient" for the politically-desirable Green Deal and which gaps still need to be closed, in particular regarding corporate social responsibility obligations. The opinion aims at following-up on the European Commission's initiative on due diligence and broadening the debate on sustainable corporate governance interlinking the social, environmental and economic dimensions.

Udvalgets udtalelse: No Green Deal without a Social Deal

Opinion
Vedtaget on 16/09/2020
Reference: 
INT/898-EESC-2020

Europe is embarking on a transition towards climate neutrality and digital leadership. European businesses can lead the way as we enter this new age, as they has done in the past.

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are essential to Europe’s competitiveness and prosperity. Based on the new SME Strategy, the EU will support SMEs by:

  • encouraging innovation through new funding and digital innovation hubs as part of the sustainable and digital transitions;
  • cutting red tape by reducing barriers within the Single Market and opening up access to finance;
  • allowing better access to finance by setting up an SME Initial Public Offering Fund (with investments channelled through a new private-public fund) and the ESCALAR initiative (a mechanism to boost the size of venture capital funds and attract more private investment).

Udvalgets udtalelse: SME strategy

Downloads: 

• Position paper "Strengthening SMEs: Way Forward to a Dedicated SME Strategy"

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