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.

  • Vedtaget on 11/12/2014
    Reference
    NAT/651-EESC-2014-01-01-05002-00-00-ac-tra
    Workers - GR II
    France
    Plenary session number
    503
    -

    The Committee welcomes the two communications and the package of amendments to the waste directives and supports the campaign to make all businesses and consumers aware of the need to phase out the current linear economic model of "take, make, consume and dispose" .

    EESC opinion: Circular economy
  • Vedtaget on 17/10/2013
    Reference
    CCMI/112-EESC-2013-1904
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    France
    Employers - GR I
    France

    Planned obsolescence is associated with a form of industrial production that relies on a minimum renewal rate for its products. Although product renewal is necessary, certain abuses need to be addressed. The EESC would like to see a total ban on products with built-in defects designed to end the product's life.

    Towards more sustainable consumption: industrial product lifetimes and restoring trust through consumer information
    Infopack CCMI/112
  • An interview with Maria Nikolopoulou, member of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) from the Workers' Group, representing the Spanish trade union Comisiones Obreras. She is currently one of the Vice Presidents of the NAT Bureau and member of the Steering Group of the European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform.

  • In an annual conference held entirely online on 3-4 November, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) voiced its determination to help make the Circular Economy Platform a real hub of the collective effort to build a circular economy in Europe.

  • The COVID-19 crisis has created the conditions for circular products and services to become the norm in Europe, says the EESC. In a recent opinion on the new EU Circular Economy Action Plan, the EESC urges lawmakers to ensure the circular economy finds a place and resources in the overall "greenprint" for Europe's recovery.

  • The Finnish presidency of the Council of the EU will place the fight against climate change high on its agenda. One of the challenges will be to unite the 28 Member States around this fight and focus on the opportunities that a more sustainable Europe can provide for economic, social and environmental progress. 

  • More than 350 circular economy stakeholders from across Europe shared their success stories and the challenges they face during the second day of the Circular Economy Stakeholder Conference, hosted by the European Economic and Social Committee on 7 March 2019.

  • The advantages of sorting and recycling plastics must become tangible for European citizens, says the EESC 

     

     

  • Opening the Circular Economy Stakeholder Conference at the European Commission on February 20, the President of the European Economic and Social Committee, Georges Dassis, said: "the transition to a circular economy is a great opportunity for civil society. It is already happening on the ground. We can feel it from the commitment and involvement of our businesses, the many initiatives taking place at local and regional level, ...

  • In March this year, the European Commission (EC) and the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) launched a joint European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform. The 24 members forming the coordination group of the platform have now been selected and are preparing for their first meeting on 22 November.