Economia circolare

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La transizione verso un'economia circolare è una delle priorità dell'agenda del CESE, in quanto rappresenta una soluzione per combattere la crisi climatica e proteggere il nostro pianeta. Si tratta di una grande opportunità per la società civile, poiché può contribuire a:

  • aumentare la competitività dell'industria europea,
  • promuovere una crescita economica sostenibile;
  • creare nuovi posti di lavoro.

Il modello di produzione e consumo "prendi, produci, getta", che ancora oggi domina la nostra economia, non solo si traduce in uno spreco di risorse, ma compromette anche la lotta contro i cambiamenti climatici. A differenza dell'economia lineare, un'economia circolare è un progetto di rigenerazione e riparazione incentrato sulla creazione e il mantenimento del valore economico, che affronta sfide ambientali globali, quali i cambiamenti climatici, la perdita di biodiversità e l'inquinamento, e apporta nel contempo benefici economici.

La buona notizia è che la transizione circolare è già in atto sul campo. I portatori di interessi della società civile, tra cui le imprese, i sindacati, il mondo accademico e le comunità della conoscenza, le organizzazioni giovanili, le ONG e altri gruppi di interesse stanno creando e attuando molte iniziative circolari a livello locale e regionale. Catalizzare le soluzioni circolari e la leadership delle parti interessate rappresenta la migliore opportunità per l'Europa di accelerare la transizione verso un'economia circolare.

In quanto tale, la piattaforma europea delle parti interessate per l'economia circolare, un'iniziativa congiunta del CESE e della Commissione europea, è stata istituita nel 2017 per riunire la comunità dell'economia circolare in Europa. La piattaforma, guidata dalle parti interessate, sostiene la transizione dell'Europa verso un'economia circolare promuovendo il dialogo, la condivisione delle conoscenze e lo scambio delle buone pratiche.

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Following the publication of the European Commission's Update to the New Industrial Strategy, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has been carrying out a series of activities to fulfil its role of representing the views of organised civil society. A key event in this process has been a conference held on 17 June 2021, from 2.30 to 6 p.m., on Updated industrial strategy: towards a more resilient and strategically autonomous EU industry.

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2021
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Following the publication of the European Commission's Update to the New Industrial Strategy, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has been carrying out a series of activities to fulfil its role of representing the views of organised civil society. A first event in this process has been a conference held on 17 June 2021, from 2.30 to 6 p.m., on Updated industrial strategy: towards a more resilient and strategically autonomous EU industry?

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2021
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Position paper – May 2021

The European Commission has published a proposal for a new regulatory framework for batteries and waste batteries, aiming to establish minimum sustainability requirements for all batteries placed on the EU internal market. The EESC supports the proposed measures, however, it calls for more precise and workable governance instruments to implement the new regulation, with the involvement of all stakeholders.

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2021
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The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and the Consultative Commission on Industrial Change (CCMI) believe that the present and future of critical raw materials resilience is of essential concern to EU's organised civil society. For this reason, and because the Commission's Action Plan represents a step forward by providing a clear roadmap with initiatives and actions to be taken at EU level, overall the EESC recommends that the European Parliament and the Council support this approach. 

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2021
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The European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform is a joint initiative by the European Commission and the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), launched in March 2017. The two institutions are working closely together to promote the Platform as a space for the exchange of ideas and a growing body of information, and to make the circular economy happen faster to the benefit of all. At the EESC, the Platform is spearheaded by three Members: Anders Ladefoged (Group I: Employers), Maria Nikolopoulou (Group II: Workers) and Cillian Lohan (Group III: Diversity Europe).

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2021
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The use of single-use plastics in packaging has grown significantly in the last decades, and with it, the pollution of our environment. There is an urgent need to improve the sustainability of our food systems, which includes also the development of more sustainable food packaging. The objective of this study is to identify and examine successful examples and approaches to food packaging in the EU and beyond, considering consumer safety, environmental, economic, social, legal and food waste reduction considerations.

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2020
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The EESC Employers' Group strives for a business environment that contributes to sustainable development, while keeping the EU's economy resilient and resourceful in an ever-changing world.  Our Political Priorities beyond 2020 explain how to achieve this goal by fostering EU values, strengthening the EU's economic foundation, bringing the EU to the digital forefront and seizing opportunities provided by proactive climate action.

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2020
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The transition to the Circular Economy will impact businesses, workers and consumers in different ways/varying degrees across the economy. The Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) sector is crucial for this transition. In 2016, the consumer electronics sector alone produced 44.7 million tonnes of e-waste, with mobile phones accounting for 435 thousand tonnes, and a mere 20% being recycled. This study presents the opportunities and challenges arising from implementing a circular approach, using the mobile phone sector as an example.

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2019
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Circular economy strategies have been under development in European cities, regions, and countries in the last few years.  In the evolving context of the transition to a circular economy, strategies are valuable endeavours which draw attention to the topic, kickstart initiatives and bring stakeholders together. This publication is the executive summary of the study reviewing existing circular economy strategies across Europe, highlighting the different degrees of inclusiveness in terms of consultation.

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2019
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Circular economy strategies have been under development in European cities, regions, and countries in the last few years.  In the evolving context of the transition to a circular economy, strategies are valuable endeavours which draw attention to the topic, kickstart initiatives and bring stakeholders together.  This study reviews existing circular economy strategies across Europe, highlighting the different degrees of inclusiveness in terms of consultation.  The findings include a call for stronger involvement of civil society organisations in earlier phases of strategy deve

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2019

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