Environmental consultancy Eunomia has said that it is leading a group of six European consultancies in a new study on how EU policy can increase the circular economy potential of product groups.
The study has been commissioned by the European Commission’s DG Environment, who committed in their Circular Economy Package Action Plan to explore options for a clearer policy framework around EU product policy and its contribution to the circular economy.
Eunomia will carry out this work by investigating what policy changes would stimulate circular economy growth in product groups identified as having high circular potential.
The product groups include:
- Energy related products
- Construction products
- Transport/automotive products
Eunomia will lead the group through tasks that will inform a final report that offers new policy recommendations.
This includes a comprehensive literature review aimed at estimating the circularity potential for each group as well as identifying case studies on national initiatives to improve product circularity, an analysis of current EU legislation and policy tools.
There will also be a 12-week public consultation, a conference and seven stakeholder workshops, with the hope that it will lead to identifying potential policy actions to improve the overall circular economy contribution of the EU Product Policy Framework.
Eunomia project director Mark Hilton said: “By having won this work, we are not only able to shape future EU product policy to drive greater circularity in the economy, but also gain insight into how forthcoming policy changes may affect businesses and influence their priorities. This allows us to provide more insightful guidance for key decision makers in the public and private sectors.”
The main project partners in the consortium with Eunomia are Ecofys and Milieu with support from COWI, Adelphi and Fraunhofer ISI.