Organisations unite to condemn axing of circular economy package


Nine organisations have issued a statement to stress their dismay that the circular economy package looks set to be dropped by the European Commission.

The Resource Association, Renewable Energy Association, Environmental Services Association, Chartered Institution of Wastes Management, Institution of Civil Engineers and Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Assocation have also joined together to write to Environment Secretary Elisabeth Truss (pictured) asking her to intervene and make clear the Government’s position on the circular economy.


They have been joined by co-signatories EEF – the manufacturers’ organisation, Environmental Industries Commission and Friends of the Earth.

In a statement, the nine organisations said: “It is with dismay that we learn of developments this week in which we understand that the EU circular economy package is to be axed by the European Commission from its 2015 Work Programme.

“Many industry stakeholders including the undersigned have expressed their support for the proposals while fully recognising that a full and reasoned debate is necessary on aspects of the package. There is a very broad consensus among industry groups and associations, major companies, NGOs and municipalities that the circular economy package offers huge potential for green job creation, resource security, environmental protection and economic growth.

“This broad consensus is echoed by industry associations in the UK, and we call today upon the UK Government to issue a clear and unequivocal statement of its position in relation to the proposed withdrawal of the circular economy package.

“We further call upon Defra Secretary of State Liz Truss to use her good offices to communicate with President Juncker and First Vice-President Timmermans and urge upon them the importance of retaining the circular economy package for the long term benefit of Europe’s environment, economy and competitiveness.”