Web Seminars on the EU Circular Economy Action Plan

Friederike von Unruh

Friederike v. Unruh

Web Seminars on the EU Circular Economy Action Plan

The EU Circular Economy Action Plan will set the course for more circularity in the economy and society across Europe and have a major impact on the way we design, produce and use things.

The Action Plan is an important component of the European Green Deal, which aims to “pave the way for the transition to a modern, resource-efficient and competitive economy”[1].

The goal is to reduce net greenhouse emissions to zero by 2050 and decouple economic growth from resource consumption.

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Circular Economy Action Plan

The Circular Economy Action Plan was adopted in March 2020 and includes various measures for a sustainable transformation of the economy: In the future, consumer rights in the economic region are to be strengthened and waste is to be avoided.

In addition, product design is already to become more sustainable. Products should be designed “to have a longer life, be easier to reuse, repair and recycle, and contain the highest possible proportion of recycled materials rather than primary raw materials.”[2]

Another pillar is to focus on different sectors where great potential for circularity is seen, as they have high resource consumption or strong environmental impacts.

The Circular Economy Action Plan includes initiatives on the following key sectors or product value chains:

    • Electronics and ICT
    • Batteries and vehicles
    • Packages
    • Plastics
    • Textiles
    • Construction and buildings
    • Food, water and nutrients

As many of CEAP’s initiatives take concrete(r) shape in 2022, the Prosperkolleg would like to take a closer look at the sectors mentioned and dedicate a web seminar to each of them every month.

Speakers from practice and science will shed light on product value chains from different perspectives and highlight potentials for circularity.

We cordially invite you to inform yourself, to discuss with us and our speakers and to gain exciting insights into the EU Circular Economy Action Plan.

On 03.02.2022 (15-17Uhr) we start with the topic “Circular construction industry”. Click here to register.

We are looking forward to meeting you!

[1] European Commission, “European Green Deal, Becoming the First Climate Neutral Continent.” https://ec.europa.eu/info/strategy/priorities-2019-2024/european-green-deal_de (retrieved Jan. 26, 2022)

[2] European Commission, 2020: “Changing our production and consumption patterns: new circular economy action plan paves the way to a carbon-neutral and competitive economy with empowered consumers,” https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/de/ip_20_420 (retrieved Jan. 26, 2022)

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