Circular economy

Circular economy is about minimising waste generation and maintaining the economic value of products, materials and resources as long as possible. It can take several forms: from reducing the use of virgin resources and energy to redesigning products for better recycling, or cooperation between companies through an industrial symbiosis where one industry’s waste is another industry’s input.

Circular economy: the business case

22-05-2018

European business is fully on board with the circular economy approach. It does so because it makes business sense, and because future consumption and production patterns are so monumental that they cannot be managed in the way we organise these patterns today. Many businesses all over Europe have already embarked into more circularity or plan to do so.

BusinessEurope is involved in many policy files related to the circular econony. Furthermore, it has launched the European Circular Economy Industry Platform in May 2017. The platform is a web tool managed by BusinessEurope and its national members that contributes to the EU’s agenda on circular economy. It continuously brings new examples of innovative ways in which industry, SMEs and other business add to the circular economy in Europe. At the same time, it highlights the regulatory and non-regulatory challenges these businesses still face to upscale their current initiatives or to start new ones. The platform is a unique bottom-up business-led hub of knowledge and expertise.

Publications

Public letters Date
Reduction of the impact of certain plastic products on the environment - Letter from Markus J. Beyrer 11/07/2018
Plastics strategy: voluntary pledges - Letter from Markus J. Beyrer to Jyrki Katainen 03/04/2018
Plastics strategy - Letters from Markus J. Beyrer ahead of the Environment Council meeting on 5 March 2018 02/03/2018
Press releases Date
EU Plastics Strategy – ambitious targets with a balanced approach 16/01/2018
EU circular economy can be a game changer 31/05/2017
EU circular economy: full-circle thinking is a good step 02/12/2015
EU companies support resource efficiency - BusinessEurope warns against a target-based approach 02/07/2014
Position papers Date
The future of plastics - a BusinessEurope position paper 25/09/2017
Feedback to the stakeholder consultation paper on "chemical, product, waste interface" 05/07/2017
European social partner statement on tapping the potential from greening the economy for job creation 30/05/2017
BusinessEurope comments on key issues voted on by the EP ENVI Committee on the Waste Framework Directive (COM proposal amending Directive 2008/98/EC on waste) 24/01/2017
Legislative proposals on waste and landfill of waste - BusinessEurope comments 14/06/2016
Circular economy: a key pillar of a strategic European resource policy - How companies in Europe approach circular economy 15/05/2015
Facts and figures Date
Key aims of the European circular economy industry platform 31/05/2017
Speeches Date
Sustainable industry in the context of circular economy, Kosice, Slovakia - Speech by Markus J. Beyrer, BusinessEurope Director General 13/09/2016

Contact

Leon de Graaf

Adviser
Tel:
+32 2 790 27 00
Last updated: 19 June 2018