Key aims of the European circular economy industry platform
- The platform showcases practical examples of what EU business is already doing to add to the circular economy in Europe. For example, how they are reducing the use of virgin resources and energy in their production processes, or how they redesign products for better recycling. And of course, how many new jobs these good practices generate. The industry platform starts on 31 May with 40 examples; we will keep adding new examples on a monthly basis.
- The website allows you to navigate easily through these good practices, by sector or by country. Obviously, circular economy can hardly happen within just one company, it requires different companies to work together. For example, through industrial symbiosis where one company’s waste is another company’s input. That is why several of the examples you will find on the website mention different partners, and are linked to several sectors or countries.
- At least as important, the platform outlines challenges that SMEs, industry and other companies face when they start implementing more circularity into their business. Visitors of the website are able to locate projects directly by the challenges they are faced with. These challenges can highlight potential issues with existing or upcoming policies, but from the examples we have collected so far, we can easily see many challenges that are not necessarily connected to any legislation.
- When there are regulatory challenges, they are linked to policy initiatives on the “timeline” page, which presents the state of upcoming legislation. The website itself will not formulate solutions on how to overcome these challenges, but we plan to organise lots of activities in the future to do so, such as events and bottom-up initiatives. These activities will also be published on the “timeline” page.
- SMEs, industry players and other companies can submit their circular economy example directly to the platform through the “Submit your project” page. Whether they want to showcase what they are doing, raise concerns or make their voice heard, develop their network by connecting to other companies, or access the EU/Brussels debate on circular economy.