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OREP Flash Survey: 'Commission canvasses stakeholders' views on working priorities for European Resource Efficiency policy development concerning greening the economy / the circular economy'

As a follow up action to the Resource Efficiency Roadmap, this forum invites the stakeholder community and the public to participate in the debate on opportunities and challenges and make recommendations for action in the area of resource efficiency. In the coming months the Online Resource Efficiency Platform will feature a series of consultations and discussions; this first survey on immediate priorities for work is running until mid-September.

This survey builds further on a recent public consultation on Sustainable Consumption and Production.

Key questions include:

  • How can sustainable sourcing be managed?
  • Is product design the most efficient way to promote resource efficiency?
  • Would the extension of producer responsibility be an efficient way of incentivizing resource efficiency?
  • What are the barriers to and drivers for new resource efficient business models?
  • What is the role of the consumer? How can barriers to change in behaviour be overcome?
  • Which instruments are most appropriate to help SMEs?
  • ...

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Shared by a citizen
September 13th, 2012
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Priorities
  1. Circular Economy
  2. Ecocide as 5th Crime against Humanity
  3. Prosperity not economic growth
Commentary

We have to re-think our approach to life - the planet is our home, yet we are using the resources as if they are limitless. We should tax consumption and waste, not jobs.

Shared by a representative from a consultancy / lobbying / think tank
September 13th, 2012
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Priorities
  1. producer responsibility
  2. circular economy
  3. customer relations
Commentary

The circular economy connects the producer value chain with the the consumer and recycling chain. It gives businesses optimum chances to excell in the total satisfaction of consumer and society (true total cost). Best companies will prevail and lead us to a better world.

Shared by a representative from business
September 11th, 2012
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Rating: 4.0/5 (2 votes cast)
Priorities
  1. Green business models
  2. Product-Service Systems
  3. Circular economy (closing material cycle)
Commentary

New green business models based on selling services (product owenrship remains at producer) in stead of products ,aligns incentives between producer and customer with respect to resource productivity. If on top of that we can take-back, reuse, remanufacture and recycle the products we are on our way to a factor 4-10 improvement on resource productivity and GHG emeissions. Further more these reverse logistics activities create a lot of local jobs provided we shift taxes from labour and renewables to environmental devestating actitivities. Economic growth while reducing environmental impact an dcreating jobs. Yes, we can!

Shared by a representative from a research institute / university
September 11th, 2012
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Rating: 4.0/5 (1 vote cast)
Priorities
  1. circular economy
  2. resource efficiency
  3. systems thinking
Commentary

All three are complimentary approaches towards achieving a transition towards a more sustainable way of doing business and using resources within the reality of finite resource availability (commercially viable). In addition, all three are open to a long-term perspective which would allow room for policy makers to adjust and adapt current policy formation. Further, these concepts facilitate innovative approaches which are capable of achieving more radical shifts in goal definition and thus new lines of thinking for policy development.

Link to document in OREP's library

http://blogs.ec.europa.eu/orep/a-global-redesign-shaping-the-circular-economy/

Shared by a representative from a government / public body
September 11th, 2012
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Rating: 3.0/5 (1 vote cast)
Priorities
  1. Industrial symbiosis
  2. Eco-design
  3. Recycling
Shared by a citizen
September 11th, 2012
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Rating: 4.5/5 (2 votes cast)
Priorities
  1. Fiscal Change to tax raw materials
  2. VAT Change to reduce costs on recovered materials
  3. Fiscal change to labour taxation
Commentary

The rapid changes we experience in resource efficiency are driven by price, either by commodity prices or 'green taxation'. The UK Landfill Tax and Aggregates Tax are examples that have driven rapid and lasting change in the recovery and re-use of wasted raw materials. We need a switch from labour taxation to raw material taxation to drive rapid change in manufacturing industry and the re-emergence of manufacturing in Europe by reducing labour taxation and increasing raw material taxation. Failure to rebalance taxation in this way will drive recovered material to overseas manufacturing locations leaving the EU as a provider of secondary raw materials in a way that the developed world used to provide the EU with primary raw materials. Relaxation of VAT on recovered raw materials would underpin these changes and is in the power of the EU to enable. Price mechanisms drive change and green taxation coupled with rising commodity prices will be the lever to drive change.

Shared by a representative from an EU institution
July 30th, 2012
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Rating: 4.5/5 (2 votes cast)
Priorities
  1. Cradle to cradle thinking
  2. Extended producer responsibility
  3. Regulatory obstacles
Shared by a citizen
July 24th, 2012
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Rating: 3.5/5 (4 votes cast)
Priorities
  1. New business models
  2. Setting of targets
  3. Sustainable Materials Management
Shared by a citizen
July 20th, 2012
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Rating: 4.0/5 (1 vote cast)
Priorities
  1. Waste management
  2. Consumer information
  3. Industrial symbiosis
Commentary

Waste management: It is important that the EU oversees the effective implementation of existing waste policies. The EU should consider developing targets for waste streams that are not yet regulated. Consumer information: Consumers will be more likely to change their behaviour if they are well informed about products' life-cycle impacts. False green claims is another issue that should be addressed. Industrial symbiosis: Several interesting projects are going on in Europe. Now is the time to bring that to a higher level.