The IMPEL Waste Management and Circular Economy Project and the Make It Work Initiative (MiW) Project “Enabling Eco-innovations for a Circular Economy” have joined forces to carry out a project on promoting eco-innovations.
A crucial element in the transition to the circular economy are the innovations at production and recycling facilities aiming at resource efficiency, prevention of waste and the use of secondary raw materials (by-products and end-of-waste).
Regulators (permitting and inspection authorities) in Europe play an important role in enabling these circular innovations by businesses. But they are also expected to protect the environment, assure compliance with environmental law and prevent waste crime.
On 20 – 21 March 2019 a conference was held in Rome, during which the joint MiW and IMPEL Guidance Making the Circular Economy Work has been launched at the presence of the Chair of IMPEL and of the DG Environment representative. The Guidance has been approved officially on 1 November 2019.
This guidance aims to support regulators in the Member States in stimulating and facilitating circular innovations while protecting the environment and preventing waste crime.
How can the Guidance Making the Circular Economy Work help?
- The guidance explores interactions between EU waste, industrial emissions and chemicals legislation and highlights hooks to facilitate circular innovations.
- It outlines the measures a regulator can take at strategic and operational level to enable circular innovations.
- It sets out ways in which policy- and lawmakers can support regulators.
- It provides perspectives from businesses; what drives them and what are their needs and concerns.
- It has a thematic chapter on the circular use of plastics.
- It contains practical tools to assess end-of-waste status of materials and to conduct inspections of activities in the waste recovery and recycling chain.
- It contains a proposal of “case-by-case” end-of-waste database.
The Guidance is considered as a living document that will be improved and completed with the outcome of the running IMPEL “Waste Management and Circular Economy” Project.
IMPEL Contact: Romano Ruggeri (IT)