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5.-9.10. 2020

International Engineering Fair

Circulation economy: a round table on the challenges for Europe and the Czech Republic


Today, the Brno Trade Fairs administration building hosted specialists from European countries whose interest lies in the circulation economy – a way of production and consumption which, thanks to sharing, renting, reuse, repairing, refurbishing or recycling, valorises existing products, raw materials and materials. The speakers focused on the experience and barriers to the implementation of the circulation economy into the practice of European countries, they touched upon the related European and Czech legislation, and also talked about the challenges related to sustainable products and services.

One of these ambitious plans concerns the management of plastics and it says: by 2025, find such a way of using 10 million tons of plastic waste to make it useful again in the repetitive chain of production - consumption - waste - turning the waste to a new resource. It is necessary to use raw materials and components of products that can no longer be used, in such a way as to create another value for the economy. Hugo Schally, representative of the European Commission, Head of the Department for Sustainable Production, Products and Consumption of the Environment DG, spoke about this in Brno and summarized why the European Commission identified the circulation economy as one of its priorities and also recalled the European Union's main objectives in Sustainable Development, defined in 2015.

The figures that support this vision are clear: the waste generated in the EU every year amounts to 2.5 billion tons. It is therefore important to support the transition from the linear model to the circulatory, which extends the life cycle of products and minimizes waste. Part of the initiative also focuses on the fight against planned failures and obsolescence of products. European institutions expect that waste preventive measures, eco-design and re-using could save businesses in the EU up to 600 billion euros, which is 8% of their annual turnover. It is expected that greenhouse gas emissions could thus reduce by two to four percent annually. The new model of the economy also opens up space for innovation and new jobs. The Commission estimates that they could generate around half a million of them throughout the EU.

Date: 3 Oct 2018 17:40:00

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