Circular Economy

Six r's of sustainability

A strategic programme for promoting the circular economy is being prepared for Finland. What we aim for is a transformation into a new economy that is founded on the circular economy. By this programme, the Finnish Government wants to strengthen Finland’s role as a trailblazer in the circular economy. The programme will be prepared and submitted for approval by the Government during 2020.

The programme will set the objectives and indicators, specify the measures to be taken and allocate the resources needed to promote the circular economy and achieve a systemic change.

In 2019, the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra conducted an update of the Finnish Roadmap to a Circular Economy, supplemented by the Action Plan to a Circular Economy. The roadmap was updated in 2018. The Government of Finland and the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra also adopted a new action plan to promote the circular economy.

EU Circular Economy Package

The European Commission proposal on the circular economy (2015) contained an extensive action plan and a number of proposals for legislative amendments in support of this. The implementation of the package took place in 2016–2018.

In addition, the Commission published a “mini-package” (2016) including:

  • Report (EU) on the implementation of the Circular Economy Action Plan and Annex (EU)
  • Communication (EU) on the role of waste-to-energy in the circular economy
  • Proposal for a Directive amending Directive 2011/65/EU on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (RoHS) (EU)
  • Press Release and Fact Sheet (EU)

The Strategy for Plastics

In January 2018 the Commission published the first European Strategy for Plastics to reduce problems caused by plastic waste and litter. The strategy aims for more efficient recovery and recycling of plastics and product design that promotes the reuse, reparability and recycling of plastic products while creating the conditions for new circular economy innovations and investments.

The Strategy for Plastics is part of the package of Commission initiatives to boost the circular economy, which comprises:

  • Communication on the European Strategy for Plastics
  • Communication on the interface between chemicals, waste and products legislation
  • Monitoring framework for the circular economy
  • Proposal for a Directive on port reception facilities for the delivery of waste from ships
  • Report on oxo-plastics
  • Report on critical raw materials

European Green Deal

The Commission Communication on the European Green Deal, published on 11 December 2019, sets out the Commission’s guidelines for future actions and initiatives.

The instruments to promote the circular economy include a new circular economy action plan and an EU industrial policy strategy, both of these envisaged to be adopted in March 2020. In the circular economy action plan the key focus will be on the sustainable use of natural resources in resource-intensive sectors, such as the textile industry and construction.

Published 2018-02-08 at 9:43, updated 2020-01-09 at 12:19