Brussels, 10.09.2015: On Wednesday, September 9th, representatives of associations for sustainable business and companies met Hugo-Maria Schally, Head of the Unit for Eco-Innovation and Circular Economy (EC Directorate-General for the Environment). A joint manifesto on the circular economy was presented and discussed. UnternehmensGrün was part of the delegation.

The basis of the discussion was the European Parliament’s resolution on the circular economy, which was passed in July 2015. Member states are expected to recycle 70% of municipal waste and 80% of packaging by 2030. A binding target to improve resource efficiency by 30% until 2030 did not, however, find a majority.

UnternehmensGrün supports the parliamentary resolution, but demands significantly more ambitious targets. “The circular economy resolution is a step in the right direction,” says Katharina Reuter, managing director of UnternehmensGrün. “What we now need are binding targets to reduce resource use.”

The joint manifesto presented to Hugo-Maria Schally states that the European Union should lead the way. Green purchasing by government on European, national and local levels must be implemented. Concrete targets for rubbish tips and recycling are required. And financial incentives are necessary so that companies develop the necessary innovations required to achieve a circular economy.

Background:

The manifesto by De Groene Zaak, MVO Nederland and Circle Economy was also signed by Entreprendre Vert, Ecopreneur.eu, Green Alliance, GreenBudgetEurope, INDR, the Institut de l’Economie Circulaire, Plan C and UnternehmensGrün. These associations jointly represent thousands of pioneering companies throughout Europe. The paper includes supporting statements from the European Environmental Bureau (EEB), ACR+ and Natuur & Milieu – the Dutch society for the protection of nature and environment – as well as quotes from a variety of companies.

Contact:

Dr. Katharina Reuter, reuter@unternehmensgruen.de, +49 (0)178-4481991