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Green growth and circular economy

 

Circular Economy Package

The Commission has adopted a package of measures and legislative proposals to boost sustainable growth and help Europe make the transition towards a more circular economy.

Resource efficiency

Using resources more efficiently for a greener, more competitive economy.

Eco-innovation

Enabling green growth and the transition towards a more circular economy.

Raw Materials

Ensuring our use of raw materials does not deplete the planet's resources.

Production

Promoting greener products and supporting greener companies and organisations.

Consumption

Providing transparent information to consumers enabling them to make greener choices.

Waste prevention and management

Reducing waste and improving waste management.

Overview

Managing the life cycle of natural resources, from extraction through the design and manufacture of products, to what is considered as waste is essential to green growth and part of developing a resource-efficient, circular economy where nothing is wasted. Smarter design allowing products to be repaired, re-used, remanufactured and then recycled again should become the norm.

It's good for business, citizens and nature. The European Commission promotes resource efficiency, encourages eco-innovation, provides tools that can help you recognise green products and supports eco-friendly, innovative businesses.

A greener economy means new growth and job opportunities. Eco-design, eco-innovation, waste prevention and the reuse of raw materials can bring net savings for EU businesses of up to EUR 600 billion. Additional measures to increase resource productivity by 30 % by 2030 could boost GDP by nearly 1 %, while creating 2 million additional jobs. It also benefits the environment and reduces Europe's greenhouse gas emissions.

The Europe 2020 Strategy is the Commission's strategy for smart, inclusive and sustainable growth. The Commission actively supports businesses, administrations and consumers so that together, we can turn the Union into a resource-efficient, green, and competitive low-carbon economy. This is one of the three objectives of the 7th Environment Action Programme. To get growing again and create new jobs, while contributing to the global Sustainable Development Goals, Europe cannot afford to waste this opportunity.

The Circular Economy package can help us achieve green growth for Europe. Find out more about the many benefits of a circular economy and the measures the EU is taking to develop it.

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