Maintaining momentum for circular economy transition
Eighteen months after adoption of the Circular Economy Package, delivery is on track. To bring all stakeholders together, the new European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform will be a ‘network of networks’, supporting progress across sectors.
The adoption of the Circular Economy Package created a strong momentum to support the transition towards a circular economy. To keep moving forward, information needs to flow and connections made among diverse stakeholder groups.
Daniel Calleja Crespo, Director-General for the Environment, European Commission
Different platforms, such as the Circular Economy Finance Support Platform (January 2017) or the EU Platform on Food Losses and Food Waste (November 2016) foster dialogue and exchanges on the circular economy and strengthen stakeholder synergies. Together, they face the challenges of transitioning towards the circular economy and taking the EU towards this goal.
The European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform builds upon this objective and goes beyond sectorial networks. Envisaged as a ‘network of networks’, the platform highlighting cross-sector opportunities will become a hub that gathers knowledge on the circular economy and a place for dialogue among stakeholders.
Jointly launched by the Commission and the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), the platform (#CEStakeholderEU) will be an open, virtual space to strengthen cooperation among stakeholders’ networks and facilitate the sharing of expertise and good practices on the circular economy. The platform website, available in the autumn, enables stakeholders to look up circular-economy-related content and access the latest news and details about events.
Others are already operating in this way. On 31 May 2017, BusinessEurope launched the European Circular Economy Industry Platform (www.circulary.eu) to showcase what small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and industry are doing on the circular economy and the challenges they face.
Another example is the Sustainable Procurement Platform managed by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability. It provides news, case studies, event information, guidance and more on sustainable procurement around the world.
To get involved in the Platform (#CEStakeholderEU), stakeholders can participate in the annual conference and, by interacting on the website, engage with other stakeholders and share good practices and events. Watch this space!