The European Commission produces studies to support evidence-based policy making and holds events to gather stakeholders and disseminate information.
This report on regulatory barriers to the circular economy analyses a set of circular economy business practices to identify and suggest policy and regulatory actions to unlock their full growth potential.
The Commission launched a study on The Competitiveness of European Companies and Resource Efficiency (1 MB) to analyse businesses performance in resource efficiency, the drivers and barriers they encounter and opportunities for greater resource efficiency and competitiveness.
The promotion of a circular economy through increased re-use, remanufacturing, recycling and the following of a lifecycle approach can be an important driver for industrial competitiveness. Therefore the Commission launched a study, 'Treating Waste as a Resource for EU Industry: Analysis of various waste streams and the competitiveness of their client industries' (2013). The study investigated ways to promote a greater use of waste as a resource for European Industry, while strengthening its competitiveness. The study:
Industrial symbiosis is where waste or by-products of one industry become the inputs for another one. A study on industrial symbiosis is expected by April 2015. The study called 'Analysis of certain waste streams and the potential of Industrial Symbiosis to promote waste as a resource for EU Industry' will:
To understand barriers and drivers, the Commission conducted a study on the competitiveness of EU eco-industry. The goal of this study is to perform a competitiveness screening of EU eco-industries to identify factors which need to be addressed in industrial competitiveness policy for eco-industries based on a quantitative economic foundation.
This study aims to identify the levers to unlock the clean industry sector in the EU. Clean industries are specific sectors or segments within the economy that are directly responsible for supplying technologies, products and services that have measurable environmental benefits in terms of their abilities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to improve both energy and resource efficiency. The study will feed into the Commission’s Energy Union Research, Innovation and Competitiveness Strategy (EURICS).
Circular economy stakeholder conference - Brussels, 20-21 February 2018
A biannual forum is organised by the Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, to disseminate information, facilitate an exchange of ideas between stakeholders and discuss specific action on this topic. The last sustainable industrial forum was in 2013.
This workshop in March 2016 provided information on the available instruments and tools for access to finance, and the main legal barriers for investment and innovation to those engaged in circular economy projects.