Innovation Deals for a Circular Economy
European Commission addresses barriers to innovation: the first Innovation Deal focuses on water reuse
The European Commission, together with 14 partners from national and regional authorities, universities, knowledge centres, innovators and end-users, takes concrete steps to address regulatory barriers to innovation by signing the first Innovation Deal on "Sustainable Waste Water Treatment Combining Anaerobic Membrane Technology (AnMbR) and Water Reuse".
Selection of the Innovation Deals
Bringing together our circular economy and better regulation goals, the European Commission has selected the following two Innovation Deals:
In the coming months, innovators together with the European Commission, national authorities and other stakeholders will work together on voluntary agreements called the Joint Declarations of Intent (JDIs). The JDIs will contain the following information: Scope, objectives, actions, roles, tasks, timeline and expected results of the Innovation Deals.
The JDIs are expected to be signed in the first quarter of 2017, when further information on the Innovation Deals will be made available.
Many of the applications for Innovation Deals highlighted issues concerning secondary raw materials and the end of waste criteria. To address these issues, the European Commission and CEN (European Committee for Standardisation) are developing a mapping study for possible future secondary raw material quality standards. To help address barriers to Innovation that were outlined - three of the applications (not selected for Innovation Deals) will be consulted throughout the course of the study.