Regulatory barriers for the circular economy

Expertise: Green economy

Authors: Geert van der VeenJoost van Barneveld-BiesmaKathrin EnenkelLarissa Talmon-GrosKatharina EckartzKatrin OstertagNatalia Duque-CiceriTamara FischerMargarida GamaLutz ScheidtHenning WiltsLukas SchäferSusanne Fischer

Language: English

Publication date: 30th June 2016

Circular Economy is defined as an economy “where the value of products, materials and resources is
maintained in the economy for as long as possible, and the generation of waste minimised”. In its
‘Circular Economy Package’ of December 2015, the EC wants “to help European businesses and
consumers to make the transition to a stronger and more circular economy where resources are used in
a more sustainable way.”

One of the aims of this Package is to ‘remove regulatory barriers for the circular economy’. In this
project, that already started before the adoption of the Package, ten cases have been selected on their
potential for contributing to the circular economy before 2020 if one or more regulatory barriers would
be removed. The 10 cases come from different sectors and reflect different circular options, including
prevention, reuse and recycling.