Time to Connect the Dots: What is the Link between Climate Change Policy and the Circular Economy?

CEPS Policy Brief, 2016

7 Pages Posted: 25 Jan 2016

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Arno Behrens

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)

Date Written: January 22, 2016

Abstract

In December 2015, the European Commission published the new Circular Economy Package, containing a host of initiatives to reduce waste and to increase the longevity of products and materials, but it failed to set a headline target for reducing the EU’s use of resources. Such a target could help to increase political attention and visibility of the issue, stimulate long-term ambitions and streamline the action of all actors – both public and private – towards reducing the consumption of natural resources.

In order to gain political support for such a target, this CEPS Policy Brief highlights two preconditions that need to be obtained:

i. First, the target needs to be based on an attractive vision for change shared by a majority of stakeholders (including business and industry).

ii. Second, it needs to be based on robust and consistent indicators across the EU – both on the public and on the company level.

Meeting these two preconditions will considerably ease the introduction of a policy mix aimed at fostering more circular business models.

Keywords: climate change, circular economy, EU, EC, Circular Economy Package

Suggested Citation

Behrens, Arno, Time to Connect the Dots: What is the Link between Climate Change Policy and the Circular Economy? (January 22, 2016). CEPS Policy Brief, 2016, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2721656

Arno Behrens (Contact Author)

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) ( email )

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