The European Green Deal & Circular Economy

Published April 30, 2020
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You have probably already heard about the “European Green Deal” and “Circular Economy”, don’t you?

As it’s important to keep them in mind, let’s have a quick look at these two concepts again.

The European Green Deal: a reminder

Our planet Earth has been given us signals for years to start protecting our environment and giving weight to climate change issues. The European Green Deal introduced on the 19th of December 2019 is EU’s new growth strategy aiming at becoming the first climate neutral continent by 2050. In the framework of this deal, the European Union has adopted various measures so far to reduce pollution, global warming and waste in order to go towards a sustainable future.

The European Green Deal in a nutshell:

  • Zero pollution
  • Affordable and secure energy
  • Smarter transport
  • High-quality food
  • New job opportunities
  • Cleaner environment
  • Better quality of life for Europeans

According to the European Commission[1], reaching this target will require action by all sectors of our economy, including:

  • investing in environmentally-friendly technologies
  • supporting industry to innovate
  • rolling out cleaner, cheaper and healthier forms of private and public transport
  • decarbonising the energy sector
  • ensuring buildings are more energy efficient
  • working with international partners to improve global environmental standards

Circular Economy: all you need to know

The circular economy is “a model of production and consumption, which involves sharing, leasing, reusing, repairing, refurbishing and recycling existing materials and products as long as possible. In this way, thelife cycle of products is extended”[2].

Regarding waste management, it should be emphasized that the EU recorded a production of more than 2.5 billion tonnes of waste every year and that waste prevention, ecodesign and re-use could save EU companies €600 billion – equivalent to 8% of annual turnover – while also reducing total annual greenhouse gas emissions by 2-4%, according to an article published in 2015 on the European Parliament website2. In addition, thanks to a circular economy the EU should reduce by 450 million tonnes its carbon emissions by 2030, and benefit to the creation of 580,000 new jobs[3].

In 2020, the European Commission has launched a new Circular Economy Action Plan[4]:

  • Make sustainable products the norm in the EU;
  • Empower consumers and public buyers;
  • Focus on the sectors that use most resources and where the potential for circularity is high such as: electronics and ICT; batteries and vehicles; packaging; plastics; textiles; construction and buildings; food; water and nutrients;
  • Ensure less waste;
  • Make circularity work for people, regions and cities,
  • Lead global efforts on circular economy.

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Indeed, our innovative remote monitoring solution improves heating systems as well as buildings energy efficiency. In addition, as it optimises the installations performance, it also extends their lifecycle! So, you can use your installations longer and avoid an early replacement and waste!

 

If you want to take part in a sustainable future and growth, you can start by becoming a “bchecker”!

 

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Sources:

Image 1: European Commission, Communication on The European Green Deal , 11.12.2019 (online: https://ec.europa.eu/info/sites/info/files/european-green-deal-communication_en.pdf, accessed April 28, 2020.)

[1]The European Commision,  A European Green Deal (online: https://ec.europa.eu/info/node/123797#relatedlinks, last retrieved 22.04.20 at 1 p.m.)

[2]The European Parliament, Circular economy: definition, importance and benefits, News (online: https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/headlines/economy/20151201STO05603/circular-economy-definition-importance-and-benefits, last retrieved 22.04.20 at 2 p.m.)

[3] European Commission, Towards a circular economy: Closing the loop of the products lifecyle, Home, Priorities (online: https://ec.europa.eu/commission/priorities/jobs-growth-and-investment/towards-circular-economy_en, last retrieved 22.04.20 at 2 p.m.)

[4] European Commission, Environment, Circular Economy (online: https://ec.europa.eu/environment/circular-economy/index_en.htm, last retrieved 22.04.20 at 2 p.m.)