“To ensure that future generations be able to meet their basic needs, require rational management of natural resources and adopt the principles of a circular economy in all areas. Through its trainings and meetings, the Energy Bureau aims to contribute to the co-formulation of policy proposals with a view to adopting a circular economy in legislation. In addition, it will promote 'Cyclical Procurement' and 'Life Cycle Cost Assessment' as tools for the supply of products and services by public authorities and local authorities, with basic evaluation criteria the principles of the circular economy. "
The concept of circular economy meets the ambition for sustainable development in the context of increasing pressure from the production and consumption of resources of the planet's environment. Until now, the economy was largely based on the "take-make-throw" model, a linear model in which each product inevitably reaches the end of its useful life.
The transition to a circular economy requires a change in focus on reuse, repair, renewal and recycling of existing materials and products. That previously considered "waste" can be converted into raw material.
Read more on the following newsletters:
- Circular Economy, a powerful force for tackling climate change (Material Economics - 2018)
- Green Public Procurement for a Cyclical Economy, Handbook and Good Practices (European Commission - 2017)
- The construction sector in Brussels: Findings and perspectives towards a circular economy (2017)
- The Circular Economy Linking, creating and retaining value (European Commission - 2014) (GR)
- Interactive illustration of the European Parliamentary Research Service