"To ensure that future generations will be able to meet their basic needs, the rational management of natural resources and the adoption of the principles of the cyclical economy in all areas. The Energy Bureau aims, through training and meetings, to contribute to the formulation of policy proposals with the aim of adopting the cyclical economy into legislation. In addition, it will promote "Cyclical Public Contracts" and "Life Cycle Cost Assessment" as tools for the procurement of products and services by public authorities and local authorities, with key criteria for assessing the principles of the cyclical economy. "
The concept of cyclical 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 cyclical 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:
- Cyclical 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 Cyclical Economy Linking, creating and retaining value (European Commission - 2014) (GR)
- Interactive illustration of the European Parliamentary Research Service