18. February 2020
The EU plans to become climate neutral by 2050. Around 50 measures, brought together in the EU Commission’s Green Deal, are supposed to help achieve this goal. The package includes Europe-wide modernisation of the circular economy, as initiated back in 2018 in the EU waste package. Germany plays a pioneering role in this, as RIGK knows: it is now passing on its 28 years of expertise to European neighbours in a series of consulting projects.
With the „Green Deal“, the EU hopes to bring about an environmental transformation as quickly as possible. The goal is to achieve the targets of the Paris Agreement and to develop leading markets for climate-neutral and cycle-orientated products. These are intended to persuade the rest of the world that sustainability and competitiveness are in no way mutually exclusive. Although European industry has begun the process of transformation in recent years, still only 12% of the materials it uses come from recycling. The Green Deal aims to change this, and fast – with an action plan that supports cycle-orientated products so much that companies will prioritize reusable and recycled materials in future.
More recycling, less landfill
The Green Deal strengthens the EU waste package passed in 2018, which defines uniform guidelines for creating a circular economy. It sets out both a schedule and clear environmental targets in order to drive an increase in recycling rates and limit landfill.
EU-wide minimum requirements will also apply for the principle of extended producer responsibility (EPR) in future. By 2024, every member state must have introduced an EPR system for packaging from private and industrial use. This obligates manufacturers to take on all the costs for the waste management of their products themselves.
A signal RIGK has been waiting for
In Germany, this obligation has been in place since the Packaging Ordinance came into effect in 1992. Participation in a dual system is mandatory for household packaging, while an equivalent recovery and recycling obligation applies to industry. RIGK customers therefore act in accordance with the law and meet the planned EU measures.
With seven established recovery systems in total, RIGK has comprehensive expertise in the recovery and recycling of packaging and plastics – both within Germany and far beyond. RIGK Romania has been providing vital inspiration on the Eastern European market for the last twelve years. Subsidiary RIGK Chile has been supporting the first South American country on the road to an effective circular economy since 2016. The combination of specialist and international expertise makes RIGK a valuable advisor when it comes to implementing the new EU specifications. The first European neighbours have already made enquiries, hoping to build on RIGK’s expertise and accelerate the environmental transformation aimed at in the Green Deal.
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