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Circular Economy Solutions

This topic captures key documents such as Action Plans, Strategies, Roadmaps, Consultation Documents, Position Papers, and Reports, as well as proposed and enacted legislation, concerning the circular economy.

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What is Circular Economy?

The concept of “Circular Economy” aims to keep resources in use for as long as possible and has a broad remit, touching on many diverse areas of regulation.

It is gaining traction globally and represents a shift from traditional linear economies, where take-make-discard is the norm. It is a recognition of the un-sustainability of such an approach based on continual consumption of finite natural resources and has the worthwhile objective of keeping resources in use for as long as possible, encapsulating the thinking of reduce, reuse, and recycle.

Circular Economy Regulations: Who Needs to Comply

Any manufacturers committed to reducing their environmental impact and retaining global market access. The circular economy applies measures to the entire lifecycle of the product. Its main focus is to enable manufacturers to implement a more sustainable production and consumption model for their products.

What are the Business Benefits?

  • Reduce Your Environmental Impact
  • Improve Your Company Competitiveness
  • Access Global Markets

Circular Economy: Key Laws & Regulations

A Comprehensive Regulatory Framework needs to be encompass:

Waste Management and Recycling Laws

Product Stewardship and Extended Producer Responsibility

  • Resource Efficiency Regulations
  • Packaging and Labeling Regulations
  • Carbon Reduction and Climate Change Regulations
  • Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations

Circular Economy laws aim to ensure products have longer lifespans by tackling issues surrounding product obsolescence. They focus on making available spare parts, providing access to repair and maintenance information, ensuring products are designed for easy disassembly, repair tools, and software/firmware updates.

Our Coverage of Circular Economy Global Regulations

Our regulatory content in C2P is historically comprehensive with a robust QA process to ensure quality, consistency and accuracy. Below is a high level summary of our coverage for this topic:

  • EU: Proposed Framework for Setting Ecodesign Requirements for Sustainable Products, Draft Regulation, March 2022
  • EU: New Circular Economy Action Plan for a Cleaner and More Competitive Europe, Communication, March 2020
  • Ecuador: Approval of the Regulation Implementing the Inclusive Circular Economy Law, Decree No. 844, 2023
  • France: Anti-waste and Promotion of Circular Economy, Law 2020-105
  • Colombia: Framework of the Integral Management of Solid Waste and Promotion of Circular Economy, Draft Law, August 2023
  • Hungary: Rules for the Operation of the Extended Producer Responsibility System, Decree 80/2023
  • Kenya: Sustainable Waste Management (Extended Producer Responsibility), Draft Regulations, April 2023
  • Ontario (Canada): Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, Chapter 12, Statutes of Ontario 2016
  • Uruguay: Circular Economy Action Plan, September 2019
  • China: Promotion of Key Consumer Product Upgrades, and Smooth Resource Recycling Implementation Plan (2019 to 2020), Notice No. 967, 2019

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