European policy on food waste, plastics, green public procurement and eco-design will be published in the coming months, according to a senior Brussels official.
The European Commission’s environment lead Karmenu Vella (pictured) said initiatives on water reuse, chemicals, and innovation would also come to fruition soon.
Concerns had been raised that the Commission was dragging its heels with implementation of the circular economy (CE) proposals, released last December.
EU waste management association FEAD called on the Commission to speed up its publication of an eco-design action plan, which is yet to see the light of day despite being scheduled for completion in December.
But Vella’s comments suggest the Commission is expecting to meet its planned implementation of the package this year, with three food waste initiatives scheduled.
Speaking in Brussels, he said: “The coming months will see many more initiatives in areas like green public procurement, eco-design, food waste, plastics, water reuse, chemicals, and innovation.
“Work is also ongoing on a communication on energy from waste, which we hope to deliver this year, on a plastics strategy and many other deliverables for 2017.
“We are already into detailed discussions with member states on the waste proposals, and we will open discussions with the European Parliament in a matter of weeks.”
He added that he hoped to make swift progress on “definitions, calculation rules and the level of ambition”.
The three food waste actions scheduled for completion this year are:
- Development of a common methodology and indicators to measure food waste
- Stakeholders’ platform to examine how to achieve sustainable development goals on food waste, share best practice and evaluate progress
- Clarify relevant EU legislation related to waste, food and feed in order to facilitate food donation and utilisation of former foodstuffs for animal feed
Earlier this week, Vella said that discussions on the CE package’s waste proposals had “got off to a good start”, and that a draft report from rapporteur Simona Bonafè was to be presented in the Parliament in May.
Speaking to the Parliament’s environment committee, Vella said Bonafè’s report would be adopted by the committee in November.