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Resource efficiency report ‘too prescriptive’

A report on resource efficiency currently being discussed in the European Parliament (EP) is as ‘too prescriptive’, according to a British MEP.

The ‘Resource Efficiency: moving towards a circular economy’ report calls on the European Commission to propose a binding target to increase resource efficiency by 30% by 2030, as well as individual targets for each member state.

Julie Girling MEP

But Conservative MEP Julie Girling (left), a member of the environment committee, has raised concerns about the proposals ahead of a full plenary vote in the EP.

She said that clearer definitions on what targets refer to, including recycling percentage targets, should be laid out before the report is passed through.

Girling told MRW: “I support the aims of the report, but I think it is too prescriptive, particularly on numerical targets without agreed indicators. I would like to see this element of the proposal modified.”

The Commission is set to release its revised circular economy (CE) package this autumn, with two public consultations currently open to feed into this.

Its original proposals, scrapped last December, included binding targets of 70% recycling of municipal solid waste and 80% for packaging waste by 2030 for all member states.

Karmenu Vella, environment commissioner, has since failed to confirm that generic targets will be included in the CE package, suggesting that recycling rates will be tailored to individual countries.

But Pietikäinen’s report calls on the Commission to adopt increased recycling targets to “at least” the levels set out in the scrapped proposals.

It also suggests an obligation on recyclers to report on the input of materials at sorting plants as well as the output of recyclates to prevent landfilled or incinerated waste being included as recycled.

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