Brussels – PU Europe, which represents trade associations of rigid polyurethane producers in Europe, has welcomed the European Commission’s position on the Circular Economy published last week but wants Member States to up their games.
Describing the package as setting “ambitious yet realistic 2030 targets for recycling and landfill, Oliver Loebel, managing director of PU Europe, said: "The land-filling of valuable resources is unacceptable and must be minimised. Member States should put in place the right incentives and infrastructures to divert waste from landfill.”
He added that “reuse and recycling, but also energy recovery must be part of the solution. The proposed waste-to-energy initiative could help to strike the right balance between increased energy supply security and the need to boost recycling."
"The Commission proposals provide a good basis for a final deal. The legislative process should be used to improve certain definitions and ensure a truly European vision for the years to come", Loebel said.
PU Europe also welcomed efforts to find better definitions of end-of-waste rules and clear quality standards for secondary raw materials in the Circular Economy package.
In terms of the construction industry, Loebel said that pre-demolition assessment guidelines and recycling protocols for construction and demolition waste should help the Circular Economy by making recycling easier.
It is most important that demolition waste is effectively sorted into different waste fractions across the EU as is already done in several Member States, added PU Europe.
The group said that core indicators for the assessment of the life cycle environmental performance of buildings should be consistent with the Product Environmental Footprint method, the CEN/TC350 standards and Ecodesign methodology.