EU could aim to cut resource use by half

The European Commission is considering a plan to cut the EU’s material footprint by half in order to reduce, in absolute terms, the bloc’s resource consumption as part of a new circular economy action plan (CEAP).

The plan, due to be presented on 4 March, aims to tackle resource security by reviewing materials’ and products’ environmental footprint.

“In a world where material use is expected to double by 2060, Europe must use resources more efficiently and increase the amount sourced from recycling”, reads a draft text outlining an array of over 30 new legislative measures and around 20 boosters for existing policies.

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