Industry to be at centre of circular economy strategy, says top EC official ...

Industry to be at centre of circular economy strategy, says top EC official

Textiles, construction, electronics and mobility are the key sectors addressed in the circular economy action plan that the European Commission is expected to publish on 4 March alongside the EU... Read more

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