Green Week 2014: call for binding waste targets
Green Week 2014 took place in Brussels between 3 and 5 June under the theme Circular Economy, Resource Efficiency & Waste. During the conference, there was a clear consensus that binding waste targets set at EU level are necessary to drive the change from a linear to a circular economy. The European Commissioner for Environment, Janez Potočnik, agreed that there is no place for waste in a circular economy and announced that the European Commission’s new circular economy package, set to be unveiled on 1 July 2014, would therefore push for higher recycling rates (of up to 70%) and a zero landfill target in waste legislation. In his closing statement, the Commissioner said about the three day conference: “I have many meetings throughout the year, I read many papers and many briefings, but you really cannot beat the kind of ideas that come from putting together such a diverse set of experiences and perspectives into one room.” The recordings of the event, including sessions on sustainable food systems, resource efficiency challenges in the building sector and funding strategies for circular economy projects, will soon be available on the Green Week website. ENEP’s stand on the exhibition floor showcased expert knowledge and best practices across Europe: Green Week case studies.