Breaking down barriers to a circular economy

Many groups had expressed support for the EU’s circular economy package, now abandoned with the promise of “more ambitions” proposals. But can we afford to wait?

Ben Shaw is acting director and Martha Bicket is research fellow in environment at the Policy Studies InstituteIn December, the European Commission announced its intention to withdraw its circular economy package of proposals, which aimed to promote resource efficiency in Europe, prompting accusations it had caved into some business interests promoting fears that new waste rules would undermine competitiveness.

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