Did you know that the Green Deal is at the core of FEAD’s work?
Climate change is a crucial global challenge for our societies and economies. To overcome this challenge, the EU is at the forefront of climate mitigation and adaptation action, pledging to a new growth strategy aimed at transforming our continent into a resilient, resource-efficient and competitive economy.
Through a roadmap published in fall 2019, the EU has committed to become climate neutral by 2050, by decoupling economic growth from resource consumption.
FEAD fully supports these objectives and actively commits on its daily activities to achieve a sustainable economy by sustaining the transition towards a more circular EU economy. To this regard, we stress the importance of policy makers taking into account the following elements:
- A wider consideration of the CO2 reduction potential entailed by more circular processes along the entire economic chain is pivotal. For example, textile is the fourth largest CO2 emitting sector after energy, transport, and food. Emissions resulting from reusing, recycling, and recovering waste textiles are far below the emissions of manufactured textiles. The same applies for paper, namely that recycled pulp produces half of the emissions than those produced by virgin pulp;
- A strong move towards a ban on landfilling recyclable or recoverable waste should be introduced;
- Energy recovery from waste (R1) should be recognised as an ally to more recycling, an alternative to reducing the disposal of residual waste after reuse or recycling, in order to avoid CO2 emissions in energy production (115 Mt by 2035);
FEAD is actively supporting the development of a green strategy for Europe, through our contribution to the numerous consultation and workshops organized at EU level.