On 23 December 2019, the European Commission has published a roadmap on the upcoming Circular Economy Action Plan to be adopted in March 2020. Public feedbacks on the roadmap could be shared until 20 January 2020. Cerame-Unie has submitted an answer on behalf of the European ceramic industry, as follows:
The European Ceramic Industry Association (Cerame-Unie) welcomes the upcoming Circular Economy Action Plan to be adopted by the European Commission to accelerate the transition towards a circular economy. Cerame-Unie stresses that the transition from a linear to a circular economy calls for new business models and encourages the development of innovative solutions in the industry. In this context, the ceramic industry has developed solutions with the aim of minimising the raw material consumption and waste generation during the production process, and increase the reuse/recycling of its products. This has been done through the reuse of internal production residues (e. g. mass residues, dry broken ware, etc), the reuse of waste from other industrial processes, an optimized raw material selection or an optimisation of the product design, and supply chain cooperation in the case of recycling. However, the ceramic industry highlights that important regulatory barriers still prevent the increase of recycling and reuse of products in the EU:
Thus, Cerame-Unie calls on the European Commission to lift these regulatory inconsistencies in order to increase and further develop circular practices in the European industry.