Cologne, 28 January 2021. In its comments on the Circular Economy Package of the European Commission, the European Parliament’s Committee on the Environment calls for more ambitious measures, including the specification of binding targets for recyclate use in new products.
Rapporteur Jan Huitema sees what is “not a level playing field” between primary raw materials (fossil-based) and secondary raw materials (obtained through recycling). During the pandemic, the prices for oil have fallen so much that it is cheaper for companies to use virgin plastic instead of recyclates of the same quality. “The transition to a circular economy is an economic opportunity for Europe that we should embrace,” explained Huitema. Europe, he continues, possesses the means for closing loops and establishing a waste-free society: “This will create jobs and economic growth and bring us closer to reaching our climate goals: It’s a win-win.”
“The European Parliament thus supports demands that we’ve been putting forward for a long time now,” says Michael Wiener, CEO of Der Grüne Punkt. “It will only be possible to create sustainable recyclate markets and provide the requisite protection for investments made in this field when the politicians responsible specify accurately defined recyclate utilization targets for certain product groups.” This would simultaneously increase the potentials for climate protection offered by the circular economy. In this context, the new Circularity Gap Report spotlights the fact that utilizing more raw materials obtained through recycling could close the gap encountered in the endeavor of limiting global warming to two degrees.
“Not only in Germany, consumers have long been calling for more recycling, especially of plastics,” continues Michael Wiener. “Producers like Gies, Casala and Pöppelmann demonstrate not only how this is done but also that it’s commercially successful. The European Parliament is now acting on our demands – and we cannot but hope that the European Union will actually implement them.”
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The companies of Der Grüne Punkt are service providers for extended producer responsibility, leading suppliers of secondary raw materials for plastics, and premium producers of plastic recyclates, and as such positioned as the premier solution providers for the needs of the circular economy. Der Grüne Punkt – Duales System Deutschland GmbH (DSD), with the Green Dot as its trademark, was among the companies to introduce and establish the dual system in Germany, and stands for intelligent take-back systems, plus the development and marketing of innovative recyclates and services. Systec Plastics, at its facilities in Eisfeld and Hörstel, produces premium-quality recyclates under the Systalen brand name for the international market. The companies are grouped together in DSD – Duales System Holding GmbH & Co. KG.