Towards a more circular economy

In the transition to a more circular economy, the monitoring process is key to detect success factors. This is why the Commission, in the circular economy action plan, pledged to come forward with an effective monitoring framework. The Council of the EU echoed in its conclusions on the circular economy action plan.

​The need for a monitoring framework to strengthen and assess the progress towards circular economy, while minimising the administrative burden

Press Release, 367/16

 The Commission has put forward a monitoring framework made up of a set of meaningful indicators. The circular economy monitoring framework draws upon and complements the existing Resource Efficiency Scoreboard and Raw Materials Scoreboard. The framework is presented on a website where all the indicators are available.

Measuring progress in the circular economy

This year, the Commission pledge to improve the knowledge base and data availability for measuring progress in the circular economy. Work is on-going to develop methodologies and data collections for the indicators on green public procurement and food waste. Meanwhile, Eurostat is producing some provisional estimates of food waste. As part of the 2015 circular economy package, the Commission has proposed to harmonise the methodologies for calculating recycling rates for municipal waste and packaging waste.

​Every year, the European Union consumes 25 million tonnes of disposable plastic, which is mostly discarded as waste, less than 30% being sent for recycling

Source: Plastics Europe

In March 2018, during the Environment Council, ministers exchanged views on the package the Commission presented on 16 January 2018. It aims at delivering on the circular economy action plan. All Ministers called for an urgent implementation of concrete measures, in particular, to increase the recycling of plastics, find solutions to the widespread use of single-use plastic and to find a holistic approach to the value chain of plastic production.