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Aprobado el primer Plan de Acción de Economía Circular

To support and progressively consolidate the deployment of the circular economy, the 1st Circular Bioeconomy Action Plan (PAEC) was approved on 25 May, with 116 measures focused on deploying a sustainable and circular economic model. The Ministry for Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge (MITECO) has promoted this Plan as part of the works proposed in the Circular Economy Strategy 2030.

The Circular Economy Strategy 2030, published last year, have the objectives of reducing national material consumption by 30%, reducing waste generation by 15%, reducing food waste generation throughout the food chain, increasing reuse to 10% of municipal waste generated, reducing greenhouse gas emissions to below 10 million tonnes of CO2 and improving water efficiency by 10%.

The PAEC, with a budget of 1,529 million euros, includes 116 measures articulated in 8 axes of action, 5 vertical and 3 transversal to all of them:

  • The production axis, which also covers design and manufacturing, includes 17 measures aimed at introducing the circular economy in productive sectors. It includes the Circular SME initiative, aimed at facilitating the introduction of circular business models in small and medium-sized enterprises.
  • The consumption axis is made up of 13 measures, including consumer information, the development of labels, actions to reduce food waste, the promotion of second-hand markets, and the inclusion of the circular economy in public procurement.
  • The waste management axis includes 30 measures focused on adapting circular economy criteria in waste regulations and plans, with new requirements for textiles and plastics, waste prevention, and planning programs.
  • The secondary raw materials axis covers 12 measures related to the use of by-products, the development of end-of-waste criteria, and the market implications of secondary raw materials. 
  • The water reuse axis consists of 4 measures aimed at supporting irrigation using reclaimed water, improving the information on water uses, and reviewing the regulatory framework for water reuse.
  • The transversal axis of awareness-raising and participation actions includes 19 measures aimed at compiling good practices and awareness-raising campaigns about sustainable consumption.
  • The transversal axis of research, innovation, and competitiveness contains 9 measures aimed at promoting research, innovation, and competitiveness in the field of bioeconomy and circular economy.
  • The transversal axis of employment and training includes 12 measures aimed at training and insertion programs and the development of schools, workshops, and trade centers to boost employment in the field of the circular economy.

This first Action Plan lays the foundations for promoting a new model of production and consumption in which the value of products, materials, and resources is maintained in the economy for as long as possible. It will help to minimizing the generation of waste and taking advantage of those that cannot be avoided and will allow the diversity of measures to be articulated in the period 2021-2023 to advance in the achievement of the Circular Economy Strategy.

Read more here: I Plan de Acción de Bioeconomía Circular (PAEC)

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