The European Green Deal aims to make the transition to a modern, resource-efficient and competitive economy. The EU is to become the first climate-neutral continent by 2050. To make this transformation possible, resource use must be optimised. To ensure that waste is avoided and recycled as much as possible and products and components are used for as long as possible, the European Environment Agency (EEA) has identified the circular economy as one of its five strategic areas.
The European Topic Centre on Circular Economy and Resource Use (ETC/CE) 2022-2026 is a consortium of European institutions, led by VITO (Belgium) and contracted by the EEA to supply thematic expertise and carry out specific tasks. The thematic areas, in which the ETC/CE supports the EEA in 2022 are: industrial change (monitoring CE), EU waste legislation, as well as material flows and sustainable resource use.
The Wuppertal Institute, as a member of the ETC/CE consortium, is involved in two key working areas: