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Portugal and spain discuss circular economy

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The Foundation for the Circular Economy (FCE) organizes a new meeting, on the 22nd of June, in the Circle of the Fine Arts, in Madrid,

The encounter will discuss the situation of Iberic Peninsula in the new package of circular economy. One of the speakers confirmed for this occasion, from the Portuguese delegation, is Fernando Leite, CEO of LIPOR.
Since the new Circular Economy package was presented by the European Commission in December 2015, Spain and Portugal, like other European countries, began to migrate to the new economic model. However, during this transition, both countries still have certain unresolved issues, which add to the more recent ones that are a real challenge and are at the center of the current European debate in the field of circular economy.
In this fifth edition of the meeting point, the FCE demonstrate with the help of some local Spanish administrations that it is possible to implement appropriate local policies in terms of material resources, products and waste that increase social participation and can raise reuse rates and recycled material. That it is also possible to apply a tax that is coherent, transparent and proportionate to the environmental objectives intended to encourage cooperation between citizens and small businesses and does not penalize those who contribute adequately to the management of waste produced by local government.
The Foundation for Circular Economy also intend to address another of the pending issues in Spain and Portugal, for example the development of waste statistics. How to interpret the annual statistics on waste management published by Eurostat? What are the points of divergence and why? How could they be corrected?
In the circular economy, there are three issues that deserve to be the subject of an essential debate at the moment. The first relates to the interactions between EU policies in terms of chemicals, products and waste. How to reconcile increasingly demanding environmental recycling targets with the development of REACH legislation? Should REACH be used to ban certain chemicals in secondary materials? What measures can be taken to ensure a circular "no toxic" economy?
The second, in relation to the Communication from the European Commission on the role of waste-to-energy transformation in the circular economy of 26th of January 2017. What conclusions can be drawn? What form of energy recovery should currently be a priority in Spain and Portugal? And what for the island territories?

Finally, the fight against littering, or waste scanning. What can be done to stop the flow of land-based waste that reaches the sea? How to act to cover the environmental and economic costs of combating littering? What is the applicable liability regime? How far has innovation come from correcting the problem? What can be done in terms of education and citizenship?

The Foundation for the Circular Economy is a private foundation, of Iberian scope and supranational projection, formed by a patronage composed of old high posts of autonomic administrations with a territorial and political balance. This institution collaborates with the world-wide personalities and experts, public administrations, private entities and social agents. The FCE works on tasks related to circular economy, sustainability, resource use and the environment. At present, it is the undisputed leader in knowledge about these sectors of activity, extending its work of environmental excellence to Portugal, Spain, the rest of Europe, the Mediterranean basin, Latin America and the island territories of the planet.


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