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15:00 – 16:40

Chair / Presidente: D. Sciunnach (IT)

The transition from a linear to a circular economy needs a substantial reconsideration of our traditional production and consumption models. The so-called “Circular Economy Pack” issued by the European Commission at the close of 2015 represents a substantial spur for policies and practices aimed at “closing the loop”, basically through 1) a more efficient recovery of matter from the waste, and 2) the making of goods more prone to waste production prevention, or waste recycling, through smart eco-design choices.

At the moment, such policies do not emerge with the needed centrality and urgency from the European regulatory scenario that, although favourable in principle to Circular Economy practices, actually has not enhanced them with the due effectiveness until now.

Identifying the boundary conditions that do not allow a faster spreading and rooting of Circular Economy good practices requires a multivariable analysis taking into account for each Member State, at least:

1) production patterns, in turn split into:

1.1) productive sectors

1.2) production structure

1.3) process standards

2) regulatory framework

3) waste management standards

Aim of the session is the presentation of different European (and global?) “closing the loop” standards to be analyzed and compared, in order to identify regulatory obstacles, promote communication of best practices and enhance their emulation.