Roadmap to a circular economy
The strategy will also include a communication which outlines the rationale behind the approach and includes an action plan which aims to address the ‘full circle’. As noted in the roadmap, a circular economy requires action at each and every stage of a product’s life cycle “from the extraction of raw materials, through material and product design, production, distribution and consumption of goods, repair, remanufacturing and re-use schemes, to waste management and recycling”. The Concrete Initiative supports an approach which takes into account the full life cycle of a product. Indeed, both the cement and concrete industry have already integrated the basic principles of a circular economy with the full life cycle of their products. The Concrete Initiative also fully supports any proposal which aims to make the most of Europe’s resources, be they primary or secondary resources such as waste. In this respect, it is important that the package recognises and makes the most of what is already taking place in many industries. As such, all forms of recycling should be encouraged whilst at the same time assessed in order to ensure that the best environmental, social and economic outcomes are achieved.