[ Director: Mário Frota [ Coordenador Editorial: José Carlos Fernandes Pereira [ Fundado em 30-11-1999 [ Edição III [ Ano X

quarta-feira, 25 de outubro de 2017

Recyclers claim EU carbon quotas from saved energy, CO2 emissions

The European Commission has called on the recycling industry to open its statistical books, saying open data was vital for the circular economy to come about.
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“The environmental benefits of recycled raw materials must be translated with fiscal instruments in order to encourage companies to consume them first and foremost,” said Jean-Philippe Carpentier, President of FEDEREC, the federation of recycling industries in France.

Indeed, it is often still cheaper to manufacture products using virgin raw materials rather than recycled ones, Carpentier pointed out, making the case for financial incentives to encourage the transition to a low-carbon, circular economy.

“The European Commission could hand over CO2 quotas for recyclers to sell back on the carbon market,” Carpentier told a EURACTIV event held on 17 October with the support of FEDEREC and EuRIC, the European Recycling Industries’ Confederation.

What’s important, Carpentier stressed, is that the eventual ‘monetisation’ of recycling activity does not just benefit one industry or sector but the entire value chain – from collection, to sorting, recycling and usage of secondary raw materials.

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