Boosting added value of waste-to-energy
19 May, 2017
Circular economy means creating real economic growth, not fictitious jobs; it means investing in separate collection that creates jobs, sorting that creates jobs, recycling that creates jobs and also creates economic growth and products such as compost and plastic, Vanya Veras, Secretary-General of Municipal Waste Europe said during a public hearing on “Waste-to-energy under the Circular Economy”, organised in Brussels by the EESC. Once we get that mindset right, then we have to think of how it is going to be financed, she stated adding that unfortunately the funding mechanisms which come from the EU and go directly to the Member States level are not applied with an economic mindset but with thinking such as “I’m buying an installation because I have to spend the money.” This has to change if we are going to make economic and environmental progress at EU level, she asserted.
EESC strongly accented on the need to step up the transition towards a more circular economy, and currently its members Cillian Lohan and Antonello Pezzini are preparing an opinion on the Commission's communication “The role of waste-to-energy in the curcular economy”, aimed at exploring whether it sufficiently addresses the need to progress towards higher levels of the waste hierarchy, namely prevention, reuse and repair, and recycling.