The European Steel Association (EUROFER) welcomes the work done so far by the European Commission to reduce packaging waste, promote recycling and to analyse potential packaging waste prevention measures.
The Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive (PPWD) actively worked in the past to reduce the negative impacts of packaging on the environment. But now a review is needed in order to make it aligned with the goals of the European Green Deal (GD) and of the new Circular Economy Action Plan (CEAP) towards waste prevention, design for re-use of and recyclability of packaging, inter alia, by reducing the complexity of packaging.
This paper wants to present comments and opinions of the EU steel sector concerning packaging products and in relation to: (1) waste generation; (2) weight & recyclability; (3) products & sustainability; (4) end-of-life & recycling; (5) appropriate measures in relation to the Impact Assessment.
Brussels, 17 May 2022 – The European steel industry calls upon the plenary of European Parliament to fix the disruptive vote on the Emissions Trading System (ETS) and Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) cast by its Environment Committee. Today’s outcome endangers €31 billion investments needed for deploying the 60 low carbon projects the European steel industry has in the pipeline, as well as €45 billion in exports value and 30,000 jobs.
It is essential that the implementation of the Fit for 55 Package delivers the agreed 2030 climate targets while supporting companies’ investments, preserving effective carbon leakage measures and avoiding disproportionate costs, capacity closures and job losses.
Brussels, 11 May 2022 – The current Waste Shipment Regulation proposal lacks effective measures to tackle environmental challenges of waste exports and to enhance EU resiliency on valuable secondary raw materials, risking to undermine the EU’s Circular Economy and Green Deal objectives, warns the European Steel Association (EUROFER) on the occasion of the presentation of the draft report by the Environment Committee at the European Parliament.