Extended Producer Responsibility and the role of social economy re-use operators: Implementing a socially inclusive waste hierarchy

Extended Producer Responsibility and the role of social economy re-use operators: Implementing a socially inclusive waste hierarchy

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is a tool placing responsibility on producers, importers and retailers to financially and/or physically manage the post-consumer phase of certain goods. EPR aims to prevent the unnecessary production of waste, manufacture better designed goods and participate in the achievement of waste collection, prevention, preparing for re-use and recycling targets. Various EPR models have developed organically across European countries, including France which covers the largest amount of […]

Social enterprises to help put new EU Circular Economy Plan into action

Social enterprises to help put new EU Circular Economy Plan into action

On 11 March 2020, the European Commission published one of the main pillars of its Green Deal: the new Circular Economy Action Plan (CEAP). Within days of publication, the COVID-19 pandemic triggered an unprecedented health, economic and societal challenge. The crisis underlines the pressing need for systemic change that the circular economy can offer, notably through more re-use and repair. Aiming to transform the EU’s take, make, use and dispose […]

RREUSE feedback on Empowering the consumer for the green transition

RREUSE feedback on Empowering the consumer for the green transition

RREUSE welcomes the release of the inception impact assessment “Empowering the consumer for the green transition”. Tackling greenwashing and premature obsolescence is essential to improve the quality of products placed on the EU market and, in the long run, of second-hand products too. This is also highly anticipated by consumers who, in the aftermath of Covid-19, wish to possess durable and repairable goods on which they can rely in times […]

RREUSE responds to the new European Digital Education Action Plan

RREUSE responds to the new European Digital Education Action Plan

Learning from the COVID-19 crisis: teaching, learning and technology in a changing world was the theme of the public consultation which gathered the views and experiences of all citizens, following the unprecedented coronavirus crisis, the related switch to distance and online learning, and their vision for the future of digital education in Europe. ‘As an initial contemplation, while areas such as ‘social’ and ‘ecological’ are seen as converging areas, ‘digital’ is in many ways […]

Activity Report 2019

Activity Report 2019

RREUSE’s mission is to ensure that policies, innovative partnerships and exchange of best practices promote and develop the role of social enterprise in the circular economy. Read more about our network and the policy work, campaigns, events and projects we undertook in 2019. Download the report here (PDF) Design © AdGrafics Design Studio

RREUSE input to the public consultation on the development of the renewed sustainable finance strategy

RREUSE input to the public consultation on the development of the renewed sustainable finance strategy

RREUSE represents social enterprises working in environmental services with over 30 European members and one from the USA. RREUSE welcomes the opportunity to give feedback on the renewed sustainable finance strategy, initiated in April 2020 and extended till July 2020. RREUSE’s main points address: Social and circular activities in finance strategies Historic reference to the Social and Circular economy Creation of green and inclusive jobs through future investments Public Procurement […]

Ensuring the EU Renovation Wave is Social and Circular

Ensuring the EU Renovation Wave is Social and Circular

RREUSE is pleased to provide comments to the ongoing consultation on the EU Renovation Wave Initiative. There exists significant opportunities for environmental improvement and job creation linked to this initiative which must be tied directly to EU social and circular priorities in order to maximise EU impact. This briefing highlights a number of ways in which the Renovation Wave can reinforce the EU’s Circular Economy Action Plan, Implementation of the […]

Product Life Extension as a cornerstone of future Strategic Implementation Plan (SIP) on Raw Materials 2021-2027

Product Life Extension as a cornerstone of future Strategic Implementation Plan (SIP) on Raw Materials 2021-2027

The EU’s New Industrial Strategy calls for a shift from linear production to a circular economy. From 1970 to 2017, the annual global extraction of materials grew from 27 billion tons to 92 billion tonnes, while the annual average material demand grew from 7 – 12 tons per capita. In order to support the SIP’s aims of ‘securing raw material supply’, it is essential to focus on strategies that reduce […]

RREUSE comments on Horizon 2020 alignment to Green Deal Objectives

RREUSE comments on Horizon 2020 alignment to Green Deal Objectives

RREUSE is pleased to provide comments to the current consultation on how this year’s Horizon 2020 call can reinforce Green Deal objectives. Given the breadth of the consultation, and the horizontal nature of these comments, we are providing this response as an addendum to the consultation itself. RREUSE’s main points are: Specific reference to social enterprises should be included Re-use and repair should be top priority in supporting circularity Extra […]

Coronavirus strengthens case for new EU textile laws – 65 civil society groups publish joint vision

RREUSE is one of the 60+ NGOs calling on the EU to take action to ensure the textiles industry promotes environmental protection as well as inclusive, safe and fair working conditions. As the European Commission is poised to start developing a new ‘comprehensive strategy for textiles’ in the coming months, today a group of 65 diverse civil society organisations has set out its vision for the global Textile, Garments, Leather […]