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Business leadership for a climate neutral economy

Ahead of the EU elections, we expect circular economy to be a key area of interest over the next five years. This event will explore what role the circular economy should play in European Politics.

Date: Monday 8 April 2024

Time: 09.00 - 10.30 BST, 10.00 - 11.30 CET

Location: Online

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This debate is ahead of the Materials and Products Taskforce launching a report later in the year. This will set the policy agenda for the EU’s transition to circular economy, taking stock of the previous 5 years’ progress and offering policy recommendations for the next 5 years. 

A recent report from the European Scientific Advisory Board on Climate Change highlights that the EU has made very little progress in increasing the circular use of materials. In the report, it highlights that the circular material use rate has been increasing very slowly in recent years; it went from 10.8 % in 2010 to 11.7 % in 2021. The European Commission has announced its ambition to double the circular material use rate by 2030 (EC, 2020g). This would require a more than a tenfold increase in the recently observed average annual rate of change by (from on average + 0.1 pp per year in 2017–2021 to on average + 1.3 pp per year in 2021–2030).

The Taskforce for climate neutral and circular materials and products was created in September 2021, with the aim of driving forward policy action on sustainable materials by bringing together a group of progressive businesses across sectors and value chains.

The group brings together companies that are actively committed to producing and using climate neutral and sustainable materials, and who want to work together to promote and support EU-wide measures to decarbonise material production and use.

Find out more about the Materials and Products Taskforce.


Monday, 8 April, 2024 - 10:00 to 11:30