CERAME-UNIE position on European Commission’s circular economy action plan
The European Ceramic Industry Association, CERAME-UNIE, recently reacted to the Circular Economy Action Plan adopted by the European Commission on 11 March 2020. The European ceramic industry welcomes this Action Plan and highlights that circularity is one of the key drivers to achieve a carbon-neutral economy. Cerame-Unie also underlines that this transition calls for new business models and encourages the development of innovative solutions in the industry.
The ceramic industry contributes to the shift towards circular economy, through durability and resource efficiency of ceramic products and ongoing research & innovation. However, the ceramic industry is still facing regulatory and technical obstacles which hamper the uptake and development of circular practices.
Resource efficiency is not only about ‘using less’, but about ‘using better’. Ceramic products and in particular ceramic construction products are resource efficient and have a high durability, requiring little or no maintenance.
Research and Innovation in the ceramic industry has been deeply changing the manufacturing process and the use of raw materials, leading to an increased materials efficiency. These measures encompass the saving of raw materials through innovative technologies and product developments, the substitution of primary raw materials with recycled materials, the direct internal reutilization or recycling of materials, as well as the substitution of conventional fuels.
Although the ceramic industry is showing innovative solutions to add to the circular economy in Europe, regulatory and technical barriers still exist to scale up current initiatives or to start new ones.
RETROFEED project partner TORRECID represents the ceramic sector in the project.
Read the full article published by EEIP here.