Documents outlining Zero Waste Europe’s perspective on matters of European policy. These may cover a variety of policy based categories and are generally short documents with policy demands included at the end.

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This policy paper warns against the use of landfill bans and advocates for the use of more effective instruments to reduce residual waste and advance towards a circular economy.

Available in English.

Front page of ESD policy briefingThis policy paper lays out Zero Waste Europe's position on the waste sector under the Effort Sharing Decision, based on research demonstrating the true impact of that waste has on greenhouse gas emissions.

Available in English

A joint position paper with a number of European NGO's exploring 'false solutions' to waste reduction and the role that bioplastics play. The report emphasises the need to focus on waste prevention over technological fixes.

Available in: English

 
This position paper outlines that Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR), if used well, can be one of the cornerstones of the transition towards a circular economy. It is a tool that has the potential to provide economic incentives for producers to better design their products, while better implementing the polluter pays principle and penalizing non-circular products.

This policy paper looks at the harmful subsidies which are directed to waste-to-energy under the guise of renewable energy.

Available in English

 

Zero Waste Europe's March 2017 position paper on the revised Renewable Energy Directive. Highlighting key contradictions between RED II and Circular Economy policies.

Available in: English

Our briefing in advance of the 2017 ex-COP. Calling for the EU to align its international policy on toxics with the Circular Economy, for a clean an toxic free future.

Available in English

A study produced by Rezero for Zero Waste Europe & Reloop Platform looking at how the circular economy can be taken to the next level through the extended use of existing economic measures.

Available in: English

A briefing paper on the use of embodied energy in product policy. The paper looks at the basis for an indicator of the energy which is embodied in a product and how this could be used to reinforce circular economy practice.

 

Available in: English