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Draft European Parliament report on effective raw materials strategy for Europe published

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A Draft report on an effective raw materials strategy for Europe was released earlier this month by Rappoteur Reinhard Bütikofer (Germany, Greens). The report welcomes the European Commission’s plan to launch a flagship initiative on resource efficiency and calls on the Commission to incorporate a resource efficiency improvement target of 3% per year net of GDP evolution. The report also calls on the Commission to investigate whether a tax on water and land use could be of benefit and notes the importance of creating industrial synergies on recycling and helping companies discover how their energy, waste and by-products can serve as resources for others.

Finally, it calls on the Commission to investigate whether closed landfills could be re-opened to recycle potential scrap material with best available technologies (BATi) and enforce the mining waste directive to ensure that this waste is treated with the BAT, and to encourage the lifecycle management of buildings to ensure the recyclability of materials used in their construction.

The vote in Parliament’s ITRE Committee is expected on 30 June, while the vote in plenary is expected on 12 September.