Amen­de­menten Hazekamp op Ontwerp­verslag Nieuw actieplan voor de circu­laire economie


20 oktober 2020

Motion for a resolution of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety on the New Circular Economy Action Plan

Amendment 1
Anja Hazekamp

Motion for a resolution
Recital A

Motion for a resolution

A. whereas unless we reduce our use of resources, the world will be consuming resources as if there were three planets, and whereas a reduction in our overall use of natural resources and in waste is the overarching objective of the circular economy;

Amendment

A. whereas unless we reduce our use of resources speedily and significantly, the world will continue to be consuming resources as if there were three planets, and whereas a reduction in our overall use of natural resources and in waste is the overarching objective of the circular economy;


Amendment 2
Anja Hazekamp

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 1

Motion for a resolution

1. Welcomes the Commission’s new Circular Economy Action Plan; highlights the fact that the circular economy is key to reducing the overall environmental footprint of European consumption and production, and to reaching the climate goals of the Paris Agreement;

Amendment

1. Welcomes the Commission’s new Circular Economy Action Plan; highlights the fact that a true circular economy is key to reducing the overall environmental footprint of European consumption and production, to adapting our consumption and production patterns to the planetary boundaries and to reaching the climate goals of the Paris Agreement;


Amendment 3
Anja Hazekamp

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 3

Motion for a resolution

3. Believes that a circular economy is the way for the EU and European companies to remain competitive in a global market; therefore urges the Commission and the Member States to direct investments in order to scale up circular economy initiatives; considers that the EU’s economic recovery plan (Next Generation EU) should be used to put in place circular economy initiatives and infrastructure;

Amendment

3. Urges the Commission and the Member States to install regulatory measures and to direct investments in order to achieve a circular economy; considers that the EU’s economic recovery plan (Next Generation EU) should be used to put in place circular economy initiatives and infrastructure;


Amendment 4
Anja Hazekamp

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 4

Motion for a resolution

4. Calls on the Commission to propose an EU target for a reduction in the use of primary raw materials;

Amendment

4. Calls on the Commission to propose binding EU targets for an ambitious overal reduction in the use of primary raw materials and overal resource use, accompanied by legislative proposals to achieve these targets;


Amendment 5
Anja Hazekamp

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 6

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6. Underlines the need to create economic incentives for innovation in circular solutions and calls for support for this in the new industrial strategy for Europe and the SME Strategy; emphasises the specific role that SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) and start-ups are playing in the transition to a circular economy;

Amendment

6. Underlines the need to create regulatory measures and incentives for circular solutions and calls for support for this in the new industrial strategy for Europe and the SME Strategy; emphasises the specific role that SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) and start-ups are playing in the transition to a circular economy;


Amendment 6
Anja Hazekamp

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 9

Motion for a resolution

9. Encourages the Commission to propose resource efficiency and environmental footprint targets for each product category and to introduce product-specific targets for recycled content, while ensuring the performance and safety of the products concerned;

Amendment

9. Encourages the Commission to propose resource reduction, efficiency and environmental footprint targets for each product category and to introduce product-specific targets for recycled content, while ensuring the performance and safety of the products concerned and while ensuring that the targets for recycled content do not lead to an undesirable shift to the use of more plastics as we currently see happening in the beverage market;


Amendment 7
Anja Hazekamp

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 10

Motion for a resolution

10. Supports the plan to introduce digital product passports in order to help companies and consumers to keep track of a product’s environmental impacts throughout the value chain;

Amendment

10. Supports the plan to introduce digital product passports in order to help companies and consumers to keep track of a product’s environmental impacts throughout the value chain, stresses however that information needs to be available for all consumers, not only those who are proficient in the use of electronic media;


Amendment 8
Anja Hazekamp

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 11

Motion for a resolution

11. Underlines the objective to achieve non-toxic material cycles and reiterates the positions taken in its resolution on a Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability;

Amendment

11. Underlines the objective to achieve non-toxic material cycles and reiterates the positions taken in its resolution on a Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability, expresses its grave concerns about the Commissions proposal in the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability to continue to allow hazardous substances in recycled materials, reminds of the position of the Parliament taken in the objection to the lead content of recycled PVC (P9_TA(2020)0030);


Amendment 9
Anja Hazekamp

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 12

Motion for a resolution

12. Emphasises the right of consumers to more precise and accurate information about the environmental impacts of products and services, and calls on the Commission to make proposals to substantiate green claims through solid and harmonised calculation methods;

Amendment

12. Emphasises the right of consumers to more precise and accurate information about the environmental impacts of products and services, and calls on the Commission to make proposals to substantiate green claims through solid and harmonised calculation methods, independent audits and inspections and compliance mechanisms;


Amendment 10
Anja Hazekamp

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 13

Motion for a resolution

13. Supports the planned initiatives to improve the durability and reparability of products in accordance with the waste hierarchy while strengthening consumer rights; therefore welcomes the planned initiative for a ‘right to repair’;

Amendment

13. Supports the planned initiatives to improve the durability and reparability of products in accordance with the waste hierarchy while strengthening consumer rights; therefore welcomes the planned initiative for a ‘right to repair’; reiterates its call that the right to repair and continued support for IT services are imperative to achieve sustainable consumption and should be enshrined in EU law, invites the Commission to present a legal proposal to achieve this in 2021; stresses that the right to repair should also be included in free trade agreements;


Amendment 11
Anja Hazekamp

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 15 a (new)

Amendment

15 a. Urges the Commission to swiftly offer legal clarification on the distinction between ‘chemical recycling’ and ‘chemical recovery’, to minimise the risk of diverting waste supply chains away from reuse and recycling towards petrochemicals feedstock recovery, stresses that only chemical recycling technologies which produce polymer materials should be legally defined as recycling, and technologies that turn plastic waste into feedstock for petrochemicals should be defined as ‘chemical recovery’;


Amendment 12
Anja Hazekamp

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 21 a (new)

Amendment

21 a. Emphasises that Refusing and Reducing waste must be the first priorities in an effective approach to a circular and resource efficient economy within the planetary boundaries;


Amendment 13
Anja Hazekamp

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 22 b (new)

Amendment

22 b. Warmly welcomes the many initiatives of package free products and retails points, especially in dedicated shops, invites the Commission to scale up this movement by demanding of supermarkets to install at least one plastic free aisle where consumers can access products in bulk and take them home in their own reusable packaging and storage options;


Amendment 14
Anja Hazekamp

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 23

Motion for a resolution

23. Underlines the essential role of packaging for product safety, in particular food safety, and hygiene; asks the industry, however, to commit to reducing the amount of packaging it produces and to develop more efficient and circular packaging solutions, and encourages initiatives such as the Circular Plastics Alliance;

Amendment

23. Acknowledges the role of packaging for product safety, in particular food safety, and hygiene; asks the Commission to present legal proposals to progressively reduce the amount of packaging, addressing both industry and retail with binding targets to develop more efficient and circular packaging solutions;


Amendment 15
Anja Hazekamp

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 23 a (new)

Amendment

23 a. Calls for the introduction of mandatory deposit schemes for all small beverage containers;


Amendment 16
Anja Hazekamp

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 23 b (new)

Amendment

23 b. Welcomes the intention of the Commission to establish rules for the safe recycling into food contact materials of plastic materials other than PET, calls on the Commission to also establish rules on other streams including the inks, liners and glues allowed on the internal market to ensure that hazardous chemicals and compounds, such as heavy metals, MOSH/MOAH and other endocrine disrupting and otherwise hazardous chemicals do not end up in recycled plastic, paper and card board to ensure safe food packaging;


Amendment 17
Anja Hazekamp

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 23 c (new)

Amendment

23 c. Calls for more attention to the large number of disposable cups, food packaging and beverage bottles and cans which are sold at public transport hubs, calls on the Commission and the Member States to install binding reduction targets for disposables sold at train stations, airports and other major hubs; calls for the availability of drinking water points at all train stations;


Amendment 18
Anja Hazekamp

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 23 d (new)

Amendment

23 d. Highlights the succes of the ban on plastic carrier bags in many countries including the Netherlands and Belgium, urges the Commission to ban plastic bags throughout the Union, calls for accompanying measures to avoid a switch to free bags of other materials and to encourage the use of long lasting carrier bags by consumers;


Amendment 19
Anja Hazekamp

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 24

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24. Urges the Commission to tackle microplastics in a comprehensive way, including by adopting a comprehensive phase-out of intentionally added microplastics and through new measures, including regulatory measures, against the unintentional release of plastics, for example from textiles, tyres and plastic pellets; stresses the need to close the gaps in scientific knowledge on microplastics;

Amendment

24. Urges the Commission to swiftly tackle microplastics in a comprehensive and legally binding way, including by adopting a comprehensive phase-out of all intentionally added microplastics, including artificial turf and synthetic fertilisers and through new measures, including regulatory measures, against the unintentional release of plastics, for example from textiles, tyres and plastic pellets; stresses the need to close the gaps in scientific knowledge on microplastics;


Amendment 20
Anja Hazekamp

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 26 a (new)

Amendment

26 a. Is deeply concerned about the huge amounts of disposable face masks which end up in our sewage and as litter on our streets and in nature, calls on Member States and the Commission to set up campaigns to promote the use of reusable face masks; welcomes the current initiatives on recycling of medical face masks and calls for efforts to scale these up to ensure the sterilising and reuse of medical face masks;


Amendment 21
Anja Hazekamp

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 30 a (new)

Amendment

30 a. Emphasises that reducing the production and consumption of meat and dairy is the most impactful, efficient and cost-effective measure in reducing food waste, halting deforestation, biodiversity loss and climate change and essential for the food sector to become truly circular,


Amendment 22
Anja Hazekamp

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 30 b (new)

Amendment

30 b. Acknowledges that the meat and dairy are the most resource inefficient parts of the human diet, calls on the Commission and the Member States to end subsidies for the production and promotion of meat and dairy to support a resource efficient and circular food system;


Amendment 23
Anja Hazekamp

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 30 c (new)

Amendment

30 c. Stresses that promoting biogas from animal manure instead of reducing the enormous amounts of manure that is produced today is counterproductive to achieving a circular economy;


Amendment 24
Anja Hazekamp

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 34 a (new)

Amendment

34 a. Deplores that the current rules for monitoring the amount of recycled waste allow for great distortion of the recycled waste figures by registering sorted waste instead of actual recycled waste, insists on a quick and thorough revision of these rules;


Amendment 25
Anja Hazekamp

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 36

Motion for a resolution

36. Supports the Commission’s ambition to revise the Waste Shipment Regulation in order to stop exporting the EU’s waste problems to third countries; asks the Commission to also focus on financial incentives to limit waste exports;

Amendment

36. Supports the Commission’s ambition to revise the Waste Shipment Regulation in order to stop exporting the EU’s waste problems to third countries;


Amendment 26
Anja Hazekamp

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 36 a (new)

Amendment

36 a. Deeply deplores the harmful exports of European waste to countries like Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam and Turkey, insists that the planned revision of the Waste Exports Regulation effectively ends all exports of waste outside of the EU, including the supposedly recyclable waste streams as it has been proven that waste exported for 'recycling' or other 'useful applications' has ended up in landfills, oceans and incineration in other parts of the world instead of being recycled;






















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