rapport Gepubliceerd op 15 september 2020

Circulaire Economie - Internationale sector plannen post Corona

In 2015 the European Commission adopted the Circular Economy Action Plan, which included comprehensive measures addressing waste management. The EU laws set minimum recycling, landfilling, material recovering and renewable energy consumption targets. Among other initiatives introduced in the plan is the plastics strategy which aims to ban and reduce consumption of certain types of singleuse plastic. France transposes EU legislation on CE timely and performs relatively well in attaining its targets. New Circular Economy Action Plan adopted in March 2020 will aim among others to facilitate circularity in textile industry and production of electronic equipment.


Currently main EU targets include:

  • 65% of municipal waste to be recycled by 2035
  • 70% of all packaging waste to be recycled by 2030
  • 10% of municipal waste to be landfilled by 2035
  • certain types of single use plastic products will be prohibited to place on market as of July 2021
  • 32% of the Union's gross final consumption of energy to originate from renewable sources by 2030


National level in France

The Law on energy transition for green growth has set targets for GHG reduction, fossil fuels and renewable energy consumption. In this law, car, naval, wood, chemical, waste, construction and demolition industries are all identified as having strongest potential to increase material efficiency. The law strengthens France's energy independence and give businesses and citizens access to energy at a competitive cost. The new Law on fighting waste and the circular economy, adopted March 2020, aims to phase out single-use plastics by 2040, minimize waste generation, improve reuse and recycling and requires to provide consumers with information about compostability. It also aims to encourage industry to change production methods, notably through broadening the EPR scheme and creation of a bonus system that rewards producers for designing environmentally friendly products The Law against food waste sets five priorities to reduce food waste: prevention, transformation or donation of unsold articles, upcycling into fodder, composting or methanation

 Find more information about France on the France page of Holland Circular Hotspot

Selected Priority Areas

Textiles & Fashion

France-Dutch collaboration might open up great opportunities for making the industry more sustainable and circular. Fashion is one of the French hallmarks and the sector that excels in fundamental research on textile and material development. The Netherlands is advanced in applied research, chemical recycling, bio-based materials, design thinking and has a strong collaborative approach. Combining strengths of both countries could accelerate the transition to a sustainable fashion industry. The French textile sector has already in great part shifted its production to technical textiles and the interest in new technologies motivated by the prospects for creating economic and environmental sustainability is growing. In 2019 France has initiated Fashion Pact which was signed by 30 leading fashion houses, representing 147 brands, that vowed to pursue common sustainability goals. Among the areas for potential colla- boration are circular value chain, sustainable and biotech material, the knowledge area which is seen by fashion brands and luxury conglomerates as having a high potential.


Both France and the Netherlands set ambitious national targets for plastics recycling and initiated the European Plastics Pact. Still, for France waste management recycling of plastic packaging represents one of the major challenges: in 2018 only about 26% of this type of waste was recycled. The ongoing Corona crisis is exacerbating the problem causing huge increase in use of singleuse plastics and decreasing recycling rates of packaging due to decline in oil price. Chemical recycling is seen by a number of French companies including Total, Nestlé and Mars as one of the solutions to achieve the goal of having 100% plastic waste being recycled by 2025. Complimentarily, chemical industry is one of the Dutch top sectors, which might open opportunities for collaboration in this area since Dutch expertise could offer support for French waste management initiatives in attaining the target


France is the largest agrofood producer of the EU and the sixth largest agrofood exporter in the world. With a share of 9%, it is one of the major export markets for Dutch agrofood and high quality and sustainable products, technologies and knowledge. There is potential for France-Dutch cooperation and knowledge exchange in the field of AgTech, precision farming and circular agriculture, as France has a strategy for circular agriculture, like the Netherlands. Among the areas where collaboration between the countries could be especially mutually beneficial are innovations for livestock farming and horticulture. Also even though agricultural cooperatives represent the majority of the farmers in France, there is also a strong start-up ecosystem which is open to international collaboration

Read the full article of Holland Circular Hotspot here 

Internationale sector plannen post Corona

De wereld verkeert in een crisistijd. Sinds het uitbreken van COVID-19 (het coronavirus) hebben veel activiteiten stil gelegen en blijven mensen steeds meer thuis, terwijl de zorg op volle toeren draait. Met het stilvallen van activiteiten, komt ook de economie in het gedrang.Veel bedrijven in Nederland en wereldwijd ondervinden al snel de financiële impact van de crisis zowel nationaal als internationaal.

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