The Action Plan is one of the basic documents for the implementation of the European Green Deal (ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/ip_20_420). Responses are mixed, the German Association of the Machinery Industry took to Twitter to say that they should not get lost in the partial revisions of the legislation, but rather support the functioning of the secondary raw materials market.
The European Federation of Environmental NGOs has highlighted the European Commission’s emphasis on the responsible value chain, from product design and manufacturing to reducing toxicity and waste. They also welcomed plans to address specific product groups ranging from textiles, electronics, batteries, to building materials and packaging. They hope the Action Plan can be a turning point for sustainability and climate action in Europe, which can also inspire the rest of the world.
The non-governmental organization Zero Waste Europe described it as a nice bundle of incentives pointing in the right direction, but the EU would have to stick the pieces together to ensure the convenience and economy of circular waste-free activities compared to the current linear ones.