Hi, to all you lovely OSCE people,
it's time for democracy!

The EU is about to put billions of Euros of funding money into Circular Economy projects. Have a say where the money will be spent specifically and fill in this survey. Your answers will be collected and sent to the respective EU project team led by First Vice-President Frans Timmermans, Vice-President Jyrki Katainen, Environment Commissioner Karmenu Vella, and Industry Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska.

Of course, we will also share all the results on the OSCE platform! Completion of the survey will take around 15 minutes.
Let's vote circular!
 
What's your name?

 
Are you an EU-resident?

     
 
How well informed are you about the circular economy initiative?


 
OK, let's get to it. First topic: Production phase

 
How would you assess the importance of the following measures to promote circular economy principles in product design at EU level?

 
Establish binding rules on product design (e.g. minimum requirements on ‘durability’)






 
Encourage industry-led initiatives (i.e. self-regulation)






 
Develop standards for voluntary use






 
Promote and/or enable the use of economic incentives for eco-innovation and sustainable product design

(e.g. via rules on Extended Producer Responsibility schemes)





 
Review rules on legal and commercial guarantees






 
Encourage the consumption of green products






 
In order to facilitate the transition to a more circular economy, how would you assess the importance of the following product features?

 
Durability






 
Reparability: Availability of information on product repair

(e.g. repair manuals)





 
Reparability: Product design facilitating maintenance and repair activities






 
Reparability: Availability of spare parts






 
Upgradability and modularity






 
Reusability






 
Biodegradability and compostability






 
Resource use in the use phase

(e.g. water efficiency)





 
Recyclability

(e.g. dismantling, separation of components, information on chemical content)





 
Increased content of reused parts or recycled materials






 
Increased content of renewable materials






 
Minimising lifecycle environmental impacts






 
How would you assess the importance of the following additional considerations when applying circular economy principles to products at EU level?

 
Impact on production cost and affordability of the product


 
Impact on production processes and value chain


 
Impact on consumers

(e.g. through durability and reparability)

 
Functionality of the product


 
Enabling innovation


 
Respecting technology neutrality


 
Impact on EU imports and exports


 
In your view which product categories should be given priority in the next few years?


 
What priority should be given to the following production processes?

 
Promote cooperation across value chains

(e.g. through encouraging new managerial modes




 
Address potential regulatory obstacles/gaps in EU legislation





 
Support the development of innovative business models

(e.g. leasing)




 
Improve the interface between chemicals and waste legislation





 
Promote collaboration between and among private and public sectors, including end-users





 
Support the development of digital solutions





 
Identify and promote exchange of best practice





 
Identify minimum standards for increasing resource-efficient processes

(e.g. Best Available Techniques)




 
Ensure availability of reliable data on material flows across value chains





 
Provide access to finance for high-risk projects





 
How effective do you think each of the actions at EU level listed below would be in promoting sustainable production and sourcing of raw materials?

 
Establishing a legally binding framework at EU level

(e.g. sustainability criteria)

 
Developing and promoting voluntary compliance scheme


 
Addressing the issue through trade policy


 
Addressing the issue through the promotion of targeted global initiatives


 
Addressing the issue through the promotion of targeted global initiatives


 
Promoting the exchange of best practice among businesses


 
Do you have any other comments about the production phase?

If not, just leave empty.
 
You already made it through half of the questions. Thank you! Here's the next section: Consumption phase

 
How would you assess the importance of measures to promote circular economy principles in the consumption phase at EU level?

 
Provide more information relevant to the circular economy to consumers

f.e. on expected lifetime of products or availability of spare parts




 
Ensure the clarity, credibility and relevance of consumer information related to the circular economy and protect consumers from false and misleading information in this respect

e.g. via labels, advertising, marketing etc.




 
Organise EU-wide awareness campaigns to promote the circular economy





 
Improve/clarify rules and practices affecting consumer protection

e.g. relating to legal and commercial guarantees




 
Take action on product and material design





 
Encourage financial incentives to consumers at national level

e.g. by differentiated taxation levels depending on products’ resource efficiency




 
Take measures targeting public procurement

e.g. through criteria for Green Public Procurement




 
Encourage new modes of consumption such as shared ownership (e.g. car sharing), collaborative consumption, leasing and the use of internet-based solutions





 
Promote the development of repair and maintenance services





 
Encourage waste prevention

e.g. minimising food waste




 
Which products should be a priority for EU action to promote more sustainable consumption patterns?


 
Now we would love to know more about your opinion on: Markets for secondary raw materials

Secondary raw materials are waste materials which are to be sold and used for recycling in manufacturing. At present, they still account for a very small portion of the material used in the EU.
 
In your view, what are the main obstacles to the development of markets for secondary raw materials in the EU?

In case you don't know, leave empty.
 
Lack of EU-wide quality standards for recycled materials


 
Poor quality of recycled materials

e.g. containing unwanted substances/high contamination

 
Lack of information or misinformation about the quality of recycled materials


 
Poor availability of waste/material to be recycled


 
Low demand for recycled materials

e.g. on the EU market

 
Cost differential between primary and secondary raw materials


 
Organisational cost of switching from primary to secondary raw materials in industrial processes


 
Regulatory obstacles at national/regional/local level


 
Regulatory obstacles at EU level


 
Regulatory gaps at EU level


 
Regulatory gaps at national/regional/local level


 
Insufficient cooperation/exchange of information along the value chain

e.g. between producers, recyclers and authorities responsible for waste management

 
Lack of reliable data on secondary raw material flows


 
Which secondary raw materials markets should the EU target first to improve the way they work?


 
Do you have any other comments about the development of markets for secondary raw materials?

If not, just leave empty again.
 
You are great! Only two short sections left. Next is: Sectoral measures

 
If you could only chose one sector as first priority for specific EU action on the circular economy, it would be:


 
If you like, we would love to know why you chose this sector?

 
Almost done! This is the last section: Enabling factors for the circular economy, including innovation and investment

 
How important are the following enabling factors in promoting the circular economy at EU level?

 
Financing innovative projects or technologies relevant to the circular economy (from EU funds, e.g. Horizon 2020)





 
Public incentives (e.g. financial guarantees) for private investors to finance projects conducive to the circular economy





 
Support for the development of circular economy projects

e.g. technical assistance




 
Support for innovative systemic approaches and cross-sectoral cooperation

e.g. industrial symbiosis and cascading use of resources




 
Partnerships with public authorities to help innovative businesses overcome potential legal obstacles to innovation





 
Promotion of innovative business models for the circular economy

e.g. leasing and sharing




 
Specific measures to encourage the uptake of the circular economy among SMEs





 
Exchange and promotion of best practice





 
Promoting the development of skills/qualifications relevant to the circular economy





 
Support for capacity-building in public administrations





 
Support for market penetration of innovative projects through labelling, certification and standards, public procurement for innovation, etc.





 
Better monitoring the implementation and impact of policies contributing towards the circular economy agenda





 
Increasing the knowledge base by collecting and providing information and data

e.g. on material flows, technologies and consumption patterns




 
Final question: Do you have any other comments about enabling factors to promote the circular economy?

If yes, shortly explain. If not (today), just leave empty.
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