In the spring of 2020, the Strategic Advisory Body on Environment (SABE) will launch a new Joint Group on Circular Economy (JG-CE). The purpose of this Joint Group is to provide advice and coordinate CEN and CENELEC’s standardization activities related to the Circular Economy.
The transition towards a Circular Economy is widely considered as a necessary step to address the challenges related to the creation of a more sustainable economy. This will however require a transformation of our current ways of producing and consuming, collaborating and running businesses by closing the circle at the highest possible level (e.g. through repair or re-manufacturing), rather than exporting recyclable materials or applying thermal recovery. Standardization can help to provide a clear way to achieve these aims.
Standards already address a wide range of issues contributing to the transition, thanks to the work of a variety of technical committees (TCs). Both for the drafting of new standards and for the adjustment of existing standards, a coordinated approach will enable technical committees to develop standards concurrently while avoiding unnecessary duplications.
The JG-CE will therefore focus on identifying and discussing strategic standardization issues in need of action from CEN and CENELEC and will advise on standardization priorities based on these needs, proposing medium- and long-term market-driven standardization activities to contribute to the transition to a Circular Economy.
Representatives from relevant CEN and CENELEC TCs, liaisons from relevant ISO and IEC committees or thematic groups and NSB representatives are specifically invited to join the JG-CE. Experts in relevant fields of CE and/or members of industry who are not yet involved in related standardization work are also welcomed to the JG-CE.
The JG-CE will normally meet 2 times a year, preferably in conjunction with SABE plenary meetings. When otherwise agreed within the group, it could meet more frequently, then including other places within Europe
The Secretariat for the JG-CE is held by NEN, the Netherlands Standardization Institute. Please indicate your interest to join by sending your contact details to this e-mail address: email@example.com
For more information on the SABE Joint Group ‘Circular Economy’ please contact Boukje VAN REIJN, Program Manager Circular Economy at NEN or Andrea NAM, Project Manager at CEN and CENELEC.