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Study on the European Commission Impact Assessment and Additional Analysis on the Circular Economy package

3rd October 2016


The IAI is publishing its study scrutinising the evidence presented for the Circular Economy legislative Package:


IMPACT ASSESSMENT Accompanying the document

Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directives 2008/98/EC on waste, 94/62/EC on packaging and packaging waste, 1999/31/EC on the landfill of waste, 2000/53/EC on end-of-life vehicles, 2006/66/EC on batteries and accumulators and waste batteries and accumulators, and 2012/19/EU on waste electrical and electronic equipment”

SWD (2014) 207


and the



Additional analysis to complement the impact assessment SWD (2014) 207 supporting the review of EU waste management targets

SWD (2015) 259


The study, authored by Hugh de Lacy, Julie Lenoir, Simon Godwin and Erik Akse, finds that the highly developed model used by the European Commission to support the target setting raises concerns in terms of transparency of the analysis and coherence of the results for policy making. 


Due to the concerns identified with the target setting for recycling and landfill, the IAI's study goes further by proposing a framework for calculating recycling and landfill targets that are better attuned to feasibility for individual Member States.  The spreadsheet allowing stakeholders to calculate alternative options is available for download on the bottom right hand side of this page.


As part of the Institute's standard peer review process, scientific and factual comments on the content of the study are invited from any stakeholder at any time to inform a potential revision.

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