In today’s meeting, the Romanian Government adopted the national strategy regarding the circular economy, developed under the coordination of the Department for Sustainable Development. The document provides an overview of 14 economic sectors in Romania in terms of their circularity potential, setting a clear general direction to accelerate the transition from a linear to a circular economic model. The success indicator of this transition is the decoupling of economic development from the use of natural resources and environmental degradation.
“The circular economy is a field of great perspective for the sustainable development of Romania. We look for and will identify with certainty the most effective solutions for the collection and reuse of all types of waste. I appreciate that by adopting this Strategy we manage to reach a milestone in the National Recovery and Resilience Plan,” said Prime Minister Nicolae Ciucă at the opening of the government meeting.
“The application of circular economy principles throughout the European Union economy has the potential to create around 700,000 new jobs and increase the European Gross Domestic Product by a further 0.5% by 2030. In an international context full of challenges, the circular economy represents an opportunity to reduce the dependence on imports of raw materials which is at a high level in Romania and in Europe. I am pleased that we managed to successfully coordinate the implementation of this Strategy, which fully contributes to our desire to implement the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda”, said László Borbély, coordinator of the Department for Sustainable Development.
According to the statistics issued by the Circular Economy Monitoring Framework, Romania is among the European Union (EU) countries with low performance in terms of resource productivity, waste generation as a share of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), waste treatment and the use of recycled materials in economics. On the other hand, Romania has one of the lowest waste generation per domestic consumption of materials among EU countries, which offers favorable prospects for improving performance in terms of adopting circular economy practices. The document states that Romania has a significant potential for improvement in all stages assumed by the circular economy, from greater resource efficiency and the use of secondary materials in production, to waste prevention and better management.
The next step is the development of the Action Plan which will contain concrete measures to maximize the circularity potential in seven economic sectors: agriculture and forestry, the automotive industry, construction, consumer goods such as food and beverages, packaging, textiles and electrical equipment and electronics, as well as in two horizontal sectors water and waste.