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UNE, member of the MITECO Advisory Board on the Circular Economy

28/12/22

  • ???????The Spanish Association for Standardization, UNE, is part of this Board advocated by the Ministry of Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge, together with 29 other social and economic agents, waste managers, consumers and research centres ?.

Madrid, 28 December 2022 - The Spanish Association for Standardisation-UNE?has been appointed member of the Advisory Board on the Circular Economy of the Ministry of Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge (MITECO), having attended its founding meeting on 15 December. The UNE is thus among the 30 social, economic, waste management and consumer organizations and research centres that will analyse the results of the 2021-23 Action Plan of the Spanish Circular Economy Strategy.

This Board is one of the five governance bodies set up within the Strategy to guarantee compliance with the challenges set out in the plan for 2023, and to prepare the improvement proposals for the next plan, which spans from 2024 to 2026. Led by the Directorate General for Quality and Environmental Assessment, together with the Sub-Directorate General for the Circular Economy, the entities that make up this Board have been selected based on their commitment to materialize the circular model.

Iv�n Moya, secretary of the UNE's Advisory Committee on the Circular Economy, which was created in 2019 in an effort to provide support to various sectors through standardization, notes that "The UNE's determination to boost the circular economy is, and has been in recent years, steadfast, as evidenced by the technical standards we have created to support organizations in their compliance and to establish tools that facilitate effective implementation, as well as by giving consideration to these guidelines in the very creation of the standards".

During this time, the UNE prepared a "Study on the contribution of technical standards to the circular economy", which includes the identification of more than 300 UNE standards that drive the circular economy from different angles. Based on consensus and best practices, these standards provide a common framework for action to define the applicable circular economy principles and techniques, and they address aspects such as requirements for reusing waste, for evaluating its durability or the specification of hazardous substances that may hinder the implementation of circular measures, and more. ?