AEICE signs the ‘Pact for a circular economy: The commitment of the economic and social agents 2018-2020’

In 2017, the Spanish Ministries of Agriculture and Fisheries, Food and Environment and Economy, Industry and Competitiveness promoted the ‘Pact for a circular economy: The commitment of the economic and social agents 2018-2020’ in order to involve Spain’s main economic and social agents in the transition to this new economic model.

On March 1, AEICE signed the letter of adhesion to the Pact, committing to promote the transition towards a circular economy through the following actions:

To make progress in reducing the use of non-renewable natural resources, reusing in the production cycle the materials contained in waste as secondary raw materials under the condition that people’s health and the protection of the environment are guaranteed.
Promote the analysis of the life cycle of products and the incorporation of eco-design criteria, reducing the introduction of harmful substances in their manufacture, facilitating the repairability of the goods produced, prolonging their useful life and enabling their recovery at the end of it.
Favouring the effective application of the principle of waste hierarchy, promoting the prevention of waste generation, encouraging reuse, strengthening recycling and favouring its traceability.
Promote guidelines that increase innovation and overall efficiency of production processes, through the adoption of measures such as the implementation of environmental management systems.
Promote innovative forms of sustainable consumption, including sustainable products and services, as well as the use of digital infrastructures and services.
Promote a model of responsible consumption, based on the transparency of information on the characteristics of goods and services, their duration and energy efficiency, through the use of measures such as the use of the eco-label.
Facilitate and promote the creation of appropriate channels to facilitate the exchange of information and coordination with administrations, the scientific and technological community and economic and social agents, so as to create synergies that favour the transition.
Raise awareness of the importance of moving from a linear economy to a circular economy, promoting transparency of processes, awareness and sensitisation of citizens.
Promote the use of shared, transparent and accessible indicators that make it possible to know the degree of implementation of the circular economy.
Promote the incorporation of indicators of the social and environmental impact derived from the operation of companies, in order to be able to evaluate beyond the economic benefits generated in them, as a consequence of their commitment to the circular economy.
With this commitment, AEICE joins a list of 333 entities of all types, sizes and sectors of activity. Together, we propose to change the production model, and to move towards a more sustainable development, as proclaimed by the 17 Objectives of Sustainable Development, to which AEICE is also committed through the signing of the Salamanca Declaration in June 2018.