Issue Papers

In this section you will find EUROPEN’s issue papers on EU policy developments in relation to packaging and the environment. These papers reflect the consensus views of its members and present the opinion of the packaging supply chain in Europe, without favouring any specific material or system.

  • Review of the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive

July 2020 - EUROPEN feedback on the Inception Impact Assessment

Following-up on the objectives of the European Green Deal, the European Commission has presented its initiative to review the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive (PPWD). EUROPEN, responded to the Commission’s Inception Impact Assessment in July 2020, expressing its support for the general objective of the revision, which is a well-functioning Internal Market through fully harmonised rules on packaging while tackling the environmental impact of packaging and packaging waste.

The review must be carried out in line with the policy objectives of the European Green Deal and the new Circular Economy Action Plan, which set the basis for an innovation-driven policy agenda to pursue sustainable growth and encourage both ambitious and economically viable solutions to scale-up circularity and contribute to climate neutrality.

EUROPEN has put forward three key principles for the review of the PPWD:

  • Preserve the integrity of the Internal Market, by establishing harmonised EU requirements and legislation for packaging, to strengthen the implementation of packaging and packaging waste targets;
  • Packaging functionality should be protected and recognised to ensure that packaging intended use is fulfilled;
  • Ensure coherence of policy objectives to avoid the risk of undermining the sustainability goals and to support investments in innovation.

 

Read more about EUROPEN position by downloading the document below.

  • Views of the Packaging Supply Chain on Fiscal Measures related to Packaging Materials and Applications

July 2020 Joint Statement on Fiscal Measures related to packaging and packaging applications.

  • EUROPEN’s recommendation for a growth- and innovation-oriented Circular Economy

June 2020 - EUROPEN position on the New Circular Economy Action Plan 

Packaging is an integral and essential part of the product supply chain, from the production to the consumption stage. The packaging supply chain, represented by EUROPEN, plays a central role in contributing to a resource efficient and circular economy by optimising resource use, minimising product (and food) waste and protecting products all along the value chains. Our members are continuously innovating to deliver on their sustainability commitments, while preserving the integrity and safety of the products for citizens and businesses.

By putting the accent on the combined goal of increasing sustainability and economic growth, the new Circular Economy Action Plan (CEAP 2.0) sets the basis for an innovation-driven policy agenda, which must encourage both ambitious and economically viable solutions to scale up the circularity of the EU economy.

To enable the packaging supply-chain making bigger leaps towards a more circular economy, any new packaging-related policies and regulations must be guided by the following general principles:

  • Preserve the integrity of the Internal Market, to strengthen the implementation of packaging and packaging waste targets across the EU and avoid competitive distortions that risk undermining those same targets.
  • Protect the functionality of packaging ensuring its intended use is fulfilled, thus preserving product integrity and safety, and reduce product waste.
  • Embrace a life-cycle approach to circularity, where climate and environmental performance is assessed throughout the entire life cycle of packaging and product. 
  • Support innovation and investments in circularity through the deployment of incentive schemes and financing tools that are adequately funded, better streamlined and more easily accessible.
  • EUROPEN position on the Proposal for a Directive on the Reduction of the impact of certain plastic products on the environment

June 2018- EUROPEN position on the Proposal for a Directive on the Reduction of the impact of certain plastic products on the environment.

  • Circular Economy: EUROPEN recommendations on the EU legislative proposals for the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive and Waste Framework Directive

February 2016 - EUROPEN recommendations on the EU legislative proposals for the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive and Waste Framework Directive

  • EUROPEN Policy Recommendations for the EU’s Circular Economy Package

April 2015 – EUROPEN policy recommendations for a competitive, resource-efficient and growth-oriented Circular Economy. 

  • Guidance on how to consistently address packaging in the context of the European Commission Product Environmental Footprint methodology (PEF)

23 March 2015 - EUROPEN recommends using the Global Protocol on Packaging and Sustainability (GPPS), in line with the other existing guidance for packaging in life cycle approaches listed in this document, to address packaging in the PEF methodology and its ongoing pilots to develop potential future PEFCRs.

  • Factsheet on Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) for used packaging

20 January 2015 - EUROPEN’s factsheet aims to address the frequently asked questions on Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) for used packaging and explains why EPR is a key policy tool in the context of the EU Waste Review.

EUROPEN_Factsheet on EPR for used packaging (530.65KB)

  • Joint Statement by Packaging Value Chain Industries on the EU Waste Package

12 December 2014 - In view of the presentation of the European Commission’s work programme 2015 on 16 December 2014, a coalition of industries active in the packaging value chain has sent a joint statement on the EU Waste Package to President Juncker, First Vice-President Timmerman, other relevant Commissioners, Member States, Members of European Parliament and media.

Our industries support the objective of further transitioning to a circular economy and see the review of the Waste Acquis as an opportunity, subject to further improvements, to ensure better regulation and implementation of the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive and Waste Framework Directive.

  • EUROPEN issue paper on the EU Waste Targets Review

4 December 2014 - In July 2014, the European Commission published a proposal to revise recycling and other waste-related targets in the EU, including in the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive (PPWD). The aim of the overall package is to encourage the transition towards a Circular Economy and sustainable growth through the use of waste as a resource. Whilst EUROPEN supports the overall aims of the Circular Economy package, it is unlikely that certain proposed measures in the reviewed PPWD and Waste Framework Directive will effectively favour sustainable growth and cost-effectiveness. The proposed measures require revision if they are to truly promote a Circular Economy, preserve the Internal Market for packaged goods and ensure sustainable growth within a competitive Europe.

EUROPEN urges the European Parliament and the Council to make the following improvements:
1.    Remove potentially unlimited costs on producers
2.    Set a clear and enforceable method for measuring and reporting packaging recycling rates
3.    Refrain from setting mandatory national packaging design requirements which undermine the Internal Market
4.    Ensure delegated acts are used only for non-essential elements