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At a time when every European consumes, on average, 14 tonnes of raw materials and produces five tonnes of waste per year, the European Parliament expects that by implementing the principle of the circular economy, increasing the efficiency of resources in the EU by 30% until 2030, it will in turn boost its GDP by about 1% and create another 2 million of sustainable jobs in the EU.
The above data were presented in a European Parliament TV spot, shown by the head of the parliament`s office in Cyprus, Andreas Kettis, in the context of his address at a seminar, on Friday, at the Cyprus University of Technology (CUT), entitled “Cyprus on a path of a circular economy strategy.”
Hosted by the European Parliament`s information office in Cyprus, CUT and the Environment Commissioner`s office, the seminar is also under the auspices of Limassol Mayor and is supported by the Cyprus Open University, Limassol`s Europe Direct, Environment Engineers and Scientists Society of Cyprus while Cyprus News Agency is its media sponsor.
The hosts` aim, Kettis said in his address, is to raise awareness of the strategy the EU promotes at this time on the more environmentally correct urban waste management which is called “circular economy.”
The concept of circular economy was presented in the tv spot of the European Parliament, where it is stated that every European consumes on average 14 tonnes of raw material and produces five tonnes of waste, which could be reused, repaired or recycled.
It is noted that the aim is to move away from a linear model which prevailed after the industrial revolution of “take – make – use – throw” and to replace that with a circular economy, expanding the cycle of life of products by reducing the use of raw materials and the production of waste.