The circular economy will promote eco-design in Berte textiles and plastics

Pilar Maso
Locrono, January 20 (EFE).- The Strategic Plan for the Recovery and Economic Transformation of the Circular Economy (PERTE) launches its second action plan in 2024. To achieve more environmentally friendly and less polluting packaging.

This is one of the actions of this initiative created by the Ministry of Environmental Transformation, the content of which was informed to the circular economy commissioner Berte EFE, who recently took office in this position.

The government wanted to encourage this Berte by creating a commissioner to act as a link between the ministry and private enterprise concerns in leveraged sectors like textiles and plastics. and capital goods for renewable energies, he explained.

Alex Dorado (Locrono, 1982), Minister of Sustainability and Environmental Change in the Government of La Rioja during the last legislature, recalls that this Berte plans assistance worth 492 million euros to mobilize more than 1,200 resources until 2026.

It also proposes to accelerate the transition towards a more efficient and sustainable production system in the use of private goods.

Its objectives include promoting environmental design, reuse and waste management, and the digitization of companies to improve competitiveness and innovation.

80% of waste depends on environmental design

80% of the waste produced by any industrial process depends on the product design phase, which explains the importance of eco-design thinking, especially in the textile (including fashion and footwear) and plastics sectors, as detailed.

His idea is to ensure that a product is more durable, generates less waste during its useful life, is manufactured with less toxic materials, uses more environmentally friendly materials, uses less water, and emits less CO2. And less carbon footprint.

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“The circular economy is not just about waste management, but about getting things back at the beginning of the life cycle so that you can click that they can be reused and recycled,” he explained.

After a dialogue process between the Ministry and companies in these sectors to identify where to intervene in public-private cooperation, a second assistance action plan was implemented in 2024, once the industries adapt to European regulations in this area. .

The Spanish government, he stressed, wants companies to “dispose” of adapting their production processes to European regulations, focusing on reducing waste and encouraging an increase in recycled materials.

The potential of a circular economy

Therefore, in this second phase, he explained, the aim is to encourage companies committed to protecting the environment and to promote their competitiveness beyond regulatory requirements.

Of the 492 million euro aid provided by Berte, 192 is cross-cutting and 100 is allocated to each of three sectors: textiles, which is expected to be announced soon; Plastics and capital goods for the renewable energy industry.

The focus of the aid package is to prevent the generation of so much waste and re-introduce it into the cycle through recycling or reuse, where eco-design in textiles and plastics is of great importance.

Another objective is to promote digitization and reduce dependence on imported raw materials.

Dorado also highlighted the importance of this Bert for capital goods for the renewable energy industry due to the situation, for example, wind turbines, “many of which are at the end of their useful life” or batteries.

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In his opinion, the circular economy has “a lot of potential” in Spain, but it is not used, which justifies this Berte, because it is a sector with many advantages in terms of competitiveness and environment.

He recognizes that there are sectors that are more developed in the circular economy and that, at the moment, they do not need the transformative lever that this Berte represents.

For this reason, the renewable industry focuses on textiles, plastics, and capital goods due to its greater weight in GDP, greater impact on employment, and greater implications for improving environmental impact. EFEverde

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