Australian Commitment to Circular Economy by 2030
Australia’s federal, state and territory environment ministers have committed to “work with the private sector to design out waste and pollution, keep materials in use and foster markets to achieve a circular economy by 2030” during their recent Environment Ministers Meeting (EMM).
The EMM made the commitment as part of several commitments to halt and reverse biodiversity loss and “put Australia’s environment back on a path of recovery” to help address alarming findings in Australia’s 2021 State of the Environment Report.
From a product stewardship and circular economy perspective, through the EMM’s Agreed Communique, “Ministers noted the Australian Government’s intention to develop a regulatory product stewardship scheme for solar panels and household electronics, and also agreed:
- To develop nationally harmonised definitions to support the phase out of problematic single use plastic.
- To reform the regulation of packaging by 2025, to ensure that all packaging available in Australia is designed to be recovered, reused, recycled and reprocessed safely in line with circular economy principles.
- That the Australian Government add end of life tyres to the Minister’s Product Stewardship Priority List, signalling the intention to regulate should industry not lift its game.
- The Commonwealth will work with jurisdictions to phase out the use of harmful chemicals in food packaging.”