How to reach a safe circular economy? - Perspectives on reconciling the waste, product and chemicals regulation

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Joonas Alaranta, Topi Turunen, How to Reach a Safe Circular Economy?—Perspectives on Reconciling the Waste, Product and Chemicals Regulation, Journal of Environmental Law, Volume 33, Issue 1, March 2021, Pages 113–136, https://doi.org/10.1093/jel/eqaa016

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Title: How to reach a safe circular economy? - Perspectives on reconciling the waste, product and chemicals regulation
Author: Alaranta, Joonas; Turunen, Topi
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Date: 2020
Language: en
Belongs to series: Journal of Environmental Law, Volume 33, Issue 1, March 2021, Pages 113–136
ISSN: 0952-8873
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/334125
Abstract: This article discusses the regulation of ‘substances of concern’ in the circular economy (CE) in the European Union (EU). It analyses the tensions and obstacles that the present sectoral separation of waste, product and chemicals legislation sets for the development of the CE. We argue that in a longer term perspective the aim should be to erase the border between waste and chemicals regulation and create a single regime for the regulation of materials and their flow. However, the eventual aim of such non-toxic material circulation can be achieved only via precautious transitional measures that outweigh the costs and benefits of each material flow and set restrictions for the particular substances of concern. Regulatory actions addressing the risks posed by the substances of concern in the waste-based material flows are urgently needed. New measures are necessary to protect human health and the environment and to support the development of the markets for the secondary materials.
Subject: circular economy
legislation
material flows
wastes
environment
environmental law
product development
economy
effects (results)
industrial ecology
international environmental law
sustainable development
environmental sociology
chemicals
regulation
European Union
EU
Subject (ysa): kiertotalous
lainsäädäntö
kemikaalit
ympäristöoikeus
uudelleenkäyttö
haitalliset aineet
jätteet
Euroopan unioni
EU


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