by Olga Rataj

Throughout the recent months, the Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Technology has been continuing its work on the national Roadmap Towards Circular Economy Transformation. Currently, it analyzes multiple valuable comments and ideas which were sent in response to the document draft published in framework of public consultations. In general, the Roadmap will consist of four parts dedicated to topics of sustainable industrial production, sustainable consumption, bio-economy, and circular economy business models. The preparation of the Roadmap was included as one of the key projects in the Polish Strategy for Responsible Development which is a medium term development strategy for the Polish economy up to 2020.

In addition, recently the Ministry’s delegation participated in the final conference on the Environmental Footprint Pilot Phase in Brussels. The representatives of the Ministry have been involved in the pilot phase from the very outset as members of the Steering Committee. The five-year pilot phase enabled harmonization of the methods to calculate environmental footprint of chosen categories of products and organizations. This is a milestone for the future design of value chains in the spirit of resource efficiency, environmental protection, and circular economy. The European Commission plans to launch in autumn a two year transition phase during which the methods will be tested by interested companies. In addition, there will be a policy discussion taking place about possible application of the methods within the EU regulatory framework, including the Circular Economy Package.