Today’s linear economic model, based around 'Take – Make – Waste', is environmentally and economically unsustainable. The Programme for Government acknowledges this and recognises that Ireland needs to establish a circular economy to help achieve our climate ambitions.
The 2020 Waste Action Plan for a Circular Economy reconfirmed the link between the circular economy and climate action and mandates a whole-of-government approach to ensure a successful transition to a circular economy.
The upcoming Circular Economy Strategy will provide a national policy framework for Ireland’s transition to a circular economy. This Bill places that Strategy, and the commitment to a circular economy, on a clear statutory footing.
The Circular Economy Bill is a key step in the successful transition of Ireland’s economy to a circular economy and is evidence of Government’s commitment to the achievement of that goal.