Design in the Circular Economy

17 September 2015
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BEDA BookJacketBEDA Position paper: Design and the Circular Economy
The European Union have revised the Circular Economy package; through this latest Position paper and related actions, BEDA can strengthen its position as the design authority at European Commission level.

BEDA has prepared a Position paper on Design and the Circular Economy, led by BCD (Barcelona Centre de Disseny). This paper falls within the revision of the Circular Economy package by the European Commission; it offers a great opportunity for BEDA to strengthen its role as design authority at European level by making relevant recommendations to the EC.

BEDA’s proposals, whose aim is to support the main role of design in the EU Circular Economy Package, include:

  • Highlighting the importance of design and emphasising the need to prioritize, especially in the design phase, the minimization of materials and energy use, the non-use of hazardous substances and the possibilities of materials reuse and recycling.
  • Increasing the use of ecodesign criteria (including product design requirements for disassembly, reparability, recyclability and durability) in the European Commission’s product policies: European Ecolabel, Environmental Product Declarations, environmental footprint, etc.
  • Improving consumers’ knowledge of environmental information about products through marketing campaigns. - Enabling access to finance through the European Structural and Investment Funds for those companies that invest in ecodesign strategies.
  • Promoting ecodesign criteria (including product design requirements for disassembly, reparability, recyclability and durability) in public procurement, and making use of the possibilities offered by the new Directives*.

BEDA would like to thank all members who offered feedback on this paper. There is still chance to get involved, through membership of the BEDA ‘Ecodesign’ Cluster – email Mario López for more information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


*Directive 2014/24/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council, of 26 February 2014, on public procurement and Directive 2014/25/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council, of 26 February 2014, on procurement by entities operating in the water, energy, transport and postal services sector.

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