PackagingJoint Industry Statement on Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation (PPWR)
CEO and more than 100 associations together with EUROPEN, representing Europe’s packaging industry, have written to EU Member States, urging them to uphold the Single Market or face huge supply chain disruptions when adopting their General Approach on the Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation (PPWR).
The joint statement warns that the current approach risks unravelling the Single Market by allowing Member States to introduce their own unique restrictions – a result that would seriously jeopardise supply chains and discourage investment in much-needed technologies.
It is stated that rules to cut packaging waste and clean up the environment shall only succeed if they are workable for business,protecting the integrity of the Single Market.
If governments go it alone, abandoning the EU’s Single Market, it is probable that national barriers will be erected across Europe, scaring investors away from financing the new technologies needed to transform packaging value chains, process waste and convert it into a tradeable commodity.
Almost all goods traded across European borders use packaging, so if the availability or free movement of packaging solutions and materials is restricted, for example by national measures, this will endanger the resilience of Europe’s supply chains. Companies would have to deal with a patchwork of new rules and red tape, a result that will have serious side-effects on the economy.
Key success factors must be a science-based approach, keeping a strong Single Market, and on industry’s need for a clear roadmap to full circularity.