DIRECTIVE (EU) 2018/851 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 30 May 2018 amending Directive 2008/98 / EC on waste
(1) Waste management in the Union must be improved and transformed into sustainable management of materials with a view to protecting, preserving and improving the quality of the environment, as well as protecting human health, ensuring the prudent, efficient and rational natural resources, promote the principles of the circular economy, improve the use of renewable energy, increase energy efficiency, reduce the Union's dependence on imported resources, create new economic opportunities and contribute to long-term competitiveness . In order for the economy to be truly circular, additional measures on sustainable production and consumption need to be taken, focusing on the entire life cycle of products, in a way that preserves resources and closes the loop. A more efficient use of resources would also bring substantial net savings to Union companies, public authorities and consumers, while reducing total annual greenhouse gas emissions.
(2) Improving the efficiency of resource use and ensuring that waste is valued as resources can help reduce the Union's dependence on imports of raw materials and facilitate the transition to more sustainable management of materials and to a circular economy model. This transition should contribute to the smart, sustainable and inclusive growth objectives set out in the Europe 2020 Strategy and create important opportunities for local economies and stakeholders, while enhancing synergies between the circular economy and policies energy, climate, agriculture, industry and research, and benefits are provided to the environment in terms of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and the economy.