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Sector and product initiatives

This page covers sector and product initiatives linked to corporate social responsibility.

Batteries: In December 2020 the Commission proposed a new Batteries Regulation. This regulation aims to ensure that batteries placed on the EU market fit into the circular economy and are sustainable and safe throughout their entire life cycle.

Deforestation: The EU aims to protect and improve the health of existing forests, especially primary forests, while significantly increasing sustainable, biodiverse forest coverage worldwide. The 2023 regulation on deforestation-free supply chains focuses on certain commodities and product supply chains. It has a very specific objective, namely to reduce the impact of EU consumption and production on deforestation and forest degradation worldwide.

Conflict minerals regulation: The Conflict Minerals Regulation aims to help stem the trade in four minerals – tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold – which sometimes finance armed conflict or are mined using forced labour. The regulation requires EU companies in the supply chain to ensure they import these minerals and metals from responsible and conflict-free sources only.

Sustainable Textiles: The EU strategy for sustainable and circular textiles addresses the production and consumption of textiles, whilst recognising the importance of the textiles sector. The strategy aims to create a greener, more competitive sector that is more resistant to global shocks.

Farm to Fork strategy: is at the heart of the European Green Deal aiming to make food systems fair, healthy and environmentally-friendly.

Common Fisheries Policy: It is a set of rules for sustainably managing European fishing fleets and conserving fish stocks.

The Critical Raw Materials Act (CRM Act) will ensure EU access to a secure and sustainable supply of critical raw materials, enabling Europe to meet its 2030 climate and digital objectives. On of its aim is improving sustainability and circularity of critical raw materials on the EU market.

Plastics: The EU is taking action on plastics to tackle plastic pollution and marine litter, and to accelerate the transition to a circular plastics economy

Chemicals: The Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability: Towards a Toxic-free Environment published on 14 October 2020 took a first step towards the zero-pollution ambition set by the Commission’s European Green Deal.