Bak2 and the AGEC Act

The AGEC law, or “Anti-Waste Law for a Circular Economy”, is French legislation passed in 2020 to promote a circular economy and reduce waste.

Bak2 made a contribution alongside ADEME.

The main components of the AGEC law in which Bak2 can play an active role are as follows:

  1. Ban on the destruction of unsold non-food products: This ban aims to discourage the destruction of unsold new products, thus encouraging their reuse, donation or recycling.
  2. Promotion of the circular economy in public procurement: Public purchasers are encouraged to favour sustainable products and to include circular economy criteria in their calls for tenders.
  3. Encouraging reuse and re-use: The law aims to promote the reuse and re-utilization of products, in particular by supporting businesses and initiatives that promote these practices.

The other equally important components are as follows:

  • Ban on the destruction of unsold food products: The law aims to prevent the destruction of unsold food, in order to combat food waste.
  • Extending the availability of spare parts: Manufacturers are required to make spare parts available for a longer period, thereby facilitating repair and extending the life of products.
  • Extension of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR): The law extends producers’ responsibility for managing the waste from their products to the end of their useful life, encouraging the design of more sustainable products and facilitating their recycling.
  • Measures to reduce food waste in supermarkets and hypermarkets: Measures are being introduced to encourage supermarkets and hypermarkets to reduce food waste, in particular by making it easier to donate unsold products and by limiting promotions that encourage over-buying.”

Other topical issues surrounding the circular economy that will be discussed shortly are:

  • REEEN law, a law aimed at reducing the environmental footprint of digital (REEN)
  • Taxonomy
  • Universal charger
  • Private copying
  • Environmental impact assessment

These points will be developed further.

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