Insider Economy Cyprus had fifth lowest circularity rate in EU

Cyprus had fifth lowest circularity rate in EU

In 2016, the circularity rate of the European Union (EU) was 11.7%. This means that 11.7% of material resources used in the EU came from recycled products and recovered materials, thus saving primary raw materials from being extracted, according to figures issued by Eurostat on Thursday.

In Cyprus the rate was only 2.3% — the fifth lowest in the EU. The Netherlands topped the table while Greece was last.

Compared with 2004,  the EU’s share increased by 3.4 percentage points from 8.3%. This is primarily because the EU consumes less raw materials — such as construction materials and fossil fuels, while the amount of recycling only increases slightly.

The circularity rate is much lower than other indicators of circularity, such as recycling rates, which are around 55% in the EU. This is because the circularity rate has a much wider material scope: it includes all the materials that are fed into our economy, whereas the recycling rates only take account of waste.

Highest circularity rate in the Netherlands, lowest in Greece

Large differences in the circularity rates exist across countries. In 2016, the rates varied from 1.3% in Greece, 1.5% in Romania and 1.7% in Ireland to 18.9% in Belgium, 19.5% in France, and 29.0% in the Netherlands.

Differences are due not only to the amount of recycling in each country, but also to structural factors in national economies. For instance, the higher imports of materials (including fossil fuels) and the higher domestic extractions of materials (in turn related to mining, construction, etc), the lower the circularity rates.

 

Top Stories

Greece and Turkey resume talks on maritime disputes after five years

Greece and Turkey resumed talks aimed at addressing long-standing maritime disputes on Monday, diplomatic sources said, after months of tension in the eastern Mediterranean. The...

No cases of British covid variant detected in Cyprus, strict measures already taken

Cyprus is not among the increasing number of EU countries that have detected cases of the British variant of COVID-19, but health authorities are...

Trial of man, 78, accused of possession of child pornography material starts

Court hearings began on Monday in the case of a 78-year-old man from Paphos who dismissed accusations back in August that he possessed child...

Cyprus takes part in NASA`s “Send Your Name to Mars” campaign

Cyprus takes part in NASA's "Send Your Name to Mars" campaign which also aims to will search for evidence of ancient extra-terrestrial life, according...

Police issue 170 fines for breach of covid restrictive measures

Police handed out a total of 169 fines to individuals and another one to an establishment all across Cyprus over the past 24 hours...

Taste

Squash soup

Ingredients: 1 kg pumpkin, cut into small cubes, approximately 5 cups 2 medium (400g) sweet potatoes, cut into cubes, approximately 2 ½ cups 1 chopped leek, only...

Mezedes

No visit to Cyprus is complete without enjoying the traditional meal of many small dishes known as ‘meze’. This large feast, which has been a...

Prawns with fried cheese, barley shaped pasta

Put the barley shaped pasta into a small pan with salted water, bring to a boil and when tender, drain. Peal the prawns leaving...

Salmon and shrimp sheftalies

Mix all ingredients for tabbouli in a bowl and keep to one side so flavours can combine. Prepare the sheftalies: wash and soak the casing...