Milestones

In the late 80´s, European policy evolved into the priority on preventing waste generation and use of resources contained therein.

In 1993, inspired by that trend, a multidisciplinary group of experts in the environmental sector with diverse backgrounds, created the Spanish Waste Club (Club Español de los Residuos), with the basic aim to rationalize public and private actions of the Products-Waste-Resources trinomial.

Its conceptual basis was to establish a framework of uniqueness and independence focused on plurality, that contemplated territorial, political and economic dimensions.

Its main tasks were to bring this debate to society, developing the most innovative solutions at that moment, always under a rigorous criteria, with a direct and simple message, understandable to all citizens, always away from sensationalism.

Progressively, the Club´s rigor and independence vocation consolidated him as undisputed benchmark for the industry, governments, social partners and media.

At the beginning of XXI century, environmental European policies found a new axis from which arises all its developments. It is the time of combining concepts such as sustainability, resource management and sustainable use of resources. The old CER participated actively within the European Commission in defining those tasks. Thus, in 2002, encouraged by the success of its management and dimension, it became a Foundation; safeguarding its maximum hallmarks: pluralism, tolerance, reflection, rationality and independence.

Committed to these values ​​and ascribed to a full Europeanist will, the Institute for Sustainable Resources (ISR) was created.

“An eco-efficient Europe” is one of the flagship initiatives that are part of the 'Europe 2020' strategy that aims to create a smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. Today is Europe´s main strategy to generate growth and employment.

In this context, a strategy destined to turn the EU into a “circular economy”, based in a recycling society with the aim to reduce waste production and use waste as a resource, is identified.

Within this environment, the new Circular Economy Foundation (FEC) is born, that, maintaining the same principles and using the consolidated knowledge in the course of the 20 years of history since 1993, is geared towards this new philosophy that will frame the activities of European citizens in the coming decades.