The use of waste material as a secondary resource is one of the first actions that businesses could consider to improve both their economic and their environmental performance. Value chains are often cross border in nature and thus they require transboundary shipment of secondary resources. However, businesses perceive barriers in transborder shipment of waste and secondary resources. Many barriers are related to the uncertainty regarding the waste or resource status, the subsequent treatment of these wastes and hence on the waste shipment requirements.
Procedures to get clarity on waste or resource status are complex and time consuming. This can result in different interpretations between countries and so create confusion and a lack of legal certainty and clarity. Addressing these barriers and identifying shared solutions has the potential to accelerate the transition towards sustainable growth: this is what the North Sea Resources Roundabout (NSRR) aimed to achieve.