Rui Berkemeier: "The problem is the systematic non-compliance of countries with European directives, as is the case of Portugal"
Rui Berkemeier analyzed, together with Raul Fangueiro during the 2nd Episode of the Podcast From Science To People, the new package of actions from the European Commission, regarding waste management and the regulation of technical communication from companies about their products.
"The problem is the systematic non-compliance of European directives by countries, as is the case of Portugal," said the Zero Association specialist. For him, although this and other legislative packages aimed at a more sustainable Europe are quite interesting and fundamental, the European Commission should intervene more forcefully with non-compliant countries to ensure the fulfillment of the directives.
Subsequently, of the several sectors addressed during this episode, the construction and demolition sector in Portugal draws some attention, since it has been verified that a large part of the waste generated disappears illegally, ending up in quarries and/or forests and pine forests, not being properly recycled or valued.
When asked about the existence of innovative ideas for waste recovery, capable of helping to solve problematic cases such as those found in the construction sector, among other industrial sectors, Rui Berkemeier admitted:
"It's a bit frustrating to see the willingness of entrepreneurs to move forward with projects (of waste recovery), and then see the (Portuguese) reality cut them off."
Listen to the full podcast below.
Note: The audio is only available in the Portuguese language.