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Circular economy, a holistic approach towards low-carbon Alpine cities

Greencycle is an Alpine Space EU project

Cities and regions in Alpine Space have mainly set their low-carbon objectives and adopted relevant strategies in energy, mobility, construction aso. The project GREENCYCLE aims to introduce the system of circular economy as a holistic approach to support implementation of low-carbon strategies and provide additional 2-4 % greenhouse emission reduction to the partner cities.

Screen-lab: establishing a new reference framework to support H2020/ESIF synergies in Regions

Synergic Circular Economy across European regions, SCREEN logo

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Belgium, Croatia, Finland, France, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, United Kingdom

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SCREEN is a Horizon 2020 project covering 17 European regions.

It aims at defining a replicable systemic approach towards a transition to Circular Economy in EU regions within the context of the Smart Specialization Strategy. The project also deals with the identification and implementation of operational synergies between investments in research and innovation under Horizon 2020, the Structural Funds and the European Investment Funds.

Toolkit for policy makers: circular economy in the re-industrialisation of urban areas

The potential for re-industrialisation in urban areas goes hand in hand with new circular manufacturing models

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Belgium, Netherlands, United Kingdom

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Cities of Making addresses the challenge of re-industrialisation in urban areas, where circular economy will have a key role. The project aims at developping a toolkit for policy makers to promote urban manufacturing in a transition economy.

Light as a service: green performance economy in Schiphol Airport

Although it may not even be noticeable when you walk through Departure Lounge 2 at Schiphol, the lighting is a masterly example of circular economy.

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Netherlands

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In one of its terminals, Schiphol Airport runs the project "Light as a service" whereby it pays for the light produced, while its two partners Philips and Cofely remain the owners of the lamps and fittings.

Thanks to this innovative partnership, maintenance costs are reduced and recyclability and reusability of the lighting and framing guaranteed.

Household organic waste and small plants: door to door collection solves the composting dilemma for inhabitants in Milan

In Milan, city dwellers can contribute to responsible usage of organic waste thanks to the door to door collection system

The door to door households organic waste collection plan was first introduced in November 2012 in one quarter of the city of Milan and then was extended to the whole city in June 2014. Collection frequency is twice a week.The aim of the separate collection of food waste is to divert this material from incineration and to send it to AD for production of biogas and good quality compost.

Genova’s municial pharmacies: collecting unused pharmaceuticals for those who need them

A lot of perfectly of unopened pharmaceuticals are wasted  each year, the municipal pharmacies of the city of Genova are "reusing" these pharmaceutical to reduce waste.

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Italy

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The Farmacie Communali of city of Genova, in partnership with the Associazione Gigi Ghirotti, organises the collection of unused pharmaceuticals to provide for the needs of those would otherwise struggle to afford them. Through this project, Genova's eight Farmacie Communali distribute these "reused" pharmaceutical products. Pharmacies become collection points where the local citizens can drop off pharmaceuticals they will not use.

Recycling batteries now available at your nearest post office (Lithuania)

Collection bins in post offices make it easy for customers to dispose of used batteries in a sustainable manner

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Lithuania

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Lithuania Post is encouraging residents to pay special attention to waste batteries containing hazardous materials (lead, cadmium, mercury etc.) that may contaminate groundwater and damage the environment and human health.

A new recycling system for work clothes at Posti, Finland

Used work clothing is sent to the warehouse of the work clothing supplier, where the clothing is washed, repaired and labelled and recycled.

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Finland

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Finland's post office has put in place a new recycling system to collect and separate its employee's valuable and re-usable work clothing that matches the new Posti brand, including mail deliverers’ shell jackets and trousers, winter coats and reflective work clothes.