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    Renewable Materials for a Low-Carbon and Circular Future

    Renewable Materials for a Low-Carbon and Circular Future
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    Essity, IKEA, Royal DSM and Tetra Pak
    Publication Date
    04/2018
    Country
    EU
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    Stella Chavin
    CE100

    Achieving the 2030 UN Sustainable Development Goals and Paris Agreement climate targets will hinge upon the global transition to a low-carbon circular economy. Replacing finite and fossil-based materials with responsibly managed renewable materials could decrease carbon emissions whilst reducing dependency on finite resources.

    However, the role that renewable materials can play in the circular economy is often under-rated, and, so far, most of the conversation has focussed on biodegradability, instead of the role they could play in reuse, remanufacturing, and recycling streams. The aim of the Collaborative Project was to start a conversation on the role of renewables in the circular economy.

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    Public Procurement for a Circular Economy

    Public Procurement for a Circular Economy
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    ICLEI
    Publication Date
    10/2017
    Country
    EU
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    Ashleigh McLennan

    In order to support public purchasers to leverage support for a transition to a circular economy, in October 2017 the European Commission published 'Public Procurement for a Circular Economy'. This brochure contains a range of good practice case studies as well as guidance on integrating circular economy principles into procurement.

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    Money Makes The World Go Round

    Money Makes The World Go Round
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    Frido Kraanen
    Publication Date
    03/2016
    Country
    EU
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    CE100

    This report is the result of a collaborative project which was carried out by members of the Circular Economy 100, a program curated by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. The participants aimed to: (1) understand the implications of a circular economy on the business and financing models of companies; (2) determine how a transition to a circular economy can be supported and accelerated by the financial system; and (3) co-develop and share communication strategies and tools to make the transition clear and tangible to our colleagues, clients, and academics.

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    Circular Business Models for the Built Environment

    Circular Business Models for the Built Environment
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    Guglielmo Carra, Arup
    Nitesh Magdani, BAM
    Publication Date
    03/2017
    Country
    EU
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    CE100

    To support the transition to the circular economy, governance, regulations and business models will play a crucial role. More importantly, circular business models (CBMs) would allow the retention of an asset at its highest value over time and support enhancement of natural capital. Different CBMs will be required at different stages of a lifecycle of an asset and may work independently or collaboratively. Successful implementation of these business models will require action from designers, suppliers, service providers, contractors and end-of-life companies by sharing materials, systems, energy, as well as information and services.

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    Keeping Customer Connections

    Keeping Customer Connections
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    Anna Vinogradova, Walmart
    David Rakowski, PA Consulting
    Publication Date
    03/2018
    Country
    United Kingdom
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    Sector
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    Stella Chavin

    The circular economy offers a new way of looking at the relationships between markets, customers and our use of resources. It uses innovative new business models and designs, disruptive technologies and reverse logistics to transform the current ‘take, make, dispose’ economic model. Circular initiatives work to three principles of designing out waste and pollution, keeping products and materials in use and regenerating natural systems. 

    Highlighting that many retailers are already tapping into circular economy thinking, this report is the output of a Collaborative Project carried out by Arizona State University, Cranfield University, eBay, Kingfisher, PA Consulting, Philips, Stuffstr and Wrap.

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    From waste to resource productivity: evidence and case studies

    From waste to resource productivity: evidence and case studies
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    Government Chief Scientific Adviser
    Publication Date
    12/2017
    Country
    United Kingdom
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    Dr Richard Leese

    All societies produce waste, though its characteristics and what happens to it depend on cultural, economic and political factors at local, national and global scales. New business models, technological innovations and social enterprise have the potential to reduce waste. Policymakers have a key role to play in supporting these efforts by fostering better communication between stakeholders; through regulation that prioritises reuse and quality recycling; and by encouraging resource efficiency through education, research and manufacturing initiatives.

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    From waste to resource productivity

    From waste to resource productivity - main report
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    Government Chief Scientific Adviser
    Publication Date
    12/2017
    Country
    United Kingdom
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    Dr Richard Leese

    Waste nationally and globally is increasingly problematic and challenging to policymakers. It is a problem that is increasing in scale and scope. It matters to all of us for a series of reasons:

    • There is simply so much waste. In a country with a small land area and a large population, the sheer bulk of waste is in and of itself a problem;
    • As humans congregate in cities around the world, the production of waste has become highly concentrated and that creates particular challenges for its collection and disposal:
    • Much waste is harmful. The scale of that harm has become global. It harms both humans and the other species with which we share the planet. That harm comes in many forms.
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    How the Circular Economy can benefit from the Digital Revolution

    How the Circular Economy can benefit from the Digital Revolution
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    Romain Pardo
    Publication Date
    04/2018
    Country
    Belgium
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    Rebecca Castermans

    In a circular economy, materials are more durable and easier to repair, reuse and recycle while waste is turned into a resource. In addition, processes from production to waste management become more resource efficient. Innovative business models enable companies to create value by selling services rather than products. Digital technologies will be pivotal in bringing about this systemic change. The European Union has to make the most of digital solutions for the benefit of a circular economy. This requires addressing the barriers to their uptake, enabling the free flow of data across borders, fostering trust in the data economy, and maximising synergies between the digital and circular economy agendas.

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    KATCH_e: Knowledge Alliance on Product-Service Development towards Circular Economy and Sustainability in Higher Education

    KATCH_e: Knowledge Alliance on Product-Service Development towards Circular Economy and Sustainability in Higher Education
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    Irina Celades
    Publication Date
    09/2017
    Country
    Portugal
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    Scope
    Cristina Sousa Rocha

    The Knowledge Alliance on Product-Service Development towards Circular Economy and Sustainability in Higher Education (KATCH_e) is a 3-year EU funded project that was launched in January 2017. KATCH_e brings together 11 partners from four EU countries to address the challenge of reinforcing the skills and competences in the field of product-service development for the circular economy and sustainability in the construction and furniture sectors. It develops training materials targeting universities, researchers, practitioners and businesses for the development of sustainable product-services. The main results of KATCH_e are:

    • KATCH_e Curriculum
    • KATCH_e Course with 10 Modules
    • MOOC
    • KATCH_e Tools
    • Innovative product ad product-service concepts
    • Business strategies etc.
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    Circularity Gap Report

    Circularity Gap Report
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    Marc de Wit
    Jelmer Hoogzaad
    Shyaam Ramkumar
    Harald Friedl
    Annerieke Douma
    Publication Date
    01/2018
    Country
    Netherlands
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    Scope
    Melanie Wijnands

    Our world economy is only 9.1% circular, leaving a massive ‘"circularity gap". This alarming statistic is the main output of this first Circularity Gap Report, in which we launch a metric for the circular state of the planet. The Circularity Gap Report provides a framework and fact-based to measure and monitor progress in bridging the gap, year on year. Being able to track and target performance via the Global Circularity Metric will help us engage in uniform goal-setting and guide future action in the most impactful way. Closing the circularity gap serves the higher objective of preventing further and accelerated environmental degradation and social inequality. The transition to circularity is, therefore, a means to an end.

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