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  • Interreg ProCirc logo
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    Interreg NSR ProCirc
    Publication Date
    02/2021
    Country
    Netherlands
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    One of the ways we can accelerate the transition to a circular economy is to change our procurement practices. Programmes like ProCirc are running pilot projects to test the waters.

    In an article titled Pathways to circular procurement, Joan Prummel and Cuno van Geet, two experts on the subject working at Rijkswaterstaat, part of the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, explain the benefits of circular procurement and how to get started.

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    Durable, repairable and mainstream - How ecodesign can make our textiles circular

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    Valeria Botta
    Publication Date
    04/2021
    Country
    Belgium
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    Valeria Botta
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    Textile products have a tremendous ecological footprint at all stages of their lives. This new report by the Environmental Coalition on Standards (ECOS), provides a comprehensive analysis of the current situation and goes on to explore the policies and standardisation actions needed to advance towards circular textiles, building on the lessons learnt from the implementation of the ecodesign approach in other sectors.

    ECOS argues that textile products put on the EU market should comply with a minimum level of sustainability. Mandatory ecodesign requirements for textiles are needed to address minimum lifetime, as well as durability, reusability, repairability, recyclability, prevent the presence of hazardous chemicals, and limit microplastics release at all stages.

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    Circular construction and renovation - Actions and recommendations to the Federal government for accelerating the circular economy in construction

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    Federal Council for Sustainable Development (FRDO-CFDD)
    Publication Date
    11/2020
    Country
    EU
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    The final study report on Circular construction and renovation - Actions and recommendations to the Federal government for accelerating the circular economy in construction proposes actions to be taken by Belgium's federal government (and thus the regional levels as well), with a view to accelerating renovation and circular construction with respect to building materials.

    More specifically, the study aims to identify relevant instruments, obstacles and measures which are either needed or already underway, and to issue general recommendations for the federal authorities. The study does not address ways to put these measures into effect or possible changes in the instruments.

  • EEA logo
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    Briefing
    Author
    EEA
    Publication Date
    01/2021
    Country
    EU
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    Almut Reichel
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    This EEA Briefing highlights how digitalisation is transforming the 21st century and affecting every area of daily life, including the environmental technology sector. Digital technologies will make waste management more effective. They will enable Europe’s economy to recover more of the valuable materials present in waste streams, reducing the amount of raw materials mined or imported and avoiding the associated environmental and climate impacts.

    The briefing also concludes that the digital transformation of the waste management sector should be aligned with plans to make greater use of digital technologies in the development of a circular economy.

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    The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on municipal waste

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    Jean-Benoît Bel
    Paolo Marengo
    Publication Date
    04/2021
    Country
    Belgium
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    ACR+ has run a survey targeting municipal and local authorities (and their waste operators) to understand and assess the impact of the COVID-19 on their waste systems, in particular regarding the services provided, the quantities collected, the health and safety measures, as well as the finances and communication to users.

    The report presents the main information and trends coming out of this survey. It also provides an overview of the measures taken by local authorities to tackle the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown measures.

    Local data were collected to analyse the impact of municipal waste generation and sorting performances. Several illustrations of good practices addressing key challenges are also highlighted.

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    A circular economy for plastics: Let's turn challenges into opportunities

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    Anna Schwarz, Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research
    Rob de Ruiter, Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research
    Esther Zondervan, Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research
    Freek van Eijk, Holland Circular Hotspot
    Lia Huybrechts, Holland Circular Hotspot
    Publication Date
    04/2021
    Country
    Netherlands
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    Energy efficient bubbles, solar-powered interceptors, new business and design models, smart collection solutions, high-tech and fully automated sorting practices and chemical recycling technologies: the Dutch initiative provides inspiration and innovation insights linked to a circular economy for global application. Only by international collaboration will we achieve sizeable success as the plastics value chain spans the globe.

    With this brochure, Holland Circular Hotspot and TNO bring their insights to the international level and share best practices with the hope that it will inspire everyone around the world to take action and kickstart circular development.

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    Growth-positive zero-emission pathways to 2050

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    Paul Drummond, Daniel Scamman, Paul Ekins (UCL)
    Leonidas Paroussos (E3-Modelling)
    Ilkka Keppo (UCL and Aalto University)
    Publication Date
    04/2021
    Country
    Finland
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    Sitra commissioned this study to investigate whether and under what assumptions and policy measures the decoupling of CO2 emissions from economic growth could occur at a sufficient rate for CO2 emissions to decline to net zero by 2050. The analyses were carried out on a global level.

    The results of this study show that deep CO2 emission cuts in line with the 1.5 °C target and positive GDP growth can occur at the same time.

    A natural next step would be to analyse in detail the decoupling of other harmful environmental impacts from economic growth. For example, a global shift to more circular business models could reduce CO2 emissions and help cut the use of materials and natural resources while maintaining economic growth.

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    The winning recipe for a circular economy

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    Maria Hughes, Reetta Kohonen, Antti Lehtinen, Anu Mänty and Mika Sulkinoja (Sitra)
    Lauri Byckling, Nina Ahola, Ella Tolonen, Nicolas Dolce, Miikka Simanainen (Deloitte Finland)
    Olivier Jan, Pierrick Drapeau, Andreas Mitsios, Khai Linh Lhomme, Laura Plamondon (Deloitte France)
    Akira Kato, Arisa Fukuoka (Deloitte Japan)
    Joe Solly, Jillian Rodak, Tamara Luisce (Deloitte Canada)
    Publication Date
    04/2021
    Country
    Finland
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    The study The winning recipe for a circular economy by Sitra set out to find diverse circular economy solutions that are viable and scalable, that drive systemic circularity, and that have exceptionally positive environmental and social impacts. Over 200 organisations around the world submitted their solutions for consideration.

    The study presents 39 outstanding examples of circular economy solutions that are closing material loops and driving the circular transition while being very relevant to their own environment. These solutions demonstrate the benefits of circular business operations and how different organisations across society can use circular thinking to improve the value of their business and progress towards achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

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    EU CTO – Added Value Study

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    Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology UMSICHT
    Publication Date
    01/2018
    Country
    EU
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    Crude Tall Oil (CTO) is obtained from the wood pulping industry. Tall (from the Swedish word for pine) oil soap is collected from paper mills and then acidulated to make crude tall oil which is a mixture of fatty acids, rosin acids and other neutral materials.

    CTO is a renewable material with great potential, high added value and extremely low carbon emissions. CTO can be further refined by fractionation, which separates it into tall oil fatty acids, tall oil rosins, distilled tall oil, pitch and heads.

    CTO derivatives can be used in several sectors, such as animal feed and asphalt recycling, as well as for paints, lubricants, glues and road marking agents. CTO is not yet a widespread practice and could be further explored in the EU.

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    Achieving a fair and inclusive circular transition through the EU Social Economy Action Plan

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    Julija Kekstaite - Policy Officer RREUSE
    Publication Date
    03/2021
    Country
    Belgium
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    RREUSE welcomes the European Commission’s proposal to develop a favourable policy environment for social economy actors, calling for an ambitious Social Economy Action Plan (SEAP) that would provide a policy toolbox enabling a green, fair and circular transition in the post-COVID economic recovery. In order to establish a sustainable EU socio-economic environment and maximise the SEAP’s potential, RREUSE seeks to put forward the following recommendations on four priority areas:

    1. Mainstream the social economy within circular policies and beyond
    2. Recognise the real value of social enterprises active in the circular economy
    3. Improve access to funding for social enterprises
    4. Acknowledge social enterprises’ role in (up)skilling to meet changing market needs.
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