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Swedish Lifecycle Center

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The Swedish Life Cycle Center is an initiative by the Swedish Energy Agency, hosted by Chalmers University of Technology, which strengthens collaboration and engages more organizations to apply a life cyle perspective in Sweden.

The platform, designed for academia, industry, research institutes and government agencies, has been active for 20+ years, counts 14 partners and is supported by 7 government agencies. In 2018, it organized 80 meetings for 370 lifecycle professionals.

The lifecycle center accomplishes its objectives with partnerships for several activities such as: network conferences, seminars, webinars, education, initiating research projects, collaboration and communication activities.

The CircLean Network: European network of businesses and SMEs for Industrial Symbiosis

CircLean is a network of businesses and SMEs that participate in the reuse of raw materials through industrial symbiosis. The network aims at mobilising industries and relevant stakeholders to overcome the challenges of industrial symbiosis today for its increased uptake in Europe.

The network will create:

  • a common methodology to measure and report on resource exchange and benefits from symbiotic exchanges;
  • an online tool for matchmaking and assessment of transactions;
  • and a CircLean Label to accredit members that comply with it.

CircLean is an initiative of the European Commission. It is implemented by a consortium led by Technopolis Group, involving Trinomics, International Synergies, and Arctik as partners, and supported by A’SPIRE, EIT Raw Materials and ACR+.

The Education for Zero Waste and Circular Economy platform

EduZWaCE

The EduZWaCE platform is one of the intellectual outputs of the project titled Education for Zero Waste and Circular Economy funded by the Greek National Agency in the frame of Erasmus+.

The platform is a virtual learning and collaboration environment for all interested stakeholders, using an interactive and collaborative online structure:

  1. Knowledge Hub: interactive resource centre gathering useful information for Vocational Education and Training teachers and professionals
  2. Online Training Course for EduZWaCE Manager and EduZWaCE Technician
  3. Partners Section for the partners in the EduZWaCE project
  4. Collaborative Section to inspire professionals from companies
  5. Diagnosis Tool for companies to investigate opportunities for circular economy and zero waste solutions.

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation, or how to accelerate the transition to a circular economy

Ellen McArthur Foundation

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation develops and promotes the idea of a circular economy. It works with, and inspires, business, academia, policymakers, and institutions to mobilise systems solutions at scale, globally.

Its vision is a new economic system that delivers better outcomes for people and the environment. Business models, products, and materials are designed to increase use and reuse, replicating the balance of the natural world, where nothing becomes waste and everything has value.

A circular economy, increasingly built on renewable energy and materials, is distributed, diverse, and inclusive. The Foundation’s work focuses on six interlinking areas:

  1. Learning
  2. Business
  3. Institutions, Governments and Cities
  4. Insight and Analysis
  5. Systemic Initiatives
  6. Communications.

The European Recycling Industries’ Confederation (EuRIC) promotes recycling among local and European industrial members

The European Recycling Industries’ Confederation (EuRIC) represents the recycling industry at European level. Gathering the national recycling federations from EU/EEA Member States, EuRIC represents over 5 500 companies, from market leaders to SMEs, who recycle waste streams, i.e. household or industrial and commercial waste, end-of-life vehicles, Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment, packaging (paper and plastics), end-of-life tyres or textiles.

It serves as a platform for the cooperation and exchange of best practices, actively promotes recycling and contributes to European projects.

EuRIC’s event, the European Recycling Conference (ERC) discusses key questions with industry professionals and EU policy-makers.

Read about EuRIC's top five priorities from 2019-2024 here.

The IUCN European Regional Office

IUCN
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Belgium

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Alberto Arroyo Schnell Contact details

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is composed of both government and civil society organisations. With over 1400 member organisations, it is the global authority on the status of the natural world and the measures needed to safeguard it. The European Regional Office in Brussels represents IUCN at EU level and works with Member States to help deliver EU goals.

IUCN has been focusing on the circular economy (CE) debate for some years now, including addressing marine pollution issues (e.g. plastics).

IUCN brings knowledge, expertise and convening power on biodiversity and nature-based solutions to the CE debate, aiming to establish the link between both environmental priorities: conservation of nature and transition from a linear to a circular model.

The Luxembourg EcoInnovation Cluster - Promoting circular economy

Luxembourg Ecoinnovation webpage
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Luxembourg

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The Luxembourg EcoInnovation Cluster, managed by Luxinnovation, the National Agency for Innovation and Research, is an active network that brings together and supports various players of the clean technologies sector with the ultimate goal of turning the concept of circular economy into a reality in Luxembourg. The cluster's objectives are the following:

  • diversify the activities of the Luxembourg companies thus allowing them to gain and to develop new capabilities in the clean technologies field;
  • contribute to the development of new environmental solutions in the field of eco-technologies and sustainable construction;
  • raise public awareness to the uptake of “green technologies”;
  • build public-private partnerships in order to develop new collaborative projects of common interest;
  • encourage networking between public and private actors at the national and international level.

The cluster provides the following services:

  • access to practical and technical information related to specific questions on eco-innovation;
  • advice on national and European funding opportunities for clean technologies;
  • value-added information on emerging technologies and markets.

The Netherlands Institute for Circular Construction

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Netherlands

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Contact: 
Ron van Wijk

The Netherlands Institute for Circular Construction (Nederlands Instituut voor Circulair Bouwen):

  • develops national and international research and innovation projects;
  • provides various types of knowledge transfer in these research and innovation projects;
  • increases the visibility of innovation and icon projects and
  • supports project and construction teams with technical, contractual and financial aspects of a circular construction process.

Its key areas are modular construction, high-quality recycling, circular business models and circular contracting.

UK Circular Plastics Network

UK circular plastics network logo

The UK Circular Plastics Network (UKCPN) brings together diverse users of plastic products to reduce plastic waste entering the environment through a programme of networking and knowledge-sharing events, and related support activities.

UKCPN facilitates:

  • Eliminating the volume of plastic waste arising from within the UK.
  • Raising awareness and sharing best practice to improve the rate of UK plastic recycling.
  • Sharing best practices to reduce confusion among citizens and highlighting user-centred design.
  • Showcasing innovation focused on reducing the amount of plastic ending up in the environment.

With support from UK Research and Innovation, UKCPN forms part of the Plastics Research Innovation Fund (PRIF), which is engaging Britain’s best scientists and innovators to help move the country towards more circular economic and sustainable approaches to plastics.

The two-year programme brings together those with solutions to the problem and facilitates circular supply chain engagement with those solutions. The UKPCN will host more than 12 events during this period and launch a website for the community to interact directly, while also publishing a directory of companies active in this sector as a landscape map accessible to all members.

UKCPN also has signed up as an engagement partner of the UK Plastics Pact.

Valdelia - facilitating waste management for the non-household furniture sector in France

Valdelia, for the recycling of non-household furniture
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France

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Valdelia is a non-profit simplified joint stock company (SAS) founded in 2011 by 13 companies specializing in the manufacture of non-household furniture in order to set up a joint service for the management of non-household furniture waste.

Valdelia was approved by the French authorities in December 2012 for the management of non-household furniture waste. Valdelia supplies professional furniture marketers with a shared, turnkey solution enabling them to meet new regulatory obligations for furniture waste management. It favours upcycling whenever possible and in the process is actively contributing to social entrepreneurship in the sector.

 

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