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Co-processing of waste in EU cement plants: status and prospects

Co-processing of waste in EU cement plants: status and prospects

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Belgium

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The EU cement industry supports the promotion of industrial symbiosis and the recognition of energy recovery as a waste management solution for non-recyclable waste. The use of waste materials in the cement industry with a simultaneous energy recovery and material recycling, referred to as co-processing, contributes towards achieving the objectives of the circular economy.

Circular Computing - creating a more ethical, sustainable and socially responsible way to buy enterprise IT

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United Kingdom

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Circular Computing exists to create a more ethical, sustainable and socially responsible way to buy enterprise IT

RE-Salt initiative: Recycling of industrial salty process water

Tanks of the pilot plant - Re-Salt

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Germany

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After several years of research, a pilot plant has been constructed and gone into operation within Covesto’s project Cycles (funded by German Federal Ministry of Environment (BMUB)), to demonstrate the reuse of low-concentrated salt-containing wastewater streams.

Herman Miller are Closing the Loop on Wood Waste

Wood waste being picked for recycling

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United Kingdom

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Offcuts and wood waste generated during production at the Herman Miller production facility in Wiltshire is collected and delivered to Timberpak, utilising empty vehicle space and back loading to minimise their environmental footprint.

Material offsetting: closing the loop of mobile phones' lifecycle

Scrap phones collected in Ghana. These phones are turned into income and urban mined metals.

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Netherlands

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The social enterprise Closing the Loop (CTL) offers circular telecom services to organizations in Europe - such as ING Bank or the Dutch government – that enable customers to reduce and "offset" the footprint of their telecom policies. We do this by collecting scrap phones in Africa, on behalf of our customers. The positive impact of this collection and recycling is used by our customers to offset the footprint of mobile phones being used in their company.

Circularise - an open, distributed and secure communications protocol for the circular economy

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Information sharing, transparency and collaboration have been widely recognised as essential catalysts for a circular economy. To use one company’s ‘waste’ as ‘food’ for another, stakeholders need to access the right information at the right time. Often, however, information sharing risks a stakeholder’s competitive advantage. Circularise develops an open communications protocol using blockchain technology.

The DGNB Navigator – a database fostering transparency on circular economy aspects

The DGNB Navigator – A database fostering transparency on circular economy aspects

By providing life cycle assessment data and information on the End of Life scenarios, the DGNB Navigator facilitates the application of the life cycle assessment method and fosters the use of circular economy suitable construction products.

The DGNB Academy - Disseminating knowledge on circular economy throughout the construction sector

The DGNB Academy - Disseminating knowledge on Circular Economy throughout the construction sector

The DGNB Academy provides professionals from the construction and real estate sectors with up-to-date knowledge on sustainable construction, including circular economy principles which have been made assessable in the DGNB Certification System.

DNGB certification provides bonuses for applying circular economy principles in sustainable construction

Circular economy principles made assessable and measurable in the DGNB certification of sustainable districts, buildings and interiors

DGNB: The German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB) is a central knowledge platform for sustainable building and provides the world’s most advanced sustainable building certification system which makes Circular Economy aspects measurable and assessable.

A populated circular city set up on the site of a 12.000m2 abandoned swimming pool

BlueCity Rotterdam

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Netherlands

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An incubator for circular entrepreneurs in and around Rotterdam, BlueCity creates a much needed tangible and inspiring example for the circular economy, closing the loops and building the city and the economy of the future. Set in a deserted swimming pool, this dynamic community of entrepreneurs, researchers, neighbours, government and education representatives serves as a breeding ground for 25+ innovative, circular companies linking their waste-streams.

Ecopixel: Recycled and Recyclable Plastic

Ecopixel: Recycled and Recyclable Plastic

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Italy

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Collecting, reusing or recycling plastic (*LDPE) trash, stepping up the use of recycled plastic and modifying product designs to minimize new plastic use. Ecopixel aims to keep the material pure so that also after this cycle it can be recycled a third or fourth time and so on ...

Towards circular economy in the plastic packaging value chain

Towards circular economy in the plastic packaging value chain

CIRC-PACK project aims at more sustainable, efficient, competitive, integrated and interconnected plastic packaging value chain with less fossil fuel dependence.

Toss it in the bin: anti-littering-initiative by Altstoff Recycling Austria

Toss it in the bin

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Austria

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Founded in 2012‚ "Reinwerfen statt Wegwerfen"is a voluntary initiative of Austrian businesses, based on an agreement between Austrian social partners and the Federal Ministry of Sustainability and Tourism to improve the ecological performance of packaging (mainly beverage containers) by creating public awareness, preventing and reducing littering and promoting the separate collection and recycling of packaging.

Solidarity Computers Initiative

Solidarity computers

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Spain

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The Solidarity Computers initiative aims to extend the useful life of IT equipment that no longer meets the requirements for use. This can be reused by employees for their personal use by buying it for a symbolic fee, or donated to NGOs or to other external entities.

From steel production waste gases to electricity

EDP Spain and the use of waste gases from steel production to produce electricity

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Spain

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The integration of the steel sector into the electricity generation cycle is an example of collaboration between companies from different sectors that significantly minimizes the environmental impact of their facilities. This integration allows the steel production gases produced by the industrial processes of steel plants to be transferred to an electric company for use as additional fuel in the boilers of its plants together with the main fuel, in a hybrid generation and / or cogeneration process.

ProofPositive Tile: Creating a climate fit for life

The new Interface Proof Positive carpet tile prototype stores 2kg CO2 per square metre, compared to an average Interface carpet tile, which emits 7kg of CO2 per sq metre

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Every day plants pull carbon out of the atmosphere through photosynthesis but release it when they decompose. Interface has taken specifically selected plant-derived carbon and converted it into a durable material that stores that carbon for at least a generation. The carbon is stored in the materials that make up the Proof Positive tile.

 

Biobased substrate compost: a high quality circular ingredient for potting soil

Successful test with bio-based substrate compost at Wageningen University & Research with Begonias

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Attero introduces a new high quality product that is used as ingredient for substrates and potting soils: biobased substrate compost. The process for achieving this quality is unique in the world of compost production.

Extra life for high-end audio products

High End

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Germany

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Good repair services and upgrade options for end users or manufacturers in Europe provide a longer life option for all high-end audio products manufactured and distributed by the members of the High End Society e.V.

Reuse and recycling of loading pallets

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Finland

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Every year, two million renovated pallets do another tour in serving the industry. Wooden pallets can be reused again and again, and eventually a worn-out pallet will be utilised as energy for heating.

Geocycle gives second life to C&DW through the cement manufacturing process

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Austria

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The cement industry and LafargeHolcim under the Geocycle brand, have developed strong expertise in coprocessing. This latter refers to the simultaneous recovery of energy and the recycling of mineral materials within one single industrial process: cement manufacturing. This waste treatment solution allows 100% of the material input to be recovered or recycled in the production process without any additional residue or impact on health and cement quality.

Giving plastic bottles a second life through “Bottle-to-Bottle” in Rostock

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Germany

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Every year in Rostock, Veolia converts 1 billion PET drinks bottles into so-called recyclate from which preforms/bottles can again be manufactured.

Turning coffee by-product into green energy

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Netherlands

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This joint venture is a successful and genuine example of a short circuit circular loop where Veolia and Jacobs Douwe Egberts developed a solution to use spent coffee grounds from the plant’s production process to produce steam.

The road to a circular future: the realizations and the challenges

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Go4Circle is the Belgian umbrella association for private companies who put the circular economy at the heart of their operations. It represents 220 companies who are helping enterprises across all sectors to fundamentally change their production processes, making the transition towards the circular economy, and also including manufacturing companies who use circular economy principles.

Stories of Circular Economy: an Italian Atlas and a competition.

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Stories of Circular Economy combines the first online Atlas gathering circular economy experiences in Italy with an annual competition.

 

Product life extension through remanufacturing in Europe

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Following the successful completion of the European Remanufacturing Network project funded through Horizon 2020, the Conseil Européen de Remanufacture was launched in January 2017. It has members such as IBM, Lexmark, SKF, Panalpina, syncreon, Autocraft and others who pay annual membership subscriptions to develop, promote and exchange good practise between the many sectors in which remanufacturing occurs.

CEMA’s co-processing to turn cement waste into a resource

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Cement and Environment Labour Foundation (CEMA Foundation) was created by Oficemen (Spanish Cement Association) and the two largest trade unions operating in the Spanish cement industry, CCOO de Construcción y Servicios and UGT-FICA, Federación de Industria, Construcción y Agro.

Cradle-to-grave recycling process at Mosca GmbH

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Mosca's PET strap is made from 100% recycled material: the so-called "bottle flakes" are a result of recycled plastic bottles coming from the empties of discounters.

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