Facing dramatic deindustrialisation and an uncertain future, the city of Turin implemented processes that paired physical redevelopment with strategic planning to promote citywide revitalisation and economic restructuring in the 1990s. While the transformation has been profound, current challenges call for more circular strategies and an inclusive approach.
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Munich has taken its ambitious waste reduction strategy to the next level by developing an innovative reuse lab and shop concept. Its Halle 2 municipal secondhand store not only enables citizens to take responsibility for living more sustainably, it also provides opportunities for job creation, educational programmes and voluntary activities.
As a densely populated and economically powerful urban area, the city of Dusseldorf recognised the challenge of climate change early on and initiated a process of low carbon and zero waste strategy development.
In 2015 Amsterdam commissioned an in-depth study on the potential of a circular economy. The project was the first large-scale research study in the world that uses the ‘city circle scan’ methodology. The scan identifies the areas in which the most significant, tangible progress in realising a circular economy can be achieved. This potential impact is significant and can result in more jobs, bring added value to the city’s economy, and reduce carbon dioxide emissions and material use.
Birmingham is Britain’s youngest and fastest growing city, boasting the highest quality of life of any English city outside London. The city also has the strongest economy outside the capital and is one of the first cities to adopt a proactive industrial symbiosis approach to develop a medium and long-term strategy for sustainable economic development. Often described as ‘the circular economy in action’, the projects born from the industrial symbiosis approach are part of Birmingham’s circular economy strategy.
Terra Humana's 3R zero emission pyrolysis and nutrient recovery technology transform animal by-products into safe and high value Bio-Phosphate fertiliser.
GPP-FURNITURE, European project funded by the Erasmus+ programme, has for objective the development of an innovative e-training program for professionals of the furniture and habitat sector in the field of furniture production and design that meets the new environmental requirements known as Green Public Procurement (GPP).
The ReNueva project of Aguas Danone has been launched to develop its commitment to recycling and reusing plastics, with funding from the Danone Ecosystem Fund; a fund created by Danone at a global level. It aims at increasing recycling in the away-from-home market, while simultaneously training and creating jobs for disabled or socially excluded people.
The PerFORM WATER 2030 project will cover the following 4 main thematic areas and will focus on different study activities and pilots (TRL 4 to 7) implementation:
- Water pathway: optimization of waste water treatment processes with innovative process technologies in order to meet the most stringent effluent discharge standards, monitoring of emerging contaminants and emissions in the atmosphere, drinking water quality monitoring and supply network optimization;
- Biosolids valorization pathway: reduction of extra sludge production, thermal valorization and recovery of energy and material;
- Material and energy recovery pathway: recovery of water, material and energy resources, biogas upgrade and anaerobic digestion optimization;
- Economic sustainability and social acceptability of new technologies through stakeholder engagement, advanced costs and tariffs analysis.
The overall objective of PAPERCHAIN is to deploy five novel circular economy models centred in the valorisation of the waste streams generated by the Pulp and Paper Industry (PPI)