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German Resource Efficiency Programme II: Programme for the sustainable use and conservation of natural resources

German Resource Efficiency Programme II: Programme for the sustainable use and conservation of natural resources
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11/2016
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Germany

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Diana Nissler

Natural resources are defined as all components of nature: biotic and abiotic resources, physical space (such as land), environmental media (water, soil and air), flow resources (such as geothermal, wind, tide and solar energy), and the diversity of all living organisms.

Natural resources are essential for life on our planet, and always will be. Many natural resources, however, are in limited supply. Conserving natural resources is therefore of vital importance, including for future generations.

The Federal Government embraces its responsibility in this regard. As early as 2002, it set a target in the National Sustainable Development Strategy of doubling Germany’s raw material productivity by 2020 relative to 1994. The German Resource Efficiency Programme (ProgRess) of 2012 was directed towards achieving this target.

Verso un modello di economia circolare per l’Italia

Towards a Model of Circular Economy for Italy - Overview and Strategic Framework

Towards a Model of Circular Economy for Italy - Overview and Strategic Framework
Publication Date: 
11/2017
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Italy

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Annalidia Pansini

“Towards a Model of Circular Economy for Italy - Overview and Strategic Framework” is a document that defines Italy’s strategic positioning on the issue in line with the commitments adopted under the Paris Agreement, UN Agenda 2030, G7 Communiqué and within EU.

The document calls for a "change of paradigm" for Italy's economy, for a new way to consume, produce and do business. There is a need for a new industrial policy aimed at sustainability and innovation capable of increasing the competitiveness of products and manufacturing.

Considering the importance of the document, the Italian government decided to collect the contributions of all institutions, firms, experts and citizens who deal with the issue to develop a document that is the result of a shared and participatory process.

A Circular Economy in the Netherlands by 2050

A Circular Economy in the Netherlands by 2050
Publication Date: 
09/2016
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Netherlands

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Helpdesk Waste Management and Circular Economy

The Government-wide programme for a Circular Economy is aimed at developing a circular economy in the Netherlands by 2050.

Its ambition is to realise, together with a variety of stakeholders, an (interim) objective of a 50% reduction in the use of primary raw materials (minerals, fossil and metals) by 2030.

It has as main priorities: Biomass and food, plastics, the manufacturing industry, construction sector and consumer goods.

Be Circular - Regional Programme 2016 – 2020

Regional plan for the circular economy, Brussels Capital Region

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Publication Date: 
03/2016
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Belgium

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Helpline (Belgium) 1819

Brussels Capital region Circular Economy strategy, adopted in 2016, sets a 10 year framework to move Brussels' economy towards a circular model.

The strategy is focused on three objectives: transform environmental goals into economic opportunities, anchor the Brussels economy, where possible, to local produce and to minimise transportation whilst optimising the use of available territory in order to create additional value for the people of Brussels and to contribute to the creation of employment. It is structured in 4 different axes (combining 111 actions):

  • Transversal ( regulatory framework);
  • sectorial (specific industries);
  • territorial and
  • governance (to bring together 3 ministerial department)

Leading the cycle - Finnish road map to a circular economy 2016–2025

Leading the cycle – Finnish road map to a circular economy 2016-2025

Leading the Cycle - Finnish Roadmap to a Circular Economy
Publication Date: 
09/2016
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Finland

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Kari Herlevi

The Finnish Roadmap to achieve a Circular Economy goal is to create a shared mindset in Finnish society to promote the circular economy and determine the most effective means to do it.

The Roadmap focuses on 5 focus areas, topics that will initially be used in advancing the circular economy in Finland. Based on Finland’s traditional strengths, these topics include a sustainable food system, forest-based loops, technical loops, transport and logistics, and joint actions.

Traditional Christmas ham goes circular with the HamTrick campaign (Kinkkutemppu)

The Ham trick (kinkkutemppu in Finnish) is a consumer campaign organised in 2016 and 2017 in Finland during the Christmas period.

This cross-sectoral co-operation with Finnish companies and organisations aimed at bringing the concept of circular economy closer to consumers,  advising about recycling and avoiding that the drains were choked by excess fat at Christmas.

Turning coffee by-product into green energy

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.

02 Feb 2018

Less than a tenth of the billions of tonnes of resources pumped into the global economy every year are reused, and this waste incurs a huge economic, environmental, and social cost.

ReMade in Italy: how to measure the circularity in a product

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Italy

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ReMade in Italy® is the first certification scheme accredited in Italy to verify the content of recycled materials in a product.

Zero Carbon Resorts project towards Sustainable Development of the Tourism Sector in the Philippines and Thailand

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Austria

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Tourism in the Philippines and Thailand is receiving increasing attention as an excellent development option but with the vulnerability of developing countries to climate change it is inevitable to take the environmental performance of the tourism business into serious consideration.

36 Circular Economy Demonstration Projects in the Basque Country

The Circular Economy Demonstration Projects programme was launched in 2014 and has been repeated yearly, having developed 36 projects by 2016.

10 May 2018 to 11 May 2018

The third edition of the Circular Change Conference will be a two-day interactive stream of indoor and outdoor events. 

The Circular Phone Report

The Circular Phone report

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Circle Economy, Fairphone, ABN Amro, Allen & Overy, ING, PGGM, NBA, Circularise, Sustainable Finance Lab
Publication Date: 
01/2018
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Netherlands

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Harald Friedl

The Circular Phone report provides practical answers to common financing pitfalls for circular businesses, using Fairphone as the real-life example. All learnings and contract templates created during the project are now available as open source and ready for other companies to apply to their products.

This report gives companies the tools to jumpstart and run circular business models where ownership of products is retained to a certain degree. This incentivises companies to create high-quality and durable products, while customers enjoy the performance of a product without the hassle. So far, businesses striving to implement “Product-as-a-Service” models have had the challenge of reconciling the need to find financing parties with the complexities of their own business model.

To achieve a financeable model for the Circular Fairphone Service, the Community of Practice created a blueprint for Fairphone’s business model. Through the creation of a legal template – a 1st Circular Service Contract- and a financial cash flow tool, the group has proven that the gap between the businesses and financiers can be bridged. One of the other concrete and practical outcomes was a 5-year cash flow projection that enables financiers to assess the benefits and risks of their investment.

 

21 Dec 2017

Two years after the adoption of EU Circular Economy Package in December 2015, more than half of the initiatives included in the Action Plan have been delivered. To discuss upcoming deliverables, explore new areas of action and share the first achievements of the European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform, the Commission and the European Economic and Social Committee will host a Circular Economy Stakeholder Conference on 20-21 February in Brussels.

20 Dec 2017

There is growing optimism about the potential of the circular economy as a new model for sustainable growth in developing countries.

Surplus capacity? Waste it no more: FLOOW2 facilitates B2B Asset Sharing

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Netherlands

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FLOOW2 is the sharing marketplace solution for every business, organization and network.

FLOOW2 works locally and internationally, to identify needs and opportunities of asset sharing for businesses. Sharing assets may be a new concept, but it is an integral part of the development towards a more circular economy in which collaboration is key!

07 Dec 2017

The Reeeboot program is launched in France, to help associations working against social exclusion and the digital divide. Thanks to the programme, eligible organisations can benefit from reconditioned computer equipment, needed to carry out their activities and promote the return to employment.

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