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The circular economy: Going digital

European Policy Centre

The European Policy Centre’s (EPC) Task Force called Digital Roadmap to Circular Economy has explored the linkages between digitalisation and circular economy, the opportunities created by data and digitally-enabled solutions, and the challenges associated with harnessing their full potential for the transition to a circular economy.

The project represents a pioneering endeavour in exploring the interconnections between the digital and green transformations and considers the implications for EU policymaking.

The final publication The circular economy: Going digital and its executive summary show that digitalisation can offer enormous possibilities for the transition to a more sustainable, circular economy but it is essential to steer it in the right direction.

Resource Effectiveness and the Circular Economy: how to strengthen Sweden's competitiveness in a future with finite resources

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Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences
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04/2020
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Sweden

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Caroline Ankarcrona

The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA) has always been a meeting place for Sweden’s future. It builds bridges between the business community, the public sector, academia and the political sphere.

Its two-year project "Resource Effectiveness and the Circular Economy" was aimed at making Sweden more competitive in a future with finite resources, in line with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, by economising on resources and developing new technologies, services and business models in five areas:

Read the synthesis report, marking the completion of the project, which presents the most important conclusions, recommendations and action plans from the five subprojects.

 

 

Test yourself and your lifestyle by Sitra

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Is your lifestyle good or bad for the environment? After taking this short test by the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra, you will receive tailor-made tips. The aim is to help you save time and money and so to improve your quality of life. 

Circularity Gap Report - The Netherlands

The Dutch economy is 24.5% circular. Measures in four key sectors can triple the national circularity rate and help the government achieve its ambitions for a fully circular economy by 2050.

On 3 June, Circle Economy launched the Circularity Gap Report for the Netherlands. The report shows that the Netherlands is a circular frontrunner: the country's circularity rate is three times higher than the global rate of 8.6%. Consuming 221 million tonnes of materials each year, the Netherlands retrieves one quarter from non-virgin, secondary sources. However, if the government is to achieve its ambitions of full circularity by 2050, a major overhaul of the national economy, including jobs, will still be necessary.

CYCLE: Improving resource utilisation in the food chain

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Other (Norway)

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Fisheries and aquaculture

The CYCLE 2013-2017 interdisciplinary project, supported by the Research Council of Norway, focused on the food supply chain from both agriculture and marine sectors, with the aim to improve utilisation of raw materials in a bio-economical perspective. 

09 Jun 2020

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Webinar
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Sweden

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Do you want to take the next step towards the circular and sustainable management of the IT products you purchase and use? Join this webinar on 9 June and find out some inspiring and practical tips to help get you started.

SUMMARY/PRESENTATION OF THE CIRCULAR ARAGON STRATEGY

Aragon Circular Strategy

Estrategia Aragón Circular

Aragón Circular is an economic strategy that aims to boost the circular economy in the entire region of Aragon. Its objective is to create a political, economic, and social framework that will allow Aragon to move towards an innovative circular economy. Furthermore, this strategy will generate high-quality employment and provide the backbone for the territory.

BusinessEurope scaling up circular economy solutions in Member States

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03/06/2020
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EU
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Brussels

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BusinessEurope organised two events for businesses and policymakers on challenges and opportunities for scaling up circular economy solutions in Brno and Madrid in October 2018.

IRCEM leads research on Circular Economy in Romania

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27/05/2020
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Romania
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Cluj-Napoca

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In its role developing scientific research and innovation in various fields, including the circular economy, IRCEM has organised several thematic workshops and conferences. 

LONGTIME® - a label for products designed to last

LONGTIME Label for products designed to last. Product durability, sustainable production and consumption

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France

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Ethikis has created LONGTIME®, the first European, independent label identifying and promoting products designed to last.

Ecopreneur.eu: Circular fashion and textile producing countries

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This research note produced by Ecopreneur.eu is a 1st inventory of the potential impacts of future EU circular fashion on non-European textile producing countries. It uses existing literature and input from four circular economy experts to analyse the economic, social and environmental impacts. 

Ecopreneur.eu: Circular fashion and textile producing countries

Ecopreneur cotton

Textiles and clothing play an important role in our everyday life. But the global fashion industry model is unsustainable. It uses large amounts of resources and has negative impacts on the environment and people. The global fashion industry, therefore, has to make a transition towards a circular model. In a ‘circular’ fashion economy, clothes, textiles, and fibres are kept at their highest value during use and re-enter the economy to avoid becoming waste.

This research note produced by Ecopreneur.eu is a first inventory of the potential impacts of future EU circular fashion on non-European textile producing countries. It uses existing literature and input from four circular economy experts to analyse the economic, social and environmental impacts. 

10 Sep 2020
World Bioeconomy Forum 2020, goes virtual on September 10th, live from Ruka, Finland

The third edition of the World Bioeconomy Forum (WCBEF) will be broadcast live from Ruka, Finland, on 10 September 2020. The event will provide delegates with a high-quality, interactive platform, and will engage prominent Circular Bioeconomy stakeholders in active discussions on an agenda for coordinated action to build a sustainable future.

Circular case studies developed by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation

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26/05/2020
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United Kingdom
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Cowes

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The Ellen MacArthur Foundation regularly shares case studies that are relevant to the circular economy.

Ellen MacArthur Foundation launches Circular Economy in Cities portal

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03/06/2020
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United Kingdom
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Cowes, Isle of Wight

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In March 2019, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation launched Circular Economy in Cities, a suite of easily accessible resources which provide a global reference on the topic.

CIRCLE - promoting circular economy in SMEs in rural areas

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Finland, Luxembourg, Sweden

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Erik Rosenblad

CIRCLE is a transnational cooperation project aimed at promoting circular economy solutions in SMEs in rural areas.

The project comes under the EU's LEADER programme and its objectives are as follows: 

  • increase knowledge and awareness about circular economy and its potential for enterprises in rural areas
  • increase cooperation between local enterprises
  • increase international cooperation and create networks, and to enhance existing ways of implementing circular economy.

The project partners have agreed to organise one programme in each country with visits to enterprises, farms and organisations implementing circular economy or innovative environment-friendly solutions.

España Circular 2030: the new Circular Economy Strategy for a #FuturoSostenible in Spain

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At the beginning of June 2020 the Spanish Government published España Circular 2030, the new Strategy for Circular Economy in Spain until 2030. It contains circular economy objectives and a series of strategic orientations for the period 2020-2030. 

The strategy:

  • sets up a series of objectives for 2020-2030 which will, inter alia, allow a 30% reduction in the national consumption of resources and a 15% reduction in waste generation (as compared to 2010);
  • contributes to Spain's efforts to transition to a sustainable, decarbonized, resource-efficient and competitive economy;
  • takes the form of successive three-year action plans providing for concrete measures to deliver on circular economy.

 

    05 Jun 2020

    Le 5 juin 2020 à l’occasion de la journée mondiale de l’environnement sera lancée la campagne Relance Verte. Pour porter la voix des solutions et des entrepreneurs, un collectif d’associations et d’acteurs économiques lance une initiative pour la relance verte, intitulée « comprendre et agir tous ensemble ». Le webinaire de ce vendredi 5 juin marque le lancement de cette initiative.

    Wanted by Sitra: Circular economy solutions that change the world

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    28/05/2020
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    Finland
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    Helsinki

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    The Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra is collecting a selection of circular economy solutions that are among the most viable, promising, scalable and impactful in the world.

    Circular Change promoting Creative & Circular

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    28/05/2020
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    Slovenia
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    Ljubljana

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    Within the ECESP, Circular Change has promoted the role of creative industries with a focus on circular design.

    CEC4Europe explores and evaluates business showcases from the circular economy industry platform

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    21/05/2020
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    Austria
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    Vienna

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    This research by Lukas Stumpf, part of the CEC4Europe factbook on the circular economy published in September 2018, evaluates 131 projects from the Circular Economy Industry Platform (CEIP) regarding their contribution to circular economy from both a scientific and a political perspective.

    Copa-Cogeca shares its members' initiatives on tackling food waste during the COVID-19 crisis

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    Copa-Cogeca is sharing the initiatives of its members that demonstrate the many actions taken by EU farmers and cooperatives to deal with the Covid-19 crisis.

    WBCSD and Circle Economy: Scaling the Circular Built Environment

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    26/05/2020
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    Other (International)
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    Geneva

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    This publication by WBCSD and Circle Economy highlights how the built environment, consuming almost half of the world's resources extracted every year and responsible for a massive environmental footprint, is a fundamental sector in the circular transition.

    Circularity Gap Report Austria

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    27/05/2020
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    Austria
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    Vienna

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    In June 2019, Altstoff Recycling Austria (ARA) and Circle Economy released the Circularity Gap Report Austria, the first measure of circularity for a nation state.

    5th Circular Change Conference

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    01/09/2020
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    Slovenia
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    Bled

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    On 1 September 2020, the 5th Circular Change Conference, held under the theme of “Mainstreaming the Circular Economy Mindset”, will set the trends for the discussion on sustainable leadership, business-led innovation and the EU’s sustainability goals based around the European Green Deal.

    04 Jun 2020
    Tondo Webinar

    The webinar series organised by Tondo represents an opportunity for companies, start-ups and experts from all over the world to have a clearer overview of the status of the circular economy and how it can enhance innovative business models and concepts with lower environmental impacts.This third session will continue to focus on circular cities around the world, in this specific case Rotterdam.

    Closing the loop: incorporating post-consumer recycled plastic in new Jerónimo Martins’ products

    Jerónimo Martins - Closing the loop: Incorporation of post-consumer recycled plastic in new products

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    Poland, Portugal

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    Jerónimo Martins is an international Group based in Portugal with a massive know-how in food distribution. In 2019, it started selling washing up liquid under the Kraft and Ultra Pro brands with bottles made with 100% recycled PET and offering check-out bags made with 80% post-consumer recycled plastic.

    Rue Rangoli: where "fight against exclusion” rhymes with “sustainable development”

    LOGO RUE RANGOLI

    Rue Rangoli is a French social enterprise that supports social organisations involved in upcycling or zero-waste and the design circular economy, based in Europe, Africa and Asia.

    07 Sep 2020 to 08 Sep 2020
    Produrable

    L'édition 2020 de Produrable - le grand rendez-vous européen des Acteurs et des Solutions de l'Economie Durable - sera à l'enseigne de 'Sobriété, Solidarité, Prospérité... pour un New Deal Européen'.

    11 May 2020
    Hackathon

    Business4Change is a 2-day Hackathon and initiative of the European Commission to be held on 16-17 November 2020 in Brussels, Belgium. The focus of the Hackathon is to support businesses with their transition to the circular economy. They are currently looking for "challenge owners" to pitch the circular challenges they are facing.

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