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EU Circular Economy and Trade Report

EU circular economy and trade

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Kettunen, M., Gionfra, S. and Monteville, M.
Publication Date: 
11/2019
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EU

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Marianne Kettunen

This policy paper by the Institute for European Environmental Policy examines the interface between the EU circular economy, trade and sustainable development. It identifies the expected global impacts associated with the EU’s shift to circularity and investigates the role of trade in either incentivising or hindering this process.

Finally, the paper highlights the links between the circular economy, trade and sustainable development, emphasising the need for better policy coherence among these areas in the EU.

MagicPallet: the world's first online collaborative solution dedicated to the exchange of reusable pallets

MagicPallet

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France

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MagicPallet is the first collaborative platform dedicated to the exchange of pallets in Europe. This platform allows anyone to trade, buy and sell their Europe pallets in the right place at the right time. Pallets are flat platform structures used to support goods in a stable manner during transport. They create efficiencies when it comes to handling and storing goods. 

Croatian cooperative Humana Nova gives used clothing a new life, and its members a new dream to fulfill

Humana Nova

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Croatia

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Social Cooperative Humana Nova Čakovec encourages the employment of disabled and other socially excluded persons for the production and sale of quality and innovative textile products made from ecological and recycled fabrics for the local and regional markets.

27 Nov 2019 to 28 Nov 2019
ICESP

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Rome
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Italy

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The Second Annual Conference by ICESP on 27 and 28 November 2019 will provide and share ideas, methods and knowledge to boost the dialogue between stakeholders in order to identify priorities for a national strategic agenda of the circular economy.

11 Dec 2019
EU Forum for Sustainability

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Brussels
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Belgium

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The new EU Green Deal - what’s the role for retailers? Come to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the Retail Forum on 11 December 2019 in Brussels and learn more about how this fits within the new EU Green Deal.

06 Jul 2020 to 07 Jul 2020
IS4CE Circular Economy Conference 2020

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Exeter
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United Kingdom

The International Society for Circular Economy (IS4CE) is organising its Inaugural International Conference on Circular Economy at the Exeter Centre for Circular Economy (ECCE), University of Exeter, UK, from 6 to 7 July 2020.

28 Nov 2019
conference šiauliai circular economy

Join the Šiauliai Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Crafts for an international conference on the "circular economy for competitive regions" on 28 November 2019 at the Šiauliai 2019 exhibition.

Eco-vouchers encourage sustainable consumption, including second-hand and refurbished goods

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Belgium

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Eco-vouchers (Ecocheques) are an incentive for Belgian households to purchase eco-friendly goods and services, including second-hand and refurbished ones.

03 Nov 2019

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Other
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Other (Global)

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The Circular Economy Club (CEC) is celebrating its inaugural "Circular Cities Week" event from 28 October - 3 November 2019.

The goal of the event: to push, with a united voice, for the design and implementation of circular economy strategies in cities worldwide. This effort coincides with the United Nations World Cities Day on Oct. 31.

28 Oct 2019 to 03 Nov 2019
Circular Cities Week

This fall, the Circular Economy Club (CEC) will celebrate its inaugural "Circular Cities Week" global event (28 Oct - 3 Nov 2019). The goal: to push, with a united voice, for the design and implementation of circular economy strategies in cities worldwide.

19 Nov 2019 to 21 Nov 2019

The Union pour la Méditerranée Women Business Forum aims to build skills, connect and empower female entrepreneurs to develop their business leadership and start, grow and sustain their enterprises in a regional competitive environment. The 2019 edition of the Business Forum will focus on Women in the circular economy and in Tech & Innovation Sectors.

24 Oct 2019

The r2pi project will hold its final conference in Brussels on 24 October 2019 to present its findings on drivers and barriers to circular business models.

18 May 2020 to 20 May 2020
5th Symposium on Urban Mining and Circular Economy

Due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, the event is postponed to 18-20 Nov. 2020 in Venice, Italy.

Following the success of the fourth edition held in 2018, which saw the participation of almost 250 delegates from a wide variety of countries, SUM 2020 / the 5th Symposium on Urban Mining and Circular Economy will be held in May 2020 at the University of Bologna.

11 Nov 2019 to 15 Nov 2019
DIF november 2019

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation's DIF will return from 11 to 15 November with online webinars that shift mindsets and inspire action towards a circular economy by exploring disruptive ideas and stories across a range of topics.

23 Oct 2019 to 24 Oct 2019
world resources forum

The World Resources Forum (WRF) 2019 will be held from 23 to 24 October 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland. WRF 2019 will be centered on ‘Anchoring Natural Resources and Raw Materials Management for Achieving Sustainable Consumption and Production’.

3rd meeting of the Coordination Group of the European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform

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17/10/2019
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EU
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Brussels

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The ECESP Coordination Group met for the third time on 17 October 2019 in Brussels to review the Platform's 2019 activities and define its objectives for 2020.

21 Nov 2019
buyer meets supplier green deal circular procurement

Join Circular Flanders at the closing event of the Green Deal Circular Procurement (GDCP) in Brussels on 21 November 2019 to hear lessons learned and meet potential buyers or suppliers.

22 Sep 2020 to 24 Sep 2020

The 2nd International Conference on Circularity in the Built Environment (CiBEn) will take place in Delft, the Netherlands from 22 to 24 September 2020.

Identifying the impact of the circular economy on the Fast-Moving Consumer Goods Industry: opportunities and challenges for businesses, workers and consumers – mobile phones as an example

Identifying the impact of the circular economy on the Fast-Moving Consumer Goods Industry: opportunities and challenges for businesses, workers and consumers – mobile phones as an example

mobile pone case study of circular economy impact CEPS EESC

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Centre for European Policy Studies
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10/2019
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EU

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Mobile phones, particularly smartphones, have undergone a period of rapid growth to become virtually indispensable to today's lifestyle. Yet their production, use and disposal can entail a significant environmental burden.

This study, commissioned by the European Economic and Social Committee and carried out by the Centre for European Policy Studies, looks at the opportunities and challenges arising from implementing circular economy approaches in the mobile phone value chain. A review of the value chain and different circular approaches is complemented by a scenario analysis that aims to quantify the potential impacts of circular approaches such as recycling, refurbishment and lifetime extension.

The study finds that there is a large untapped potential for recovering materials from both the annual flow of new mobile phones sold in Europe once they reach the end of their life and the accumulated stock of unused, so-called "hibernating" devices in EU households. Achieving high recycling rates for these devices can offer opportunities to reduce EU dependence on imported materials and make secondary raw materials available on the EU market, as shown in the picture below.

Drawing on the empirical findings and the analysis conducted, this study recommends policy action in the following areas:

  • Collection rates of old unused mobile phone devices are low, which means there is largely unexploited potential in the EU for recovering valuable materials from these devices.
  • Although consumers generally show willingness to engage in circular economy practices for mobile phones, in reality only a few do so.
  • Various challenges for reuse and refurbishment businesses stem from EU legislation, including regulatory complexity and "preparation for use" in the WEE directive

As such, policy-makers should close the collection gap for mobile phone devices, which could in turn create jobs in the refurbishment sector. Extending the lifetime of mobile phones can also provide CO2 mitigation benefits, particularly from displacing the production of new devices.

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