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Furn360 project, a new training curriculum for the furniture sector

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The aim of FURN360 is to create an Innovative didactic content to promote the integration of the Circular Economy Principles within the different business models used by the furniture and woodworking sectors specialized in office and contract.

It will comprise a joint curriculum, didactic materials and a collaborative platform in line with the needs of identified different target users. FURN360 will develop and implement an innovative practice, a new training curriculum for the furniture sector, specifically for the office furniture and contract sectors, adapted to the future trends and needs of the whole society in terms of circular economy.

23 May 2018
New rules will make EU the global front-runner in waste management and recycling

Today EU Member States approved a set of ambitious measures to make EU waste legislation fit for the future, as part of the EU's wider circular economy policy.

The Macroeconomics of the Circular Economy Transition

 The Macroeconomics of the Circular Economy Transition

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Author: 
Andrew McCarthy, Rob Dellink, Ruben Bibas
Publication Date: 
04/2018
Country: 
Other (International organisation)

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This paper reviews the existing literature on modelling the macroeconomic consequences of the transition to a circular economy. It provides insights into the current state of the art on modelling policies to improve resource efficiency and the transition to a circular economy by examining 24 modelling-based assessments of a circular economy transition. Four key conclusions emerge from this literature. First, most models find that a transition to a more circular economy – with an associated reduction in resource extraction and waste generation – could have an insignificant or even positive impact on aggregate macroeconomic outcomes. Second, all models highlight the potential re-allocation effects – both between sectors and regions – that the introduction of circular economy enabling policies could have. Third, certain types of macroeconomic model are more appropriate for assessing the transition than others, notably due to their accounting of interactions between sectors and macroeconomic feedbacks. Fourth, of the assumptions that are fed into these models – those concerning future rates of productivity growth, the substitutability between different material types, and future consumption patterns – are key determinants of model outcomes. 

16 May 2018
Groupe PSA: Creation of a Business Unit Dedicated to the Circular Economy in the Aftermarket

The purpose of the business unit is to develop the Group’s business in the circular economy, in the aftermarket. Created to answer a major societal challenge, it offers a solution for responsible consumption.

Roadmap towards the Circular Economy in Slovenia

The Roadmap towards the Circular Economy in Slovenia sets the path for Slovenia to become a circular economy front runner in the region. Designed through an inclusive, multi-stakeholder approach, it identifies four priority sectors, give recommendations to the government and identifies best practices. The Roadmap introduces the Circular Triangle, a model which unites three inseparable elements – Circular Economy (business models), Circular Change (government policies) and Circular Culture (citizens), three interdependent aspects that are at the core of systemic change from a linear to a circular economy in Slovenia.

05 Sep 2018 to 07 Sep 2018
Technologies & Business Models for Circular Economy

The TBMCE will be devoted to presentations of circular economy concepts, technologies and methodologies that contribute to the shift of business entities and society as a whole to a more responsible, circular management of resources.

Money Makes The World Go Round

Money Makes The World Go Round

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Author: 
Frido Kraanen Director Cooperative and CSR, PGGM, Chair of the FinanCE working group
Publication Date: 
03/2016
Country: 
EU

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CE100

This report is the result of a collaborative project which was carried out by members of the Circular Economy 100, a program curated by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. The participants aimed to: (1) understand the implications of a circular economy on the business and financing models of companies; (2) determine how a transition to a circular economy can be supported and accelerated by the financial system; and (3) co-develop and share communication strategies and tools to make the transition clear and tangible to our colleagues, clients, and academics.

PerForm Water 2030 - redesigning water infrastructure for efficiency and circularity

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Italy

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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.

Circular economy in Catalonia

The circular economy is a reality today in Catalonia

Catalonia is already working on promoting environmental sustainability, both in economic and social terms. Catalan companies offer circular economy solutions in waste materials, water and renewable energy sectors. There are 217 research groups and technology centres innovating and performing research aimed at offering environmental solutions to businesses.

The sectors with the greatest circular economy business potential in Catalonia are:

  • food & Drink;
  • logistics;
  • transport;
  • chemicals.

Innovations such as car sharing, electric vehicles and self-driving vehicles, or the use of new materials are all fields where the circular economy is being applied and that can reduce the cost of industrial processes by up to 50%.

C40 Cities - Waste to Resources

City Network C40 - Waste to Resources

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Country: 
Other (International network of cities)

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Cities are where the future happens first. The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group connects more than 90 of the world’s greatest cities, representing over 650 million people and one quarter of the global economy. Created and led by cities, C40 is focused on tackling climate change and driving urban action that reduces greenhouse gas emissions and climate risks, while increasing the health, wellbeing and economic opportunities of urban citizens.

Eco-conception: ecodesign, ecological design, environmental design, life cycle design

Eco-conception
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Belgium

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A la manière du concept de développement durable, la littérature a employé plusieurs termes pour désigner l’éco-conception : ecodesign, ecological design, environmental design, et life cycle design. A chaque terme sa définition, différenciée selon l’approche qu’elle sous-tend. L’éco-conception peut néanmoins se définir de manière générale comme une démarche d’intégration des enjeux environnementaux dans la conception et le développement d'un produit en vue diminuer ses impacts environnementaux tout au long de son cycle de vie. On entend par « produit », tout bien, service ou procédé proposé par une entreprise.

2 May 2018
Measuring circular economy, April's edition of Beyond the GDP newsletter

The quarterly newsletter "Beyond GDP" discusses the use of economic, social and environmental indicators in monitoring key policies, beyond the GDP indicator.

30 May 2018
How do we assess projects' circularity?

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City: 
Brussels
Country: 
Belgium

A specific task of the SCREEN project is dealing with a common agreement on a specific set of "evaluation criteria for circular economy projects".

1 May 2018
Glasgow leads the circular events challenge initiative

Three circular solutions – developed by over 60 people from 13 countries across the world – are set to help transform Glasgow's thriving events industry.

07 Jun 2018
Policy Conference of EUSEW 2018

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City: 
Brussels
Country: 
Belgium

This year edition of the EU Sustainable Energy Week will host a session titled ' Circular Economy – Energy and More'  on the 7th of June at 11.00-12.30 in Brussels.

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