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EEA Briefing: Reducing loss of resources from waste management is key to strengthening the circular economy in Europe

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Özlem Durmus (EEA), European Topic Centre on Waste and Materials in a Green Economy (ETC/WMGE)
Publication Date: 
10/2019
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EU

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Ozlem Durmus

Europe relies heavily on material resources for almost all of society’s activities. Its extraction and production of material resources have significant impacts on the environment and human health, as well as the economy.

It is essential to reuse resources in European economies, keeping their value high, delivering value for longer periods and reducing the need to use virgin materials. While progress is being made in Europe, by implementing an ambitious waste policy and the Circular Economy Framework, significant amounts of valuable resources are still lost through inefficient waste management practices.

This briefing describes material losses in Europe for some key waste streams, namely waste electrical and electronic equipment, end-of-life batteries, plastic and textile waste.

EEA briefing: The plastic waste trade in the circular economy

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Lars Mortensen (EEA)
Publication Date: 
10/2019
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EU

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Lars Mortensen

Europe is at crossroads regarding its management of plastic, plastic waste and the plastic waste trade. Rapidly growing amounts of plastic have negative environmental and climate impacts.

Plastic and plastic waste are traded worldwide. Exporting plastic waste from the EU to Asia is a means of dealing with insufficient recycling capacities in the EU. Waste import restrictions in China have shifted exports to other countries. Because some types of plastic waste have been added to the United Nations Basel Convention, the option of exporting plastic waste is becoming increasingly difficult.

This briefing provides an overview of exports of plastic waste from the 28 EU Member States (EU-28) to other countries and discusses its possible consequences and opportunities.

Country factsheets on resource efficiency and circular economy in Europe

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Bart Ullstein, Bettina-Bahn Walkowiak, Jeroen Gillabel, Margareta Wahlström, Jutta Laine-Ylijoki, Dirk Nelen, Theo Geerken, Veronique Van Hoof and Evelien Dils (ETC/WMGE) and Pawel Kazmierczyk and Daniel Montalvo (EEA)
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07/2019
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EU

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Daniel Montalvo

A set of 32 country factsheets has been produced that summarise policies and initiatives on the area of resource efficiency and circular economy.

These country profiles are based on information reported by the Eionet network and, in particular, the National Reference Centres on Resource Efficiency and Circular Economy. The information is current as of March 2019, when members of Eionet verified the content of their respective profiles.

Each country profile was prepared as part of the 2019 European Environment Agency review of material resource efficiency, circular economy and raw material supply policies, which aimed to collect, analyse, and disseminate information about experience with the development and implementation of these policies in EEA member and cooperating countries.

The Circular Economy in policy and scientific research

The Circular Economy in policy and scientific research

Joanna Kulczycka
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Joanna Kulczycka
Publication Date: 
12/2019
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Poland

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Joanna Kulczycka

A broad selection of articles on Circular Economy and its practices in Poland collected by prof. Joanna Kulczycka. After definitions and interperatations, this work is about circular economy related issues

  • indicators in selected EU countries
  • financing of business activities
  • matching circular business models with priority sectors in Poland
  • establishing measurement for circular economy transformation and its socio-economic impacts in Poland
  • indicators in Polish regional perspective
  • assessment of material consumption
  • supporting managerial accounting instruments
  • system upgrade
  • solutions for mining and processing waste
  • sustainable consumption
  • good practices at national and international level.

L'économie circulaire en Région de Bruxelles-Capitale

L'économie circulaire en Région de Bruxelles-Capitale

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BELIN Hughes, HANANEL Cédric
Publication Date: 
11/2019
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Belgium

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Hananel Cédric

Since 2016, the Brussels-Capital Region has set the circular economy as one of its strategic priorities, and is implementing concrete actions to that effect.

Where are we today? Is this just the beginning of a major cultural shift? What are the main challenges ahead? To find out, the authors met numerous actors - public or private - on the ground to better understand the implications of 'circularising' the Brussels Region.

This brochure gives an overview of the promises and limitations for this new economic model with concrete examples, providing inspiration and grounds for further reflection on transitioning to the circular economy.  

 

11 Feb 2020 to 12 Feb 2020

“To learn, experience, observe, adapt, network and to match-make”

The Regional Council of Lapland, in cooperation with the European Commission, Digipolis Oy and the City of Kemi in Finland, is organising a conference on 11-12 February, entitled “Responsible Industry Leading the Sustainable Development on the example of Industry Clusters Connecting Circular Economy".

14 Feb 2020
Repenser son modèle économique

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Rennes
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France

Les "Rendez-vous de l'économie circulaire" d'UniLaSalle continuent au Campus de Rennes le 14 février 2020. Il s'agît de repenser son modèle économique grâce à l'économie circulaire.

 
6 Jan 2020
European Commission

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New Circular Economy Action Plan – Consultation on the Roadmap is open!

The European Commission published a dedicated Roadmap for the new Action Plan on the EU Better Regulation Portal and invites all interested stakeholders to provide feedback. The consultation on the roadmap is open until 20 January.

14 Jan 2020
Eco-Design Workshop

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Herten
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Germany

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The next big thing in design is circular!

Die Umstellung zu einer zirkulären Wirtschaft fängt bei der Gestaltung an! Ecodesign beschreibt einen umfassenden Gestaltungsansatz, um die Umweltbelastungen von Produkten und Dienstleistungen über den gesamten Lebenszyklus hinweg zu minimieren, denn 80 Prozent des Ressourceneinsatzes eines Produktes werden bereits in der Produktentwicklung festgelegt.

Prosperkolleg transfers the idea of circular economy to the industry

www.prosperkolleg.de
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Germany

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Svenja Grauel

The project „Prosperkolleg“ in Bottrop started on the 1st of June 2019 with the objective to explore how to transfer the idea of circular economy to the industry. The "Hochschule Ruhr West", the "WiN Emscher-Lippe GmbH", the city of Bottrop, the "Effizienzagentur NRW" and the "Prosperkolleg association" joined forces to research and demonstrate innovative circular product and business model developments. The project is funded by the ministry of economics, innovation, digitalization and energy of the land NRW.

20 Dec 2019

ENEA, the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development, is carrying out research into lithium-sulphur batteries to make them more competitive.

31 Mar 2020
Circular Economy in cities and regions

Due to the recent developments with respect to the coronavirus (Covid-19), the 2nd OECD Roundtable on the Circular Economy in Cities and Regions in Oslo, Norway is cancelled.

However, in light of the significance of the Roundtable the OECD and Nordic Innovation kindly invite you to register for two dedicated webinars. Click here for more info.

19 Dec 2019
Panelists

A conference entitled A Peek into the Future – Going Circular through Digital, organised by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), was held in Belgrade, Serbia, on 9 December 2019. from the European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform was among the speakers.

Circular Berlin: how to develop circular economy in the city

Circular Berlin

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Dina Padalkina
Publication Date: 
08/2018
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Germany

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Dina Padalkina

Berlin has the potential to become the first Circular City in Germany, due to its growing variety of initiatives, grass-roots and research work in the area of circular economy (CE).

This report provides information on the development of the project Circular Berlin, which started in 2018 and is financed by the EIT, under Horizon 2020.

The project consists of 4 phases:

  1. Pre-assessment (conducting awareness meeting with CE professionals, identifying CE initiatives, finding partners etc.) - already completed
  2. Feasibility Check
  3. Vision Development
  4. Implementation

Circular Cities - A practical approach to develop a city roadmap focusing on utilities

Circular Cities - A practical approach to developpin a city roadmap focusing on utilities

Circular Cities
Author: 
Charleyne Terry , Irene Vivas Lalinde, Cristian Matti, Morten Meldgaard
Publication Date: 
12/2019
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France

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Charleyne TERRY

Cities can play a pivotal role in creating an enabling environment through regulations and incentives, but the private sector needs to collaborate and explore the cross-sectoral synergies required to achieve a circular model. There are immense opportunities for public-private collaboration in achieving goals that might not otherwise be possible for cities to accomplish alone.

Cities are embedding circular thinking in their utility processes, placing the onus on the private sector to come up with new business models that are both economically viable and ecologically sustainable. This could potentially result in a situation whereby circular products and services become the new market standard.

18 Nov 2020 to 19 Nov 2020
e Waste

Join this two-day international conference and exhibition from 18 to 19 November 2020 to discuss the latest recycling technology, materials recovery solutions, green electronics, sustainable materials, non-toxic substitutes, and end-of-life strategies, as well as regulatory and business models to help reduce the environmental impact of all forms of consumer and industrial E-Waste.

22 Apr 2020
CIBEK

The School of Engineering Management with co-organisers The Ministry of Education, Science, and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia, and the Engineering Management Society of Serbia invites you to take an active part in the International Scientific Conference “Circular and Bioeconomy – CIBEK 2020”, which will be held on 22 April 2020.

17 Mar 2020
innofrugal uk logo

The next instalment of the Frugal Innovation and Circular Economy Conference InnoFrugal UK will be held at Cambridge Judge Business School on 17 March 2020.

23 Mar 2020 to 25 Mar 2020
packaging waste forum

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Brussels
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Join 80+ industry professionals at Europe's leading packaging waste event, Achieving a circular economy through packaging and packaging waste, from 23 to 25 March 2020 in Brussels, Belgium.

25 Mar 2020 to 26 Mar 2020
SeRaMCo final conference

Join the final SeRaMCo conference on 25 and 26 March in Kaiserslautern, Germany to hear the results of the project’s 3-year top-notch research and receive the latest information regarding building with concrete made from recycled aggregates and sands. 

21 Sep 2020 to 22 Sep 2020
interdisciplinary circular economy conference 2020

Join this interdisciplinary circular economy conference on 21 and 22 September 2020 in Freiburg, Germany, to critically explore prospects, potentials, and limitations of circular economy initiatives for social justice and environmental sustainability.

Circular economy strategies for adaptive reuse of cultural heritage buildings to reduce environmental impacts

Author: 
Gillian Foster
Publication Date: 
12/2019
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EU

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Cultural heritage buildings hold a unique niche in the urban landscape, as they embody the local cultural and historic characteristics that define communities. Extending their useful lifespan has multiple benefits that go beyond the project itself to the surrounding area, contributing to sustainable development, but decision-makers lack knowledge of the environmental benefits and tools for adaptive reuse of cultural heritage buildings.

To this end, this article provides a circular economy framework for the adaptive reuse of cultural heritage buildings to reduce environmental impacts. The framework integrates methods and techniques from building and construction literature that aim to reduce lifecycle environmental impact of buildings through a circular product supply chain approach.

Luxembourg launches “Circularity Dataset Initiative” supported by major international industry leaders

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11/2019
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Luxembourg

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Jérôme Petry

The Circularity Dataset Initiative by the Ministry of the Economy of Luxembourg develops an industry standard providing a regulated framework for circular data on products throughout value chains, from raw materials to finished products, from the use phase to re-usage and recycling.

The project addresses the difficulty for stakeholders to access reliable data on the circular properties of a product. Trade secrets are hindering transparency and reporting standards are lacking, forcing manufacturers to send out different data sets in diverse formats to customers and product platforms.

The objective is to save costs, increase value and enable circularity by developing a process and an internationally accepted dataset template, and data is verified through an auditing process.

 

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