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05 Nov 2019

The European Commission has launched a call for proposals under the Horizon 2020 programme, aimed at supporting a pilot group of European cities to produce bio-based products from urban biowaste and wastewater.

05 Nov 2019

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation and the UN Environment Programme have published the first annual New Plastics Economy Global Commitment progress report. Presented at the Our Ocean Conference in Oslo, the report provides an unprecedented level of transparency on how almost 200 businesses and governments are reshaping the plastics system.

New Plastics Economy Global Commitment 2019 Progress Report

New Plastics Economy Global Commitment progress report launched

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Ellen MacArthur Foundation , UN Environment Programme
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10/2019
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The Ellen MacArthur Foundation and the UN Environment Programme have published the first annual New Plastics Economy Global Commitment progress report. Presented at the Our Ocean Conference in Oslo, the report provides an unprecedented level of transparency on how almost 200 businesses and governments are reshaping the plastics system.

Highlights of the report include:

  • Companies set out actions to eliminate problematic plastic packaging, and increase the use of recycled plastic in packaging by more than five-fold by 2025, equivalent to keeping 25 million barrels of oil in the ground every year
  • Unilever, Mars, Incorporated, and PepsiCo announce significant reductions in virgin plastic use by 2025
  • Analysis carried out for the report shows that on average around 60% of business signatories’ plastic packaging is reusable, recyclable or compostable today. Through the Global Commitment, they have committed to making this 100% by 2025
  • Government signatories including France, Rwanda, the UK, and the cities of São Paulo (Brazil) and Austin (USA), are putting in place policy measures that include bans, public procurement, extended producer responsibility (EPR) schemes, fiscal measures, and incentives for research and development
  • The Ellen MacArthur Foundation and the UN Environment Programme call for more businesses and governments to sign the commitment and continue to raise the ambition level.

This announcement is an important step in the Foundation’s mission to accelerate the transition towards a circular economy. Launched in 2018, the Global Commitment now includes over 400 signatories, which are aligned on a path to build a new plastics economy. Business signatories, including companies representing 20% of all plastic packaging produced globally, are working to eliminate the plastic we don't need, to innovate so that all plastic we do need is 100% reusable, recyclable, or compostable, and to circulate all the plastic we use.

To find out more visit www.newplasticseconomy.org

31 Jan 2020 to 01 Feb 2020
International Cradle to Cradle Congress 2020

The International Cradle to Cradle Congress - the world's largest platform for C2C - will take place in Berlin from 31 January to 1 February 2020.

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.

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.

EcoBean turns leftover coffee grounds into clean energy products

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Poland

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EcoBean is a Polish enterprise that turns waste coffee grounds that would otherwise end up in landfill into a clean energy product – coffee logs!

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.

Rediscover Furniture promotes upcycling by giving new life to old furniture

Rediscover Furniture is a furniture restoration and upcycling social enterprise housed at the Rediscovery Centre in Ballymun, Dublin.

Tarpaper: No more roofing-felt waste!

Tarpaper asphalt

Tarpaper Recycling is a recycling specialist minimising the environmental impacts of construction waste. It has developed a patented method to recycle bitumen from roofing-felt waste by converting it into a material that can be used as a binder in asphalt production.

La Tête dans les Nuages creates multicoloured bean bags out of exhausted hot air balloons

La Tête dans les Nuages gives a second chance to hot air balloons, advertising posters and polystyrene packaging, which would otherwise go to waste, by upcycling them into bean bags.

24 Oct 2019
European Social Innovation competition visual

Find out about Europe’s top social innovations challenging plastic waste at the European Social Innovation Competition awards ceremony on 24 October 2019 in Brussels.

07 Oct 2019 to 13 Oct 2019

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multiple
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Czech Republic, Poland, Slovak Republic

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The 2019 International Circular Week is set to take place simultaneously in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland from 8 to 13 October 2019, with events ranging from Horizon 2020 brokerage to street art performances

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