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reCIRCULARte: dusting off old furniture and objects to give them new life in a circular effort

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Portugal

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The project reCIRCULARte started in 2017: three unemployed people decided to reuse, recover and restore second-hand material or objects, giving them new life.

26 Jun 2020

In the framework of Furn 360, a European project aimed at developing a training curriculum to facilitate the implementation of circularity in the furniture sector, a webinar will be held to share insights on the current state of circular economy in the sector, with representatives from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and the European Furniture Industries Confederation.

Impacts and Insights: Circular IT Management in Practice

Impacts and Insights: Circular IT Management in Practice

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TCO Development
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06/2020
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Sweden

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Cassandra Julin

The report from TCO Development, the organization behind the global sustainability certification for IT products TCO Certified, explains how everyone who buys/uses IT products can implement circular practices. It sets out how circular economy (CE) helps solve many pressing sustainability challenges linked to IT products and contains 33 expert tips on circular IT management.

Key findings:

  1. Use IT products longer.
  2. Circularity helps maximize the value of IT investment.
  3. Market demand is key to accelerating the pace of change. 
  4. Circularity includes IT management throughout the life cycle. 
  5. Improved supply chain responsibility can speed up transition to CE. 
  6. Circularity is a team effort.
  7. Many circular solutions are already in place - just use them.

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.

25 Jun 2020
EWWR

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Online
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EU

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The annual European Week for Waste Reduction Awards Ceremony is organised online on 25 June at 14:00 CEST to reward the most outstanding waste prevention initiatives carried out during the last edition.

CYCLE: Improving resource utilisation in the food chain

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Other (Norway)

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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. 

SUMMARY/PRESENTATION OF THE CIRCULAR ARAGON STRATEGY

Aragon Circular Strategy

Estrategia Aragón Circular
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02/2020
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Spain

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Eloy Fernández

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. 
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

Espana circular

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.

    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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    25/05/2020
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    EU
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    Brussels

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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.

    ProCirc project: creating a toolbox for circular procurement

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    01/01/2018 to 31/12/2022
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    EU
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    Brussels

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    ProCirc – Circular Procurement: Accelerate circular economy through procurement power, alliance and capacity building – is a 3.5 year Interreg North Sea Region project that started in 2018, co-funded by the Regional Development Fund of the European Union. It is led by a consortium of 11 partners, including ACR+, representing both public authorities and research institutes.

    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.

    How can bulky waste management be improved?

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    31/01/2016 to 18/03/2020
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    EU
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    Brussels

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    After three years of hard work, the URBANREC project has been brought to a successful completion. The main outcomes of the project include a comprehensive guide on bulky waste management, the implementation of demonstration activities on innovative practices for the re-use, collection and treatment of urban bulky waste, as well as knowledge transfer activities.

    Jerónimo Martins is fighting food waste on all fronts

    Jerónimo Martins - Fighting food waste on all fronts

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    Poland, Portugal

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    Jerónimo Martins, a food retailer operating in Colombia, Portugal and Poland is committed to reducing 50% of the food waste produced in its operations by 2025, compared to 2016.

    Syctom Position Paper New Circular Economy Action Plan

    Syctom Position Paper on the New Circular Economy Action Plan

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    Syctom
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    04/2020
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    France

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    Syctom is a French local public authority and a leading European operator in domestic waste management. It processes 2,3 million tonnes of domestic and related waste from around six million inhabitants of the Île-de-France region, including Paris, i.e. almost 9% of the French population. 

    Syctom strongly welcomes the New Circular Economy Action Plan (CEAP) published by the European Commission.

    In its position paper, Syctom highlights some elements in order to contribute to future discussions about the development of the new CEAP, in particular:

    • strengthening and extending ecodesign,
    • waste reduction,
    • stimulating the market for secondary raw materials,
    • waste-to-energy as a sustainable environmental activity and
    • strengthening education to promote prevention.

     

    Knowledge brokerage between Slovenia and Portugal on waste collection facilities and communication strategies

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    05/09/2018 to 05/09/2019
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    Portugal, Slovenia
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    Ljublana

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    Between 2018 and 2019, knowledge brokerage between Slovenia and Portugal took place on waste collection and treatment, reuse and repair facilities as well as communication strategies.

    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.

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