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Three narratives about food waste and their social impact

France's Law Against Food Waste: do new narratives serve social justice?

Three narratives about food waste and their social impact
Author: 
Sina Leipold, Kaja Weldner, Marius Hohl
Publication Date: 
12/2021
Country: 
Germany

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France's Law Against Food Waste has become an international model for sustainable food policy. The law is often described as combining economic efficiency with environmental protection and social equity. However, stakeholder narratives cast doubt on whether this French CE law really contributes to social justice in the long run. This discourse analysis shows that:

  • the ban on food waste institutionalised a narrative about food waste that prioritises profit over social equity
  • the traditionally dominant solidarity narrative about food waste has been pushed back by the emerging CE discourse
  • As a consequence of this shift, activities enacted in the name of the CE may counteract social equity goals (for instance by establishing competition with charities).

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Healthy diets save more resources than food waste reduction

Healthy diets save more resources than food waste reduction

Healthy diets save more resources than food waste reduction

Policies are focusing on halving food waste to help conserve increasingly strained food resources. However, expanding their scope of action to include dietary changes and complement targets with resource footprints has greater potential to save resources while avoiding trade-offs.

This paper shows that in Germany:

  • Healthy, plant-based diets are more effective at reducing land and biomass use than halving food waste
  • A combination of more plant-based food consumption and food waste reduction in distribution and consumption is most effective at saving resources
  • Focusing exclusively on food waste reduction as a policy target can be detrimental to the overarching goal of saving resources because it deflects attention away from more effective alternatives.

Why the Packaging Act contributes little to the Circular Economy

Why the German Packaging Act contributes little to the Circular Economy

Why the German Packaging Act contributes little to the Circular Economy
Author: 
Machteld Simoens, Sina Leipold
Publication Date: 
06/2020
Country: 
Germany

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Many political, business and civil society stakeholders are disappointed with the German Packaging Act. They feel it makes a comparatively small contribution to the circular economy. This study explains why they are disappointed:

  • Policy-making became entangled in disputes between proponents of a private and a public system for waste collection. Stakeholder fears of potential radical changes led to a stalemate
  • Fears allowed only incremental changes in the Packaging Act
  • The incremental changes could not resolve existing conflicts.

Based on its findings, the paper proposes possible courses of action. To create a shift to a circular economy, dialogue is needed using methods which explicitly address fears and overcome the current stalemate.

21 Apr 2022
Circularity Gap Report Sweden

Join the event on 21 April 2022 for the launch of the Circularity Gap Report Sweden to learn more about the state of circularity in Sweden and how advancing it can help strengthen climate action.

12 Apr 2022
4th OECD Roundtable on the Circular Economy in Cities and Regions

The 4th OECD Roundtable on the Circular Economy in Cities and Regions will bring together key stakeholders from cities, regions, national governments, the private sector, civil society, academia, philanthropy and international organisations on 12 April 2022.

07 Apr 2022
From sewage plants to biofactories

This event on 7 April aims to explore the concept of biofactories and present the technical advances of the projects ECOVAL and WALNUT. The social, legal and market barriers for the valorisation of high added value products for agriculture and industry, such as sludge or biofertilisers obtained from waste flows from urban water treatment plants, will be discussed.

A Blueprint on Industrial Symbiosis to achieve a circular and regenerative economy

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Under the framework of the INSIGHT project, a Blueprint has been developed to provide specific recommendations on how to promote the application of Industrial Symbiosis and its facilitation to various stakeholders, as well as a roadmap of how the organisations are expected to apply the IS principles, by making use of educational specific inputs and resources.

CISUFLO: minimising the environmental impact of the EU flooring sector

CISUFLO

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Belgium

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The project, funded under Horizon 2020, aims to develop a systemic circular approach to floor coverings.

TCO Certified stands for environmentally and socially responsible IT purchases

TCO Certified

TCO Certified has 30 years' experience of driving sustainable development in the IT industry. By continuously developing criteria and verification methods, TCO Certified tackles new challenges such as circularity, hazardous substances, and socially and environmentally responsible manufacturing. 

All criteria are mandatory, which means that all products must meet all the criteria for their product category to be certified according to TCO Certified.
 
The need to go circular has become especially pressing as digitalisation continues to grow and with it the consumption of electronic devices. TCO Certified’s circular criteria help purchasers lower greenhouse gas emissions, reduce e-waste and extend the life of IT products.

24 Mar 2022
Foodrus

The FOODRUS project has launched a survey on the identification of legal, economic, technical and system barriers to food loss and food waste prevention. The survey targets all actors in the food value chain, from farm to fork. Civil society organisations and policy makers engaged in food loss and food waste prevention measures are also welcome to participate.

15 Jun 2022
EuRIC

After two years of cancellations due to COVID-19, EuRIC is delighted to announce that the European Recycling Conference is back and will take place on 14-15 June 2022 at IFEMA in Madrid.

The 4th conference will offer unique networking opportunities, brief participants on the latest regulatory and business developments and be part of the International Recycling and Recovery Trade Fair in Madrid which attracts over 10 000 visitors and 200 exhibition stands. The event will bring together top-level executives from companies, federation leaders and officials from EU institutions.

07 Apr 2022
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Online
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Belgium

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RREUSE is excited to invite you to its forthcoming webinar discussing a burning question: Who should finance re-use policies?

Taking place on 7 April, the event aims to provide an opportunity for the exchange of good practices between members of the RREUSE network, policymakers, local authority representatives, and waste management and prevention experts. After a showcase of good practices from the RREUSE network, the audience will be invited to brainstorm on the most efficient way for re-use policies to be financed.

 

27 Jun 2022 to 29 Jun 2022
3rd Symposium on Circular Economy and Sustainability

The 3rd Symposium on Circular Economy and Sustainability will take place in Chania, Greece on 27-29 June 2022. Researchers, practitioners and entrepreneurs are invited to submit both empirical and theoretical papers that are broadly consistent with any of the topics covered by the Symposium.

Learning after the flood - waste management in focus

Thinking Circular®

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Author: 
Eveline Lemke
Publication Date: 
03/2022
Country: 
Germany

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134 people died in the devastating flooding in the German region of Ahrweiler in July 2021, caused by a climate change-induced weather situation. Over 400 000 tonnes of waste were created by the floods in one night. 40 000 households were hit, and massive damage to infrastructure such as roads, schools and hospitals was reported. The situation was described as being similar to the massive destruction following a war.

Thinking Circular’s report summarises the process of waste management and learning from this regional crisis.

APPLiA - Home Appliance Europe, Circular Appliances: an online platform

APPLiA

The Circular Appliances website, an initiative powered by APPLiA - Home Appliance Europe representing home appliance manufacturers from across Europe, is an online platform which takes readers through each phase of the home appliances’ lifecycle, from design to end-of-use, aimed at displaying the achievements of the sector and fostering a more sustainable culture among European citizens.

Thanks to an immersive and interactive format, the Circular Appliances website offers the public a comprehensive experience to discover each phase of the product’s lifecycle and how the home appliance industry drives the circular transition. This is all based on what APPLiA calls a “circular culture”, which means bringing all societal actors together to achieve more ambitious circularity objectives.

The Circular Economy and Green Jobs in the EU and Beyond

The Circular Economy and Green Jobs in the EU and Beyond

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Author: 
Janis Brizga and Saïd El Khadraoui (Editors)
Publication Date: 
02/2022
Country: 
Belgium

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The circular economy is a model of production and consumption that is underpinned by a transition to renewable energy and materials. It is a resilient system - good for business, people and the environment. The book titled The Circular Economy and Green Jobs in the EU and Beyond examines what the circular economy means, why the transition from a linear economy to a circular one is important, and how we can achieve it.

The book offers clarification on the meaning and the implications of the circular economy across different contexts – economic, social, cultural, legal and international. Particular emphasis is placed on the implications for jobs and different business models as well as on questions of equity.

Outcome document of the Leadership Group on Building and Infrastructures

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28/02/2022
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EU
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Brussels

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The built environment has a significant impact on a multitude of sectors, on local jobs and on quality of life. The construction sector accounts approximately for 50% of materials extracted in Europe, and is responsible for more than 35% of Europe's waste.

A two-year stakeholders’ consultation on the construction and infrastructure value chains

A two-year stakeholders’ consultation on the construction and infrastructure value chains

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ENEA
Publication Date: 
02/2022
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Italy

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This paper by ENEA focuses on circular economy in the construction sector, by illustrating the main market dynamics related to materials for buildings and infrastructures, and active and/or potential value chain collaborations in a circular and industrial symbiosis perspective.

    The paper offers an overview of:

    1. the relevance of construction and infrastructure value chains within the EU economy,
    2. their potential for circularity, resource efficiency and decarbonisation and
    3. the main barriers and levers.

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    30 Jun 2022 to 01 Jul 2022
    MonGOS

    The International MonGOS conference - Water and Sewage in the Circular Economy Model, which will be held from 30 June to 1 July 2022 in Cracow (Poland), will provide a summary of the MonGOS project "Monitoring of water and sewage management in the context of the implementation of the circular economy assumptions" financed by the Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange (NAWA) under the International Academic Partnerships Programme (2020-2022).

    08 Mar 2022
    Ramboll

    You are invited to participate in a webinar led by the European Commission, DG ENV, on 8 March 2022, to launch a "Support study for the development of the Roadmap for the reduction of whole life carbon of buildings", .

    The Innovation Agenda for Sustainable Use of Resources

    The Innovation Agenda for Sustainable Use of Resources

    Each year, humanity consumes resources equivalent to 1.7 planets. Sustainable resource use is therefore essential if we are to achieve our national environmental and climate objectives and the sustainable global development goals in the 2030 Agenda.

    RE:Source is a strategic innovation programme co-funded by the Swedish Agency for Innovation Systems (Vinnova), the Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning (Formas) and the Swedish Energy Agency. The programme focuses on research and innovation in sustainable material use.

    Within RE:Source, the RE:Agenda describes the innovation area of sustainable use of resources, which aims to support solutions that contribute to the efficient use of the earth’s resources within the planetary boundaries.

    22 Feb 2022
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    EU

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    This European Commission consultation is accessible to all stakeholders to express views about a possible policy to tackle microplastic pollution. In addition, the consultation will be used to collect additional information about sources, monitoring, known initiatives to limit emissions and potential measures to abate emissions.

    Last date for contributions: 17 May 2022.
     

    18 May 2022 to 20 May 2022
    Capri port

    SUM 2022 - 6th Symposium on Circular Economy and Urban Mining - will take place from 18 to 20 May 2022 in the fascinating venue of Capri, Italy. The Symposium, organised biennially since 2012 by the International Waste Working Group (IWWG), is the reference forum for resource recovery from waste, where scientists and stakeholders can debate cutting edge results and focus on future needs. The conference programme will include parallel tracks of oral sessions, workshops, poster presentations and much more.

    17 Mar 2022
    TRANSFORM-CE

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    Online
    Country: 
    Netherlands

    Participate in this free webinar on 17 March, the second of a series of informational webinars for Interreg North-West Europe funded project TRANSFORM-CE. In this webinar the TRANSFORM-CE project partners will share the advances and outputs from the research and innovation carried out under this Interreg NW Europe funded initiative on plastics as a source for future use.

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