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German Resource Efficiency Programme II: Programme for the sustainable use and conservation of natural resources

German Resource Efficiency Programme II: Programme for the sustainable use and conservation of natural resources
Publication Date: 
11/2016
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Germany

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Diana Nissler

Natural resources are defined as all components of nature: biotic and abiotic resources, physical space (such as land), environmental media (water, soil and air), flow resources (such as geothermal, wind, tide and solar energy), and the diversity of all living organisms.

Natural resources are essential for life on our planet, and always will be. Many natural resources, however, are in limited supply. Conserving natural resources is therefore of vital importance, including for future generations.

The Federal Government embraces its responsibility in this regard. As early as 2002, it set a target in the National Sustainable Development Strategy of doubling Germany’s raw material productivity by 2020 relative to 1994. The German Resource Efficiency Programme (ProgRess) of 2012 was directed towards achieving this target.

Verso un modello di economia circolare per l’Italia

Towards a Model of Circular Economy for Italy - Overview and Strategic Framework

Towards a Model of Circular Economy for Italy - Overview and Strategic Framework
Publication Date: 
11/2017
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Italy

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Annalidia Pansini

“Towards a Model of Circular Economy for Italy - Overview and Strategic Framework” is a document that defines Italy’s strategic positioning on the issue in line with the commitments adopted under the Paris Agreement, UN Agenda 2030, G7 Communiqué and within EU.

The document calls for a "change of paradigm" for Italy's economy, for a new way to consume, produce and do business. There is a need for a new industrial policy aimed at sustainability and innovation capable of increasing the competitiveness of products and manufacturing.

Considering the importance of the document, the Italian government decided to collect the contributions of all institutions, firms, experts and citizens who deal with the issue to develop a document that is the result of a shared and participatory process.

A Circular Economy in the Netherlands by 2050

A Circular Economy in the Netherlands by 2050
Publication Date: 
09/2016
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Netherlands

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Helpdesk Waste Management and Circular Economy

The Government-wide programme for a Circular Economy is aimed at developing a circular economy in the Netherlands by 2050.

Its ambition is to realise, together with a variety of stakeholders, an (interim) objective of a 50% reduction in the use of primary raw materials (minerals, fossil and metals) by 2030.

It has as main priorities: Biomass and food, plastics, the manufacturing industry, construction sector and consumer goods.

Be Circular - Regional Programme 2016 – 2020

Regional plan for the circular economy, Brussels Capital Region

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Publication Date: 
03/2016
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Belgium

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Helpline (Belgium) 1819

Brussels Capital region Circular Economy strategy, adopted in 2016, sets a 10 year framework to move Brussels' economy towards a circular model.

The strategy is focused on three objectives: transform environmental goals into economic opportunities, anchor the Brussels economy, where possible, to local produce and to minimise transportation whilst optimising the use of available territory in order to create additional value for the people of Brussels and to contribute to the creation of employment. It is structured in 4 different axes (combining 111 actions):

  • Transversal ( regulatory framework);
  • sectorial (specific industries);
  • territorial and
  • governance (to bring together 3 ministerial department)

Leading the cycle - Finnish road map to a circular economy 2016–2025

Leading the cycle – Finnish road map to a circular economy 2016-2025

Leading the Cycle - Finnish Roadmap to a Circular Economy
Publication Date: 
09/2016
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Finland

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Kari Herlevi

The Finnish Roadmap to achieve a Circular Economy goal is to create a shared mindset in Finnish society to promote the circular economy and determine the most effective means to do it.

The Roadmap focuses on 5 focus areas, topics that will initially be used in advancing the circular economy in Finland. Based on Finland’s traditional strengths, these topics include a sustainable food system, forest-based loops, technical loops, transport and logistics, and joint actions.

New, innovative bioenergy products from paper and pulp mills’ sidestreams utilizing novel biogas technology

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Finland

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EcoEnergySF Oy has a biogas plant in the area of Metsä Fibre Bioproduct Mill in Äänekoski, Finland. The biogas plant processes the wastewater slurries of the BioproductMill, and turn those into biogas for transportation, carbon dioxide for pulping process as well as fertilizers and solid biofuel for boiler plants.

Traditional Christmas ham goes circular with the HamTrick campaign (Kinkkutemppu)

The Ham trick (kinkkutemppu in Finnish) is a consumer campaign organised in 2016 and 2017 in Finland during the Christmas period.

This cross-sectoral co-operation with Finnish companies and organisations aimed at bringing the concept of circular economy closer to consumers,  advising about recycling and avoiding that the drains were choked by excess fat at Christmas.

Geocycle gives second life to C&DW through the cement manufacturing process

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Austria

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The cement industry and LafargeHolcim under the Geocycle brand, have developed strong expertise in coprocessing. This latter refers to the simultaneous recovery of energy and the recycling of mineral materials within one single industrial process: cement manufacturing. This waste treatment solution allows 100% of the material input to be recovered or recycled in the production process.

Giving plastic bottles a second life through “Bottle-to-Bottle” in Rostock

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Germany

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Every year in Rostock, Veolia converts 1 billion PET drinks bottles into so-called recyclate from which preforms/bottles can again be manufactured.

Turning coffee by-product into green energy

This joint venture is a successful and genuine example of a short circuit circular loop where Veolia and Jacobs Douwe Egberts developed a solution to use spent coffee grounds from the plant’s production process to produce steam.

The road to a circular future: the realizations and the challenges

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Belgium

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Denuo is the Belgian umbrella association for private companies who put the circular economy at the heart of their operations. It represents 220 companies who are helping enterprises across all sectors to fundamentally change their production processes, making the transition towards the circular economy, and also including manufacturing companies who use circular economy principles.

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Less than a tenth of the billions of tonnes of resources pumped into the global economy every year are reused, and this waste incurs a huge economic, environmental, and social cost.

From expired bank cards to urban furniture

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Portugal

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Caixa identified the development of a recycling circuit for expired or damaged cards as an opportunity for improvement: bank cards (expired or at the end of their service lives) and non-bank cards (for example, loyalty cards made of plastic) are valued through plastic recycling..

Attero InfiniteFilm: high-end post-consumer film recycling

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Netherlands

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24 Kton annualy will be converted into LDPE re-granulate in the new recycling factory Attero is building in Wijster. Contaminated film is cleaned and turned into a high quality and odorless re-granulate.

Social Innovation Repair - Giving a second life to electrical and electronic appliances, the R.U.S.Z case

Following the business model of a sustainable repair shop, R.U.S.Z is a social business which started back in 1998, as a work integration social enterprise for long-term unemployed persons.

ELIPSE : le référentiel pour l'évaluation des performances des démarches d'écologie industrielle et territoriale (EIT)

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France

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Le référentiel ELIPSE est un outil qui permet d’assurer l’évaluation et le suivi des démarches d’écologie industrielle et territoriale (EIT).

Stories of Circular Economy: an Italian Atlas and a competition.

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Italy

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Stories of Circular Economy combines the first online Atlas gathering circular economy experiences in Italy with an annual competition.

 

Zero Carbon Resorts project towards Sustainable Development of the Tourism Sector in the Philippines and Thailand

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Austria

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Tourism in the Philippines and Thailand is receiving increasing attention as an excellent development option but with the vulnerability of developing countries to climate change it is inevitable to take the environmental performance of the tourism business into serious consideration.

88 000 tons of safe and quality food redistributed to 8 035 charitable organizations in 2017

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Italy

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With the help of a network of 21 Food Banks across the country, FBAO recovers surplus food and redistributes it to charitable organizations which assist people in need.

Close the loop in ceramic industry

In circular economy secondary resources (i.e. end-of-life products), the industrial side streams and wastes, are the “wasted resources of today”, if they are not utilized and returned for use.

CEMA’s co-processing to turn cement waste into a resource

Cement and Environment Labour Foundation (CEMA Foundation) was created by Oficemen (Spanish Cement Association) and the two largest trade unions operating in the Spanish cement industry, CCOO de Construcción y Servicios and UGT-FICA, Federación de Industria, Construcción y Agro.

Cradle-to-grave recycling process at Mosca GmbH

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Germany

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Mosca's PET strap is made from 100% recycled material: the so-called "bottle flakes" are a result of recycled plastic bottles coming from the empties of discounters.

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