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A framework for enabling circular business models in Europe

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01/2021
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The circular economy has become a priority policy topic in Europe (EC, 2015, 2020) and is a key objective of the European Green Deal. There is increasing interest in the potential for altering traditional business models to enable materials and products to be reused and remain in the economy for as long as possible — as opposed to being used once and then discarded.

This briefing presents an analytical framework, identifying actions that can be taken to implement circular business models effectively.

Plastic in textiles: towards a circular economy for synthetic textiles in Europe

Plastic in textiles by EEA

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01/2021
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Plastic-based — or ‘synthetic’— textiles are woven into our daily lives in Europe. They are in the clothes we wear, the towels we use and the bed sheets we sleep in. They are in the carpets, curtains and cushions we decorate our homes and offices with. And they are in safety belts, car tyres, workwear and sportswear. Synthetic textile fibres are produced from fossil fuel resources, such as oil and natural gas. Their production and consumption and handling the related waste generate greenhouse gas emissions, use non-renewable resources and can release microplastics.

This briefing provides an overview of the synthetic textile economy in Europe, analyses environmental and climate impacts, and highlights the potential for developing a circular economy value chain.

Plastics, the circular economy and Europe′s environment — A priority for action

Plastics, the circular economy and Europe's environment - A priority for action

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Lars Fogh Mortensen (EEA), Ida Lippert Tange (EEA), Åsa Stenmarck (IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute), Anna Fråne (IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute), Tobias Nielsen (IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute), Nils Boberg (IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute), Fredric Bauer (Lund University)
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01/2021
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Plastics play an essential role in modern society, but they also lead to significant impacts on the environment and climate. Reducing such impacts while retaining the usefulness of plastics requires a shift towards a more circular and sustainable plastics system.

This report tells the story of plastics and their effect on the environment and climate, and looks at their place in a European circular economy.

The Khalifa Award Report: turning the date palm industry circular

The Khalifa Award Report

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Sandra Piesik, Abdelouahhab Zaid
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01/2021
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Netherlands, Other (United Arab Emirates)

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Data palms are becoming ever more important globally and in the MENA region (Middle East and North Africa). The Khalifa Award Report, inspired by 46 contributors in 21 countries, focuses on the 5 Ps - People, Planet, Prosperity, Peace and Partnerships - which shape the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The bio-circular economic potential of the date palm industry has yet to be explored. In some cases, it is a necessity that can save lives in oases prone to fire hazards caused by climate change; it can also provide new green jobs in the sustainable economy transition. The European circular economy transition can serve as a model for adaptation in the MENA region.

More info on date palm recycling on pages 162-3 of the report.

Circular Change

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CIRCULAR CHANGE

Specialized in establishing and nourishing dialogue between different stakeholders particularly in the process of creation of circular economy (CE) roadmaps, it is promoting new narratives, orchestrating interests, exchanging knowledge and enabling innovation. 

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CIRCULAR STRATEGIES

  • Strategic consulting in the field of CE and innovation
  • Sustainable and circular brand, product and service development
  • Stakeholder mapping, orchestration and circular collaboration

ROADMAPPING PROCESS

  • Co-creation, development and implementation of CE roadmaps on national or local level

EXPERT CONTRIBUTION

  • Research, reports and scenarios
  • Coaching for circular frontrunners
  • Keynote speeches, moderating, workshops, lectures.

MEDIA REFERENCES

GLOPACK: radio frequency identification can help prevent your fridge spawning furry science experiments

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Viktória Parrag, Zsófia Kertész
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02/2021
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France

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The GLOPACK (Granting society with LOw environmental impact innovative PACKaging) project aims to come up with food packaging which has no environmental footprint and can extend the shelf life of food products.

This paper explores the applications of Radio frequency identification (RFID), a promising technology that can identify articles much more efficiently than barcodes. One of the project's areas of interest is RFID-enabled wireless food spoilage indicators linked to food date labels.

RFID technology can help reduce waste (consumers can use it to check the quality of the food in their fridge) and increase recycling (it is good for mass identifying items quickly, which is helpful in a recycling facility).

Universal circular economy policy goals

Universal CE policy goals

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation has identified five universal circular economy policy goals that provide a framework for national governments, cities and businesses to create a transition that fosters innovation and decouples growth from finite resource consumption and environmental degradation.

As governments and industries around the globe move towards a circular economy, it is key to align ambitions and collaborate effectively. The five goals provide a blueprint for cooperation and the private and public sectors need to pull together to achieve them. The goals acknowledge that the relevant policies are interconnected, which will help avoid creating a patchwork of solutions.

02 Feb 2021
Five UPG

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https://www.ellenmacarthurfoundation.org/our-work/activities/the-circular-economy-show

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation has set out five universal circular economy policy goals that provide a framework for national governments, cities and businesses to create a transition that fosters innovation and decouples growth from finite resource consumption and environmental degradation.

The Fabric Sales - an almost complete circular fashion powerhouse

At the Fabric Sales, a new model has been developed for repurposing and extending the life of designer fabrics.

CiLAB collective creates new circular concepts on textile and furniture waste

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Together with the students for furniture design of VOMO the CiLAB collective started a journey creating new circular concepts based on textile and furniture waste. The concepts do not only facilitate awareness but also link with the local community and the city of Mechelen.

28 Jan 2021
C2C

On 28 January C2C will host its digital C2C Summit: Textiles & Supply Chain, focusing on Cradle to Cradle cycles and material health in the textile industry.

03 Feb 2021 to 05 Feb 2021
INTERNATIONAL CIRCULAR ECONOMY MEETING

The third edition of the International Circular Economy Meeting aims to strengthen the objectives established in Gipuzkoa province (Spain) for the circular economy. The region set to achieve a recycling rate of 70% by 2030. It also ambitions to place the territory at the forefront as a European reference in circular economy models.

Zero Waste Europe

Zero Waste Europe

Zero Waste Europe is the European network of communities, local leaders, experts, and change agents working towards the elimination of waste in our society.

Zero Waste Europe advocates for sustainable systems and the redesign of our relationship with resources to accelerate a just transition towards zero waste for the benefit of people and planet.

19 Jan 2021
Interreg MED Green Growth

The Interreg MED Green Growth Community would like to invite you to participate in an online communication training session to discover storytelling techniques that inspire journalists to get unique and impactful stories out into the media, to take place on Tuesday 19 January 2021 at 10.30 a.m. CET.

ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability

ICLEI

ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability is a global network of over 1 750 local and regional governments committed to sustainable urban development. Active in 100+ countries, ICLEI influences sustainability policy and drives local action for low emission, nature-based, equitable, resilient and circular development.

To live in a truly sustainable society, we need an economic model that separates economic growth from resource depletion and environmental degradation, replacing the linear “produce, consume, discard” model. ICLEI focuses on how local governments can lead the transition to a circular economy.

European Environmental Bureau

EEB

The European Environmental Bureau (EEB) is Europe’s largest network of environmental NGOs working for a better future where people and nature thrive together.

14 Jan 2021
Re-think Webinar Lisbon

In this new episode of Re-think Webinars we will look into another circular city: Lisbon.

Ecopreneur.eu - the European Sustainable Business Federation

The European Sustainable Business Federation Ecopreneur.eu features six national associations with 3000 sustainable companies - mostly SMEs.

A member of the ECESP Coordination Group, Ecopreneur.eu is the international business organisation in Brussels committed to ambitious measures, rules and regulations for a low-carbon circular economy. Ecopreneur.eu advocates a new economic framework by bringing concrete experience from pioneering companies into the political debate, showing best practice examples and advocating the needs of green SMEs in a credible way.

The Ecopreneur.eu Low-Carbon Circular Economy Advocacy Group is a sounding board of circular economy pioneers, including Tarkett, Werner & Mertz, Interface, REMONDIS and HUMANA Kleidersammlung.

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation, or how to accelerate the transition to a circular economy

Ellen McArthur Foundation

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation develops and promotes the idea of a circular economy. It works with, and inspires, business, academia, policymakers, and institutions to mobilise systems solutions at scale, globally.

Its vision is a new economic system that delivers better outcomes for people and the environment. Business models, products, and materials are designed to increase use and reuse, replicating the balance of the natural world, where nothing becomes waste and everything has value.

A circular economy, increasingly built on renewable energy and materials, is distributed, diverse, and inclusive. The Foundation’s work focuses on six interlinking areas:

  1. Learning
  2. Business
  3. Institutions, Governments and Cities
  4. Insight and Analysis
  5. Systemic Initiatives
  6. Communications.

ACR+, the Association of Cities and Regions for Sustainable Resource Management

ACR+

ACR+ is an international network of cities and regions sharing the aim of promoting a sustainable resource management and accelerating the transition towards a circular economy on their territories and beyond. The network currently counts around 100 members, mainly local and regional authorities as well as national networks of local authorities.

As circular economy calls for cooperation between all actors, ACR+ is open to other players in the field of material resource management (NGOs, academic institutions, consultancy or private organisations). For 25 years now, ACR+ has been facilitating the exchange of experiences between members, while also sharing technical and policy information and participating in EU-funded and international projects.

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