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The winning recipe for a circular economy

Sitra publication

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Maria Hughes, Reetta Kohonen, Antti Lehtinen, Anu Mänty and Mika Sulkinoja (Sitra), Lauri Byckling, Nina Ahola, Ella Tolonen, Nicolas Dolce, Miikka Simanainen (Deloitte Finland), Olivier Jan, Pierrick Drapeau, Andreas Mitsios, Khai Linh Lhomme, Laura Plamondon (Deloitte France), Akira Kato, Arisa Fukuoka (Deloitte Japan), Joe Solly, Jillian Rodak, Tamara Luisce (Deloitte Canada)
Publication Date: 
04/2021
Country: 
Finland

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The study The winning recipe for a circular economy by Sitra set out to find diverse circular economy solutions that are viable and scalable, that drive systemic circularity, and that have exceptionally positive environmental and social impacts. Over 200 organisations around the world submitted their solutions for consideration.

The study presents 39 outstanding examples of circular economy solutions that are closing material loops and driving the circular transition while being very relevant to their own environment. These solutions demonstrate the benefits of circular business operations and how different organisations across society can use circular thinking to improve the value of their business and progress towards achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Achieving a fair and inclusive circular transition through the EU Social Economy Action Plan

RREUSE: achieving a fair and inclusive circular transition through the EU Social Economy Action Plan

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Author: 
Julija Kekstaite - Policy Officer RREUSE
Publication Date: 
03/2021
Country: 
Belgium

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RREUSE welcomes the European Commission’s proposal to develop a favourable policy environment for social economy actors, calling for an ambitious Social Economy Action Plan (SEAP) that would provide a policy toolbox enabling a green, fair and circular transition in the post-COVID economic recovery. In order to establish a sustainable EU socio-economic environment and maximise the SEAP’s potential, RREUSE seeks to put forward the following recommendations on four priority areas:

  1. Mainstream the social economy within circular policies and beyond
  2. Recognise the real value of social enterprises active in the circular economy
  3. Improve access to funding for social enterprises
  4. Acknowledge social enterprises’ role in (up)skilling to meet changing market needs.

The future of work in textiles, clothing, leather and footwear

The future of work in textiles, clothing, leather and footwear

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International Labour Organization (ILO)
Publication Date: 
01/2019
Country: 
Switzerland

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This working paper, prepared by the ILO, looks at the future of work in textiles, clothing, leather and footwear (TCLF) industries.

It explores how technological advances, climate change, globalisation and changing demographics will shape these industries. It then analyses how these challenges and opportunities will impact decent work, and looks at the future of TCLF production in three categories of countries (least developed, middle income and high income). It concludes that at the present rate, the TCLF industries will not move to a circular economy approach for years.

 

The EU Ecolabel for hard covering products

EU Ecolabel
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European Commission
Publication Date: 
03/2021
Country: 
EU

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The EU Ecolabel is the official European Union label for environmental excellence.

It is awarded to sustainably-designed products, thereby encouraging innovation, and contributing to the EU’s goal of climate neutrality by 2050 and to the circular economy.

Industry can use the EU Ecolabel to offer consumers an eco-friendly alternative to conventional products and help them lower their daily environmental impact.

Ambitious criteria have been set, focusing on the main environmental impacts generated over the lifecycle of these products. This ensures that EU Ecolabel hard covering products are among the best on the market in terms of environmental performance.

Access the full list of EU Ecolabel criteria for hard coverings products here.

 

Circular Economy Report 2021 in Italy - Focus on the role of circular economy in the transition to climate neutrality

Rapporto sull'Economia Circolare in Italia

The Third Circular Economy Report (2021) by the Circular Economy Network and ENEA, besides providing the updated analysis on circular economy in Italy as compared to the main EU countries, includes a focus on the role of circular economy in the transition towards climate neutrality, as well as an update on the most important measures implemented at the national and European levels.

This report updates the analysis on the state of circular economy in Italy, assessing the results achieved in the areas of production, consumption, circular waste management, as well as investments and employment in recycling, repairing and reuse, with a comparison among the main economies in the EU: Germany, France, Italy, Spain, and Poland.

To read the report in full (in Italian), please click here.

Next Steps: Tackling Plastic Litter - A Nudging Strategy for Reducing Consumption of Single‑Use Disposable Cups

Nudging

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Author: 
Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Publication Date: 
03/2021
Country: 
Sweden

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Andrea Norgren Contact details

In this report, nudging is explored as a complement to traditional policies (regulation, economic incentives and information campaigns) to reduce the use of single-use plastics. Behavioural insights are used to develop different options to nudge consumer preferences from single-use cups to more sustainable alternatives.

Based on careful reviews and analysis of previous nudging projects, three green nudges are proposed to catalyze this shift.

Reducing Plastic Pollution: Campaigns that Work

SEI

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Author: 
Ellie Moss, Moss & Mollusk Consulting
Publication Date: 
03/2021
Country: 
Sweden

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Andrea Norgren Contact details

This report examines the relevant literature on behaviour change, psychology and environmental issues to learn which strategies can be effective – and which might be counterproductive – when it comes to shifting people’s actions around plastic. 

The aim is to radically alter patterns of consumption and production so that Sweden becomes the world’s first fossil-fuel free welfare state. The use of plastic will play an important part in the strategy.

From the review of scholarly articles, media reports and surveys of the public, a number of recommendations emerge that can be put to use by anyone creating a campaign about plastic use.

Wider environmental impacts of industry decarbonisation

Wider environmental impacts of industry decarbonisation

European Commission

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Author: 
Wood
Publication Date: 
03/2021
Country: 
EU

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Industry faces major challenges with regard to handling the transition to an economy with net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. As yet, we are far from fully understanding the potential wider environmental impacts of this transformation. Furthermore, we are largely unaware of the untapped potential of industrial facilities in sectors covered by the Industrial Emissions Directive (IED) to contribute to the circular economy.

The study aimed to provide an initial overview of the potential wider environmental impacts of industry's transition within the scope of the IED to a low carbon economy, and to gain a better understanding of how IED facilities could contribute to a circular economy.

White paper on Pathways for Extended Producer Responsibility on the road to a Circular Economy

Pathways for Extended Producer Responsibility on the road to a Circular Economy

Utrecht University
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W.J.V. Vermeulena, C.W. Backes, M.C.J. de Munck, K. Campbell-Johnston, I.M. de Waal, J. Rosales Carreon, M.N. Boeve
Publication Date: 
03/2021
Country: 
Netherlands

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The Circular Economy and Society Hub of Utrecht University has prepared a white paper analysing the key strengths and weaknesses of the way in which Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is organised in the Netherlands. Based on this analysis, it then sets out three pathways for improving EPR with a view to enabling it to contribute to the circular economy goals:

  1. Optimising EPR as an instrument for post-user circularity
  2. Re-designing EPR as an instrument for circular economy transformations
  3. Beyond EPR: other means of support.

 

 

Clusters dealing with circular transition in times of COVID-19

Cluster Excellence Denmark

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Author: 
Kaspar Nielsen, Head of Development, Cluster Excellence Denmark, Merete D. Nielsen, Director, Cluster Excellence Denmark & President, TCI Network, Oliver Ziegler, Senior Project Manager, European Secretariat for Cluster Analysis
Publication Date: 
12/2020
Country: 
Denmark

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Across the world, cluster organisations have taken a leading role in the green transition. Cluster Excellence Denmark recently released a new e-book titled Towards a New Greener Normal – How Clusters are Dealing with Circular Transition in Times of COVID-19, exploring how this work has continued despite the current pandemic.

The e-book contains informative insights into how clusters are integrating the green transition and digitalisation, leading to brand new and innovative solutions with market potential.

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