Blue Plastics technology, called CleanBlueTech, is a pioneering, solvent-based, closed-loop washing technology that removes smell, glue, print-ink and organic residues from any plastic flexible film waste.
CleanBlueTech is a game changer as it uses 70% less energy and 100% less water than existing technologies.
Tarkett has developed a technology at its Dutch Waalwijk carpet production facility enabling the separation of the two principal components of carpet tiles. Its recycling centre creates two streams of materials that can be recycled and transformed into high-quality resources for new products.
This white paper on Quick Scan Circular Business Models - Inspiration for organising value retention in loops from the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy offers an approach for developing a circular business model. It is based on a classification for existing and future circular business models developed in 2021. It consists of seven basic models geared primarily to the manufacturing industry, although it can also be used in other sectors.
The paper is divided into three parts:
an introduction explaining the background and central concepts
an overview of the seven circular business models comprising the classification, and
the actual Quick Scan.
The interactive Quick Scan version can be found here.
Samen werken aan circulaire fietsinfrastructuur. Een integrale en systematische aanpak by Stichting Circulair Bouwen is a report on a 2-year programme carried out with EU funds on building a circular bicycle road infrastructure. Over this period of time, valuable information has been gathered on how to promote and organize circular building efficiently.
To follow up on the programme, a multi-year project will be carried out in cooperation with governments, companies, educational institutions and NGOs, under the lead of the Radboud University Nijmegen, which will include two important policy fields:
encouraging cycling (low carbon, public health, better access to congested cities, car traffic reduction) and
Since 2016, the Brussels-Capital Region has set the circular economy as one of its strategic priorities, and is implementing concrete actions to that effect.
Where are we today? Is this just the beginning of a major cultural shift? What are the main challenges ahead? To find out, the authors met numerous actors - public or private - on the ground to better understand the implications of 'circularising' the Brussels Region.
This brochure gives an overview of the promises and limitations for this new economic model with concrete examples, providing inspiration and grounds for further reflection on transitioning to the circular economy.
This report presents a baseline measurement of employment in the Belgian circular economy and provides insights into the nature and number of jobs in the country’s circular economy. This includes all jobs contributing to the circular economy through activities in renewable energy, repair and maintenance, recycling, digital technology, design, new business models and collaboration.
This report, conducted by the King Baudouin Foundation and the Dutch social enterprise Circle Economy, aims to inform governments, employers, social partners and other representatives with a view to pursuing effective and inclusive circular labour policy.
An online monitor, which the partners will update regularly, complements the report.
When 68 Dutch architectural firms signed a manifesto for circular construction in 2018, it became apparent that this field is committed and eager to apply circular economy principles in designing and building for sustainable development. Nonetheless there are few available resources on commencing such a process, which is why the BNA (Dutch Association of Architects) commissioned a study on 'Designing Circularity Jointly: Circular Architecture and Construction' in 2018.
The transition to a circular economy is a quest where nobody has the correct and precise information on what inputs are required to reduce carbon emissions, ensure raw materials are processed in a circular loop and the built environment is repurposed at end of life. Designing truly circular buildings requires frameworks and insights. These are summarised in the report's eight key messages:
circular economy is a shared quest full of complexity, obstacles and uncertainty, which is why openness, trust and courage are crucial;
architects need more circular assignments to be able to benchmark and share experiences with each other;
architects should play a greater role in designing buildings that can actually be built, maintained and recycled;
collaboration across the entire value chain is necessary to map out resource flows and design in a truly circular fashion;
regulation stimulates either renovation or newbuilds, becoming an obstacle when architects attempt to fuse old structures with new materials, linear raw materials with circular processes, and outdated standards with pioneering ones;
despite a lot of information being available, architects find it difficult to access sustainable materials that have passed the necessary quality checks;
the lack of clear guidelines about what is circular in the construction sector limits the adoption of corresponding principles;
there are no easily accessible and understandable tools to guide practitioners in designing a circular structure.
Dit document is een samenvatting van de informatie die gedeeld werd tijdens het seminarie “Financiering van de circulaire economie” dat de FOD Economie op 6 juni 2017 organiseerde met verschillende sprekers uit de openbare sector en de banksector en met ondernemers van de circulaire economie.
Het concept van de circulaire economie wordt kort toegelicht, waarna oplossingen voor publieke en private financiering voorgesteld worden.
Er wordt tevens ingegaan op de moeilijkheden rond financiering waarmee de ondernemingen en de banken worden geconfronteerd.
Tot slot wordt door een vergelijking tussen de Belgische initiatieven op het vlak van circulaire economie en die van onze buurlanden de rol van België in Europa belicht bij de opkomst van dit nieuwe economische systeem. Verschillende aandachtspunten komen onder een rubriek “aanbevelingen” op het einde van het document.