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Circular Regions: A digital platform mapping circular case studies

Circular regions

Circular Regions is:

  • developing a suite of practical and effective tools to help organisations in the circular economy and related areas, such as bio-economy, social economy, regenerative economy and carbon neutrality, to catalogue, categorise, contextualise and connect data and resources;
  • a platform dedicated to mapping circular case studies including: business models, strategies, policies, economic incentives and educational and behavioural shift resources utilising a holistic framework;
  • bridging bottom-up and top-down circular economy approaches alongside their partners in the north and south through mission-oriented, data-driven solutions to empower individuals and organisations.

For more information, contact: info@circularregions.org

ICLEI’s journey towards circular procurement

Renewable Matter
Author: 
Giorgio Kaldor
Publication Date: 
09/2022
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EU, Italy

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There can be no doubt that circular demand creates opportunities for circular supply. But how can closed loop criteria be integrated into public procurement, which represents nearly 14% of Europe's GDP? To figure it out, Renewable Matter interviewed Helena O'Rourke-Potocki and Simon Clement, respectively circular economy and procurement officer and senior coordinator on the circular economy at ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability.

ICLEI is a global network working with more than 2 500 local and regional governments committed to driving local action towards a social and ecological transition. In future, whether purchasing services or products such as buildings, furniture and food, local authorities will need to look for increasingly sustainable supplies.

Hutoepito: upcycling closed-cell rigid polyurethane foams

Upcycling of closed-cell rigid polyurethane foams

The Hungarian Ministry of Finance has approved a HUF 197.85 million non-refundable grant for Hutoepito, the parent company of KleanLabs, in order to fund research, development and innovation activities under the Upcycling of closed-cell rigid polyurethane foams project, which will run until 31 January 2025.

A new life for used or broken skateboards makes the rides more sustainable and supports the local community

CDIY products

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Lithuania

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The Lithuanian Commune DIY, a team of skateboarding professionals and enthusiasts, collects old, broken Canadian maple hardwood skateboards that have lost their original purpose and recycles them 100 %. The new products made of skateboards are sustainable, strong and have a new life span which is longer than the one of an average skateboard deck.

ITENE Research Centre for circularity in packaging

ITENE is a research centre specialised in packaging. It specialises in developing circular solutions along the supply chain, from raw materials development to final waste management. To meet the sustainability requirements, it develops technological solutions focused on new materials and recycling technologies as well as responding to requirements in terms of safety, design and functionality in packaging.

Besides offering services to the industry ITENE attracts a community of over 4 000 companies and 10 000 professionals, is a member of the leading organisations in its field, and plays an active role in a wide range of sectoral fora and initiatives. Formed in 1994 as a private association with non-profit purposes, it is located in Valencia (Spain).

Foodvalley NL Upcycling Community: a platform devoted to food upcycling

Foodvalley

There are major benefits to be gained from residual flows that are used to a limited extent in food production. By scaling up the use of residual streams for human consumption, we can take a big step towards a circular sustainable food system. But because these residual flows require pioneering work in cooperation with various organisations, an impactful chain transition is not realised.

To accelerate the transition of upcycling of residual streams towards food, co-creation and rock-solid cooperation are needed. The Upcycling Community started by Foodvalley NL is a safe environment where organisations can develop their ideas together and gain inspiration from each other. With the right support and a mix of cross-sector organisations, we make a circular impact. 

Trade for an inclusive circular economy: A framework for collective action

Trade for an inclusive circular economy: A framework for collective action

Photo credit: Copyright © Samsul Said/Bloomberg/Getty Images
Author: 
Jack Barrie, Latifahaida Abdul Latif, Manuel Albaladejo, Ieva Baršauskaitė, Alexey Kravchenko, Amelia Kuch, Nanno Mulder, Melissa Murara, Antoine Oger, Patrick Schröder
Publication Date: 
06/2022
Country: 
EU, United Kingdom, Other (Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, Asia-Pacific)

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The framework for inclusive circular trade is designed to help guide trade and trade-related circular economy and development policies, practices and agreements to ensure these all work towards a shared goal of an inclusive circular economy.

This paper sets out a framework for inclusive circular trade, intended to enable a pathway in which circular trade helps to promote fair, inclusive and circular societies. The framework was developed through the work of an alliance of organizations spanning Africa, Southeast Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Europe.

Chatham House does not express opinions of its own. The opinions expressed in this publication are the responsibility of the authors. A Spanish translation of the paper is also available as a PDF.

Tarkett pioneers the Material and Product Passport concept with the Material Health Statement

Tarkett has launched an independently verified (by EPEA), science-based declaration highlighting the health hazards and risks of materials in a particular product. By introducing this Material Health Statement (MHS), Tarkett completes the environmental data provided by the Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) and complements its indicators.

Exploring tools from regenerative economics for a balanced transition towards a circular EU27

Exploring tools from regenerative economics for a balanced transition towards a circular EU27

Cleaner Production Letters
Author: 
Filippos K. Zisopoulos, Dominika A. Teigiserova, Daan Schraven, Martin de Jong, Xin Tong, Robert E. Ulanowicz
Publication Date: 
08/2022
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Netherlands

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Are there limits to robustness in our socio-economic metabolism? And is 100% circularity rate in the EU27 theoretically possible? Can we use principles and indicators from regenerative economics to develop (rather than just grow) regenerative circular economies?

These aspects are being discussed together with Dr. Dominika Alexa Teigiserova, assistant prof. Dr. Daan Schraven, prof. Martin de Jong, prof. Xin Tong, and prof. Bob Ulanowicz in the paper entitled: Are there limits to robustness? Exploring tools from regenerative economics for a balanced transition towards a circular EU27.

This peer reviewed paper is open access and published in the special issue "Sustainable Cities in the Context of Economic Transformation and Climate Change" of the Cleaner Production Letters journal.

Circular flooring partnership by Tarkett & IKEA

Tarkett & IKEA circular project

Tarkett is pioneering post-use flooring recycling in Europe. It is working with IKEA to transform used Tarkett flooring from the IKEA Kungens Kurva store into new flooring.

The reusable Ocean Package for e-commerce

The Ocean Package

The Ocean Package UG is a young and sustainable company from Munich with the goal to make e-commerce more environmentally friendly and sustainable. For this purpose, they have designed reusable packaging made of recycled polypropylene, which contains a proportion of collected plastic from the North Sea. Their product can be used 20 times more often than conventional cardboard packaging.

Czech Circular Hotspot

Czech circular hotspot

The Czech Circular Hotspot's (CCH) mission is to facilitate cross-sectoral and international cooperation in the field of circular economy. The ambition of the platform is to create a space where public and private sector can cooperate to accelerate the transition towards Czech circular economy.

The CCH is organized by the Institute for Circular Economy which is a non-governmental organisation that promotes circular economy principles since 2014. INCIEN is built on 5 pillars:

  1. Czech Circular Hotspot
  2. Academy
  3. Think-tank
  4. Consultancy
  5. Advocacy.

 

Towards circular building cities: nine new action plans

Urge Integrated Action Plan
Publication Date: 
07/2022
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Netherlands

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How can a city boost the circular economy in its local construction sector?

The URGE project, co-funded by the URBACT programme, brought together nine cities and their stakeholders to develop new strategies for circular building cities. This summer, the cities’ action plans were delivered.

Some of the actions that will be taken:

  • Data collection on C&D waste in Prato
  • Introductory course on the circular economy in higher education in Riga
  • Innovation incubator for waste reduction in Copenhagen
  • Tax discounts for circular construction in Granada
  • Scaling circular construction material hubs in Utrecht.

Curious about all nine action plans? More information is available here.

CIMPA: making multilayer plastic films circular

Cimpa

CIMPA, an EU-funded H2020 project, aims to develop a recycling chain for post-industrial and post-consumer multilayer films from food and agricultural applications. This complex approach combines innovative compositional sorting, mechanical and physical recycling and an advanced decontamination process.

Digital Product Passport: The ticket to achieving a climate neutral and circular European economy?

Digital Product Passport: the ticket to achieving a climate neutral and circular European economy?

Digital Product Passport

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Thomas Götz, Holger Berg, Maike Jansen, Thomas Adisorn , David Cembrero, Sanna Markkanen, Tahmid Chowdhury
Publication Date: 
07/2022
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Belgium

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In March, the European Commission released its Circular Economy Package which includes a proposal for an Ecodesign for Sustainable Products Regulation (ESPR). The ESPR identifies a Digital Product Passport (DPP) as key, enhancing the traceability of products and their components.

The Taskforce for climate neutral and circular materials and products and the Wuppertal Institute have released their new report. This report builds on business insights into how a well-designed DPP could enable climate action and enhanced circularity in the EU.

Circular Buildings: constructing a sustainable future

Circular Buildings: constructing a sustainable future

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Diana de Graaf, Stéphanie Schuitemaker, Keita Hamada, Vincent Gruis
Publication Date: 
07/2022
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Netherlands

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Circular Buildings: constructing a sustainable future is the latest addition to a series of publications from Holland Circular Hotspot about circular challenges and opportunities in different sectors including infrastructure, plastics, manufacturing and textiles and apparel industries.

It explores how circular economy concepts can help tackle challenges in the building sector, supporting the transition towards a more sustainable and futureproof industry. It provides 25 good practices from the construction value chain and offers a framework for an international shift towards circular construction comprising policies, measurement standards, collaboration initiatives and knowledge exchange.

CIRCULAR FoodPack, or how to enable the circular use of plastic packaging for direct food contact

Circular foodpack

The consortium CIRCULAR FoodPack is working on solutions to enable the circular use of plastic packaging, focusing on the most sensitive product category: food. The project aims to develop recyclable packaging with at least 50% post-consumer recyclates incorporated behind a functional barrier.

Towards a Circular Economy - Competences for Youth - CESCY final conference

Towards a Circular Economy: Competences for Youth - Conference Report

CESCY

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AEGEE-Europe, Lowmerism, Common Gold, Rete Educare ai Diritti Umani, Mentes Empreendedoras, Zink Asturias
Publication Date: 
07/2022
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EU

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The conference Towards a Circular Economy: Competences for Youth aimed to enable participants from different backgrounds to learn more about the outputs from the Circular Economy - Sustainable Competences for Youth (CESCY) project, to share their views and to hear from experts from different sectors.

The worsening climate crisis and the growing scarcity of natural resources have increasingly demonstrated the limits of our predominantly linear economy. There is no question that our business models and practices must become more sustainable and circular. It is therefore essential that young people be prepared to contribute and lead the way towards a more circular economy in Europe and beyond.

Report: Greenwashing in the Fashion Industry

Licence to Greenwash

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Changing Markets Foundation
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03/2022
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Netherlands

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The fashion sector is awash with certification schemes, sustainability labels and multi-stakeholder initiatives all seeking to steer the industry onto a greener course. Such schemes serve a dual purpose for the brands. As the fashion industry is one of the least regulated sectors in the world, they partially exist as a genuine attempt to move towards sustainability but they also enable ‘greenwashing’.

This report has sought to assess whether certification schemes, labels and multi-stakeholder initiatives are fit for purpose and what role they play in addressing the damage done by the fashion industry. The findings show that the majority of schemes offer a false promise of certification for textiles and a highly sophisticated form of greenwashing.

Consumer Insight Action Panel – Electronics Club Final Report

Final Report

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Rosalyn Old, Leon-Johannes Reuss, Isabelle Rumpenhorst, Imke Schmidt, Raymond Slaughter
Publication Date: 
06/2022
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Germany

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This report:

  • sets out the background to the Circular Electronics project of the Consumer Insights Action Panel (CIAP),
  • shares information on the multi-stakeholder circular Electronics Club at the heart of the work, and
  • provides an overview of the methodology followed in gathering insights, designing and running interventions, and evaluating results and sustainability of the pilots.

It is designed not only to provide an overview of the project’s activities, but also to share learnings, findings and models that could support potential future initiatives in the field of circular electronics and beyond.

Discussing the Social Impacts of Circularity

Discussing the Social Impacts of Circularity

Social Impact Report

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Rosalyn Old, Isabelle Rumpenhorst, Imke Schmidt, Raymond Slaughter
Publication Date: 
06/2022
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Germany

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Circularity offers pathways to achieve a more sustainable production and consumption and to provide benefits to society. Although sustainability entails an ecological, economic, and a social dimension, the discourse on social aspects seems to have been less prevalent than on economic and environmental ones. Hence the need to further explore the social impacts of circularity and its potential societal benefits.

The aim of this report is to frame, address and better understand questions related to the social impacts of the transition to a Circular Economy. The report synthesises the gathered insights into key emerging themes and identifies gaps or areas of potential in the field as part of the Consumer Insight Action Panel (CIAP) project, led by the CSCP and funded by Sitra and DBU.

The Taxshift: An EU Fiscal Strategy to Support the Inclusive Circular Economy

The Taxshift: An EU fiscal strategy to support the inclusive circular economy

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Femke Groothuis (The Ex'tax Project), Advisors: Peter Gersen, Henk van Cappelle (The Ex’tax Project), Research: Arnoud van der Werf, Raúl van Kleef (The Ex’tax Project), Knowledge partners: Cambridge Econometrics, Deloitte, EY, KPMG, PwC
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06/2022
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Netherlands

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The EU Green Deal includes a commitment to shift the tax burden from labour to pollution. EU companies seek to adopt circular practices, but financial incentives in their tax systems curb circular growth.

This study presents a roadmap for a rebalancing of the tax mix, both at national and EU levels. It assesses the impact of 20 taxshift measures significantly decreasing the tax burden on labour while increasing taxation of resource use and pollution.

The analysis shows that a well-considered, broad-based tax reform could lead to more jobs, higher economic growth, fewer emissions and less dependence on imports. It also shows that it is possible to design policy measures addressing environmental issues (Polluter Pays Principle) and social issues (leaving no-one behind) simultaneously.

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