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From waste to resource productivity: evidence and case studies

From waste to resource productivity: evidence and case studies

From waste to resource productivity: evidence and case studies

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Government Chief Scientific Adviser
Publication Date: 
12/2017
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United Kingdom

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Dr Richard Leese

All societies produce waste, though its characteristics and what happens to it depend on cultural, economic and political factors at local, national and global scales. New business models, technological innovations and social enterprise have the potential to reduce waste. Policymakers have a key role to play in supporting these efforts by fostering better communication between stakeholders; through regulation that prioritises reuse and quality recycling; and by encouraging resource efficiency through education, research and manufacturing initiatives.

From waste to resource productivity: main report

From waste to resource productivity - main report

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Government Chief Scientific Adviser
Publication Date: 
12/2017
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United Kingdom

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Dr Richard Leese

Waste nationally and globally is increasingly problematic and challenging to policymakers. It is a problem that is increasing in scale and scope. It matters to all of us for a series of reasons:

  • There is simply so much waste. In a country with a small land area and a large population, the sheer bulk of waste is in and of itself a problem;
  • As humans congregate in cities around the world, the production of waste has become highly concentrated and that creates particular challenges for its collection and disposal:
  • Much waste is harmful. The scale of that harm has become global. It harms both humans and the other species with which we share the planet. That harm comes in many forms.

How the Circular Economy can benefit from the Digital Revolution

How the circular economy can benefit from the digital revolution

How the Circular Economy can benefit from the Digital Revolution

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Author: 
Romain Pardo
Publication Date: 
04/2018
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Belgium

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Rebecca Castermans

In a circular economy, materials are more durable and easier to repair, reuse and recycle while waste is turned into a resource. In addition, processes from production to waste management become more resource efficient. Innovative business models enable companies to create value by selling services rather than products. Digital technologies will be pivotal in bringing about this systemic change. The European Union has to make the most of digital solutions for the benefit of a circular economy. This requires addressing the barriers to their uptake, enabling the free flow of data across borders, fostering trust in the data economy, and maximising synergies between the digital and circular economy agendas.

KATCH_e: Knowledge Alliance on Product-Service Development towards Circular Economy and Sustainability in Higher Education

KATCH_e: Knowledge Alliance on Product-Service Development towards Circular Economy and Sustainability in Higher Education

KATCH_e: Knowledge Alliance on Product-Service Development towards Circular Economy and Sustainability in Higher Education

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Irina Celades
Publication Date: 
09/2017
Country: 
Portugal

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Cristina Sousa Rocha

The Knowledge Alliance on Product-Service Development towards Circular Economy and Sustainability in Higher Education (KATCH_e) is a 3-year EU funded project that was launched in January 2017. KATCH_e brings together 11 partners from four EU countries to address the challenge of reinforcing the skills and competences in the field of product-service development for the circular economy and sustainability in the construction and furniture sectors. It develops training materials targeting universities, researchers, practitioners and businesses for the development of sustainable product-services. The main results of KATCH_e are:

  • KATCH_e Curriculum;
  • KATCH_e Course with 10 Modules;
  • MOOC;
  • KATCH_e Tools;
  • Innovative product ad product-service concepts;
  • Business strategies towards circular economy;
  • Didactic recommendations for learning approaches on circular economy.

Circularity Gap Report

Circularity Gap Report

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Marc de Wit , Jelmer Hoogzaad, Shyaam Ramkumar, Harald Friedl , Annerieke Douma
Publication Date: 
01/2018
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Netherlands

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Melanie Wijnands

Our world economy is only 9.1% circular, leaving a massive ‘"circularity gap". This alarming statistic is the main output of this first Circularity Gap Report, in which we launch a metric for the circular state of the planet. The Circularity Gap Report provides a framework and fact-based to measure and monitor progress in bridging the gap, year on year. Being able to track and target performance via the Global Circularity Metric will help us engage in uniform goal-setting and guide future action in the most impactful way. Closing the circularity gap serves the higher objective of preventing further and accelerated environmental degradation and social inequality. The transition to circularity is, therefore, a means to an end. As a multi stakeholder model, a circular economy has the ability to unite a global community behind an action agenda, engaged and empowered both collectively and individually. Its systemic approach boosts capacity and capability to serve societal needs, by embracing and endorsing the best humankind has to offer: the power of entrepreneurship, innovation and collaboration.

The Role of Business in the Circular Economy: Markets, Processes and Enabling Policies

The role of business in the circular economy: Markets, processes and enabling policies

The circular economy is attracting significant interest worldwide, as evidenced by the numerous government strategies, business commitments and partnerships devoted to its development. At the EU level, the Action Plan for the Circular Economy and several other policy documents have demonstrated a strong commitment to move towards a low-carbon and circular economy. While the calls for a new economic model grow louder, it is clear that the transformation of markets and industries on a large scale will not be an easy achievement. It will require well-designed and ambitious policies to foster the transition as well as new business models. Against this background, CEPS brought together executives from major multinational companies as well as representatives of business associations, non-governmental organisations and research institutes to form a Task Force charged with tackling the immense challenges associated with the circular economy. This report is the outcome of their deliberations. It analyses the key obstacles that need to be addressed, explores numerous policy areas at the EU and national level where support can act as a catalyst for market transformation, and puts forward actionable policy recommendations.

Clothes rental - helping to reduce textile waste, greenhouse gas emissions and water footprint

Tale Me clothes renting

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Belgium, France

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Tale Me is the first European dressing room to rent clothing for maternity and babies/children from 0 to 6 years old.

Toxics in Carpets in the European Union

Swept under the rug: new report reveals toxics in European carpets threatening health, environment and circular economy

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Jessica Onyshko, Rob Hewlett
Publication Date: 
03/2018
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United Kingdom

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Genon Jensen

Toxic substances linked to a range of adverse health impacts can be present in carpets sold in the European Union, the European Public Health Alliance and the Health and Environment Alliance warned today following a new study by Anthesis. The study identifies over 59 hazardous substances found in carpets sold in the EU, including endocrine disruptors and carcinogens, linked to serious health conditions such as cancers, learning disabilities and fertility problems.

The Role of Business in the Circular Economy: Markets, Processes and Enabling Policies

The Role of Business in the Circular Economy Markets, Processes and Enabling Policies

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CEPS Task Force
Publication Date: 
03/2018
Country: 
Belgium

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Isabelle Tenaerts

The circular economy is attracting significant interest worldwide, as evidenced by the numerous government strategies, business commitments and partnerships devoted to its development. At the EU level, the Action Plan for the Circular Economy and several other policy documents have demonstrated a strong commitment to move towards a low-carbon and circular economy. While the calls for a new economic model grow louder, it is clear that the transformation of markets and industries on a large scale will not be an easy achievement. It will require well-designed and ambitious policies to foster the transition as well as new business models. 

A simple solution for a complex problem: the Junker App

Waste disosal is easy, just a blip away

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Italy

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"Junker" is the APP which recognizes products, within a single click on their barcode, and provides citizens with all the necessary information for recycling their components in a correct and fast way. It is the application which makes waste disposal easy, thanks to the Internet of Things and user crowdsourcing.

Learn more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1NcGmkziURs&feature=youtu.be

CenBio - Enabling sustainable and cost-efficient bioenergy in Norway

CENBIO - Enabling sustainable and cost-efficient bioenergy in Norway
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Belgium, Other (Norway)

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CenBio - Bioenergy Innovation Centre is one of Norway’s Centres for Environment-friendly Energy Research.

ROCKWOOL stone wool solutions: How upcycling transforms waste into value

Rockwool's  stone wool is fully recyclable. An important element of the circular business model is making recyclable, long-lasting products and offering a recycling service

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Denmark

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Stone wool can be recycled again and again into new stone wool.

Circular comfortable furniture, made from recovered (ocean) plastics

The chairs are made from recovered marine and coastal plastic

The company Van de Sant Innovations BV designs and manufactures comfortable sustainable furniture, made from recovered (ocean) plastics.

Circular Business Models – Creating a climate fit for life

In 1994, Interface made a public commitment to become restorative by 2020. Since then, nature has been a mentor for Interface on its sustainability journey, driving the organisation to be more circular by applying biomimicry

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Netherlands

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In 1994, Interface made a public commitment to become restorative by 2020, eliminating any negative impact the company might have. As 2020 approaches and the organisation is on track, working towards 100% renewable energy in production, 100% recycled and biobased materials, having reuse and recycling options available around the globe.

Co-processing of waste in EU cement plants: status and prospects

Co-processing of waste in EU cement plants: status and prospects

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Belgium

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The EU cement industry supports the promotion of industrial symbiosis and the recognition of energy recovery as a waste management solution for non-recyclable waste. The use of waste materials in the cement industry with a simultaneous energy recovery and material recycling, referred to as co-processing, contributes towards achieving the objectives of the circular economy.

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