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6 Conditions for Chemical Recycling

Ecopreneur
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Ecopreneur.eu
Publication Date: 
12/2021
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Belgium

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Recycling is key for the circular economy. Chemical recycling could one day become a trouble-shooter solution for any remaining unrecyclable applications and replace incineration. However, it is not yet a sustainable technology.

Ecopreneur.eu - the European Sustainable Business Federation - has concerns about linear economy lock-ins, high CO2 emissions, competition with mechanical recycling, lack of scale, low quality, toxic residues, and large investments being drawn away from SMEs going circular.

Therefore it advocates to support the development of chemical recycling only if:

  1. net-carbon positive,
  2. used for otherwise unrecyclable residues,
  3. with maximum quality,
  4. scalable,
  5. at costs reflecting the waste hierarchy, and
  6. matched by equal support for SMEs on circular design.

Greenwashing in the Fashion Industry

Greenwashing in the Fashion Industry
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Generation Climate Europe, Task Force on Textiles
Publication Date: 
10/2021
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Belgium

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This policy paper sheds light on the false claims and misleading communication campaigns advertised by the fashion industry. It discusses the environmental impacts associated with these Greenwashing claims in relation to three issues: materials, circularity and climate.

The paper further presents the most common statements and strategies used by fashion companies to convey their alleged engagement in environmentally sustainable practices.

Finally, recommendations are given on the policies needed on the EU-level to ensure that fashion brands are providing accurate and verifiable information to consumers, for them to make informed choices.

With this policy paper, Generation Climate Europe (GCE) calls on the EU to address the growing issue of Greenwashing in the fashion industry.

How robust is the circular economy in Europe? An ascendency analysis with Eurostat data between 2010 and 2018

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Filippos K. Zisopoulos, Daan Schraven, Martin de Jong
Publication Date: 
12/2021
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Netherlands

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The authors of the study apply ascendency analysis (a systematic method based on information theory for quantifying the efficiency and resilience of natural ecosystems) at EU level and discuss the implications for urban waste management systems, taking the Netherlands as an example.

They argue that ecological principles can be useful for developing human-made systems. The system is made sufficiently robust to be able to cope with shocks by including a diverse set of stakeholders who provide:

  1. resource-use efficiency through specialised know-how in capturing, processing and delivering a range of resources, and
  2. resilience by generating multiple paths that allow these vital resources to circulate throughout the urban network at different levels and rates.

Don't leave your disused materials in limbo! Give them a new life with In Limbo

In Limbo

In Limbo is a platform (digital website and physical warehouse) facilitating the reuse of materials within the social and cultural sectors and schools in Brussels.

It encourages exchange and mutual aid within these sectors, as well as boosting recycling, reducing landfill costs and enabling organisations with limited resources to obtain reusable materials. Following the principles of circularity and sharing, all partners are invited to give and receive materials for free.

In Limbo is open only to registered partners which must be formal or informal non-profit associations or collectives, specifically social, cultural and artistic organisations, schools and temporary projects in Brussels. However, In Limbo accepts donations from all types of organisations.

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Ekofungi: Waste to taste

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Other (Serbia)

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Ekofungi is a Serbian company that takes a 100% circular approach to mushroom cultivation. It has pioneered a technology for sustainable cultivation of edible mushrooms using recycled cellulose waste. Each year, Ekofungi grows 130 tons of mushrooms which are either sold fresh or dehydrated and mixed with other vegetables.

UPMADE® by Reet Aus turns textile leftovers from cost into value

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Estonia

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The mission of Reet Aus is to minimise the ecological footprint of one of the world's most contaminating businesses – the fashion industry. They do it by industrial upcycling. This not-wasteful way of production is based on a scientific methodology called UPMADE® that has been developed by the designer and founder PhD Reet Aus in cooperation with Stockholm Environment Institute Tallinn Center.

Circular Turku - A Roadmap Toward Resource Wisdom

Circular Turku

In 2018 the City of Turku set the following target: becoming carbon neutral by 2029, in time for its 800th anniversary.

Finland's oldest city, Turku is a forerunner in circular innovations in the water, textiles and chemicals sectors, among others. A vibrant community of researchers and business actors, along with numerous public and private initiatives, already contribute to scale up circularity in the Turku region.

The Circular Turku roadmap is about creating the right conditions for a circular transition in the region. The city can support this transition through different levers such as local regulations, urban planning and infrastructure development.

Turku wants to promote a fair and inclusive circular transformation of economic systems that benefits all city residents.

From Principles to Practices: Realising the value of circular economy in real estate

From Principles to Practices: Realising the value of circular economy in real estate - a report by Arup

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Author: 
Devni Acharya, Arup, Richard Boyd, Arup, Olivia Finch, Ellen MacArthur Foundation
Publication Date: 
02/2020
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EU, Other (United Kingdom)

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Arup has joined forces with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation to produce a report on the value of circular economy (CE) in real estate.

CE offers real estate investors a framework for achieving environmental and social goals while delivering better economic performance. How do real estate business models need to change - apart from eco-design - if CE principles are to scale up in this sector?

The report defines five models to improve financial performance to the benefit of real estate investors and construction clients:

  1. Flexible Spaces
  2. Adaptable Assets
  3. Relocatable Buildings
  4. Residual Value
  5. Performance Procurement.

 

Green Public Procurement: An Overview of Green Reforms in Country Procurement Systems

Green Public Procurement: An Overview of Green Reforms in Country Procurement Systems

Green Public Procurement

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Author: 
World Bank Group
Publication Date: 
09/2021
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Other (189 countries all over the world)

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In many countries, the government is the single largest purchaser of products, services and works. Green Public Procurement (GPP) enables governments to reduce the environmental impact of their purchases. It also serves as a powerful tool for governments to simultaneously achieve their environmental and development policy objectives.

This report - Green Public Procurement: An Overview of Green Reforms in Country Procurement Systems - provides an overview of international experience in the implementation of GPP. It focuses on the institutional framework that is needed to support the mainstreaming of GPP practices across governments. The intention is to equip practitioners with a broad understanding of the issues they need to consider in the design and implementation of GPP reforms.

European food banks and COVID-19: Resilience and innovation in times of crisis

European food banks and COVID-19: Resilience and innovation in times of crisis

European Food Banks Federation
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Paula Victoria Capodistrias, Julia Szulecka , Matteo Corciolani , Nhat Strøm-Andersen
Publication Date: 
11/2021
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EU
Norway

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The European Food Banks Federation (FEBA) works on raising awareness about the problems of food waste and poverty, lifting obstacles to food donation for social purposes, and promoting the circular economy.

This research paper examines the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the functioning of European food banks and how resilient European food banks were in coping with the pandemic in 2020.

The researchers apply a multiple case study to assess how the first year of the pandemic affected European food banks’ operations and the amount of redistributed food. They further investigate innovation practices that have been developed to cope with the new situation, hoping to draw lessons for imminent future waves of the pandemic and other social crises.

Towards A Circular Economy – Skills and competences for STEM professionals

Towards a circular economy – Skills and competences for STEM professionals

Towards A Circular Economy

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Association of Nordic Engineers/Ethica
Publication Date: 
11/2021
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Denmark

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The benefits of transitioning to a circular economy outweigh the disadvantages. However, more efforts are needed to move from conceptualisation to implementation. The transition requires a political commitment and the right business mindset. It also requires prioritisation and investment in innovation, the utilisation of new technological solutions, and the right set of skills and competences.

So far, there has been very limited focus on what skills and competences are needed for this transition and whether Nordic STEM education provides them. This report introduces the basis for a Circular Economy Competence Framework for STEM specialists, including a set of essential technical and analytical skills for creating circular solutions.

Environmental change project

Environmental change

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Spain

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The Environmental change project promotes proactive reskilling and upskilling to reap the benefits of the ecological transition. The project is in line with the European Green Deal and focuses on the circular economy and sustainable solutions.

Position Paper on Barriers of market introduction of active and intelligent packaging

GLOPACK Position Paper on Barriers of market introduction of active and intelligent packaging

Author: 
Ákos Szentgyörgyi
Publication Date: 
10/2021
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France

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Active and intelligent packaging is a new and exciting area of technology, the potential of which has received much attention from the food business operators, retailers and consumers alike.

This Position Paper aims to oversee the barriers identified for the rapid market introduction of active and intelligent packaging and offer recommendations on lifting these barriers. The examples brought forward in this Position Paper are based on the results and experiences from the GLOPACK project and relevant publications, guides and knowledge collected from industry practice.

Circular Threads: the Circular Economy is essential for the successful (r)evolution of the fashion and textile industry

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Francesco Castellano, Alberto Monti, Shyaam Ramkumar, Letizia Ingaldo, Alessandro Innocenti, Amandeep Kaur, Giovanna Matrone
Publication Date: 
10/2021
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Italy

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Circular Threads is a down-to-the-ground research aiming to offer a picture of the practices related to sustainability and circularity in the fashion and textile industry in Northern Italy.

This work represents a starting point to concretely foster the transition towards circular production models in the Italian textile industry. Researchers have developed a tripartite approach (desk research, questionnaire and circularity assessment) with different levels of granularity to measure the sustainability and circularity of the companies present in this area.

The report highlights how few companies in the fashion and textile industry are adopting CE practices and strategies, and a clear lack of knowledge-sharing about the opportunities the CE can bring them on a systemic level.

The 2021 Catalogue of circular initiatives in Navarra is now available!

Circular Navarre Catalogue 2021

The Circular Navarre Catalogue 2021 is an update of the first showcasing booklet published in 2020. This new edition includes 30 organisations - based on circular business models - in the Spanish Navarre region, looking for international cooperation.

CER Sustainable Business Network Slovenia

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CER Sustainable Business Network Slovenia is the largest sustainable business network in Slovenia on a mission to strengthen ambitions and activities to achieve a climate-neutral economy faster.

They bring business leaders together to share learnings and best practices, advocacy necessary for the change, influence policy, and accelerate the green transition using collective action. They raise awareness, grow ambition, build capacities, promote green tech, and foster partnerships to boost the transition towards climate-neutral Slovenia.

Furthermore, they work towards better understanding the necessity to act now on climate change. They bridge the gap between different stakeholders, offering them a safe space for open discussion about systemic barriers to reach climate neutrality.

Barriers and enablers for implementing circular economy business models

Barriers and enablers for implementing circular economy business models

CEPS Research Report

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Author: 
Vasileios Rizos, Julie Bryhn, Monica Alessi, Edoardo Righetti, Noriko Fujiwara, Cristian Stroia
Publication Date: 
10/2021
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Belgium

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The circular economy is a key element of the European Green Deal as a concept that can support the transition towards a more sustainable growth model. In recent years there has been a growth of circular economy industrial applications, but evidence suggests that the uptake of circular approaches in many sectors is still limited.

The report titled Barriers and enablers for implementing circular economy business models - Evidence from the electrical and electronic equipment and agri-food value chains provides facts and data on barriers and enablers to the implementation of circular economy business models in two value chains that exhibit high levels of waste generation:

  1. electrical and electronic equipment and
  2. agri-food.

RECOTRANS: microwaves and laser welding for recyclable composites in transportation

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In keeping with its mission to respond to the social challenges of sustainable mobility, AIMPLAS has been coordinating RECOTRANS, a EU-funded project which has made it possible to develop new design-efficient technologies and solutions to reduce vehicle weight.

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