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ZenRobotics

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Finland

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ZenRobotics has harnessed the power of artificial intelligence to improve the quality of waste sorting. ZenRobotics' AI-powered robot technology is used at its material recovery facilities (MRFs) to capture valuable high-purity materials from waste streams in construction and demolition, commerce and industry, and municipal solid waste.

Rice for architecture by Ricehouse

Risehouse

Ricehouse natural mortars are obtained by expertly mixing aerial lime with rice husks, a agricultural by-product derived from husking raw rice.

Fiusis: energy and fuel from pruning olive trees

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Italy's Puglia Region has large expanses of olive groves. Pruning these trees yields around 800 kilotonnes of residual biomass each year and Fiusis uses this biomass to produce energy.

Wasted bread: New culture medium for growing starters from bakery waste in the fermented food industry

Bread Waste
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Michela Verni - Department of Soil, Plant and Food Sciences, University of Bari Aldo Moro, Bari, Italy, Andrea Minisci - Valle Fiorita Catering S.r.l, Ostuni, Italy, Sonia Convertino -Valle Fiorita Catering S.r.l, Ostuni, Italy, Luana Nionelli - Valle Fiorita Catering S.r.l, Ostuni, Italy, Carlo G. Rizzello - Department of Soil, Plant and Food Sciences, University of Bari Aldo Moro, Bari, Italy
Publication Date: 
02/2020
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Italy

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Through fermentation, bread scraps can produce chemical compounds for the pharmaceutical and food industries, fuels and enzymes. The starters (which kickstart the fermentation process) obtained by this project confirm the huge economic and technological potential of a growing substrate obtained from low-cost matrices.

The protocol includes homogenisation of the waste bread (leavened bakery products), with the addition of enzymes and final sterilisation.

The culture medium can be liquid (broth), solid (agar) or dehydrated. The substrate can be used for cultivating lactic bacteria, yeasts and moulds (for the food industry).

About 10% of the bread waste produced monthly can be used to yield a culture medium for bacterial starters.

Recovering critical fertilisers such as phosphorus from sludge treatment

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Italy

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How to recover phosphorus through the agricultural use of digestate produced by co-digestion of sewage sludge and other organic waste.

Ccrave: a circular lifestyle platform offering more than just the shopping experience

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Ccrave is a content and ecommerce platform all in one, with a focus on waste-based and zero-waste products in the home, fashion and lifestyle categories.

Officina Naturae: a plastic-free choice for a plastic-free sea

Officina naturae

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Italy

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All products (detergents and cosmetics) at Officina naturae are conceived to be safe and effective for humans and the environment in the name of sustainability, eco-design and circularity.

Renycle: from scrap to new nylon

Renycle

Renycle® is a product obtained from recycled nylon 6, a highly valued material because of its excellent resistance, dyeability, softness and versatility.

Greenful Panels: construction materials made from recycled waste

Greenful

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Estonia

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Greenful products are the first ones in the market that utilise textile, plastic and rubber waste from the construction industry on a large scale. The panels are made of shredded textile waste that has been pressed and bonded together using a proprietary manufacturing process and are designed to replace various types of wood-based construction panels.

Promotion of the circular economy in the Hotel Industry in Cyprus and Greece – Preliminary assessment of the current status of circular economy

Promotion of Circular Economy in the hotel industry in Cyprus and Greece

Hotels4Climate
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Cyprus Federation of Employers & Industrialists (OEB), Institute of Greek Tourism Confederation (INSETE), Public Policy Consultancy adelphi
Publication Date: 
12/2020
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Cyprus

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This report is published by the Cyprus Federation of Employers & Industrialists (OEB), the Institute of Greek Tourism Confederation (INSETE) and the public policy consultancy adelphi (Germany) as part of the European project Hotels4Climate financed by EUKI.

The report aims to assess the current state of circularity in the hotel industry in Cyprus and Greece by conducting national surveys in both countries targeting hotels in order to:

  • identify the priority sectors within the main services offered by hotels, the business challenges and opportunities to move to circular economy,
  • create successful, flexible and resilient circular business models, and
  • identify a number of internal and external barriers that raise obstacles to the transition to circular economy.

Re-defining Value – The Manufacturing Revolution Remanufacturing, Refurbishment, Repair and Direct Reuse in the Circular Economy

The Manufacturing Revolution: Remanufacturing, Refurbishment, Repair and Direct Reuse in the Circular Economy

IRP

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International Resource Panel
Publication Date: 
10/2018
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Other (Global)

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This report connects the potential for resource efficiency, via circular economy and the value-retention processes (VRPs), with a policy-relevant lens. It is one of the first to quantify the current-state and potential impacts associated with the inclusion of VRPs within industrial economic systems.

In order to do that the assessment applies the different VRPs to a series of products within three industrial sectors and quantifies benefits in relation to the original manufactured product, such as the material requirement, the energy used, the waste as well as the costs and the generation of jobs.

The report also highlights the systemic barriers that may inhibit progressive scale-up including regulatory, market, technology and infrastructure barriers, and how they could be overcome.

Policy options to eliminate additional marine plastic litter by 2050 under the G20 Osaka Blue Ocean vision

Policy Options to Eliminate Additional Marine Plastic Litter by 2050 under the Osaka Blue Ocean Vision

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International Resource Panel
Publication Date: 
07/2021
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Other (Global)

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The International Resource Panel think piece provides policy options to reduce marine plastic litter and achieve the Osaka Blue Ocean Vision, which voluntarily commits G20 countries to “reduce additional pollution by marine plastic litter to zero by 2050 through a comprehensive life-cycle approach”.

The report shows the marine plastic litter trends relevant to 2050, summarizes the current plastic policy landscape and explores policy upstream and downstream interventions to reduce marine plastic litter and to transition to a circular plastic economy. They include, among others, actions to design out waste, incentivise reuse, and exploit market-based instruments.

Recovering contaminated plastics from automotive, construction and electrical appliance industry waste

NonTox

The European NONTOX Project aims to eliminate hazardous and unpleasant substances from plastic waste and thus convert non-recyclable plastics and recycling waste into new resources.

ROOTS - circular policies for changing the biowaste system

CirculaR pOlicies for changing the biOwasTe System (ROOTS): a position paper

ROOTS
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HOOP, ValueWaste, Scalibur, WaysTUP!
Publication Date: 
05/2021
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Greece

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4 Horizon 2020 projects working on biowaste valorisation have teamed up to promote innovative solutions for the circular bioeconomy. This joint initiative is named ROOTS-circulaR pOlicies for changing the biOwasTe System. The projects - HOOP, ValueWaste, Scalibur and WaysTUP - are piloting new solutions to transform urban biowaste and wastewater into valuable products like Feed, Fertilisers, Bioplastics, Biopesticides, Proteins and Bioethanol.

The promoters have discussed their views and shared their concerns on policy barriers hindering innovations that lead to the Circular Economy for urban biowaste. As a result of the discussion, 4 focus topics have been singled out, accompanied by proposed solutions, that will constitute the key messages and be addressed in future initiatives.

Critical Raw Materials: civil society calls for firm and fast action to secure supply and maintain a strong industrial base in the EU

Critical Raw Materials: civil society calls for firm and fast action to secure supply and maintain a strong industrial base in the EU

Critical Raw Materials
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European Economic and Social Committee, Consultative Commission on Industrial Change
Publication Date: 
05/2021
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EU

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The EESC and CCMI believe that the present/future of critical raw materials resilience is of essential concern to EU's organised civil society. For this reason, and because the CEAP represents a step forward with a clear roadmap for initiatives and actions, the EESC recommends that the Parliament and the Council support this approach.

The EESC position concerns 6 main objectives:

  • Supporting sustainable primary sourcing in Europe
  • Fostering secondary sourcing from waste and circular reuse
  • Maintaining extractive and processing capacities in the EU
  • Investing in activities that can foster substitution
  • Diversifying trading partners and supporting developing countries
  • A more frequent review of the critical raw materials list.

The Italian 'Circular Consumption Charter' - a practical approach to empowering consumers

Circular Consumption Charter
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Italian Consumer associations
Publication Date: 
06/2021
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Italy

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18 Italian Consumer Associations sponsored by Eni have identified the challenges to be tackled and the actions to be implemented in order to empower consumers for the circular economy transition in a document titled Circular Consumption Charter.

According to the Charter, circular consumption should be:

  1. Educated, conscious
  2. Transparent
  3. Properly informed 
  4. Ongoing comparative
  5. Balanced
  6. Multiple lifetime
  7. Shared and collaborative
  8. Increasingly digital
  9. Inclusive green
  10. Accessible
  11. Moderate, non-wasteful

 Proposed actions

  1. Circular education pathways
  2. Labelling handbook
  3. Circular product digital data sheet
  4. Circular incentives
  5. Physical platforms
  6. Digital platform
  7. Monitoring and disseminating

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URBIOFIN - from waste to bioproducts through biorefinery

URBIOFIN

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Greece

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The URBIOFIN project aims to demonstrate the techno-economic and environmental viability of an integrated and innovative biorefinery for the transformation of the organic fraction of municipal solid wasteinto new marketable bioproducts, chemical building blocks, biopolymers and additives for different markets like agriculture and cosmetics.

Circular textiles - Knitting the way to a sustainable future

Circular textiles: Knitting the way to a sustainable future

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Eurocities
Publication Date: 
06/2021
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Belgium

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Textiles are an important issue for cities, as people generate more and more textile waste. City authorities are required to provide for separate collection of used textiles but have limited ways of putting the waste generated to good use.

Eurocities’ paper on circular textiles is published ahead of the Commission's new Strategy for Sustainable Textiles, planned for autumn 2021, to help the EU shift to a climate-neutral, circular economy (CE) where products are designed to be more durable, reusable, repairable, recyclable and energy-efficient. It focuses on a sustainable recovery of the textile sector from the Covid-19 crisis by:

  • making it more competitive,
  • applying CE principles to production, waste management, etc.
  • and directing investment, research and innovation.

Accelerating the transition to the circular economy - Improving access to finance for circular economy projects

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A report by the Informal Commission Expert Group “Support to Circular Economy Financing” (E03517), This report has greatly benefited from the comments and contributions by Arnold Verbeek, Christian Schempp, Gianpiero Nacci, Philip Marynissen, Frido Kraanen, Rebeka Kovacic and Laura Busato.
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03/2019
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EU

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The transition to a circular economy is at an early stage in the EU.

Regulations, markets and investment tools, including financial risk assessment, are adapted to linear models. Generally speaking, externalities linked to linear business models are not taken into account. This poses a problem for emerging circular models, which have to contend with the challenge of accessing finance, as the financial sector sees circular projects as highly risky.

To improve the conditions for financing CE projects, the Expert Group on Circular Economy Financing identified the main areas where incentives are needed, addressing recommendations to policy makers, financial institutions and project promoters.

See also: Categorisation system and Incentives to boost the CE reports

Book in Loop, BabyLoop and UniLoop: how to bring circularity to our children's everyday lives

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Portugal

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The Loop Company has discovered the opportunities offered by the circular economy and launched three initiatives - Book in Loop, BabyLoop and UniLoop - that bring circularity to everyday life.

C2C ExpoLAB: Venlo city hall

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C2C ExpoLAB is a consultancy firm which specialises in the practical application of Cradle to Cradle (C2C) principles in the built environment. It enables its clients to exploit the circular economy concept. One of its projects was Venlo city hall which illustrates its approach and principles.

Leadax: Circular building materials out of PVB waste

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Netherlands

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Leadax uses high-tech material and production knowledge to develop and manufacture 100% circular materials out of discarded PVB for waterproofing buildings.

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