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EU Platform on Food Losses and Food Waste

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Sante Food Waste

The Communication on Circular Economy, adopted in 2015, calls on the Commission to establish a Platform dedicated to food waste prevention. Thus the EU Platform on Food Losses and Food Waste (FLW) was established in 2016, as an informal European Commission expert group bringing together EU institutions, international organisations, experts from Member States and actors in the food value chain including consumer and other non-governmental organisations.

The Platform aids the Commission in identifying and prioritising actions to be taken at EU level in order to prevent food losses and food waste and supports all actors in identifying and implementing appropriate actions to take at national, regional and local levels. Its work is of a horizontal nature, aiming to identify opportunities for food waste prevention across the food production and consumption chain and facilitate inter-sector cooperation.

The most recent estimates of European food waste levels (FUSIONS, 2016) reveal that 70% of EU food waste arises in the household, food service and retail sectors, with production and processing sectors contributing the remaining 30%. The EU and Member States are committed to meeting Sustainable Development Goal 12.3, adopted in September 2015, which targets to halve per capita food waste at the retail and consumer level by 2030 and reduce food losses along the food production and supply chains.

 

All relevant documents related to the work of the Platform (such as agendas, minutes and participants' submissions) can be found on the Commission's dedicated food waste website

Luxembourg Wood Cluster

Luxembourg Wood Cluster

The Luxembourg Wood Cluster was set up in 2016 as a platform for exchange between all players in the wood sector, spanning from wood production to the end consumers of wood products. Its structure is managed by Luxinnovation, the National Agency for Innovation and Research.

As a meeting point for innovative, public and private organisations in the region – companies as well as research centres – the Wood Cluster brings together know-how and facilitates the sharing of experience in Luxembourg and beyond. Optimising the market release and the use of wood resources in order to lengthen their life cycles, and creating and enhancing regional wood product chains are among its objectives.

Its underlying logic is that of improving the recovery of this sustainable material par excellence at local and regional level. To this end, the Cluster:

  • promotes the wood sector as a whole,
  • organises networking events for its members ("Meet a member"),
  • organises conferences and thematic visits, 
  • manages technical working groups around the themes of wood production, processing and use,
  • looks for innovative projects and new technologies at national and international level, 
  • identifies and manages strategic flagship projects, and
  • supports sectoral SMEs and start-ups.

EREK - European Resource Efficiency Knowledge Centre

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Belgium

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Nikos Maroulis
Nathan Kably

The European Resource Efficiency Knowledge Centre (EREK for short) is here to help European companies, especially SMEs, save energy, material and water costs. We provide tools, information and business opportunities that show you new and better ways to be resource efficient and benefit from circular economy business models which turn waste into an asset. EREK also supports national, regional and local organisations across Europe that work with SMEs to improve their environmental performance, helping them to become more resource efficient.

SMEs can get the following benefits thanks to EREK’s tools and services:

  • Access to knowledge on best available technologies and business models
  • Better control of energy, water and material costs
  • Compliance checks for upcoming regulations
  • Become less dependent on suppliers
  • Demonstrate return on investment when adopting resource efficient measures Information on funding sources and technology providers
  • Help building a green image which enables the targeting of new customer segments

EREK offers the following to SME intermediaries:

  • Tools and instruments for businesses to assess their saving potentials
  • Access to top international knowledge, technical expertise and practices on resource efficiency
  • Capacity-building workshops and networking events Online training opportunities to learn from resource efficiency experts
  • Overview of relevant support programmes available on European, national and regional levels
  • Updates on professional events within the community

Concrete activities include:

  • European Resource Efficiency Self-Assessment Tool for SMEs
  • Catalogue of Resource Efficiency Improvement Measures
  • European Resource Efficiency Information Database
  • Online EREK platform
  • Structured knowledge on resource efficiency best practices
  • News, trends, and information on support programmes
  • Database and managed European network of the national and regional organisation providing support to SMEs in resource efficiency measures
  • Capacity-building and training workshops
  • Knowledge resources, expertise and sharing

EREK is an initiative of the European Commission and is implemented by a consortium of organisations including Technopolis Group, VDI Zentrum Ressourceneffizienz (DE), WRAP (UK), Motiva (FI), Enviros (CZ), WAAT and Arctik (BE).

Furn360 project, a new training curriculum for the furniture sector

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The aim of FURN360 is to create an Innovative didactic content to promote the integration of the Circular Economy Principles within the different business models used by the furniture and woodworking sectors specialized in office and contract.

It will comprise a joint curriculum, didactic materials and a collaborative platform in line with the needs of identified different target users. FURN360 will develop and implement an innovative practice, a new training curriculum for the furniture sector, specifically for the office furniture and contract sectors, adapted to the future trends and needs of the whole society in terms of circular economy.

Eco-conception: ecodesign, ecological design, environmental design, life cycle design

Eco-conception
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As a part of the circular economy, Eco-design is a way for enterprises to reduce the impacts of their products or services at each step of their life cycle.

Since 2012, UCM help SMEs to integrate this approach in order to make their business less impacting, but also compatible with the evolution of the reglementation, cost-effective and connected to the new customers markets.

You want to improve your life cycle management? Take opportunities in the Circular economy? Or even change your business model? Don’t hesitate to make your first step with us. We propose short and mid-term supports, customs tools and seminars, and grant research for circular projects.

European regions toward Circular Economy

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Bulgaria, France, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Slovenia, Spain, United Kingdom

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Clémence Dubois

The CircE Project (European regions toward Circular Economy) involves 8 partners both at regional and local scale and representatives of different European social and economic scenarios. The project aims at strengthening the diffusion of Circular Economy in Europe, consistently with the European Commission’s Circular Economy Package (2015). In particular the project aims at helping the partners involved to increase the capability of their policy instruments to steer economy towards a circular model. The project carries out this task by aiming at modifying or readdressing the selected policy instruments through an exchange of knowledge/experiences among Partners, through a continuous involvement of Stakeholders and through a deeper analysis of economic system.