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UpCycle City contest - City of Almere

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Netherlands

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The municipality of Almere aspires to become a waste-free and energy-neutral city by 2022. The administration wants to bring the business community and knowledge institutes’ innovative power together to enable co-creation in the field of waste management and upcycling in the urban context.

Lyon Metropole regenerates brownsites into fertile ground

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France

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Lyon Métropole, which includes 59 municipalities and 1.3 million inhabitants, wants to build a sustainable future for its citizens. The Métropole relies on green investments to face environmental challenges. Lyon is also committed to building circular solutions for the region and has been recognised as a ‘zero waste territory’ (territoire zéro déchet, zéro gaspillage) since 2015. In April 2017, Lyon Métropole voted on strategic actions in favour of the circular economy.

3R pyrolysis technology converts un-exploited biomass resources into bio-phosphate

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Hungary

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Terra Humana's 3R zero emission pyrolysis and nutrient recovery technology transform animal by-products into safe and high value Bio-Phosphate fertiliser.

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.

SwitchMed Green Entrepreneurship Programme

Amine, founder of Mornag Eco farm, an ecological farm in Tunisia

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Other (Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Tunisia)

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Vocational training

The EU-funded SwitchMed Programme supports and connects stakeholders to scale-up social and eco-innovations in the Mediterranean. It promotes inclusive growth, job creation and sustainable development by supporting policy makers, eco-innovative small and medium sized enterprises, industries, start-ups and entrepreneurs in the Southern Mediterranean countries.

SwitchMed National Action Plan Demo projects

Nardjess Mokhtari and Anis Ouazene founders of the¨Atelier Le Printemps in Algeria

The EU-funded SwitchMed Programme supports and connects stakeholders to scale-up social and eco innovations in the Mediterranean.

The DGNB Navigator – a database fostering transparency on circular economy aspects

The DGNB Navigator – A database fostering transparency on circular economy aspects

By providing life cycle assessment data and information on the End of Life scenarios, the DGNB Navigator facilitates the application of the life cycle assessment method and fosters the use of circular economy suitable construction products.

A populated circular city set up on the site of a 12.000m2 abandoned swimming pool

BlueCity Rotterdam

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Netherlands

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An incubator for circular entrepreneurs in and around Rotterdam, BlueCity creates a much needed tangible and inspiring example for the circular economy, closing the loops and building the city and the economy of the future. Set in a deserted swimming pool, this dynamic community of entrepreneurs, researchers, neighbours, government and education representatives serves as a breeding ground for 25+ innovative, circular companies linking their waste-streams.

Social Innovation Repair - Giving a second life to electrical and electronic appliances, the R.U.S.Z case

Following the business model of a sustainable repair shop, R.U.S.Z is a social business which started back in 1998, as a work integration social enterprise for long-term unemployed persons.

88 000 tons of safe and quality food redistributed to 8 035 charitable organizations in 2017

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Italy

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With the help of a network of 21 Food Banks across the country, FBAO recovers surplus food and redistributes it to charitable organizations which assist people in need.

36 Circular Economy Demonstration Projects in the Basque Country

The Circular Economy Demonstration Projects programme was launched in 2014 and has been repeated yearly, having developed 36 projects by 2016.

Screen-lab: establishing a new reference framework to support H2020/ESIF synergies in Regions

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Belgium, Italy

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SCREEN is a Horizon 2020 project covering 17 European regions.

It aims at defining a replicable systemic approach towards a transition to Circular Economy in EU regions within the context of the Smart Specialization Strategy. The project also deals with the identification and implementation of operational synergies between investments in research and innovation under Horizon 2020, the Structural Funds and the European Investment Funds.

Circular business model: recognising the value of reconditioned assets makes for a better financing solution

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Belgium

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JLG, a company that takes machines back to a dedicated reconditioning facility after their first use cycle and repairs and restores them to original specification, builded a business model that integrates the recovery of assets.

This allowed their financial partner to develop a complete finance offering for JLG’s new and reconditioned assets, including rental solutions.

This example makes the case for a better understanding of the flow of products and how integrating it in business plans and financial solutions, makes a whole cycle including refurbishment, remanufacturing and reuse economically appealing.

Cooling servers, cleaning bodies: recycled heat from server room provides hot water in the sports hall showers of the Jean Moulin University, Lyon

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Stimergy by using a liquid cooling and heat recovery system in server rooms or by decentralising its servers in "digital boilers" located in residential and public buildings recycles heat from data servers to water heating systems.

Thanks to its liquid heat recovery system, Stimergy both reduces energy waste of servers and energy needs of water heating systems while cutting the operational costs linked to the cooling of server rooms.

From strategy to financing: comprehensive guidelines for green start-ups

The Guidelines for green start-ups provide an overview of the most relevant areas and issues for green entrepreneurs in order to facilitate the transition towards a climate-friendly economy, by avoiding the irreparable losses involved in unsustainable consumption and production. More specifically, they provide an overview of main barriers, key opportunities and most common as well as most recent financial instruments available for start-ups.

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