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Metsä Group’s bioproduct mill in Äänekoski, Finland, leads the way towards a carbon neutral society

Picture of Aanekoski bioproduct mill

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Finland

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Metsä Group built the first next-generation bioproduct mill in Äänekoski, Finland – the largest investment of the European forest industry with the value of EUR 1.2 billion. The new mill, which began operations in the third quarter of 2017, leads the industry to a new era of resource efficiency through operating completely with no fossil fuels or fossil CO2 emissions. 

London Waste and Recycling is delivering on the circular economy with stakeholder buy-in

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London is among one the world’s most cosmopolitan and oldest cities, and one of the most cosmopolitan. As Britain’s largest city and country’s economic, transportation and cultural capital, over 8 million people live in London. A more flexible and sustainable approach to products, housing, office space and critical infrastructure is crucial to London’s ability to adapt and grow.

Sfridoo enables manufacturers to purchase and sell industrial scraps

Sfridoo

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Italy

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Sfridoo.com is an Italian B2B publishing platform for purchasing and selling scrap materials. Using sharing economy princples to turn the circular economy into a reality, Sfridoo has already enabled more than 100 businesses to recycle and reuse industrial scraps.

Oslo takes an integrated approach to treat waste into circular bio-resources

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Oslo has been developing a waste management system based on circular principles to ensure separate waste collection is maximised and transform waste into secondary raw materials. To do so it has actively engaged with citizens, farmers as well as with its city’s public transportation company.

Turin spurs social inclusion with projects reducing food waste and increasing recycling

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Facing dramatic deindustrialisation and an uncertain future, the city of Turin implemented processes that paired physical redevelopment with strategic planning to promote citywide revitalisation and economic restructuring in the 1990s. While the transformation has been profound, current challenges call for more circular strategies and an inclusive approach.

Dusseldorf is moving towards sustainable procurement with recycled office paper

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Germany

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As a densely populated and economically powerful urban area, the city of Dusseldorf recognised the challenge of climate change early on and initiated a process of low carbon and zero waste strategy development.

Amsterdam is going Circular smartly with 'learning by doing'

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In 2015, Amsterdam commissioned an in-depth study on the potential of a circular economy. The project was the first large-scale research study in the world that uses the ‘city circle scan’ methodology. The scan identifies the areas in which the most significant, tangible progress in realising a circular economy can be achieved.

Birmingham is working to reduce emissions and waste through Industrial Symbiosis

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Birmingham is Britain’s youngest and fastest growing city having also the strongest economy outside the capital and being one of the first cities to adopt a proactive industrial symbiosis approach to develop a medium and long-term strategy for sustainable economic development. The projects born from the industrial symbiosis approach are part of Birmingham’s circular economy strategy.

PET to PET Reycling:The bottle-to-bottle loop

PET to PET automatic sorting system

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Austria

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In operation since 2007, PET to PET Recycling Österreich GmbH focuses on the production of food-grade recycled PET, which is used for “bottle-to-bottle recycling”, a globally unique and resource-efficient recycling loop in which old PET bottles are turned into new ones.

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.

RE-Salt initiative: Recycling of industrial salty process water

Tanks of the pilot plant - Re-Salt

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After several years of research, a pilot plant has been constructed and gone into operation within Covesto’s project Cycles (funded by German Federal Ministry of Environment (BMUB)), to demonstrate the reuse of low-concentrated salt-containing wastewater streams.

Herman Miller are Closing the Loop on Wood Waste

Wood waste being picked for recycling

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Offcuts and wood waste generated during production at the Herman Miller production facility in Wiltshire is collected and delivered to Timberpak, utilising empty vehicle space and back loading to minimise their environmental footprint.

Mattresses re-designed for re-use and recycling

Mattresses re-designed for re-use and recycling

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Portugal, Spain, United Kingdom

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Production of organic, natural, luxury mattresses, toppers and bedding, using 100% biodegradable material wherever possible.

Alternatives to single-use plastic bags in Morocco

Moroccan women producing durable by reusing other single-use bags

SCP/RAC promotes an action in Morocco to support the country in transitioning from single-use plastic bags to other green means.

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.

DGNB certification provides bonuses for applying circular economy principles in sustainable construction

Circular economy principles made assessable and measurable in the DGNB certification of sustainable districts, buildings and interiors

DGNB: The German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB) is a central knowledge platform for sustainable building and provides the world’s most advanced sustainable building certification system which makes Circular Economy aspects measurable and assessable.

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

BlueCity Rotterdam

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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 circular entrepreneurs, researchers, government and education representatives serves as a breeding ground for 25+ innovative, circular companies linking their waste-streams.

From steel production waste gases to electricity

EDP Spain and the use of waste gases from steel production to produce electricity

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The integration of the steel sector into the electricity generation cycle is an example of collaboration between companies from different sectors significantly minimising the environmental impact of their facilities. This integration allows the steel production gases produced by the industrial processes of steel plants to be transferred to an electric company for use as additional fuel.

Biobased substrate compost: a high quality circular ingredient for potting soil

Successful test with bio-based substrate compost at Wageningen University & Research with Begonias

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Attero introduces a new high quality product that is used as ingredient for substrates and potting soils: biobased substrate compost. The process for achieving this quality is unique in the world of compost production.

SwitchMed - MED TEST II

Skaff Dairy Farm

Skaff Dairy Farm is a small-sized enterprise producing around 840 t of dairy products annually for the local market. Skaff Dairy Farm joined the MED TEST II project in order to improve quality and reduce defects, to drive out waste and continuously improve cost efficiency. The main problems the company faced was energy and finished products losses.

Giving plastic bottles a second life through “Bottle-to-Bottle” in Rostock

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Every year in Rostock, Veolia converts 1 billion PET drinks bottles into so-called recyclate from which preforms/bottles can again be manufactured.

From expired bank cards to urban furniture

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Caixa identified the development of a recycling circuit for expired or damaged cards as an opportunity for improvement: bank cards (expired or at the end of their service lives) and non-bank cards (for example, loyalty cards made of plastic) are valued through plastic recycling..

Attero InfiniteFilm: high-end post-consumer film recycling

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24 Kton annualy will be converted into LDPE re-granulate in the new recycling factory Attero is building in Wijster. Contaminated film is cleaned and turned into a high quality and odorless re-granulate.

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

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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.

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