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ACR+ contributes to the development of sub-national circular economy monitoring and evalution frameworks

Start/End date: 
02/09/2019
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EU
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Brussels

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ACR+ has made substantial contributions to developing monitoring systems with corresponding indicator sets for urban and regional authorities wanting to accelerate their circular transition. Among others, ACR+ has continued its Circular Europe Network projects within the Urban Agenda Partnership on Circular Economy, while also contributing to the CIRCTER final report on sub-national circular economy monitoring.

ACR+ develops knowledge base on Circular Economy and Lifelong Learning

Start/End date: 
02/09/2019
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Belgium, EU
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Brussels

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Following a 19 February 2019 workshop on Circular Economy Competences - Making the Case for Lifelong Learning in the European Parliament, ACR+ and Zero Waste Scotland have produced a report detailing how to introduce circular thinking in education, create vocational training programmes to upskill workers in waste management, repair and reuse, and facilitate the circular transition by developing training programs for local authority staff.

ACR+ showcasing urban best practice to accelerate circular economy throughout 2019

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01/01/2019 to 31/12/2019
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EU
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various
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ACR+ has consistently advocated to accelerate the circular economy, while also showcasing urban best practice in circular economy throughout 2019 at various events across the European continent.

World Resources Forum Antwerp 2019

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For four days in 2019, Antwerp was the epicentre of the circular economy. More than 750 company leaders, scientists and policy makers from all over the world came to the city from February 24 to 27 for the World Resources Forum (WRF), organised by OVAM - the Public Waste Agency of Flanders. On the menu? Sessions on the power of the circular economy and the link with climate change, and an introduction to numerous pioneering projects and initiatives that are driving the transition.

HERA moves beyond waste management to prevention for medicines, foods and bulky goods

cambio il finale motto

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Italy

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With FarmacoAmico, CiboAmico and Cambia il Finale, the HERA has moved beyond its core business to actively prevent medicines, food and bulky goods from becoming waste.

Karun upcycles harmful waste into high quality sunglasses

Karun sunglasses and fishing nets

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Italy, Sweden, Other (Chile)

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Karün is a Swedish-Chilean company producing sunglass frames entirely from discarded fishing nets and jeans, collected in Patagonia.

GIDA purification plant: PPP providing high-quality water for the textile industry while limiting water consumption

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Italy

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GIDA is a wastewater treatment plant that helps meet the needs of the local textile industry by supplying water of sufficiently high quality, while keeping water consumption to a minimum. 

VertECO: a vertical ecosystem for indoor and outdoor greywater treatment

vertECO

VertECO consists of a vertical ecosystem (vertical constructed wetland) treating greywater from handwash basins, showers, and laundries.

Bioplastic tableware, mulch film and packaging make plastic waste recycling more circular

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Italy

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Novamont produces biopolymer products that are 100 % biodegradable and compostable from its MATER-BI® material for catering, agriculture and packaging.

Providing those in need with the food we waste - Food Waste Cluj is leading the pack on socio-circular innovation in Romania

food waste combat cluj logo

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Romania

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Food Waste Combat Cluj is one of the first multi-stakeholder initiatives combating food loss and food waste in Romania. Working in partnership, local environmental associations and municipal authorities have been able to set up an infrastructure that collects excess food from the food and drinks industry and transports this to social NGOs helping out people in need. 

Kierratyskeskus: a growing chain of big box re-use stores across Helsinki

Kierrätyskeskus store

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Finland

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Kierratyskeskus is a growing chain of seven big box re-use stores, selling all possible furniture, household items and craft supplies in the Helsinki area.

Ballymun's boiler house is now a 3D textbook on reuse

Rediscovery Centre

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Ireland

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When Dublin's Ballymun suburb was scheduled for regeneration, a local environmental project redeveloped the neighbourhood's heating plant into a 3D textbook on repair, reuse and refurbish. The Rediscovery Centre, housed in the old boiler house, is now a cutting-edge creative space connecting people, resources and ideas that includes four social enterprises.

Waste Selective Collection: a crucial factor in the Circular Economy

Start/End date: 
29/05/2018
Country: 
Portugal
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Porto

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Examining the role of selective waste collection in a CE by focusing on two different waste streams (plastics and bio-waste) while also granting consideration to the future of highly selective collection streams.

Towards a circular economy and sustainable tourism on islands

Start/End date: 
11/04/2018
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Belgium
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Brussels

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Panel discussions around tools and methodologies to assess the impact of marine litter and to address the issue of circular economy and sustainable tourism in islands.

The impact of the Circular Economy on the Fast-Moving Consumer Goods industry: a study

Start/End date: 
26/09/2018
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Other (EU)
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Brussels

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Study on Identifying the Impact of the Circular Economy on the FMCG industry: Opportunities and Challenges for Labour Market, Supply Chains and Consumer Behaviour

Aiming at a Circular City Portal: a one-stop shop for cities transitioning to circular economy

Start/End date: 
11/10/2018
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Belgium
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Brussels

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In the framework of the Urban Agenda Partnership on Circular Economy, ACR+ co-organised a workshop with its member OVAM, the European Economic and Social Committee, the Council of European Municipalities and Regions and Eurocities.

Luxembourg at the forefront of WEEE processing in Europe

Management of WEEE

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Luxembourg

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Ecotrel is the waste electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) recycling association for all of Luxembourg which has recently launched a "circularity and solidarity cluster" of business and social enterprises. These take back WEEE in order to re-use, disassemble or recycle it, and also to delete the personal data still stored in electronic waste.

Fairphone created the world's first ethical, modular smartphone

fairphone modular design

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Netherlands

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The Fairphone 2, launched in 2015, is one of the first modular smartphones, with components designed for longer use first and refurbishment when they finally break down. 

Circular Futures - Austria's Circular Economy Platform

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01/03/2018 to 31/12/2020
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Austria
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Vienna

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The Austrian Circular Economy Platform Circular Futures was launched in March 2018 at the House of the European Union in Vienna.

MéGO! (France): from cigarette stubs to plastic secondary raw material

Collecting and recycling cigarettes' stubs

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France

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8 millions of cigarette stubs are generated each minute in the world, and 66% of them currently end up in the environment, where they take up to 15 years to decompose. In addition, chemical components in cigarette filters generate residual pollution.

MéGO! offers a pragmatic answer with a service for collecting, sorting and recycling cigarette stubs. 

CelluTex stimulates European research on sustainable cellulose-based textiles

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Sweden

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CelluTex is a Swedish advocacy platform that promotes needed actions to ensure production of cellulose-based textiles in Europe, utilizing forest resources and recycled cellulosic textiles, including cotton, as raw materials.

Upcycling the Oceans collects marine trash and turns it into quality yarn

fisherman holding upcycling the oceans trash container

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Spain, Other (Thailand)

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The ECOALF foundation has embarked upon its most ambitious project to date: Upcycling the Oceans, an unprecedented worldwide adventure that is helping to remove up to 200 tonnes of waste from the bottom of the oceans thanks to the support of over 3000 fishermen.

Unique wristbands that reduce 'ghostfishing'

Bracenet adriatic sea bracelet from discarded fishing nets

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Germany

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Bracenet collects discarded fishing nets, sends these to Norway to have them turned into fabric and then produces unique wristbands in workshops that provide employment opportunities to disabled persons.

Saint-Gobain's ISOVER is a pioneer in recycling glass wool

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France

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Glass wool is infinitely and completely recyclable. Regardless of the glass wool’s quality, age, density or other properties, the material is entirely recyclable and can be re-melted as many times as necessary, before entering into the composition of new insulating products, without having its final quality impacted. That’s the magic of glass, now brought to life in France by St Gobain ISOVER's new offer of recycled glass wool for construction.

Kalundborg Symbiosis: six decades of a circular approach to production

logo of Kalundborg industrial symbiosis

Kalundborg Symbiosis is a partnership between nine public and private companies in Kalundborg, Denmark.

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

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Italy

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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.

Munich develops a secondhand store to kickstart its local circular economy

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Germany

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Munich has taken its ambitious waste reduction strategy to the next level by developing an innovative reuse lab and shop concept. Its Halle 2 municipal secondhand store not only enables citizens to take responsibility for living more sustainably, it also provides opportunities for job creation, educational programmes and voluntary activities.

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