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A typology of circular economy discourses: Navigating the diverse visions of a contested paradigm

A typology of circular economy discourses: Navigating the diverse visions of a contested paradigm

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Martin Calisto Friant, Walter J.V. Vermeulen, Roberta Salomone
Publication Date: 
05/2020
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Netherlands

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Martin Calisto Friant

This research reviews the long history and diversity of circularity thinking to develop a comprehensive timeline, which identifies and conceptually classifies 72 different CE-related concepts from the Global North and South alike (such as industrial ecology, Gandhian and steady-state economics, buen vivir, doughnut economics, degrowth).

This leads to the development of the first typology of circularity discourses, which classifies circularity visions according to their position on fundamental socio-ecological issues. This research thus seeks to provide a basis for a more inclusive and comprehensive discussion on the topic, which opens the imaginary regarding the many circular futures that can exist allows for a cross-pollination of ideas, policies, strategies, practices and solutions.

22 Sep 2020
Future of Furniture

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online event
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EU

This transnational event will explore why circular economy approaches are beneficial for the environment and society, and show the financial benefits for the organisations that buy furniture this way.

10 Sep 2020
CirclLean

The CircLean Open Day Event, which will be held in virtual format on 10 September, 2-3.30 pm CET, is an opportunity to learn and discuss about the CircLean network, monitoring and reporting approach, tool and label.

08 Sep 2020
CoR

On 8 September 2020 the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) and the European Commission (EC) will hold the 16th meeting (online) of the Technical Platform for Cooperation on the Environment, dedicated to "How can local and regional authorities use the circular economy as an enabler of a sustainable recovery?"

Report from the Circular Economy Advisory Board to the Danish government

Circular Opportunities in the Danish Waste System

Waste Analysis | Capital Region of Denmark

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Author: 
Thomas Thorin
Publication Date: 
02/2020
Country: 
Netherlands

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Kate Black

The Capital Region of Denmark is committed to becoming a fossil-free and circular region by 2050. Inter alia, this entails achieving an 80% recycling rate for the region’s waste by 2035, and growing green business activities by 8% by 2025. New forms of cooperation and dialogues between stakeholders are necessary to reach these goals.

Through a three-year public-private partnership, the Region and its partners aim to pave the way for greater collaboration between the waste sector and the business community. Metabolic collaborated with the Region to undertake a material flow analysis and an environmental assessment of the Region’s waste system, and to identify impact hotspots and circular opportunities.

Read the executive summary of the waste analysis, or the full Danish report.

13 Oct 2020
Peri-urban Living Lab
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Amsterdam, Naples, Ghent, Hamburg, Łodz and Pécs - Online
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Netherlands

100 eco-innovative solutions supporting the transition towards CE, an unprecedented detailed mapping of waste flows and wastescapes, a multi-dimensional and multiscalar LCA based sustainable assessment and a transdisciplinary knowledge generation methodology, all developed within innovative co-creational peri-urban living labs (PULL) and an online geodesign decision support environment (GDSE).

Synergies for Green Growth: a transversal White Paper by the Interreg MED Green Growth Community

Synergies for Green Growth

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Croatia, Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, United Kingdom, Other (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro)

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This transversal White Paper by the Interreg MED's Green Growth community displays the horizontal approach towards cooperation on Circular Economy and Green Growth in the Mediterranean as well as challenges, success factors and lessons learned.

The City of Helsinki’s Roadmap for Circular and Sharing Economy

Circular and sharing economy to help tackle sustainability challenges in Helsinki

Helsinki Circularity Roadmap
Publication Date: 
06/2020
Country: 
Finland

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The roadmap is about promoting circular and sharing economy in the city of Helsinki. The main four focuses are construction, procurements, green waste and sharing economy and business opportunities related to circular economy.

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Leona Silberstein

The City of Helsinki’s Roadmap for Circular and Sharing Economy is one of the 147 actions in the Carbon-neutral Helsinki 2035 Action Plan.

The roadmap includes the following four focuses:

  1. construction
  2. procurement
  3. green waste and
  4. sharing economy and new business opportunities in the circular economy.

The goals for each focus are set until 2035, with interim goals and supporting practical actions for each one.

Reducing plastic consumption and increasing the use of recycled plastic are among the main topics of the roadmap.

This roadmap is the result of debates in workshops with experts from both inside and outside the City. A team of representatives of the City’s Environmental Services coordinated the work.

Red Alimenta: volunteers against food waste and social inequity in Toledo

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Spain

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Local

Red Alimenta is an organisation of volunteers that collects surplus food and delivers it to people in need. The network of volunteers in different neighbourhoods of the city collects and distributes surplus prepared food from restaurants, schools or hospitals. 

Parksharing, the B2B sharing marketplace for local collaboration and matchmaking on business parks

Parksharing is the B2B marketplace for businesses who want to share assets, materials, facilities, services and personnel locally.

27 Oct 2020 to 28 Oct 2020

Re-think - Circular Economy Forum is an international event that brings together various actors operating at different levels in the Circular Economy fields who present a medium and long term vision on Circular Economy topics. The event will be organized in Milan, at the Triennale October 28th, with the official opening in the evening October 27th at the Catholic University.

Circular Economy Action Plan - Speeding up the green transition of the EU’s economy

Circular economy offers a path to sustainable recovery

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EUROCITIES
Publication Date: 
07/2020
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Belgium

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Louise Coffineau

The post-COVID-19 recovery plan should be extensive, as the effects of the pandemic on people and economy have, in many cases, been devastating. The recovery plan must also fully support the green transition to guarantee resilience over the long term.

The circular economy has the potential to raise EU GDP by billions of euros, and create around 700,000 extra jobs by 2030. With this in mind, the economic approach should be an integral part of that recovery. It is one of the messages of a new EUROCITIES policy statement on the EU Circular Economy Action Plan that sets out how cities, as significant engines for economic growth, can drive the circular economy to unlock economic, environmental and social benefits.

Circular Computing: Remanufactured Laptops go Mainstream

Engineers inspecting quality @ Circular Computings laptop remanufacting facility

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Austria, Belgium, Denmark, EU, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, Other (United States of America)

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Hewlett-Packard (HP) endorses the Circular Computing and proposes remanufactured models as alternatives for new models. This action underlines a highly significant endorsement of Circular Computing’s approach to sustainability at the high end of the IT market.

Best practices on industrial symbiosis in Italy and the contribution of regional policies

Best practices on industrial symbiosis in Italy and the contribution of regional policies as a strategic lever

In 2016, the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA) set up a Symbiosis Users Network (SUN) to boost industrial symbiosis in Italy. The network promotes circular economy models through industrial symbiosis by focusing on operational issues.

SUN's 2019 conference was devoted to Good practices of industrial symbiosis in Italy and the contribution of regional policies as a strategic lever. The event, co-organised by SUN, Ecomondo and ENEA was held in Rimini (IT) on 7 November 2019 at Ecomondo - a leading event in Europe for new circular economy models.

Click on 2017 and 2019 to see the reports on SUN's two conferences.

Reports on ENEA-promoted conferences on industrial symbiosis are available here.

09 Jul 2020
Tondo

The webinar session titled "Artificial Intelligence and Circular Economy" is part of a series of online events by Tondo. It will held on 9 July 2020 at 6 p.m. (in English with the support of slides).

 

An EIB Circular Economy Guide on how to support the circular transition

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European investment bank
Publication Date: 
05/2020
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EU

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Jonas Byström

The European Investment Bank's Circular Economy Guide aims to promote a common understanding of circular economy, and raise awareness about and promote circular solutions.

The Guide provides information about EIB’s lending and advisory activities in this field, and communicates the vision of how the EIB can further support the transition to a circular economy. It is a living document that will be updated in response to the evolving understanding of circular economy needs, opportunities and risks, and growing experience with the appraisal and financing of circular economy projects.

Ellen MacArthur Foundation launches Circular Economy in Cities portal

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03/06/2020
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United Kingdom
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Cowes, Isle of Wight

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In March 2019, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation launched Circular Economy in Cities, a suite of easily accessible resources which provide a global reference on the topic.

20 May 2020
ACR+ News

ACR+ has created 3 new working groups on circular economy focusing on governance, procurement, and monitoring. They will bring together front-runners and learners to work on improving local and regional strategies on circular economy and resource efficiency.

28 May 2020
Eurocities

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Amsterdam
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Netherlands

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How can we overcome the effects of the COVID-19 crisis? On 28 May EUROCITIES will host a City Dialogue with the City of Amsterdam on how to rebuild the economy after the coronavirus crisis using the 'Doughnut model'.

Webinar: Circular Economy on the City Level

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01/04/2020
Country: 
EU, Germany
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Wuppertal

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Over 100 participants joined the Circular Economy on the City Level webinar of the Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production (CSCP) which sparked interesting discussions about smart and efficient ways of leveraging the potential of cities and municipal utilities in the transition towards more circularity.

Leuven Circulair - a detailed programme for circularity, in the context of Leuven 2030 Roadmap

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03/2020
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Belgium

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Jessie Vancouwenberghe

The city of Leuven, in Flanders, aims to play a leading role in initiating systemic change in cities and society at large.

The Roadmap 2025 · 2035 · 2050, drawn up by Leuven 2030 and numerous experts, serves as a guide to achieving the goal of a climate-neutral city by 2050. In September 2019 a professional team of programme managers started on no less than 13 specific programmes, which will transform this unique plan into concrete actions and impact on the field.

Leuven Circulair finds its place in specific programme #09, outlining key actions for circularity in the city with a strong focus on social, repair, refurbishment, knowledge and expertise from the University of Leuven and local fablabs.

One-woman's initiative in Belgium transforms broken umbrellas into raincapes and bags

Our industries and our current way of life make us produce more and more in an "ephemeral" way. We throw away big amounts of raw materials that we could easily reuse and launch back in the circular economy.

Parapluiestandupcycling decided to retrieve the fabric of broken umbrellas and to create a utility garment out of it.

Circular South, Antwerp: community-driven sustainable area, with the help of smart technologies

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In 2018, the City of Antwerp kick-started the Circular South project. The aim is to encourage more efficient use of energy, water, waste and materials by the citizens of the New South district of Antwerp through an innovative community-driven approach.

Sustainable construction guidelines for public authorities – A circular economy perspective

ACR+ report - Sustainable construction guidelines for public authorities – A circular economy perspective

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ACR+ Association of Cities and Regions for sustainable Resource management
Publication Date: 
12/2019
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EU

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Paolo Marengo
Philippe Micheaux Naudet

Sustainable construction guidelines for public authorities – A circular economy perspective aims to help public authorities navigate through the topic of sustainable construction, understand what it means and determine how to encourage it.

The guidelines are especially targeted at local and regional authorities, as they play a crucial role in the whole construction life cycle not only by stimulating innovation and cooperation between all actors but also because they work at a level close to citizens.

Unlike most of the literature on the topic, these guidelines focus on circularity and material resource efficiency, rather than covering only energy efficiency extensively. Moreover, the report goes beyond waste to integrate the whole value chain of the construction sector.

21 Apr 2020 to 22 Apr 2020

Unfortunately, due to the outbreak of COVID-19, the event is cancelled.

Want to discover the latest on industrial symbiosis and the future of sustainable industrial practices? Join our event to hear experiences and case studies from successful industrial symbiosis implementation, meet a network of committed actors and work together to build common goals and objectives.

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