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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.

A new web-portal to help cities become circular: the Circular City Funding Guide

Funding Guide
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European Investment Bank
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01/2020
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EU

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A new web-portal to help cities become circular: the Circular City Funding Guide was launched on 31 January 2020.

The guide provides information and support on funding and financing of the circular economy in an urban context. It was initiated as one of the actions under the Urban Agenda Partnership for Circular Economy and developed by external service providers and EIB experts involved in and funded by the European Investment Advisory Hub, a partnership between the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the European Commission.

The guide has two main target groups: fund-seekers and funders of circular projects in cities.

 

 

 

Circular Economy and Territorial Consequences

ESPON: CIRCTER - Circular Economy and Territorial Consequences

Circular Economy and Territorial Consequences

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Carlos Tapia, Marco Bianchi, Mirari Zaldua (Tecnalia Research and Innovation, Spain); Marion Courtois, Philippe Micheaux Naudet (ACR+, Belgium); Andrea Bassi, Georg Pallaske (KnowlEdge, Italy), Jan-Philipp Kramer, Bärbel Birnstengel, Mirjam Buck, Richard Simpson, Adriana Cruz (Prognos, Belgium); Ruslan Zhechkov, Asel Doranova, Nathan Kably (Technopolis, Belgium), Henning Wilts, Sören Steger, Meghan O’Brien, Carina Koop, Valerie Wischott (Wuppertal Institute, Germany)
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05/2019
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EU

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Carlos Tapia Garcia (Tecnalia)
Marjan van Herwijnen (ESPON EGTC)

What does the circular economy (CE) mean from a territorial perspective?

This report by the ESPON CIRCTER project provides:

  1. a territorial definition of a CE based on resource consumption and waste generation intensities and trends across European NUTS2 regions
  2. a comparison with other socio-economic trends like employment dynamics and economic growth
  3. evaluation of the territorial factors most critical for CE transformations
  4. a description of the systemic mechanisms facilitating CE transitions at territorial levels
  5. an illustration of policy approaches and best practices supporting the transition towards a CE in various territorial contexts, and
  6. guidance supporting local and regional authorities in defining CE strategies.

Policy Guide on Circular Economy and Territorial Consequences

ESPON: Policy Guide on Circular Economy and Territorial Consequences (CIRCTER)

Policy Guide on Circular Economy and Territorial Consequences
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Asel Doranova, Laura Roman and Ruslan Zhechkov (Technopolis, Belgium)
Publication Date: 
05/2019
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EU

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Carlos Tapia Garcia (Tecnalia)
Marjan van Herwijnen (ESPON EGTC)

This interactive policy guide aims to inspire local and regional policy makers to develop circular economy strategies that can change the structure and operations of their economies and industries so that they better contribute to more sustainable economic growth in Europe.

The guide provides suggestions on how to assess the local and regional contexts needed to adopt the right policy strategies and targets. It also gives insights on how to choose the right policy strategy, define priority areas, set favourable framework conditions and how to monitor and evaluate the outcomes.

Examples are used throughout the guide to illustrate the various elements. The guidance is based on analysis and insights generated by the ESPON CIRCTER project, which is co-financed by the ERDF.

17 Mar 2020
Join the final event for the CIRC-PACK project - Breakfast at Sustainability's

The CIRC-PACK project has produced breakthrough biodegradable plastics using alternative bio-based raw materials, which could play an important role to play throughout the plastic value chain. Join the project for its final event to learn more.

Circular Governance in Maribor

Maribor, Slovenia

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Slovenia

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The WCYCLE Maribor project provides for an innovative urban circular economy system, offering a new business and economic model for the city in the field of efficient resource management.

Circular Governance in The Hague - Made in Moerwijk

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Netherlands

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Made in Moerwijk is a social circular initiative in The Hague that seeks to give new life to waste products.

Circular Governance Oslo - Action plan to reduce Plastic Pollution

Oslo

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Other (Norway)

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To prevent plastic from entering the environment and reaching the Oslo Fjord and to remove existing plastic pollution, an action plan with short-term and long-term measures was co-created by many stakeholders in Oslo.

Circular City Governance in Prato

Circular Prato

Thanks to its textile recycling techniques, Prato is considered one of the most advanced and innovative industrial cities in Italy.

Circular City Governance in Mechelen

Potterij

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De Potterij in the Flemish city of Mechelen is set to become a circular economy incubator where young, innovative and creative entrepreneurs can meet up with like-minded people. It will also host a large supporting network for researchers, government and experts to make their circular economy ambitions a reality.

31 Mar 2020
Circular Economy in cities and regions

Due to the recent developments with respect to the coronavirus (Covid-19), the 2nd OECD Roundtable on the Circular Economy in Cities and Regions in Oslo, Norway is cancelled.

However, in light of the significance of the Roundtable the OECD and Nordic Innovation kindly invite you to register for two dedicated webinars. Click here for more info.

Circular Berlin: how to develop circular economy in the city

Circular Berlin

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Dina Padalkina
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08/2018
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Germany

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Dina Padalkina

Berlin has the potential to become the first Circular City in Germany, due to its growing variety of initiatives, grass-roots and research work in the area of circular economy (CE).

This report provides information on the development of the project Circular Berlin, which started in 2018 and is financed by the EIT, under Horizon 2020.

The project consists of 4 phases:

  1. Pre-assessment (conducting awareness meeting with CE professionals, identifying CE initiatives, finding partners etc.) - already completed
  2. Feasibility Check
  3. Vision Development
  4. Implementation
18 Dec 2019

Despite the waste hierarchy in force – Reduce, Re-use and Recycle, re-use could be much further developed. Waste management programmes include re-use but prioritise recycling, even though re-use is more environmentally and socially friendly. 2Lifes project is meant to be an instrument to help boost re-use through public policy.

Circular Cities - A practical approach to develop a city roadmap focusing on utilities

Circular Cities - A practical approach to developpin a city roadmap focusing on utilities

Circular Cities
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Charleyne Terry , Irene Vivas Lalinde, Cristian Matti, Morten Meldgaard
Publication Date: 
12/2019
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France

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Charleyne TERRY

Cities can play a pivotal role in creating an enabling environment through regulations and incentives, but the private sector needs to collaborate and explore the cross-sectoral synergies required to achieve a circular model. There are immense opportunities for public-private collaboration in achieving goals that might not otherwise be possible for cities to accomplish alone.

Cities are embedding circular thinking in their utility processes, placing the onus on the private sector to come up with new business models that are both economically viable and ecologically sustainable. This could potentially result in a situation whereby circular products and services become the new market standard.

19 Nov 2019 to 21 Nov 2019

The Union pour la Méditerranée Women Business Forum aims to build skills, connect and empower female entrepreneurs to develop their business leadership and start, grow and sustain their enterprises in a regional competitive environment. The 2019 edition of the Business Forum will focus on Women in the circular economy and in Tech & Innovation Sectors.

SWEETS hotel upcycles Amsterdam's bridge houses into unique guest rooms

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Since 2012, SWEETS hotel has been adapting Amsterdam's abandoned bridge houses into unique flats, thus preventing their demolition.

BlueCity revitalises abandoned Rotterdam water park into circular laboratory

BlueCity, Rotterdam

The BlueCity business park is one of Rotterdam's unique landmarks: formerly a water park resort, the complex is now a circular incubator housing over 30 startups experimenting towards a sustainable future.

"+Ricicli +Viaggi" makes it possible to pay for metro rides with plastic bottles

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The Roman public transport provider, Atac, has launched +Ricicli +Viaggi (the more you recycle, the more you travel), a pilot scheme in which riders can pay for travel with PET plastic bottles.

Cirkularni Hub Praha

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The Prague Circular Hub is a joint initiative by the Institut Cirkularni Ekonomiky, Alliance for Renewable Energy and the Brno Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Its vision is to build a cultural and innovation centre which seeks to acquaint the general and professional public with circular economy. With discussions, seminars, conferences, as well as pilot projects aimed at testing new research methods in the field of circular economy, the Prague Circular Hub contributes to the active transformation into a circular system.

While the Hub has already completed a Prague Circular Scan with the support of Circle Economy, it continues to organise regular ‘buzz talks’ and conduct further research to promote the adoption of circular business models in the Czech capital.

08 Oct 2019
Urban Agenda Partnership on Circular Economy

In the framework of the European Week of Regions and Cities and as part of the Urban Agenda Partnership for Circular Economy, a session on Circular Economy as a strategy for cities and regions will be organised on 8 October 2019.

09 Oct 2019
Urban Agenda for Circular Economy

During the European Week of Regions and Cities in Brussels, the Urban Agenda Partnership for Circular Economy will host a workshop on 9 October to help develop its “Roadmap for a Circular Urban Resource Management Plan” for cities.

Bring-your-own and thrifty decor make a perfect match in this zero-waste coffee house

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To show how zero waste can become reality and provide inspiration for consumers to change their lifestyle, two Brussels entrepreneurs have set up the first waste-free and circular coffee house.

2 Sep 2019
collaborative x circular survey

Are you active in the collaborative (sharing) and circular economy? Fill in the Collaborative X Circular survey to share your knowledge and support an EU-wide mapping exercise.

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

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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.

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