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The Circular Economy in Granada, Spain

OECD Grenada report

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OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities (CFE)
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05/2021
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France

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The COVID-19 may have hit the pause button on tourism, but it also highlighted the need to switch to the circular economy.

This report summarises the findings of a two-year policy dialogue with the city of Granada in Spain, and provides recommendations and a vision to transition to a circular economy. It draws on Granada’s own experience with the transformation of a wastewater treatment plant into a bio factory in 2015, which contributed to increased water reuse and the production of new material from waste. The report argues that the city of Granada can play a role as a promoter, facilitator and enabler of the circular economy. This will require a collective and coordinated approach across all stakeholders and levels of government.

11 Jun 2021 to 12 Jun 2021
Circular Economy Hackathon

Circular Economy Hackathon is a hack-and-learn race with a focus on unleashing innovation. Participants will work collectively with the aim of developing ideas, involving students, recent graduates and PhD students in a process of designing and redesigning cities for circularity. The aim is to deep-dive and reveal the core problems with current urban settlements. This entirely online event on 11-12 June will have an international focus and aims to lead to innovations in circular economy.

02 Jun 2021 to 03 Jun 2021
Resilient and sustainable cities: Circular Cities

The Institute for Research in Circular Economy and Environment ”Ernest Lupan” (IRCEM) invites you to co-design the city of the future, a city capable of ensuring its survival and prosperity in the face of the increasingly severe conditions imposed by climate change and the high consumption of urban resources.

At the event "Resilient and sustainable cities: Circular Cities", over the course of two days, we will assess whether we need different urban behaviour or a different way of crafting public policies based on the principles of prediction and anticipation. You are invited to join the analysis of the concept of urban resilience, and to discuss what the future prospects of cities are in terms of their circular development.

URBAN WASTE: Reducing municipal waste generated by tourism

URBAN WASTE

The URBAN WASTE project focuses on urban strategies for waste management in tourist cities. It involved stakeholders from 11 pilot areas and studied the challenges inherent in waste management so that appropriate strategies responding to real-world needs can be devised and implemented.

Tabor: second-hand market

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Slovenia

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Tabor is a marketplace initiative introduced in the city of Maribor, Slovenia. Tabor was designed as a second-hand market, where people can participate by selling their goods to others.

GHform: Leasing as a way of extending the life of outdoor furniture

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Denmark

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The Danish company GHform produces outdoor furniture and inventory, such as benches, waste bins and street lights. The company is now also offering municipalities the chance to lease its cast iron lamp posts.

RECYCLO: Urban platform for the circular economy

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RECYCLO is a multi-stakeholder cooperative society (SCRL). It provides consultancy, training and business development, with the objective of raising awareness about urban waste.

It offers a collection service tailored to urban constraints and catering for professionals. It helps them to reduce the quantity of waste produced and to sort it more effectively. Its projects are conducted by means of partnerships with private and public initiatives, and tackle issues such as recycling smartphones, biomaterials, putting orange peels to use and creating a compost site in Brussels.

RCERO Ljubljana: efficient waste management

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The Ljubljana Regional Centre for Waste Management (RCERO Ljubljana) is a national centre for environmentally-friendly waste management in Slovenia.

EtMoi works with prisoners to make badge holders, cushions and masks from old ties and scarves

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Belgium

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EtMoi@Work is a Belgium-based circular, social, economy project. It consists of the production of a collection of office articles: badge holders, card holders, cushions for office chairs and new masks in silk by local prisoners. It is a circular economy project, since all its productions use recycled conference lanyards, silk ties and scarves that are no longer worn and, if possible, old jewelry.

Allgro: turning wastewater into water for their fruit and vegetable cutting business

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Belgium

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In May 2019, the Belgium-based fruit and vegetable cutting business Allgro set up its own water plant. The facility turns wastewater into drinking water, thereby slashing the food company’s mains water consumption.

02 Jun 2021
Tackling litter pollution

As the largest Extended Producer Responsibility organisation in Europe in charge of household packaging and graphic papers, Citeo is fully concerned by the fight against litter pollution. In order to address the main questions and challenges surrounding this complex issue, Citeo is organising a coffee-break conference on Wednesday 2 June on Tackling litter pollution: from obligations to actions!

27 May 2021
EPA Research

The EPA is seeking proposals from the research community to help identify solutions to climate change and other emerging and complex environmental problems.The funding will be provided under the four EPA Research 2030 interconnected research hubs, including "Facilitating a green and circular economy".

08 Jun 2021
The Market-driven Circular & Bioeconomy

The Market-driven Circular & Bioeconomy EU Green Week Partner Event on 8 June 2021 brings together representatives of European projects based on industry-academic partnerships in the fields of biodiversity, forestry, engineering, chemistry, agriculture, and transport.

Consulting goes circular with CIRAA

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CIRAA is a company active in promoting circular economy principles and helping businesses ensure that their plans and projects abide by those principles.

26 Apr 2021
La semaine de l'économie circulaire

Brupartners invites you to La Semaine de l’Économie Circulaire de Brupartners, from 26 to 30 April 2021 to highlight the progress made by the Brussels Region in the field of circular economy.

Refarmed: using buildings’ residual heat and biowaste to support rooftop greenhouses

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Refarmed uses the concept of ‘building integrated agriculture’. High-impact buildings (meaning they produce a lot of waste and excess heat) are equipped with rooftop greenhouses which turn all that waste into value - to support low-impact food production.

The start-up Yoyo offers a behavioural-change programme for recycling

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France

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Yoyo is a French start-up that has developed an innovative behavioural change approach to enhance recycling in communities.

Boat cruises on the Seine river go electric with Paris Yacht Company

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France

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French company Seine Alliance repurposes EV batteries from cars to power boats for cruises on the river.

Circular Gothenburg

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Circular Gothenburg focuses on resource efficiency to reduce climate change and achieve circular material flows.

It has three target groups: citizens, city departments and businesses. For all three target groups, the goal is to make it simple, straightforward and attractive to participate in transformational circular work. This includes the municipality’s in-house processes and activities which help people to live in a more circular way. One of these activities is the Fixotek: staffed facilities, close to where people live and open to everyone, where people can meet, learn, repair and redesign products, borrow tools and swap toys, clothes and books.

The City of Helsinki: supporting the reuse of excavated soil in construction projects

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Finland

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The City of Helsinki has coordinated a project on the reuse of excavated soil in construction projects across the city. This project consists of improving coordination of how and where excavated soil is used.

Sopköket's garbage kitchen is the new circular trend

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Sweden

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Sopköket is a Swedish restaurant and catering company founded in 20215. It prepares meals which partly incorporate rescued and surplus food from supermarkets and other companies. Their goal is to reduce food waste.

Amsterdam is shaping a sharing economy that works for everyone

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04/2018
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Netherlands

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The City of Amsterdam’s Sharing Economy Action Plan (2015) is a strategy by the city to provide solutions for a sharing and circular economy (CE) that works for all.

It provides five key points on which action should be taken:

  1. supporting pilot projects
  2. leading by example
  3. extending sharing economy to all residents
  4. developing rules and regulations
  5. development of a sharing city.

The intention is to widen the available tools and materials to enable the spreading of a CE, thus encouraging collaborative initiatives taking place in the city. Therefore, the plan facilitates the creation and spreading of more circular projects, such as the "fashion libraries" or the promotion of various digital platforms like the ones existing in the transport and accommodation sectors.

Accelerating transition to circularity with Circular Berlin

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Circular Berlin is an NGO that focuses on making Berlin circular. Berlin is envisioned as a resilient, citizen-oriented region. Resources are sourced locally and their value is maintained as part of a continuous loop. Circular Berlin operates across areas such as community-building, education, as well as developing knowledge on industries with a high potential for circularity: the built environment, food and biomass, textile and fashion, and materials and products.

Circular Berlin hosts events in which the community meets, debates and exchanges. Topics range from sharing knowledge to collaborative planning sessions, and has built open-source digital tools allowing information to be exchanged more quickly.

For more information on specific projects, consult their website.

23 Mar 2021
Circular Innovation Lab

Circular Innovation Lab invites you to the launch event for ShopC - the first ever marketplace for circular fashion & lifestyle. Circular Innovation Lab has invited an exciting panel of participants – representatives of international organisations and fashion brands and circular economy experts – exploring topics such as sustainability, innovation and circular fashion & lifestyle.

26 Mar 2021
Webinar: Inland ports

On 26 March, the Dutch provinces of Overijssel, Drenthe and Northern Netherlands organise a webinar on the greening of Europe’s transport system and the contribution of inland ports to the transition to a sustainable and circular mobility sector.

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