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The Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra: leading the way to a circular economy

Sitra

The Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra is a future fund collaborating with partners to research, trial and implement bold ideas that shape the future. It aims to make Finland a pioneer in sustainable well-being.

Since 2015, Sitra has been working to lead the way to a circular economy – a new kind of society in which everyday lives and well-being are no longer based on excessive consumption and fossil fuel use.

Currently, Sitra’s work focuses on supporting a fair transition to a circular economy and investigating how business can be based on sharing instead of ownership. Sitra is also working to advance circular trade policies, to increase the understanding of environmental effects of digitisation and to explore the potential of the circular economy to safeguard biodiversity.

Circular Change

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CIRCULAR CHANGE

Specialized in establishing and nourishing dialogue between different stakeholders particularly in the process of creation of circular economy (CE) roadmaps, it is promoting new narratives, orchestrating interests, exchanging knowledge and enabling innovation. 

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CIRCULAR STRATEGIES

  • Strategic consulting in the field of CE and innovation
  • Sustainable and circular brand, product and service development
  • Stakeholder mapping, orchestration and circular collaboration

ROADMAPPING PROCESS

  • Co-creation, development and implementation of CE roadmaps on national or local level

EXPERT CONTRIBUTION

  • Research, reports and scenarios
  • Coaching for circular frontrunners
  • Keynote speeches, moderating, workshops, lectures.

MEDIA REFERENCES

European Environmental Bureau

EEB

The European Environmental Bureau (EEB) is Europe’s largest network of environmental NGOs working for a better future where people and nature thrive together.

Ecopreneur.eu - the European Sustainable Business Federation

The European Sustainable Business Federation Ecopreneur.eu features six national associations with 3000 sustainable companies - mostly SMEs.

A member of the ECESP Coordination Group, Ecopreneur.eu is the international business organisation in Brussels committed to ambitious measures, rules and regulations for a low-carbon circular economy. Ecopreneur.eu advocates a new economic framework by bringing concrete experience from pioneering companies into the political debate, showing best practice examples and advocating the needs of green SMEs in a credible way.

The Ecopreneur.eu Low-Carbon Circular Economy Advocacy Group is a sounding board of circular economy pioneers, including Tarkett, Werner & Mertz, Interface, REMONDIS and HUMANA Kleidersammlung.

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation, or how to accelerate the transition to a circular economy

Ellen McArthur Foundation

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation develops and promotes the idea of a circular economy. It works with, and inspires, business, academia, policymakers, and institutions to mobilise systems solutions at scale, globally.

Its vision is a new economic system that delivers better outcomes for people and the environment. Business models, products, and materials are designed to increase use and reuse, replicating the balance of the natural world, where nothing becomes waste and everything has value.

A circular economy, increasingly built on renewable energy and materials, is distributed, diverse, and inclusive. The Foundation’s work focuses on six interlinking areas:

  1. Learning
  2. Business
  3. Institutions, Governments and Cities
  4. Insight and Analysis
  5. Systemic Initiatives
  6. Communications.

Arthur ten Wolde

Michael Laermann

Circular Change connecting circular economy platforms in Central and Eastern Europe

Abstract: 

Circular Change joined other Coordination Group members in several activities to encourage the participation of other relevant circular economy stakeholders in Central and Eastern Europe.

ECESP Leadership Group on Retailers & Consumers: reflections Summer 2020

Start/End date: 
25/08/2020
Country: 
EU
City: 
Brussels

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On 11 December 2019, stakeholders of the Retail Forum were introduced to the ECESP. Several discussions took place about the interest and role of retailers in advancing the circular economy in Europe.

The topic of ‘Retailers and Consumers’ was seen as an opportunity to start a leadership group to discuss and advance circular economy action between those two key stakeholder groups.

ECESP Leadership Group on economic incentive policies: reflections Summer 2020

Start/End date: 
18/08/2020
Country: 
EU
City: 
Brussels

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The ECESP leadership group on economic incentives is focusing on incentives with a specific potential for increasing the demand for a circular economy, and on policies and challenges such as circular public procurement, Extended Producer Responsibility, tax shift, CO2 pricing, etc.

ECESP Leadership Group on cities and regions: reflections Summer 2020

Start/End date: 
31/07/2020
Country: 
EU
City: 
Brussels

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The Coordination Group decided, in Autumn 2019, to create leadeship groups to hold in-depth discuss and deliver orientations on priority topics.

The leadership group on cities and regions focused specifically on the territorial approach to the transition to circular economy at local and regional level.

ECESP Leadership Group on the textile sector: reflections Summer 2020

Start/End date: 
31/07/2020
Country: 
EU
City: 
Brussels

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The Coordination Group decided, in autumn 2019, to create focus groups to hold in-depth discuss and deliver orientations on priority topics.

Textiles are a vast category. The ECESP leadership group on textile focused on the TGLF value chain. Their discussion focused on ways to address essential challenges from a social, environ­mental and economic perspective.

ECESP Leadership Group on food waste: reflections Summer 2020

Start/End date: 
31/07/2020
Country: 
EU
City: 
Brussels

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The Coordination Group decided, in autumn 2019, to create leadeship groups to hold in-depth discuss and deliver orientations on priority topics.

Food waste generates around 8% of the global greenhouse emissions. In their reflection document, the ECESP leadership group led by Copa-Cogeca discussed ways to reduce food waste and to maximise the circularity of food production.

ECESP Leadership Group on the construction sector: reflections Summer 2020

Start/End date: 
30/07/2020
Country: 
EU
City: 
Brussels

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The Coordination Group decided, in Autumn 2019, to create leadership groups to hold in-depth discuss and deliver orientations on priority topics.

The group led by ENEA and composed of INEC, ACR+, European Environmental Bureau and Ecopreneur has released its reflections on the circularity of the construction sector.

The reality of plastics: myths and truths

Start/End date: 
31/05/2020
Country: 
Spain
City: 
Madrid

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The Circular Economy Action Group led by Forética and composed of 11 companies, among them the ECESP Coordination Group member Ecoembes, presents an analysis on 'The reality of plastics: myths and truths', focused on promoting the development of circular business models. 

Circular Schools Programme (PEC by INEC)

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The National Institute for Circular Economy (INEC) in France is launching the Circular Schools Programme (PEC), an operational project aimed at making schools a model for the circular economy.

Webinar: The circular economy’s potential for fostering decent jobs

Start/End date: 
16/06/2020
Country: 
Netherlands
City: 
Online

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This webinar, organised by Circle Economy, explored the interlinkages between the transition to a more circular economy and quality jobs, drawing on Circle Economy’s recent report on Jobs & Skills in the Circular Economy: State of Play and Future Pathways.

Learning Hub by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Start/End date: 
16/06/2020
Country: 
United Kingdom
City: 
Cowes Isle of Wight

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The Ellen MacArthur Foundation invites everyone to discover the circular economy. You are free to explore their learning hub to learn more about the vision for a circular economy.

Green Deal on circular procurement in France

Start/End date: 
16/06/2020
Country: 
France
City: 
Paris

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The French National Institute for Circular Economy (INEC), the Great Paris Area (MGP) and the Responsible Procurement Observatory (OBSAR) launched the "Circular procurement" action-programme in December 2018. The programme aimed to bring together stakeholders to foster the circular economy in the purchase decision-making.

Circular economy brings value for real estate businesses

Start/End date: 
26/02/2020
Country: 
United Kingdom
City: 
Cowes, Isle of Wight

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Research led by Ellen McArthur Foundation in cooperation with Arup highlights the benefits of the circular economy. It outlines five models for real estate business.

ENEA is actively involved in the development of circular economy indicators

Start/End date: 
29/05/2020
Country: 
Italy
City: 
Rome

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ENEA, the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development, is directly involved in activities focused on the assessment, proposal and selection of circular economy indicators.

BusinessEurope scaling up circular economy solutions in Member States

Start/End date: 
03/06/2020
Country: 
EU
City: 
Brussels

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BusinessEurope organised two events for businesses and policymakers on challenges and opportunities for scaling up circular economy solutions in Brno and Madrid in October 2018.

IRCEM leads research on Circular Economy in Romania

Start/End date: 
27/05/2020
Country: 
Romania
City: 
Cluj-Napoca

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In its role developing scientific research and innovation in various fields, including the circular economy, IRCEM has organised several thematic workshops and conferences. 

Ecopreneur.eu: Circular fashion and textile producing countries

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This research note produced by Ecopreneur.eu is a 1st inventory of the potential impacts of future EU circular fashion on non-European textile producing countries. It uses existing literature and input from four circular economy experts to analyse the economic, social and environmental impacts. 

Circular case studies developed by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation

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The Ellen MacArthur Foundation regularly shares case studies that are relevant to the circular economy.

Ellen MacArthur Foundation launches Circular Economy in Cities portal

Start/End date: 
03/06/2020
Country: 
United Kingdom
City: 
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.

Wanted by Sitra: Circular economy solutions that change the world

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The Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra is collecting a selection of circular economy solutions that are among the most viable, promising, scalable and impactful in the world.

Circular Change promoting Creative & Circular

Start/End date: 
28/05/2020
Country: 
Slovenia
City: 
Ljubljana

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Within the ECESP, Circular Change has promoted the role of creative industries with a focus on circular design.

CEC4Europe explores and evaluates business showcases from the circular economy industry platform

Start/End date: 
21/05/2020
Country: 
Austria
City: 
Vienna

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This research by Lukas Stumpf, part of the CEC4Europe factbook on the circular economy published in September 2018, evaluates 131 projects from the Circular Economy Industry Platform (CEIP) regarding their contribution to circular economy from both a scientific and a political perspective.

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