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03 Oct 2022
EC

The European Commission has launched a call for evidence and a public consultation with a view to the European Critical Raw Materials Act, announced by Commission president Ursula von der Leyen during her 2022 State of the Union address. Interested parties can provide their input until 25 November 2022.

25 Oct 2022
CirculAbility

Join this event on 25 October to find out about the CirculAbility project and discuss the challenges and perspectives for the development of a circular economy which gives a proper role to people with disabilities. In general terms, they are working to promote an economy that fosters a fair transition and responds to social and environmental issues; specifically, they want to help achieve this through a project where people with disabilities recycle unsold food.

06 Oct 2022 to 07 Oct 2022
EU Bioeconomy Conference

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Brussels
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Belgium, EU

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The high-level conference on ‘The bioeconomy - Enabling the European Green Deal in challenging times’ will take place on 6 and 7 October in Brussels. All sessions will also be live-streamed.

The conference will present the findings of the EU Bioeconomy Strategy Progress Report, adopted in June 2022, together with a series of bioeconomy success stories from EU research and innovation.

06 Oct 2022
Recycled plastic

In this webinar on 6 October 2022, the project partners will share their knowledge, experiences and insights regarding design and product development with recycled plastic.

The webinar will be chaired by Prof. David Greenfield (SOENECS), joined by representatives from project partners Technische Universiteit Delft (NL), Manchester Metropolitan University (UK) and the Green Plastic Factory (NL).

23 Sep 2022
EU Bioeconomy Conference

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Belgium

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The high-level conference on ‘The bioeconomy - Enabling the European Green Deal in challenging times’ will take place on 6 and 7 October in Brussels. All sessions will also be live-streamed.

The conference will present the findings of the EU Bioeconomy Strategy Progress Report, adopted in June 2022, together with a series of bioeconomy success stories from EU research and innovation.

Resourceful Cities Circular Transition Stories

Resourceful Cities

In September 2019, nine Resourceful Cities embarked on their journey to develop next-generation urban resource centres as a way to accelerate the transition to a circular economy. 

The nine cities together with their local stakeholders were all able to deliver a high-quality Integrated Action Plan. Every one of those action plans is not just an expression of their resilience in times of crisis: it is also a manifestation of their individual response to their local context and needs.

This publication summarises their collective journey as a network and tells the story of each of the nine partner cities from their own perspective. Their journey shows that cities are big enough to make a difference and small enough to make it happen.

22 Nov 2022

Infrastructure makes up a significant part of the built environment and is the backbone of a healthy economy. Delivering infrastructure, however, is becoming increasingly challenging. The sector has a significant environmental impact from material use, waste production and CO2 emissions.

As European economies are highly material import dependent, closing infrastructure material cycles at the European level is essential to address these challenges. It reduces pressure on the environment, enhances material supply security, increases competitiveness, innovation, and growth and creates jobs. But how can we achieve that? What challenges and opportunities for closing material cycles in infrastructure through European cooperation?

The ECESP leadership group on Building and Infrastructure invites you to identify blind spots and activate European cooperation for closing infrastructure material cycles. Join our panellists in an open discussion about closing material cycles at the EU level: what are the stakes, obstacles, and opportunities? What should be arranged at the EU level from a policy and market perspective to make that happen? Can the different value chain stakeholders collaborate on that?

Circular Regions: A digital platform mapping circular case studies

Circular regions

Circular Regions is:

  • developing a suite of practical and effective tools to help organisations in the circular economy and related areas, such as bio-economy, social economy, regenerative economy and carbon neutrality, to catalogue, categorise, contextualise and connect data and resources;
  • a platform dedicated to mapping circular case studies including: business models, strategies, policies, economic incentives and educational and behavioural shift resources utilising a holistic framework;
  • bridging bottom-up and top-down circular economy approaches alongside their partners in the north and south through mission-oriented, data-driven solutions to empower individuals and organisations.

For more information, contact: info@circularregions.org

05 Oct 2022

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EU
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EU

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The bioeconomic sector is an indispensable part of the world’s economy, providing food, feed, textiles, energy, and more. But to attain a circular bioeconomy, we must modify and adapt the inherited linear value chains in the sector.

The ECESP leadership group on Bioeconomy and Food Systems invites you to this EU Circular Talks (#EUCTs) on Bioeconomy Value Chains. Join us on 05 October 2022 (10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. CEST), to get insights on ways we can help design and build circular value chains that foster bioeconomic transformation.

29 Sep 2022
Circular Economy 4.0

A Circular4.0 community is being built in the Alpine region. In the heart of the Julian Alps, on the shores of the Lake Bled in Slovenia, a full-day Circular4.0 final conference will be organised on 29 September 2022 - in parallel to the global World Future Verse conference - to discuss digital technologies as enablers to foster the transition of SMEs to the circular economy in the Alpine Space Area.

05 Oct 2022
C3 webinar series

Local governments play an essential role in guiding their cities into circular action and overcoming the main barriers to change. But how exactly can cities lead the circular economy transition? One of the most important steps is developing a holistic and cohesive Circular City Strategy, one that provides information and direction to enable local stakeholders, both within and outside the municipality, to get involved and engage in the process.

In this third of a series of Circular City Centre (C3) webinars on 5 October 2022, representatives from the European Investment Bank (EIB) and Circle Economy will present the third C3 guidance document on how cities can develop a circular city strategy.

13 Oct 2022
#EURegionsWeek

The 20th edition of #EURegionsWeek under the motto New Challenges for Europe’s cohesion is approaching and registrations are now open! The online info session “Implementing circular systemic solutions in cities and regions” will take place on Wednesday 13 October, 12:30 – 13:30 CEST.

Hutoepito: upcycling closed-cell rigid polyurethane foams

Upcycling of closed-cell rigid polyurethane foams

The Hungarian Ministry of Finance has approved a HUF 197.85 million non-refundable grant for Hutoepito, the parent company of KleanLabs, in order to fund research, development and innovation activities under the Upcycling of closed-cell rigid polyurethane foams project, which will run until 31 January 2025.

19 Sep 2022
Enabling green and digital innovation to fight food waste in Europe

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Brussels
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Belgium

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Join this webinar on 19 September and find out how Danish, Belgian and Dutch companies are embracing digital and technological innovation to deliver on food waste prevention.

This event will be a chance to discuss good practices regarding the reduction of food waste, including how we can make the best use of innovative solutions and data in order to transform our food systems to ensure enhanced food security and sustainable business opportunities.

27 Sep 2022
EUFIC webinar

In a one-hour webinar on 27 September, EUFIC’s Research Lead, Dr Betty Chang, will present good practices for information-based campaigns to reduce food waste.

02 Sep 2022
Data collection on FLW prevention initiatives along the food supply chain

The European Commission is launching a survey to collect data on food loss and waste prevention initiatives along the food supply chain. 

This survey aims to collect relevant information by 3 October 2022 on both ongoing and concluded food waste prevention initiatives in order to analyse their efficiency,  effectiveness, and impacts.

ITENE Research Centre for circularity in packaging

ITENE is a research centre specialised in packaging. It specialises in developing circular solutions along the supply chain, from raw materials development to final waste management. To meet the sustainability requirements, it develops technological solutions focused on new materials and recycling technologies as well as responding to requirements in terms of safety, design and functionality in packaging.

Besides offering services to the industry ITENE attracts a community of over 4 000 companies and 10 000 professionals, is a member of the leading organisations in its field, and plays an active role in a wide range of sectoral fora and initiatives. Formed in 1994 as a private association with non-profit purposes, it is located in Valencia (Spain).

29 Sep 2022
Circusol

The Circusol workshop on 29 September 2022 seeks to bring together policy makers, industry representatives, experts and other stakeholders to discuss pathways forward towards a circular and resource-efficient solar power sector in Europe.

Trade for an inclusive circular economy: A framework for collective action

Trade for an inclusive circular economy: A framework for collective action

Photo credit: Copyright © Samsul Said/Bloomberg/Getty Images
Author: 
Jack Barrie, Latifahaida Abdul Latif, Manuel Albaladejo, Ieva Baršauskaitė, Alexey Kravchenko, Amelia Kuch, Nanno Mulder, Melissa Murara, Antoine Oger, Patrick Schröder
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06/2022
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EU, United Kingdom, Other (Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, Asia-Pacific)

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The framework for inclusive circular trade is designed to help guide trade and trade-related circular economy and development policies, practices and agreements to ensure these all work towards a shared goal of an inclusive circular economy.

This paper sets out a framework for inclusive circular trade, intended to enable a pathway in which circular trade helps to promote fair, inclusive and circular societies. The framework was developed through the work of an alliance of organizations spanning Africa, Southeast Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Europe.

Chatham House does not express opinions of its own. The opinions expressed in this publication are the responsibility of the authors. A Spanish translation of the paper is also available as a PDF.

15 Sep 2022

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Brussels
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EU

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There has been relatively little focus on the role of consumers in the circular economy but ultimately, the decision on how a product will be recycled, repaired or reused lies with the end users. This EU Circular Talk will share insights into enabling circular behaviour through digitalisation, learn about experiences across the EU, and discuss implications for the future with European stakeholders.

23 Aug 2022
EU grants

The European Commission is currently accepting proposals for EU grants to help stakeholders take action against food waste. Fighting against food waste is one of the key action strands laid down in the EU’s Farm to Fork Strategy, which aims to make food systems fair, healthy and environmentally friendly.

20 Oct 2022

Construction materials and products represent about 50% of all raw materials extracted from the earth's crust. Construction and demolition activities represent 50% of all waste generated.

The ECESP Leadership Group on Construction and Infrastructure invites you to attend this #EUCircularTalks on 20 October from 10:00 to noon CEST. Join the expert panel to find out just how effective the construction system is in using secondary materials from the supply chain and the advantages of that in terms of CO2 emissions and embodied energy using secondary materials.

Registration is now open.

07 Oct 2022
Mazovia Circular Congress

Mazovia Circular Congress is the closing day of Circular Week 2022 and will take place in Warsaw on 7 October 2022. This international hybrid event will involve the participation of small and large firms, start-ups, investors, representatives of public administrations and local governments, enterprises, managers dealing with sustainable development and corporate social responsibility, and the media.

Digital Product Passport: The ticket to achieving a climate neutral and circular European economy?

Digital Product Passport: the ticket to achieving a climate neutral and circular European economy?

Digital Product Passport

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Thomas Götz, Holger Berg, Maike Jansen, Thomas Adisorn , David Cembrero, Sanna Markkanen, Tahmid Chowdhury
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07/2022
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Belgium

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In March, the European Commission released its Circular Economy Package which includes a proposal for an Ecodesign for Sustainable Products Regulation (ESPR). The ESPR identifies a Digital Product Passport (DPP) as key, enhancing the traceability of products and their components.

The Taskforce for climate neutral and circular materials and products and the Wuppertal Institute have released their new report. This report builds on business insights into how a well-designed DPP could enable climate action and enhanced circularity in the EU.

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