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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.

A Better Life with MgO: a flue gas desulphurisation process with a positive net environmental impact

View of the pilot plant

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Greece

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LIFEPOSITIVEMgOFDG - a project co-financed under the EU's LIFE programme - is about designing and implementing a novel technique for air pollution abatement which respects circular economy principles.

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.

ENEA is actively involved in the development of circular economy indicators

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29/05/2020
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Italy
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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.

Resource Effectiveness and the Circular Economy: how to strengthen Sweden's competitiveness in a future with finite resources

Resource Effectiveness and Circular Economy project logotype

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Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences
Publication Date: 
04/2020
Country: 
Sweden

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Caroline Ankarcrona

The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA) has always been a meeting place for Sweden’s future. It builds bridges between the business community, the public sector, academia and the political sphere.

Its two-year project "Resource Effectiveness and the Circular Economy" was aimed at making Sweden more competitive in a future with finite resources, in line with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, by economising on resources and developing new technologies, services and business models in five areas:

Read the synthesis report, marking the completion of the project, which presents the most important conclusions, recommendations and action plans from the five subprojects.

 

 

Test yourself and your lifestyle by Sitra

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Is your lifestyle good or bad for the environment? After taking this short test by the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra, you will receive tailor-made tips. The aim is to help you save time and money and so to improve your quality of life. 

Circularity Gap Report - The Netherlands

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Circle Economy
Publication Date: 
06/2020
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Netherlands

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Hatty Cooper

The Dutch economy is 24.5% circular. Measures in four key sectors can triple the national circularity rate and help the government achieve its ambitions for a fully circular economy by 2050.

On 3 June, Circle Economy launched the Circularity Gap Report for the Netherlands. The report shows that the Netherlands is a circular frontrunner: the country's circularity rate is three times higher than the global rate of 8.6%. Consuming 221 million tonnes of materials each year, the Netherlands retrieves one quarter from non-virgin, secondary sources. However, if the government is to achieve its ambitions of full circularity by 2050, a major overhaul of the national economy, including jobs, will still be necessary.

How circular economy practices help to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

How circular economy practices help to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

SDGs and Circular Economy

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Suzan van Kruchten , Freek van Eijk
Publication Date: 
05/2020
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Netherlands

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Holland Circular Hotspot

 

Holland Circular Hotspot is a private-public platform in which companies, knowledge institutes and local authorities collaborate to promote and support international collaboration and knowledge exchange on Dutch circular economy, and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency, a government agency for sustainable, agricultural, innovative and international business development and growth, have come together to share insights, networks and resources to help kickstart circular developments that will boost the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Circular examples from various market segments closely linked to SDGs such as agri-food, manufacturing and the built environment are included in the brochure next to cross-sectoral topics such as consumer goods or plastics.

IRCEM leads research on Circular Economy in Romania

Start/End date: 
27/05/2020
Country: 
Romania
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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. 

España Circular 2030: the new Circular Economy Strategy for a #FuturoSostenible in Spain

Espana circular
Publication Date: 
06/2020
Country: 
Spain

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At the beginning of June 2020 the Spanish Government published España Circular 2030, the new Strategy for Circular Economy in Spain until 2030. It contains circular economy objectives and a series of strategic orientations for the period 2020-2030. 

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  • sets up a series of objectives for 2020-2030 which will, inter alia, allow a 30% reduction in the national consumption of resources and a 15% reduction in waste generation (as compared to 2010);
  • contributes to Spain's efforts to transition to a sustainable, decarbonized, resource-efficient and competitive economy;
  • takes the form of successive three-year action plans providing for concrete measures to deliver on circular economy.

 

    Holy-wood upcycles old-fashioned furniture into designer creations

    Holy-wood upcycling social entrepreneurship ecodesign carpentry

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    Belgium

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    Holy-wood is an association of craftsmen who design designer furniture with locally recovered wood in an ethical and holistic approach.

    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.

    IRCEM and its Strategy for Romania's Transition to Circular Economy

    Start/End date: 
    28/05/2020
    Country: 
    Romania
    City: 
    Cluj-Napoca

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    History of IRCEM - the Romanian Institute for Research in Circular Economy and Environment “Ernest Lupan” - and development of ROCES - Romania's Strategy for the Transition to a Circular Economy (ROCES) 2020-2030

    Copa-Cogeca shares its members' initiatives on tackling food waste during the COVID-19 crisis

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    Copa-Cogeca is sharing the initiatives of its members that demonstrate the many actions taken by EU farmers and cooperatives to deal with the Covid-19 crisis.

    Circularity Gap Report Austria

    Start/End date: 
    27/05/2020
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    Austria
    City: 
    Vienna

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    In June 2019, Altstoff Recycling Austria (ARA) and Circle Economy released the Circularity Gap Report Austria, the first measure of circularity for a nation state.

    04 Jun 2020
    Tondo Webinar

    The webinar series organised by Tondo represents an opportunity for companies, start-ups and experts from all over the world to have a clearer overview of the status of the circular economy and how it can enhance innovative business models and concepts with lower environmental impacts.This third session will continue to focus on circular cities around the world, in this specific case Rotterdam.

    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.

    Knowledge brokerage between Slovenia and Portugal on waste collection facilities and communication strategies

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    05/09/2018 to 05/09/2019
    Country: 
    Portugal, Slovenia
    City: 
    Ljublana

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    Between 2018 and 2019, knowledge brokerage between Slovenia and Portugal took place on waste collection and treatment, reuse and repair facilities as well as communication strategies.

    Scaler Quick Guides – Helping industries increase efficiency through resource sharing

    SCALER
    Author: 
    Scaler
    Publication Date: 
    05/2020
    Country: 
    Other (EU)

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    SCALER

    SCALER provides mechanisms to accelerate the journey towards efficient and quick implementation of industrial symbiosis in the European process industry. They do this by developing action plans and adapted solutions to industrial stakeholders and communities.

    SCALER works closely with a wide range of stakeholders including industrial networks, consultancies, researchers and policy makers at various geographic and politic levels, to deliver practical tools and guidelines for industry actors engaging in resource efficiency, reuse and sharing.

    To achieve this goal, SCALER is developing a set of reports and guides. They offer insights into how businesses can start industrial resource synergies with other companies to minimise their waste and create more value from their production.

    07 Sep 2020 to 08 Sep 2020
    Produrable

    L'édition 2020 de Produrable - le grand rendez-vous européen des Acteurs et des Solutions de l'Economie Durable - sera à l'enseigne de 'Sobriété, Solidarité, Prospérité... pour un New Deal Européen'.

    Circular Economy Research Center (CERC)

    CERC

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    France

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    Circular economy will profoundly impact business. The Circular Economy Research Center of the Paris based École des Ponts Business School wants to enable current and prospect students as well as the alumni of the School to sharpen their knowledge on the upcoming transformation and to be enabled to understand it, embrace it and prepare for it in their domains of professional interest.

    Circular Economy for the Data Centre Industry (CEDaCI)

    CEDaCI platform

    The Circular Economy for the Data Centre Industry (CEDaCI) aims to enable trans-sectoral and transnational learning and develop circular economy solutions for the Data Centre Industry in France, Germany, the Netherlands and the UK by:

    • Building a transnational / trans-sectoral network and a co-creation platform for sharing knowledge and expertise
    • Establishing regional and transnational Working Groups
    • Utilising co-creation methodologies in 8 workshops
    • Jointly defining concrete circularity solutions to address the project pilot studies.

    By joining this network you will receive innovative insights into circularity solutions and share ideas within a multi-professional network.

    To become a member, you may apply by 30 September 2020.

    Danish Strategy for Circular Economy

    Publication Date: 
    09/2018
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    Denmark

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    Erik Jessen

    In 2018, the Danish Ministry of Environment and Food and the Danish Ministry of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs launched a Strategy for Circular Economy, based on recommendations by an Advisory Board for Circular Economy. The strategy will be implemented in the period 2018-2022. The government launched initiatives within six thematic areas:

    1. Strengthening enterprises as a driving force for circular transition
    2. Supporting circular economy through data and digitalisation
    3. Promoting circular economy through design
    4. Changing consumption patterns through circular economy
    5. Creating a proper functioning market for waste and recycled raw materials
    6. Getting more value out of buildings and biomass.

    Circular Fashion MOOC: Design, Science and Value in a Sustainable Clothing Industry

    Wageningen MOOC
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    Wageningen University & Research
    Publication Date: 
    04/2020
    Country: 
    Netherlands

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    Team Online Education

    The fashion industry has a big influence on the global economy and is known for its social and environmental impact. This online course by Wageningen University & Research is an introduction to circular fashion, brought by 30 experts from academia and practice.

    After this course, you will be able to:

    • Understand the role of sustainability and circularity in fashion
    • Understand the importance of design for disassembly and recycling
    • Evaluate new biobased materials for textiles and understand the change in production processes
    • Disrupt current thinking and mindset in the industry and manage the transition to circular fashion
    • Understand economic paradigms and new forms of value creation for circularity in the fashion industry

    Read more and enrol.

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