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A typology of circular economy discourses: Navigating the diverse visions of a contested paradigm

A typology of circular economy discourses: Navigating the diverse visions of a contested paradigm

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Martin Calisto Friant, Walter J.V. Vermeulen, Roberta Salomone
Publication Date: 
05/2020
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Netherlands

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Martin Calisto Friant

This research reviews the long history and diversity of circularity thinking to develop a comprehensive timeline, which identifies and conceptually classifies 72 different CE-related concepts from the Global North and South alike (such as industrial ecology, Gandhian and steady-state economics, buen vivir, doughnut economics, degrowth).

This leads to the development of the first typology of circularity discourses, which classifies circularity visions according to their position on fundamental socio-ecological issues. This research thus seeks to provide a basis for a more inclusive and comprehensive discussion on the topic, which opens the imaginary regarding the many circular futures that can exist allows for a cross-pollination of ideas, policies, strategies, practices and solutions.

A social currency - turuta - to promote production and interchange locally

Turuta is a project of mutual exchange and enrichment. Starting in 2010 as an experimental project of a new microeconomy, it gave birth to the "turuta market", based on a social currency called turuta (a traditional military march played during Carnival parades). This is used to pay for local goods and services, promoting local production and interchange. Each partner in the turuta market has an online account.

It is a living project being developed by the members of the association ECOL3VNG (local ecological economic ecosystem at Vilanova i la Geltrú, Barcelona). The collective history of this ecosystem is being written through minute-taking (agreements of Board, commissions and assemblies, i.e. the "legislation") and account-taking of the exchanges between partners.

 

Gate C: Helping businesses capture the value of the circular economy

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France

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Gate C is a French consulting firm helping clients to map the benefits and capture the value of the circular economy.

08 Sep 2020
CoR

On 8 September 2020 the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) and the European Commission (EC) will hold the 16th meeting (online) of the Technical Platform for Cooperation on the Environment, dedicated to "How can local and regional authorities use the circular economy as an enabler of a sustainable recovery?"

1 Sep 2020
Circular Change

The 5th Circular Change Conference, one of key European meeting points of circular economy changemakers, was transformed this year into a “virtual roadshow” consisting of 5 events based on 5 partnerships

07 Sep 2020 to 08 Sep 2020
Assises économie circulaire France

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Evènement digital
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France

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Les Assises de l’économie circulaire reviennent les 7 et 8 septembre 2020 avec un événement inédit - web et 100% gratuit - pour aborder des sujets de fond, concrets, au bénéfice et à la portée de tous et de chacun.

13 Oct 2020
Peri-urban Living Lab
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Amsterdam, Naples, Ghent, Hamburg, Łodz and Pécs - Online
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Netherlands

100 eco-innovative solutions supporting the transition towards CE, an unprecedented detailed mapping of waste flows and wastescapes, a multi-dimensional and multiscalar LCA based sustainable assessment and a transdisciplinary knowledge generation methodology, all developed within innovative co-creational peri-urban living labs (PULL) and an online geodesign decision support environment (GDSE).

10 Jul 2020

We are launching a Call for Expression of Interest for the new mandate of the European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform Conference (ECESP), that will run from November 2020 to May 2022, open to stakeholders who wish to take part in this unique European initiative.

22 Sep 2020
Circular Oslo - Circular Regions

An interactive event incorporating a holistic view of the Circular Economy. Come hear how Nordic Values are driving the Circular Economy with both Nordic and international speakers to be announced.

The EU’s Circular Economy Action Plan: setting the world’s largest single market on a transition towards a circular economy

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Ellen MacArthur Foundation
Publication Date: 
06/2020
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EU, Other (World)

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Helena O'Rourke-Potocki

This case study on the EU's Circular Economy Plan (CEAP) by the Ellen McArthur Foundation reflects back on the steps which the European Commission took to take a lead in circular economy policies globally. From initially aiming at improving resource efficiency, to redefining growth with positive social, environmental, and economic benefits, this case study analyses this policy-making process.

The CEAP was a comprehensive body of legislative and non-legislative actions adopted in 2015, which aimed to transition the European economy from a linear to a circular model. It mapped out 54 actions, as well as four legislative proposals on waste.

By rethinking resource efficiency and material flows, the European Commission has developed a framework to promote systemic change.

12 Oct 2020 to 18 Oct 2020
Circular Week 2020

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Warsaw, Krakow, Lublin, Amsterdam, Helsinki, Copenhagen, Aarhus, Stockholm, Malmo, Vienna, Oslo
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Austria, Belgium, Denmark, EU, Finland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden

The Circular Week is an international campaign staging a series of events on circular economy and sustainable development throughout Poland and Europe, in order to promote the idea of a circular economy, support sustainable business models and establish cooperation between interested stakeholders.

Nordic Circular Hotspot

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The Nordic Circular Hotspot aims to be the leading resource and collaborative learning hub on circular economy in the Nordics.

This Hotspot works to connect stakeholders in the Nordic region, such as local and regional governments, business, communities, knowledge institutions and academia, to (co-)develop and initiate practical circular solutions, business models, projects and initiatives. The aim is to be the go-to place in the region for everything circular in the region to faster accelerate the transition to a circular economy.

European Investment Bank and national promotional banks launch the Joint Initiative on Circular Economy

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European Investment Bank
Publication Date: 
10/2019
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EU

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On average, a European citizen produces half a ton of waste a year. This amounts to 2.5 billion tons yearly for the entire European Union.

The Joint Initiative on Circular Economy (JICE) is a partnership between the EU’s largest national promotional banks and institutions and the European Investment Bank to invest at least €10 billion in the circular economy by 2023.

It provides loans, equity investment, guarantees, innovative financing structures and technical assistance.

The initiative will support projects that prevent and eliminate waste, increase resource efficiency and promote circular business models. Eligible projects can be submitted to the respective JICE partners.

The City of Helsinki’s Roadmap for Circular and Sharing Economy

Circular and sharing economy to help tackle sustainability challenges in Helsinki

Helsinki Circularity Roadmap
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06/2020
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Finland

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The roadmap is about promoting circular and sharing economy in the city of Helsinki. The main four focuses are construction, procurements, green waste and sharing economy and business opportunities related to circular economy.

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Leona Silberstein

The City of Helsinki’s Roadmap for Circular and Sharing Economy is one of the 147 actions in the Carbon-neutral Helsinki 2035 Action Plan.

The roadmap includes the following four focuses:

  1. construction
  2. procurement
  3. green waste and
  4. sharing economy and new business opportunities in the circular economy.

The goals for each focus are set until 2035, with interim goals and supporting practical actions for each one.

Reducing plastic consumption and increasing the use of recycled plastic are among the main topics of the roadmap.

This roadmap is the result of debates in workshops with experts from both inside and outside the City. A team of representatives of the City’s Environmental Services coordinated the work.

Circular Economy Action Plan - Speeding up the green transition of the EU’s economy

Circular economy offers a path to sustainable recovery

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EUROCITIES
Publication Date: 
07/2020
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Belgium

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Louise Coffineau

The post-COVID-19 recovery plan should be extensive, as the effects of the pandemic on people and economy have, in many cases, been devastating. The recovery plan must also fully support the green transition to guarantee resilience over the long term.

The circular economy has the potential to raise EU GDP by billions of euros, and create around 700,000 extra jobs by 2030. With this in mind, the economic approach should be an integral part of that recovery. It is one of the messages of a new EUROCITIES policy statement on the EU Circular Economy Action Plan that sets out how cities, as significant engines for economic growth, can drive the circular economy to unlock economic, environmental and social benefits.

23 Jul 2020

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Santiago
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Other (Chile)

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Chile, The Netherlands, and Slovenia are joining forces in this webinar on 23 July to discuss sustainable recovery in Chile and what is the role of the circular economy. Join the international webinar at 15:30 CEST.

12 Oct 2020 to 18 Oct 2020

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Warsaw, Belgium, Vienna, London, Ljubljana, Krakow, and more european cities
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Austria, Finland, Netherlands, Poland, Slovenia, Sweden, United Kingdom

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Circular Week is an international campaign which will consist series of events and initiatives devoted to the subject of circular economy and sustainable development that will take place throughout Europe. The Circular Week’s goal is to promote the idea of a circular economy, support sustainable business models and establish cooperation between interested stakeholders.

Roadmap towards the Transition to Circular Economy

Poland's Circular Economy Roadmap

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09/2019
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Poland

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The aim of Poland's Roadmap towards the Transition to the Circular Economy (CE), which was adopted in 2019, is twofold: first, to identify cross-cutting measures capable of having the broadest possible impact in Poland, both socially and economically; and second, to prioritise areas that will enable Poland to take advantage of its current opportunities, and to deal with existing or future challenges. 

The Roadmap focusses on 5 areas in particular:

  1. Sustainable industrial production
  2. Sustainable consumption
  3. Bioeconomy
  4. New business models
  5. implementation, monitoring and financing of CE.

The Roadmap includes a set of tools, which are not purely legislative, to create the conditions for a new economic model in Poland. 

Cutting greenhouse gas emissions through circular economy actions in the buildings sector

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European Environment Agency
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07/2020
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EU

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The briefing highlights the key findings of the background report "The Decarbonisation Benefits of Sectoral Circular Economy Actions", produced for the European Environment Agency by Ramboll, Ecologic Institute and Fraunhofer ISI.

The key messages are the following:

  • Greater circularity and more efficient use of materials present new opportunities for further reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
  • A new methodology can help to identify which circular economy actions in each sector can make the most promising contributions to meeting targets to reduce emissions and to achieving climate neutrality in Europe.
  • In the buildings sector, selected circular economy actions can lead to reductions of up to 61 % in the materials-related greenhouse gases emitted across buildings’ life cycles.

Circular Economy Forum Austria: a learning and dialog platform for enterprises aiming at an innovation ecosystem

Circular EConomy Forum Austria
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Austria

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Karin Huber-Heim

Circular Economy Forum Austria is a learning and dialog platform, initiating and promoting the exchange and further development of knowledge, ideas and implementations and identifies potential synergies among companies, politics, science, research and design.

The Forum:

  • operates and collaborates in a solution-oriented and innovative way;
  • supports and facilitates comprehensive transformation by linking interdisciplinary know-how and ideas for innovation, decision makers and practitioners;
  • promotes new business partnerships to increase the visibility of existing and up-coming circular innovation supporting the expansion of the Austrian circular eco-system;
  • encourages and fosters collaborative projects and initiatives with contributions to value creation cycles.

Measuring Scotland’s progress towards a circular economy to help combat the climate emergency

Measuring Scotland's progress towards a circular economy

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Zero Waste Scotland
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06/2020
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United Kingdom

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Jack Barrie

Zero Waste Scotland has commissioned a study on Measuring Scotland's progress towards a circular economy, in order to assess the value of existing metrics and identify the most effective ways to drive and track progress on reducing our carbon emissions.

The study has concluded that no single metric could be used to monitor Scotland’s progress on adopting a circular economy. However, a range of metrics could be developed and used collectively.

Two datasets in particular (a Scottish material flows accounts and Scotland’s carbon footprint) will be key to this as the country progresses towards a circular economy

2 Jul 2020

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The European Commission is launching an impact assessment for its new initiative: Empowering the consumer for the green transition, and would be keen on some stakeholders' and citizens' feedback until 1 September 2020.

Best practices on industrial symbiosis in Italy and the contribution of regional policies

Best practices on industrial symbiosis in Italy and the contribution of regional policies as a strategic lever

In 2016, the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA) set up a Symbiosis Users Network (SUN) to boost industrial symbiosis in Italy. The network promotes circular economy models through industrial symbiosis by focusing on operational issues.

SUN's 2019 conference was devoted to Good practices of industrial symbiosis in Italy and the contribution of regional policies as a strategic lever. The event, co-organised by SUN, Ecomondo and ENEA was held in Rimini (IT) on 7 November 2019 at Ecomondo - a leading event in Europe for new circular economy models.

Click on 2017 and 2019 to see the reports on SUN's two conferences.

Reports on ENEA-promoted conferences on industrial symbiosis are available here.

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