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

Espana circular

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. 

The strategy:

  • 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.

 

    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.

    Circularity Gap Report Austria

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

    5th Circular Change Conference

    Start/End date: 
    01/09/2020
    Country: 
    Slovenia
    City: 
    Bled

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    On 1 September 2020, the 5th Circular Change Conference, held under the theme of “Mainstreaming the Circular Economy Mindset”, will set the trends for the discussion on sustainable leadership, business-led innovation and the EU’s sustainability goals based around the European Green Deal.

    28 May 2020
    Eurocities

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    City: 
    Amsterdam
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    Netherlands

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    How can we overcome the effects of the COVID-19 crisis? On 28 May EUROCITIES will host a City Dialogue with the City of Amsterdam on how to rebuild the economy after the coronavirus crisis using the 'Doughnut model'.

    15 May 2020
    Life

    LIFE - the European Programme for the Environment and Climate Action - has been financing Eco-Innovation and Circular Economy related projects since its start in 1992. The call for LIFE 2020 proposals is now open, with more than €450 million earmarked for nature conservation, environmental protection and climate action projects.

    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'.

    11 May 2020
    Hackathon

    Business4Change is a 2-day Hackathon and initiative of the European Commission to be held on 16-17 November 2020 in Brussels, Belgium. The focus of the Hackathon is to support businesses with their transition to the circular economy. They are currently looking for "challenge owners" to pitch the circular challenges they are facing.

    Danish Strategy for Circular Economy

    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.

    Leuven Circulair - a detailed programme for circularity, in the context of Leuven 2030 Roadmap

    Publication Date: 
    03/2020
    Country: 
    Belgium

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    Jessie Vancouwenberghe

    The city of Leuven, in Flanders, aims to play a leading role in initiating systemic change in cities and society at large.

    The Roadmap 2025 · 2035 · 2050, drawn up by Leuven 2030 and numerous experts, serves as a guide to achieving the goal of a climate-neutral city by 2050. In September 2019 a professional team of programme managers started on no less than 13 specific programmes, which will transform this unique plan into concrete actions and impact on the field.

    Leuven Circulair finds its place in specific programme #09, outlining key actions for circularity in the city with a strong focus on social, repair, refurbishment, knowledge and expertise from the University of Leuven and local fablabs.

    24 Apr 2020

    ACI’s Future of Polyolefins Summit, on 20 and 21 January 2021 in Antwerp,  will provide the perfect opportunity to meet with leading executives and experts from across the entire value chain.

     

    GS1 Position Paper on Circular Data for the Circular Economy

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    GS1
    Publication Date: 
    04/2020
    Country: 
    Belgium

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    Francesca Poggiali

    This paper by GS1 in Europe highlights the need to structure product data to make it available for circular economy needs. If data isn't structured and can't circulate according to a circular model, it will be very challenging to reach the scale needed for the circular economy plan.

    Open standards are a way of uniquely identifying products, locations, machines, packaging, etc. If "global open identifiers" (openly available references for products, etc.) are used, rather than closed-in systems based on data for one limited purpose, it will be possible to share data.

    GS1 in Europe is a neutral, not-for-profit organisation dedicated to global standards to improve the efficiency, visibility and sustainability of products around the world. 

    15 May 2020

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    City: 
    Utrecht
    Country: 
    Netherlands

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    The concept of the circular economy has been largely promoted as a solution to decouple economic growth from environmental degradation. Many scholars, on the other hand, argue that democratic and equitable sustainability cannot be achieved under conditions of continuous economic growth. This online symposium will discuss how a circular economy and society can rise to the challenge.

    The Circular Economy's Closed Loop and Product Service Systems: A Review and Appraisal

    The circular economy's closed loop and product service systems for sustainable development: A review and appraisal

    Author: 
    Mark Anthony Camilleri
    Publication Date: 
    10/2018
    Country: 
    Malta, United Kingdom

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    Mark Anthony Camilleri

    This review paper of Mark Anthony Camilleri examines relevant regulatory guidelines, policies, and recommendations on sustainable development, where it traces the origins of circular economy (CE). It goes on to shed light on key theoretical underpinnings of CE's closed loop and product service systems.

    The findings suggest that the CE's regenerative systems minimise the environmental impact as practitioners reduce their externalities, including waste, emissions, and energy leakages through the use and reuse of resources. Therefore, this contribution offers a critique on CE's inherent limitations and discusses about the implications of having regulatory interventions that are intended to encourage responsible consumption and production behaviours.

    CircleAid.be: a network of experts and mentors to help you kick-start your circular initiative

    Cities and entrepreneurs are expected to be full of inspiring and sustainable ideas but they often have a lot of questions before they can implement those ideas. How do you set up a product-as-a-service business model? How do I protect my logo? How can you support cititzens initiatives? How can the financiers be involved...

    To get an answer to all these and other questions, you can ask experts at CircleAid.be They have all their specific experience with circular economy: in business models, procurement, governance, financing...

    These experts are mentors who can guide you through your circular questions. Consultants who want to become part of this database can apply if they have experience or knowledge in Circular Economy.

    For the moment this platform is only available in Dutch.

    Promoting a Just Transition to an Inclusive Circular Economy

    Chatham House report: Promoting a Just Transition to an Inclusive Circular Economy

    Just Transition

    Today, only 8.6% of the resources and materials in the global economy are reused or recycled.
    A crucial transition to a circular economy is required to reach the environmental goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and to achieve countries’ climate targets as set out in the 2015 Paris Agreement.

    In this context, it is essential to ensure that the transition to a resource-efficient and circular economic model also delivers on social objectives.

    This paper introduces the relevance of the circular economy in the international development SDG context. It also explores how a just transition approach can be successfully applied in the circular economy context.

    From waste to wealth: a digital matching platform finds new high-value reuse options for your materials or (waste) products

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    Netherlands

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    Excess Materials Exchange (EME) is a young and innovative technology company whose digital matching platform aims to find new high-value reuse options for materials or (waste) products for companies.

    3 Apr 2020

    Following the publication of the new Circular Economy Action Plan (CEAP) by the European Commission in early March, the members of the Coordination Group of the European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform have issued a joint statement on the CEAP, while also reflecting on the coronavirus pandemic ravaging the world.

    08 Apr 2020

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    City: 
    Stockholm
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    Sweden

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    In the second webinar of Signifikant's circular economy series, the discussion will be focussed on how manufacturing organizations are finding ways to fast-forward transformation beyond old linear ways of doing businesses.

    Global Circular Economy Scenario in a Multiregional Input–Output Framework

    A Global Circular Economy Scenario?

    Author: 
    Kirsten S. Wiebe, Marek Harsdorff, Guillermo Montt, Moana S. Simas, Richard Wood
    Publication Date: 
    05/2019
    Country: 
    Other (Norway)

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    Kirsten S. Wiebe

    In a resource-constrained world the future economy will need to be circular.

    From a policy perspective, the question is whether averting catastrophic environmental impacts through an accelerated transition to a global circular economy can also deliver sustained growth and jobs.

    Multiregional input−output (MRIO) analysis models the interdependencies between industries and within/between countries as well as between intermediate and final goods producers and consumers, thus providing a useful toolbox for assessing social, environmental, and economy-wide impacts of the adoption of the circular economy.

    This research paper resorts to this toolbox to compare the business-as-usual (BAU) scenario to an alternative circular economy scenario.

    2020 Report on the circular economy in Italy, with a focus on the bioeconomy

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    Circular Economy Network (CEN) in collaboration with ENEA and Fondazione Sviluppo Sostenibile
    Publication Date: 
    03/2020
    Country: 
    Italy

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    Laura Cutaia
    Camille Aneris

    The 2020 Report on the Circular Economy in Italy, developed by CEN (Circular Economy Network) in collaboration with ENEA (Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development) and Fondazione Sviluppo Sostenibile, analyses the state of play of the circular economy in Italy with, this year, a particular focus on the bioeconomy.

    The report was presented during the 2nd National Conference on the Circular Economy livestreamed on 19 Marchfrom Rome. It was introduced by Edo Ronchi, President of CEN, and Roberto Morabito, Director of the Department for Sustainability, ENEA, and President of the Italian Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform (ICESP).

    For a slide presentation of the report, click on the speakers Ronchi and Morabito.

    Delivering a circular economy within the planet’s boundaries: An analysis of the new EU Circular Economy Action Plan

    Delivering a circular economy within the planet’s boundaries: an analysis of the new EU Circular Economy Action Plan

    Analysis of the new EU Circular Economy Action Plan 2020
    Author: 
    Mia Pantzar, Timothy Suljada
    Publication Date: 
    03/2020
    Country: 
    EU

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    Mia Pantzar

    This analysis by IEEP and SEI assesses to what extent the actions included in the new Circular Economy Action Plan published by the European Commission on 11 March 2020 may contribute to a more circular European economy within the boundaries of the planet.

    The authors conclude that the action plan is a promising continuation of existing efforts, but ask for more concrete measures to address unsustainable resource consumption.

    The authors make five recommendations to EU policymakers in this regard and emphasise the importance of EU Member States and the private sector showing leadership and willingness to innovate.

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