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Avoiding Blind Spots: Promoting Circular & Fair Business Models

Avoiding Blind Spots: Promoting Circular & Fair Business Models

Avoiding Blind Spots: Promoting Circular & Fair Business Models

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Joke Dufourmont (Circle Economy), Natalia Papú Carrone (Circle Economy), Noah Baars (Circle Economy), Jean-Pierre Schweitzer (EEB), Sergi Corbalán (FTAO)
Publication Date: 
12/2020
Country: 
Netherlands

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The report Avoiding Blind Spots: Promoting Circular & Fair Business Models by Circle Economy, European Environmental Bureau (EEB) and The Fair Trade Advocacy Office (FTAO) provides an overview of the blindspots - the unintended, unaddressed or underexplored negative impacts - of promoting circular business models.

The aim is to get a holistic understanding of the impacts of circular business models, specifically taking into account the social sphere.

The report considers three circular business models (repair, resale and product as a service - PaaS) and four types of blindspots (governance, market, social and environmental).

Recommendations for (EU) policy makers, public procurers and businesses are then formulated to address these blindspots.

12 Nov 2022
Circular Systems for a Net Positive Fashion Industry

UNEP and Global Fashion Agenda are holding a COP27 side event on Circular Systems for a Net Positive Fashion Industry in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, on 12 November at 18:00 EET. This in-person talk show event with industry leaders will discuss the path to a circular fashion system, from circular design to business models and recycling to public behaviour. 

09 Nov 2022
COP27

UNEP and Global Fashion Agenda are holding a COP27 side event on Circular Systems for a Net Positive Fashion Industry in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, on 12 November at 18:00 EET. This in-person talk show event with industry leaders will discuss the path to a circular fashion system, from circular design to business models and recycling to public behaviour. 

25 Nov 2022

Environmental impacts – including climate change and pollution – cannot be effectively mitigated by focusing on emission reduction alone. The accelerated depletion of natural resources is at the heart of the climate, biodiversity and pollution challenges facing the world today. The level of resource use determines the magnitude of final waste and emissions released into the environment, making resource management and efficiency key strategies for environmental protection.

The ECESP Coordination Group members, OVAM and EEB, invite you to this official WCEF side event on 25 November at 14:00 - 15:30 CET to discuss ways to govern the use of global resource in a sustainable and just manner.

06 Dec 2022
WCEF2022

The World Circular Economy Forum 2022 presents circular economy game-changers. Hosted in Kigali and online on 6-8 December 2022, WCEF2022 is co-organised by the African Circular Economy Alliance, the Republic of Rwanda, the African Circular Economy Network (ACEN) and The Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra, with international partners. The title for this year's event is 'From Africa to the World'.

06 Dec 2022 to 08 Dec 2022
WCEF2022

Taking place in Africa for the first time, the World Circular Economy Forum 2022 brings together forward-looking thinkers and doers and presents circular economy game-changers. Hosted in Kigali, Rwanda and online on 6-8 December 2022, WCEF2022 is co-organised by the African Circular Economy Alliance (ACEA), the Republic of Rwanda, the African Circular Economy Network (ACEN) and The Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra, with international partners. The title for this year's event is 'From Africa to the World'. Free of charge, open to all online. In-person participation is by invitation only.

18 Nov 2022 to 24 Nov 2022
Shifting Economy Week

Organized by the Shifting Economy administrations, Unizo and UCM, the Shifting Economy Week is a one-week meeting for all Brussels economic actors to lay the foundations of the regional transition. From 18 to 24 November 2022, a multitude of workshops, conferences, company visits and other activities await to inspire you, guide you, and collectively consider the transformation of all economic sectors in the Region.

03 Nov 2022
The Level(s) Webinar

Don’t miss the European Commission’s webinar on 3 November "Assessing the whole life carbon performance of buildings using Level(s)".
Level(s) is the European common language for sustainable buildings.

12 Nov 2022
COP27 side event

Functioning ecosystems that supply water, nutrients, soil and energy are critical to human health, economy and livelihoods and enhance climate resilience. We need a radical shift in the current economic model to sustain our ways of life and biodiversity while ensuring a sustainable future for all. Tackling these global challenges requires rethinking how we produce, consume and manage raw materials.

The circular economy is about optimising production and consumption systems, not only by sustainably reducing waste, but also by doing business in an environmental and biodiversity-friendly manner.

The European Circular Economy Stakeholders Platform's (ECESP) Coordination Group members will organise a COP27 side-event at the EU Pavilion on 12 November, 15:00 - 16:00 CET. The event will be an opportunity to show practical examples of how an inclusive circular economy can reduce waste and provide measurable impacts on climate and biodiversity protection.

 

National Strategy for the Circular Economy in Romania

National Strategy for the Circular Economy in Romania

The Romanian Strategy for the Circular Economy (NSCE) is a roadmap for accelerating Romania's transition from a linear to a circular economic model. The implementation of the Action Plan (to be adopted in September 2023) will provide a framework for this transition. The strategy gives an overview of the fourteen economic sectors, and identifies the following as having the greatest circular potential:

  • agriculture and forestry
  • automotive sector
  • construction
  • consumer goods (food and beverages)
  • packaging (glass, paper, plastic materials etc.)
  • textiles
  • electrical and electronic equipment.

The overall objective of the NSCE is closely linked to the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations' 2030 Agenda.

27 Oct 2022
Achieving social justice in a global circular economy

This official side event on 27 October (14:00 – 15:15 CEST), in the context of the 2022 World Circular Economy Forum, will explore how governments and multilateral organisations can tackle environmental challenges in a way that promotes decent jobs and secures livelihoods for all.

12 Oct 2022
European BeonNAT project

The European project BeonNAT aims to develop innovative biological products for the industry from the biomass of trees and shrubs grown on marginal land. The Plastics Technology Centre Aimplas will generate lactic acid and then polylactic acid PLA from fermentable sugars in biomass waste for use in packaging with active properties for cosmetics.

12 Oct 2022
30 years of EU Ecolabel

On 13 October, more than 50 countries around the world celebrate the World Ecolabel Day to honour credible ecolabels that are members of the Global Ecolabel Network. These so-called type-I ecolabels are awarded to goods and services meeting high environmental standards throughout their entire life cycles.

22 Nov 2022 to 24 Nov 2022
Nordic Circular Summit 2022

The Nordic Circular Summit is a hybrid summit exploring circular economy in the Nordic region, hosted by Nordic Circular Hotspot and Nordic Innovation. Participants in the event will learn about the region's tremendous circular opportunities—with events offering talks, debates, panel discussions and workshops on topics such as circular tools, regenerative models and materials, communicating circularity, business and finance, energy and resources, construction, manufacturing and much more.

14 Oct 2022
Veltha

How to facilitate Circular Economy Transition? Capitalization of cooperation experiences and tools - a webinar on 14 October by Veltha.

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.

19 Oct 2022

This #EURegionsWeek in-person side event @ImpactFactoryMechelen on 19 October will inspire those who want to support and accelerate the transition to a circular economy in their cities.

Registration is now open.

The agenda includes:

  • a site visit of the Impact Factory in Mechelen (Belgium),
  • showcasing the impact of Urban Resource Centres (URC) in The Hague, Oslo and Opole
  • the nuts and bolts of developing and operating a URC, including various business models as well as on the ground challenges and opportunities.

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.

LIVRE BLANC | Ensemble, engageons-nous pour un dispositif efficace et opérationnel au service d’une Filière Textile 100% circulaire

10 measures for a Circular Textiles Industry

Livre blanc 2022
Author: 
Refashion
Publication Date: 
03/2022
Country: 
France

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The textile industry’s figures are clear: of the 648 000 tons of textiles placed on the market each year in France, only 38% are collected for recycling.

The 10 proposals set out in this white paper (in French) seek to meet three objectives. The first consists of building the Extended Producer Responsibility approach around environmental benefits. The second is to support the development of a sustainable textile and footwear recycling industry. The last is to meet the legitimate expectations of transparency and traceability. The proposals aim to achieve these objectives in the context of the three key steps in a product’s lifecycle: (1) fabrication, (2) consumption, and (3) regeneration.

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

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.

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.

Neue Effizienz gemeinnützige GmbH

Neue Effizienz

Neue Effizienz is an institution for knowledge transfer and research in the area of energy and resource efficiency based in Wuppertal, Germany. As a regional association, it is funded by the municipalities, public utilities and regional economic development institutions of Wuppertal, Solingen and Remscheid.

Neue Effizienz promotes innovation as well as science and technology transfer in the fields of energy, circular economy, new mobility and smart cities. bergisch.metall, a competence network for the metal industry, fouses on the circular economy; the bergisch.circular project assists the municipalities with the establishment of intermunicipal structures and initiatives supporting the circular transformation.

24 Nov 2022 to 25 Nov 2022
Circulariti 2022

Circularity is a new dedicated annual circular economy conference organised by Planet Ark’s Australian Circular Economy Hub (ACE Hub). Circularity 2022 aims to propel the Asian-Pacific region’s economy into the future by showcasing the best of circular design, practice and research. The event brings thought leaders together to discuss solutions and catalyse action across the Asian-Pacific region.

12 Oct 2022
Level(s)

In October 2020 the European Commission launched Level(s), the new EU common language for assessing the sustainability performance of buildings.

At this year's European Week of Regions and Cities, the Commission will be running a special webinar to show how Level(s) can help the buildings sector contribute to EU climate and circularity objectives within cities and regions.

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.

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