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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.

Czech Circular Hotspot

Czech circular hotspot

The Czech Circular Hotspot's (CCH) mission is to facilitate cross-sectoral and international cooperation in the field of circular economy. The ambition of the platform is to create a space where public and private sector can cooperate to accelerate the transition towards Czech circular economy.

The CCH is organized by the Institute for Circular Economy which is a non-governmental organisation that promotes circular economy principles since 2014. INCIEN is built on 5 pillars:

  1. Czech Circular Hotspot
  2. Academy
  3. Think-tank
  4. Consultancy
  5. Advocacy.

 

CIMPA: making multilayer plastic films circular

Cimpa

CIMPA, an EU-funded H2020 project, aims to develop a recycling chain for post-industrial and post-consumer multilayer films from food and agricultural applications. This complex approach combines innovative compositional sorting, mechanical and physical recycling and an advanced decontamination process.

31 Aug 2022 to 02 Sep 2022

From 31 August to 2 September, the national student conference 'Circular Insights 2022' will take place in Wuppertal, North-Rhine Westphalia. Students and graduates from all fields of study will meet with companies to focus on the joint development of possible solutions paving the way for a sustainable and circular future. You can still register for this event.

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.

14 Oct 2022

14 October 2022 | International E-Waste Day: Recycle it all, no matter how small! This year, the main focus of International E-Waste Day will be on those small electrical devices that we no longer use, but keep in drawers and cupboards or often toss in the bin.

Circular Buildings: constructing a sustainable future

Circular Buildings: constructing a sustainable future

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Diana de Graaf, Stéphanie Schuitemaker, Keita Hamada, Vincent Gruis
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07/2022
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Netherlands

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Circular Buildings: constructing a sustainable future is the latest addition to a series of publications from Holland Circular Hotspot about circular challenges and opportunities in different sectors including infrastructure, plastics, manufacturing and textiles and apparel industries.

It explores how circular economy concepts can help tackle challenges in the building sector, supporting the transition towards a more sustainable and futureproof industry. It provides 25 good practices from the construction value chain and offers a framework for an international shift towards circular construction comprising policies, measurement standards, collaboration initiatives and knowledge exchange.

08 Jul 2022

Medwaves, the UNEP/MAP Regional Activity Centre for Sustainable Consumption and Production, is about to launch the Switchers Policy Hub, a space for policymakers aiming to enable the transition towards a green and circular economy in the Mediterranean region.

Policymakers and other organisations are asked to respond to a survey by 15 July 2022 to help Medwaves build a more impactful Policy Hub.

12 Jul 2022

On 12 July 2022 at 12:00 - 16:00 CEST, the European Union, the Italian Ministry of Ecological Transition and the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN) will host a workshop on Moving to Circular Fashion in support of the G20 Resource Efficiency Dialogue (RED).

In this virtual event, speakers from business, government and collaborative initiatives will share their analysis and perspectives to explore which steps can economically support the fashion sector, whilst reducing its environmental and social impacts.

23 Nov 2022 to 25 Nov 2022

The Basque Circular Summit is one of the largest events on eco-design and circular economy in Europe. It aims to provide information about major circular challenges, to analyse the opportunities for the Basque economy and to highlight the work carried out by local companies through public-private partnerships with a view to reaching the objectives of the Basque Circular Economy and Bioeconomy Plan 2024.

12 Sep 2022 to 14 Sep 2022
Circular Economy Hotspot 2022

From 12 to 14 September 2022, the Circular Economy Hotspot will be held in North-Rhine Westphalia, in the city of Bottrop. Talk with world-renowned experts and delegates from business, politics, science and public initiatives and gain insight through impressive practical examples.

Growth without economic growth

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Zora Kovacic (European Centre for Governance in Complexity), Roger Strand (European Centre for Governance in Complexity), Silvio Funtowicz (European Centre for Governance in Complexity), Lorenzo Benini (EEA), Ana Jesus (EEA)
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01/2021
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EU

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By building on the insights from previous EEA reports on drivers of sustainability transitions, this briefing explores alternative ideas about growth and progress with the aim of broadening the sustainability debate.

Economic growth is closely linked to increases in production, consumption and resource use and has detrimental effects on the natural environment and human health. It is unlikely that a long-lasting, absolute decoupling of economic growth from environmental pressures can be achieved at the global scale. Societies need to rethink what is meant by growth and progress and their meaning for global sustainability.

The briefing outlines how circular economy may not deliver the transformation to sustainability when growth strategy still leads to increased material consumption.

Thinking beyond borders to achieve social justice in a global circular economy

Thinking beyond borders to achieve social justice in a global circular economy

Thinking beyond borders to achieve social justice in a global circular economy
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Yasmina Lembachar (Circle Economy), Joel Marsden (Circle Economy), Anna-Sophie von Schwerdtner (Circle Economy)
Publication Date: 
06/2022
Country: 
Netherlands

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Across the globe, current approaches to sustainability are leaving lower-income countries behind. The authors of this paper believe a different vision for the future can be built, but transitioning to a circular economy, where waste is eliminated, materials are used and reused at their highest value, and nature is regenerated, won’t be socially just by default.

It is necessary to design the transition well to ensure that workers aren’t left behind, labour rights are uplifted, social benefits are maximised, and a wide range of approaches to circularity are recognised. 

This brief highlights where we are headed if we do not take action, and illustrates key levers to address current oversights on circularity and its relationship to power, trade and technology.

15 Jun 2022

As the Horizon 2020 research programme becomes Horizon Europe, what better time to witness how great ideas turned into real projects? LOOPS will be the opportunity to show what cutting-edge research has been produced, and which changes it can bring to our communities.

For those who are not familiar with it, LOOPS is a live webinar series committed to spotlighting innovation in the field of circular economy. The topic of this episode on 15 June will be photovoltaics.

Roadmap - Towards the Circular Economy in Montenegro

Roadmap CE in Montenegro

The Roadmap - Towards the Circular Economy in Montenegro aims to steer the transition to a circular economy in Montenegro. It is based on systemic thinking and outlines the main drivers, horizontal and priority areas, opportunities for circular transformation and recommendations for the way forward.

The strategy identifies five focus areas (food and forest systems, the built environment, tourism and manufacturing) that are highly interconnected and, through the principles of industrial symbiosis and synergies, can result in systemic change.

The roadmap is an outcome of collaboration between the Montenegrin Chamber of the Economy, UNDP, Circular Change and Deloitte BiH.

A Compendium of Small Scale Actions to Promote the Circular Transition in Cities

A Compendium of Small Scale Actions to Promote the Circular Transition in Cities

Resourceful Cities

Small Scale Actions (SSA) are a new element introduced for this round of URBACT action planning networks (2019-2022). This compendium summarises all of the SSAs carried out within the Resourceful Cities Network. It aims to support and inspire other cities which want to accelerate their circular transition.

A wide range of SSAs were carried out by Resourceful Cities partners, each one responding to an identified need within the individual city context. Actions included promoting citizen engagement and participation, enhancing knowledge and raising awareness of the circular economy, business support, data collection and monitoring and trialling new business models.

07 Jun 2022
SUSMAGPRO

In the frame of the Leiden European City of Science Festival, the H2020 project SUSMAGPRO will be showcased in an interactive exhibition on campus at the Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML) on 7 June 2022. Interested visitors can learn all about rare earth magnets, why they are essential to our modern lives, the challenges connected to them and which solutions SUSMAGPRO provides.

In addition to an interactive exhibition and hands-on activities, the team of project partner Leiden University have prepared exciting lectures on the topic and visitors will have the opportunity to see one of the SUSMAGPRO pilots in action: the automated, mobile sensing line to separate Rare Earth magnets from WEEE.

Coffeefrom: processing coffee grounds into a durable and resistant alternative to single-use plastic

Coffeefrom

Coffeefrom is an innovative project from Italy, the second circular economy project run by Il Giardinone Cooperativa Sociale. It has built a supply chain based on the recovery and processing of industrial coffee grounds. Coffee grounds from the food industry are blended with biopolymers to become a new bio-based material that is a durable and resistant alternative to single-use plastic.

31 May 2022
Balearics

The Balearic Islands have adopted a new law on urgent measures to promote the sustainability and circularity of tourism, introducing a strategy for circularity.

RECIS - Circular Economy Network on Islands

Recis

The Circular Economy Network in Islands (RECIS) is a non-profit association based on the island of Gran Canaria.

It studies and disseminates circular economy solutions to resource scarcity and environmental fragility, which hinder the development of island territories. It also promotes the circular economy in islands and nurtures good practices and sustainability. The network takes a broad approach, since many of the problems facing islands require multidisciplinary solutions.

The network focuses on:

  • problem generation (waste generation, energy consumption)
  • circular solutions with companies or institutions managing these resources
  • experts providing opinions and solutions
  • public administrations
  • researchers who will be able to develop new methodologies
17 Jun 2022 to 18 Jun 2022
1st Conference on Green Chemistry and Sustainable Coatings

ECOFUNCO is a European research project developing new bio-based coatings for plastic and cellulose substrates. For the project's closing event, the ECOFUNCO consortium is organising the 1st Conference on Green Chemistry and Sustainable Coatings. The conference will take place on 17 and 18 June 2022 in Pisa, Italy, and will be streamed online.

LIFE CIRC-ELV Project: channelling plastic from end-of-life vehicles back into the manufacturing chain

LIFE CIRC-ELV Project

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Spain

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The LIFE CIRC-ELV project has developed a new process for managing end-of-life vehicles to recover bumpers and fuel tanks, recycle the materials and use them to manufacture pipes and new parts for vehicles. Using this recycled plastic in products from this industry and others will help reduce the carbon footprint by 85%.

30 Jun 2022
Re-think Circular Economy Forum Napoli 2022

The Re-think Circular Economy Forum in Naples is designed to present macro-trends, possible evolutionary paths and the main projects of the circular economy in Naples and the rest of the Campania region, as well as across Italy and at international level. The Forum was set up to promote the development of the circular economy.

01 Jun 2022
Circular systemic solutions for regions and cities in action

The Circular Cities and Regions Initiative (CCRI)  will be holding an EU Green Week 2022 partner event on Wednesday 1 June at 15:00 - 16:00 CEST. 

During the session, the CCRI-CSO will present the initiative to local authorities, decision makers, civil society and industry representatives. In addition, there will be contributions from the CCRI Associated Partners who are crucial in supporting cities in this transition. These organisations have and generate relevant knowledge regarding the application of Circular Systemic Solutions, making them vital when it comes to reaching out and bringing together cities and regions.

01 Jun 2022
One Planet

As part of the One Planet Network Forum at Stockholm+50, this 1 June session will present the roadmap idea and a panel discussion will discuss how a process could take shape. It will build on views from One Planet Network Forum participants to expand on the diverse stakeholder views included in Chatham House’s Stockholm+50 preparatory process to determine the next steps.

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