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Circusol: Circular business models for a sustainable solar power industry

Circusol

Circusol Circular Business Models for the Solar Power Industry - is an Innovation Action project funded by the EU Horizon 2020 programme, bringing together 15 partners from 7 European countries to develop and demonstrate business solutions for the circular economy in the solar power sector.

Photovoltaics (PV) currently accounts for about 5 % of world’s electricity generation capacity. As the PV and EV (electric vehicle) markets grow, so will their demand for raw materials, as well as their "waste" output. How to make sure that the material aspect of the energy transition will also be sustainable? Product-Service Systems (PSS) could be the answer.

Interested in what Circusol is doing (newsletter, events, sharing knowledge, feedback, etc.)? Join its Network!

Progress towards preventing waste in Europe - the case of textile waste prevention

Progress towards preventing waste in Europe: the textile case

Textile Waste Prevention

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Burcu Gözet - Wuppertal Institute, Henning Wilts - Wuppertal Institute, Saskia Manshoven - VITO, Ioannis Bakas - EEA
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12/2021
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EU

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Waste prevention is the best waste management policy option, according to the waste hierarchy - the EU's main rule for the environmental ranking of waste management policies. Its main objective is to reduce waste generation, the environmental impacts of waste management and the hazardousness of the waste generated.

To support this objective, the EU and all its Member States have put in place legislation that promotes activities in products' life cycles aimed at reducing the amount of waste generated.

This report aims to assess progress towards the main objective of waste prevention: decoupling (i. e. breaking the link between waste generation and economic growth).

12 Jan 2022
Image: Topias Dean / Sitra

Join MEPs Pietikäinen and Kuhnke, the European Environment Agency and the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra on 12 January to discuss how to scale up and mainstream circular business models, in line with a sustainable product policy.

Circular Economy Roadmap for Germany

Circular Economy Initiative Deutschland

Within the framework of the Circular Economy Initiative Deutschland (CEID) and its three interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral working groups, more than 130 experts from industry, science and civil society have summed up their findings in the Circular Economy (CE) Roadmap for Germany, which consists of a consolidated opinion addressing society as a whole.

This Roadmap, which has focused - right from the beginning - on shaping a consistent and common target vision for a circular economy in 2030, is a scientifically-based framework for action that systemically describes the necessary steps for Germany to transition to a CE and provides decision-makers from politics, industry and science with concrete recommendations for action.

10 Feb 2022 to 11 Feb 2022
CE Forum Milan

Re-think Circular Economy Forum Milan 2022 on 10 and 11 February 2022 is designed to present a vision on macro-trends, possible evolutionary paths, and main projects concerning the Circular Economy both at a national and international level.

Its main purpose is to stimulate the birth and development of innovative and entrepreneurial activities that could have a positive impact on local and national economic systems. Over the two-day forum, corporates, startups, research bodies, and institutional actors will present the projects they are carrying out and supporting at different levels.

How robust is the circular economy in Europe? An ascendency analysis with Eurostat data between 2010 and 2018

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Filippos K. Zisopoulos, Daan Schraven, Martin de Jong
Publication Date: 
12/2021
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Netherlands

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The authors of the study apply ascendency analysis (a systematic method based on information theory for quantifying the efficiency and resilience of natural ecosystems) at EU level and discuss the implications for urban waste management systems, taking the Netherlands as an example.

They argue that ecological principles can be useful for developing human-made systems. The system is made sufficiently robust to be able to cope with shocks by including a diverse set of stakeholders who provide:

  1. resource-use efficiency through specialised know-how in capturing, processing and delivering a range of resources, and
  2. resilience by generating multiple paths that allow these vital resources to circulate throughout the urban network at different levels and rates.

Don't leave your disused materials in limbo! Give them a new life with In Limbo

In Limbo

In Limbo is a platform (digital website and physical warehouse) facilitating the reuse of materials within the social and cultural sectors and schools in Brussels.

It encourages exchange and mutual aid within these sectors, as well as boosting recycling, reducing landfill costs and enabling organisations with limited resources to obtain reusable materials. Following the principles of circularity and sharing, all partners are invited to give and receive materials for free.

In Limbo is open only to registered partners which must be formal or informal non-profit associations or collectives, specifically social, cultural and artistic organisations, schools and temporary projects in Brussels. However, In Limbo accepts donations from all types of organisations.

Watch a video on In Limbo

Ekofungi: Waste to taste

Ekofungi

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Other (Serbia)

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Ekofungi is a Serbian company that takes a 100% circular approach to mushroom cultivation. It has pioneered a technology for sustainable cultivation of edible mushrooms using recycled cellulose waste. Each year, Ekofungi grows 130 tons of mushrooms which are either sold fresh or dehydrated and mixed with other vegetables.

UPMADE® by Reet Aus turns textile leftovers from cost into value

Reet Aus

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Estonia

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The mission of Reet Aus is to minimise the ecological footprint of one of the world's most contaminating businesses – the fashion industry. They do it by industrial upcycling. This not-wasteful way of production is based on a scientific methodology called UPMADE® that has been developed by the designer and founder PhD Reet Aus in cooperation with Stockholm Environment Institute Tallinn Center.

17 Dec 2021
KIC

Since 2020 the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) Circular Economy Community has been engaging with civil society, EU and international stakeholders as well as the EIT network by supporting actions to strengthen and optimise the transition towards a more circular and innovative future.

Join this webinar on 17 December to find out more about EIT's work on the ground and hear the stories of involved actors working with EIT to increase the uptake of circular innovative solutions. Participants will get the opportunity to interact with the panel of experts and find out more about opportunities coming from the EIT Circular Economy Community programme.

From Principles to Practices: Realising the value of circular economy in real estate

From Principles to Practices: Realising the value of circular economy in real estate - a report by Arup

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Devni Acharya, Arup, Richard Boyd, Arup, Olivia Finch, Ellen MacArthur Foundation
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02/2020
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EU, Other (United Kingdom)

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Arup has joined forces with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation to produce a report on the value of circular economy (CE) in real estate.

CE offers real estate investors a framework for achieving environmental and social goals while delivering better economic performance. How do real estate business models need to change - apart from eco-design - if CE principles are to scale up in this sector?

The report defines five models to improve financial performance to the benefit of real estate investors and construction clients:

  1. Flexible Spaces
  2. Adaptable Assets
  3. Relocatable Buildings
  4. Residual Value
  5. Performance Procurement.

 

BDI-Initiative Circular Economy

BDI - Circular Economy

The BDI Initiative Circular Economy (CE) was created in April 2021 by the Federation of German Industries.

It is a network of more than 50 members that defines the potential of CE and the necessary framework conditions through practical exchange. To this end, they are in close dialogue with policymakers in Berlin and Brussels and with the sciences community.​ ​

08 Nov 2021
Raw Materials Week 2021

The sixth EU Raw Materials Week will take place from 15 to 19 November 2021, bringing together stakeholders to discuss policies and initiatives in the field of raw materials.

During the online event on Bio-based solutions for the green and digital transition on 16 November, you will learn how to upcycle woody biomass residues into valuable and innovative products.

15 Nov 2021
Recyclers' Talks

A webinar series connecting the dots between EU decision-makers and recyclers. It will provide an opportunity to discuss the building blocks required to speed up the transition towards a more circular economy and achieve Europe's climate neutral agenda.

Recyclers’ Talks #6 will focus on the challenges and opportunities for the automotive value chain.

04 Nov 2021
Biomimicry

Biomimicry is sustainable innovation. With biomimicry, embrace sustainable innovation and solve your business problems by finding inspiration from nature. Learn and apply this philosophy, its methods and tools within your company. In this 16 hour, cohort-based course, you will learn life principles and how to use them in your business or with your customers.

03 Nov 2021
Circular Economy Hotspot Catalonia

The Circular Economy Hotspot Catalonia 2021 will take place in Barcelona. The 5th edition of the event aims to share circular economy strategies and experiences.

The celebration of this event strengthens the Circular Catalonia hub, a meeting point for companies, institutions, and people ready to put into practice solutions and strategies to consolidate the circular economy in Catalonia.

16 Nov 2021
Rreuse conference 2021

RREUSE's Annual Conference on “The evolution of social enterprises in the circular economy. Past, present and future” is part of its 20th anniversary celebrations and will take place on 16 November 2021 from 10:00 to 13:00 CET.

APROEMA Conecta of Galicia

Aproema Conecta

The Spanish project APROEMA Conecta aims to encourage the launch of businesses in the environmental sector through circular economy business tables.

The 2021 Catalogue of circular initiatives in Navarra is now available!

Circular Navarre Catalogue 2021

The Circular Navarre Catalogue 2021 is an update of the first showcasing booklet published in 2020. This new edition includes 30 organisations - based on circular business models - in the Spanish Navarre region, looking for international cooperation.

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09 Nov 2021
EURACTIV conference

In order to achieve the EU’s 2050 climate neutrality target, the European Commission is planning to announce new initiatives addressing the entire life cycle of products with the following objectives:

  • design of products that allows circularity and
  • promotion of circular economy processes and sustainable consumption.

The initiatives should also ensure that waste is prevented and that the resources used remain in the EU economy for as long as possible.

The Sustainable Products Initiative, expected to be published in December 2021, is a cornerstone of EU’s endeavours to create a circular economy. It will include rules for setting requirements on mandatory sustainability labelling and/or disclosure of information to market actors along value chains in the form of a digital product passport.

Join this EURACTIV Virtual Conference on 9 November at 9:30 CET to discuss EU's Circular Economy Action Plan and whether its new initiatives, such as the digital product passport, will achieve the transparency for products that policymakers are looking for. How easy will it be for industry, big and small, to comply with?

26 Oct 2021
Novelis webinar

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Online
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Belgium

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Novelis, the world leader in aluminium rolling and recycling, invites you to a webinar on 26 October to discuss how sustainable frontrunners are innovating the shift towards making fully-recycled aluminium products the norm, and to consider how EU policy can accelerate this transition.

The speakers are: MEP Bas Eickhout (Vice-Chair of the Environment Committee, European Parliament), Marius Vaščega (Head of Cabinet to Virginijus Sinkevičius, Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, European Commission), Martijn Lopes Cardozo (Circle Economy, CEO), Emilio Braghi (Novelis, Executive Vice-President and President Europe). Anna Gumbau (climate journalist) will moderate this debate.

21 Oct 2021
TUV Webinar registration

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World
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EU, Other (Hong Kong)

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ICT products like computers, smartphones, etc. are fundamental tools adding efficiency to our lives, amongst other advantages. At the same time, NGO’s have highlighted challenges concerning environmental, human and labour rights, and the need for effective eWaste management in the electronics industry.

Together with activities associated with eWaste Day 2021, efforts of WEEE Forum, Open Repair Alliance and many others stakeholders, we have come a long way to encourage repair to push for positive and sustainable changes.

During this webinar Making every Day Repair Day > with Intention, Policy, and Standards on 21 October, we’ll get a glimpse into the developments from the perspective of policy measures such as EU’s Circular Economy Action Plan, Sustainable Products Initiative, Green Public Procurement (GPP) criteria, etc. All in all, this webinar will focus on industry initiatives to harmonise and fast track progress towards circular and fair ICT, with a focus on reparability.

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