This webinar on 11 April follows the European Commission’s proposal for the European Critical Raw Materials Regulation on 16 March 2023. It aims to explore some of the opportunities and challenges linked to the EU’s new strategy for securing the supply of CRMs, both inside and outside the EU.
The regulation will have implications for the EU’s own internal environmental and circular economy-related objectives, as well as external impacts through shifts in demand for CRMs and trade flows. This event will identify focus areas for policymakers and the international community to ensure that the objectives of the regulation can be achieved by accelerating the shift to a global circular economy without hindering global sustainable development goals.
The 70th session of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) will take place in April 2023 in Geneva. The Commission, UNECE's highest decision-making body, will take stock of its work to promote a circular economy and the sustainable use of natural resources.
Various virtual side events on 3-5 April will look at specific aspects of the circular economy transition, including the role of policies and institutions, innovation and private sector engagement, value chains, digital solutions and networks.
The European Commission organizes a webinar on 23 February, from 14:00 to 15:15 CET, to present the Consumption Footprint, a life cycle assessment-based indicator that quantifies the environmental impact of the consumption of the EU and EU countries.
The framework for inclusive circular trade is designed to help guide trade and trade-related circular economy and development policies, practices and agreements to ensure these all work towards a shared goal of an inclusive circular economy.
This paper sets out a framework for inclusive circular trade, intended to enable a pathway in which circular trade helps to promote fair, inclusive and circular societies. The framework was developed through the work of an alliance of organizations spanning Africa, Southeast Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Europe.
This short-term assignment attempts to improve our understanding of the data availability of biomass flows within the Flemish economy and develops a methodology to approximate the flow of biomass between different industries.
This needs to be done in order to maximise their potential and reduce unnecessary waste flows. However, the report finds that the data currently available are insufficient, and considers that the construction of a physical counterpart to monetary input/output tables might be the answer.
This study highlights that, while international trade has a vital role to play, policy responses to-date have largely been designed at the national level and in an uncoordinated manner.
ICC Secretary General John W.H. Denton says that "the report shines a light on how well-intentioned national policies are inadvertently hindering the adoption of circular solutions in the real-economy. Simply put: the transition to a circular economy can only be enabled at scale by harnessing the power of cross-border trade to unlock economies of scale and comparative advantages. We hope our analysis will serve as a clarion call for a concerted global effort under the auspices of the World Trade Organization to enable new patterns of trade capable of meeting global climate and sustainability goals".