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Alexandre Affre

Alexandre Affre, Director Industrial Affairs & ASGroup Manager, BusinessEurope

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Alexandre Affre is Director for the Industrial Affairs department at BusinessEurope, the leading advocate for growth and competitiveness at European level. In this role since 2013, Alexandre is responsible for developing and communicating the organization’s positions on energy, climate and environmental policy as well as industrial policy and research & innovation. Prior to that, he worked at the wildlife trade monitoring network of WWF and IUCN. Alexandre is a trained scientist and holds a Master in Ecology from the Université Pierre et Marie Curie.

Maja Johannessen

Ellen MacArthur Foundation

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United Kingdom
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The Ellen MacArthur Foundation is a UK charity with the aim of accelerating the transition to the circular economy. 

Since its creation the charity has emerged as a global thought leader, establishing the circular economy on the agenda of decision makers across business, government and academia. Maja has been with the Foundation’s the Gov. & Cities team since 2015, where her work revolves around supporting policymakers at international, national, regional and local level in driving circular economy initiatives.

14 Feb 2018

REPESCA_PLAS project in the framework of the Fundación Biodiversidad Pleamar programme

Giving plastic bottles a second life through “Bottle-to-Bottle” in Rostock

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Every year in Rostock, Veolia converts 1 billion PET drinks bottles into so-called recyclate from which preforms/bottles can again be manufactured.

ReMade in Italy: how to measure the circularity in a product

ReMade in Italy® is the first certification scheme accredited in Italy to verify the content of recycled materials in a product.

36 Circular Economy Demonstration Projects in the Basque Country

The Circular Economy Demonstration Projects programme was launched in 2014 and has been repeated yearly, having developed 36 projects by 2016.

No more microplastic fibres in our laundry's waste water!

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Slovenia, United Kingdom

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The PlanetCare Filter is a simple, yet efficient filter for removing microfibrers from washing machine waste water.

21 Dec 2017

The Commission's Plastic Strategy in early 2018 will address possible approaches to address some single-use plastic items and marine litter including lost or abandoned fishing gear.

12 Dec 2017

Circular Glasgow, hosted by Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, will connect with companies across the city helping them to open up new revenue streams, increase competitive advantage and realise financial savings using a range of practical tools.

VinylPlus®: the Voluntary Sustainable Development Programme of the European PVC industry

VinylPlus® is the renewed ten-year Voluntary Commitment to Sustainable Development by the European PVC industry. It was developed through dialogue with stakeholders including industry, NGOs, regulators, civil society representatives and PVC users. The scheme delivers concrete results in the use of additives, traceability, collection and recycling.

Biopolymers from bakery waste: now you can eat your cake and wrap the next cake, too

BREAD4PLA is a project conducted by a consortium of four European organisation led by AIMPLAS.

It seeked to demonstrate, in a pre-productive pilot plant process, the viability of poly(lactic acid), a bioplastic polymer (PLA), synthesized from waste products of the bakery industry for the production of bakery packaging.

Rolling Plastics: towards precision sorting of plastics components from end-of-life vehicles

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Recycling plastic parts from scrapped end-of-life vehicles (ELV) in the Basque Country to obtain high-added-value granules.

Smart magnetic separation turns any kind of PET plastic into high quality raw material

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Ioniqa is a clean-tech-spin-off based in the Netherlands that has developed an innovative process to recycle all types and colours of PET waste into high quality pure raw materials that ensures a less impact on scarce resources like oil.

9 Nov 2017

Secondary raw materials have a place of their own in the economy, but sourcing them or selling them can prove difficult in the absence of a structured market. MarketPlaceHub offers great visibility and search options for those economic operators needing easier market identification.

Offer and demand in secondary raw materials? Make the perfect match on MarketplaceHub

Marketplace Hub maps raw materials markets and industrial synergy networks worldwide by both their locations and what material they trade. It aims to aid interested businesses to find where they could source or sell their materials secondary raw materials.
Best practices, policies, and lessons learned are also included in the interactive web-based platform.

The functional economy in the chemical industry: 8 case studies demonstrate efficiency and sustainability

Take Back Chemicals is innovating by proposing a 'functional economy' business model in the use of chemicals. Traditional business models are based on sales per volume, whereas TBC uses "chemical leasing" and regeneration process for greater efficiency and sustainability.  

The report is based on the study of 3 cases in Belgium and 5 cases in the Netherlands with leading chemical industries.