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AIMPLAS research: thermoplastic composites for vehicle batteries could improve both energy efficiency and recycling rates

Vetería

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Spain

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The VETERIA21 project, funded by the Valencian Regional Government and implemented by AIMPLAS, will develop new, more efficient transformation processes for thermoplastic composites that can be used to replace the metal content of electric vehicle batteries.

These materials ensure a major reduction in vehicle weight, thus extending battery life. They are also easily recyclable.

Exploration of the plastic recycling landscape in Flanders

Exploration of the plastic recycling landscape in Flanders

Exploration of the plastic recycling landscape in Flanders

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Marijke Jacobs (VITO), Ive Vanderreydt (VITO), Loïc Deweerdt (Summa), Luc Alaerts (Summa)
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06/2018
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Belgium

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In order to identify and analyse possible bottlenecks and opportunities in the current post-consumer plastic recycling landscape in Flanders, available data sources were summarised and relevant sector organisations and companies interviewed. Specifically, interviews were organised with companies working on polyolefins in order to gain greater insight into the potential for circularity of the value chain for this type of polymer and its applications.

30 Nov 2021

The initiative called Microplastics pollution – measures to reduce its impact on the environment aims to tackle microplastics unintentionally released into the environment. It will focus on labelling, standardisation, certification and regulatory measures for the main sources of these plastics.

The European Commission would like to hear your views on microplastics pollution. Give your feedback!

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.

24 Nov 2021
Bio Innovation Service

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online
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France

You are welcome to join this workshop on microplastics from tyres on 24 November. It is being organised in connection with a study which will provide the European Commission with environmental, technological and economic analysis and support regarding possible action to reduce the presence of unintentionally released microplastics in the environment, in particular from plastic pellets, synthetic textiles and automotive tyres.

01 Dec 2021 to 02 Dec 2021
International Seminar on Plastics Recycling

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Valencia
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Spain

The International Seminar on Plastics Recycling organised by Aimplas will focus on the current challenges and opportunities related to managing and recycling plastic waste. It will also raise awareness about ongoing initiatives designed to scale up efforts to achieve the objectives set.

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.

07 Oct 2021
European Commission

The roadmap Policy Framework on biobased, biodegradable and compostable plastics has been published on the European Commission’s portal. You are welcome to give your feedback on it until 27 October!

Spirit of Progress 2030: Diageo's action plan to help create a more inclusive and sustainable world

Diageo
Commitment Targets
To be achieved by: 
November 2030

Reduce water use in Diageo's operations with a 40% improvement in water use efficiency in water stressed areas and 30% improvement across the company.

To be achieved by: 
November 2030

Replenish more water than Diageo uses for their operations for all their sites in water-stressed areas by 2026.

To be achieved by: 
November 2030

Invest in 150 projects to improve access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) in communities near Diageo sites and local sourcing areas in all of Diageo's water-stressed markets.

Start Date: 
October 2021

Engage in collective action in all of their Priority Water Basins to improve water accessibility, availability and quality and contribute to a net positive water impact.

To be achieved by: 
November 2030

Achieve zero waste in Diageo's direct operations and zero waste to landfill in Diageo's supply chain.

To be achieved by: 
November 2030

Ensure 100% of Diageo's packaging is widely recyclable (or reusable/compostable).

To be achieved by: 
November 2030

Continue to reduce packaging and increase recycled content in Diageo's packaging (delivering a 10% reduction in packaging weight + increasing the % recycled content of the packaging to 60%).

To be achieved by: 
November 2030

Ensure 100% of Diageo's plastics are designed to be widely recyclable (or reusable/compostable) by 2025 and achieve 40% recycled content in Diageo's plastic bottles by 2025, and 100% by 2030.

To be achieved by: 
November 2030

Provide all of Diageo's local sourcing communities with agricultural skills and resources, building economic and environmental resilience (supporting 150,000 smallholder farmers).

To be achieved by: 
November 2030

Develop regenerative agriculture pilot programmes in 5 key sourcing landscapes.

To be achieved by: 
November 2030

Become Net Zero carbon in Diageo's direct operations.

To be achieved by: 
November 2030

Reduce Diageo's value chain carbon emissions by 50%.

To be achieved by: 
November 2030

Use 100% renewable electricity across all of Diageo's direct operations.

rhinopaq: reusable and recyclable shipping packaging as a B2B service

Rhinopaq

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Germany

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rhinopaq provides reusable shipping packaging boxes made of polypropylene, which can be reused up to 20 times.

29 Sep 2021 to 30 Sep 2021
Pop-Machina

The Making It Circular Challenge is a two-day event on circular economy for plastics in Europe. This free-of-charge event will take place online on 29-30 September 2021.

15 Sep 2021
Plastics without borders

The European Union, the Canada Plastic Pact, the Circular Economy Coalition and the project Reducing Plastic Waste in Canada are hosting a WCEF21 two-hour Accelerator Session on circular economy for plastics with a focus on global supply chains on 15 September 2021.

Impacts of COVID-19 on single-use plastic in Europe's environment

Impacts of COVID-19 on single-use plastic in Europe’s environment

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Schmutz, M., et al., 2020, Cotton and surgical masks - what ecological factors are relevant for their sustainability?, Tsukiji, M., et al., 2020, Waste management during the COVID-19 pandemic: From response to recovery, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies
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06/2021
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EU

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The COVID-19 pandemic is having an immense impact on societies across the world. It has caused millions of deaths worldwide and challenged our health systems and economies. The pandemic - and responses to it, involving lockdowns, use of personal protection equipment and stay-at-home measures - has far-reaching health and economic consequences.

This briefing deals with the less visible effects on our environment and climate originating from changed use of single-use plastics due to the pandemic.

France’s Anti-waste and Circular Economy Law: eliminating waste and promoting social inclusion

France’s Anti-waste and Circular Economy Law

France’s Anti-waste and Circular Economy Law is a great example of cross-sectoral collaboration. Policymakers, municipalities, NGOs and businesses worked together with the public administration to identify a richer range of needs, solutions, and policy measures. As a result, the law is ambitious and contributes to a system-wide transition towards a circular economy.

This case study by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation is part of a series of case studies that exemplify elements of the Universal circular economy policy goals (2021) in practice.

Pryme: A game changer in plastic recycling

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Netherlands

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Pryme converts plastic waste into valuable products on an industrial scale. It has developed a new approach to an existing and proven chemical recycling technology. Pryme has optimised the pyrolysis process by adding proprietary characteristics.

CleanBags: A machine for disinfecting medical bags for recycling

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CleanBags machines empty and internally disinfect bags used in healthcare facilities. The disinfectant used is chlorhexidine digluconate which has a broad spectrum of action, meaning that it acts on bacteria and viruses, even COVID-19.

Antri Constantinou

Summary of Wallonia's strategy

Circular Wallonia

Wallonia logo

This model reinforces Wallonia's objective of renewing its industry and will ensure that the region is better able to cope with future crises.

The strategy will achieve this by fully integrating the alterations and adaptations required by climate change, and by making Wallonia more independent in terms of resources and global supply chains.

Wallonia’s vision is based on the following guidelines:

  • Moving towards a carbon-neutral economy;
  • Moving towards a resilient and inclusive economy;
  • Stimulating innovation as a catalyst with emphasis on the digital transition and nature-based solutions.

Particular attention is paid to the six value chains: Construction, Plastics, Food, Water, Textiles and Metallurgy

Policy options to eliminate additional marine plastic litter by 2050 under the G20 Osaka Blue Ocean vision

Policy Options to Eliminate Additional Marine Plastic Litter by 2050 under the Osaka Blue Ocean Vision

IRP

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International Resource Panel
Publication Date: 
07/2021
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Other (Global)

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The International Resource Panel think piece provides policy options to reduce marine plastic litter and achieve the Osaka Blue Ocean Vision, which voluntarily commits G20 countries to “reduce additional pollution by marine plastic litter to zero by 2050 through a comprehensive life-cycle approach”.

The report shows the marine plastic litter trends relevant to 2050, summarizes the current plastic policy landscape and explores policy upstream and downstream interventions to reduce marine plastic litter and to transition to a circular plastic economy. They include, among others, actions to design out waste, incentivise reuse, and exploit market-based instruments.

Recovering contaminated plastics from automotive, construction and electrical appliance industry waste

NonTox

The European NONTOX Project aims to eliminate hazardous and unpleasant substances from plastic waste and thus convert non-recyclable plastics and recycling waste into new resources.

25 Jun 2021
Aimplas

Aimplas coordinated the European Life Ecomethylal Project, which has ended with the construction of a plant capable of extracting up to half a kilo of methylal from each kilo of non-recyclable waste.

Leadax: Circular building materials out of PVB waste

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Netherlands

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Leadax uses high-tech material and production knowledge to develop and manufacture 100% circular materials out of discarded PVB for waterproofing buildings.

Green Serendipity: Renewable plastics for packaging and products

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Netherlands

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Green Serendipity is an international consultancy firm with a focus on renewable plastics for packaging and products. It advises businesses on how to develop circular concepts and strategies for packaging and products. 

Groningen Seaports: working towards a bio-based, circular economy

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Netherlands

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Groningen Seaports is the economic operator, developer and port authority for the port of Delfzijl, Eemshaven and adjoining industrial sites. Groningen Seaports is at the forefront of the circular economy with an innovative circular cluster and ongoing sustainable investments. They facilitate mechanical and chemical recycling and specialise in recycling plastics.

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