As an adviser for environmental and climate policy, Leon de Graaf particularly follows policies related to the circular economy, trade and climate, low-emission mobility, implementation of the Paris climate agreement (COP21) and the European emission trading system (EU ETS). He is also deputy manager of BusinessEurope's corporate Advisory and Support Group (ASGroup). Prior to joining BusinessEurope, Leon worked at the research consultancy Ecorys, focusing on renewable energy and international development issues, at DG COMP on energy and environmental subsidies in Europe, and at the Dutch Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL) on indirect ETS costs for energy-intensive industries. Leon has a MSc in environmental economics and climate change from the London School of Economics, and a BSc in business economics from the University of Groningen.
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Plastics, Polymers and Rubber
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.
Carsten Wachholz joined the Foundation in 2020 after two years working for the European Investment Bank on Corporate Responsibility and another four years working for the European Environmental Bureau on the first EU Circular Economy Action Plan. Carsten leads the Foundation's newly established Brussels-based team supporting the development of circular economy policies at EU and international level (e.g. G20, OECD), in close collaboration with the Foundation's systemic initiatives on plastics, fashion and food.
REPESCA_PLAS project in the framework of the Fundación Biodiversidad Pleamar programme
Comment mieux gérer nos déchets ?
Every year in Rostock, Veolia converts 1 billion PET drinks bottles into so-called recyclate from which preforms/bottles can again be manufactured.
Caixa identified the development of a recycling circuit for expired or damaged cards as an opportunity for improvement: bank cards (expired or at the end of their service lives) and non-bank cards (for example, loyalty cards made of plastic) are valued through plastic recycling..
24 Kton annualy will be converted into LDPE re-granulate in the new recycling factory Attero is building in Wijster. Contaminated film is cleaned and turned into a high quality and odorless re-granulate.
Covestro has developed an innovative technology that allows using CO2 as raw material for the production of chemical building blocks for high-quality plastics.
Mosca's PET strap is made from 100% recycled material: the so-called "bottle flakes" are a result of recycled plastic bottles coming from the empties of discounters.
The LIFE RECYPACK project will implement a new public-private waste management project for commercial plastic packages in line with the circular economy criteria.
Reducing marine litter: action on single use plastics and fishing gear
The first-ever Europe-wide strategy on plastics was adopted today as part of the transition towards a more circular economy.
The Circulars: the People’s Choice Award
Circular economy conference
Toxic plastic to be 'burned in Britain' due to China import ban
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.
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.
PolyStyreneLoop project: pioneer demonstration plant to treat up to 3300 tonnes of polystyrene waste/yr as of 2018
The PolyStyreneLoop Cooperative is the European EPS/XPS industry’s closed loop solution for the recycling of polystyrene (PS) insulation foam waste.
This project employs a ground-breaking technology to dissolve PS foam waste while also allowing for the extraction and recovery of bromine from the restricted flame retardant chemical, HBCD, which can then be used again in the production.
VinylPlus® is the renewed ten-year Voluntary Commitment to Sustainable Development by the European PVC industry. It was developed through dialogue with stakeholders. The scheme delivers concrete results in the use of additives, traceability, collection and recycling.
WFO collects and transforms Ocean Plastic by collaborating with fishermen and brands.
Recycling plastic parts from scrapped end-of-life vehicles (ELV) in the Basque Country to obtain high-added-value granules.
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.
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.
Used nylons, mainly from the fishing industry, are gathered, reprocessed and turned into an innovative ecological nylon material, called econyl. They are afterwards sold for further use.